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Health system optometrists strike for recognition, fair labor practices

Doctors of optometry employed by the University of California system went on strike Feb. 6-7, after a year of efforts to secure an agreement to invest in the care they provide.

How AOA is keeping contact lens wearers safe this spooky season

The AOA’s 31 in 31 campaign once again scrutinizes retailers in the contact lens market who sell their patients upstream when it comes to valid prescriptions.

Hubble Contacts concerns grow after woman loses eye, AOA asks where’s enforcement?

“The number of consumers who have experienced adverse events related to Hubble Contacts is unacceptable,” AOA tells federal regulators and health authorities in appeal for “real action.”

Constant presence: Alliance builds reputation for patient safety advocacy

Founded five years ago, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS) is making good on its mission to advocate for patient safety and protect the fundamental doctor-patient relationship. The alliance’s advocacy will be recognized with the AOA’s Apollo Award during a ceremony at the 2023 Optometry’s Meeting® June 21-24.

Protect Your Patients

The AOA works tirelessly for full federal enforcement of patient health and safety laws—and you can make a difference for your patients.

AOA challenges baseless attacks, mischaracterizations of optometric care

Despite a vocal few denouncing gains in optometric care, the profession defines itself through the everyday application of quality clinical care, reinforced by optometry’s advocates’ vigilant outreach.

Leading the charge: AOA recommends care standard for telemedicine use amid rapid change

AOA Board of Trustees adopts recommendations from its Telehealth Council, which received input from leaders in eye health and vision care, technology, artificial and augmented intelligence and telemedicine platforms.

AOA issues consumer health alert for online vision tests

The public-facing alert encourages consumers to ask discerning questions about online vision tests before entrusting their eye health care to a direct-to-consumer service.

Going batty for contact lens wearers

Once again, in October, AOA’s ’31 in 31’ campaign is scrutinizing retailers in the contact lens market who wing it when it comes to patient protections.

Goal should be mandatory protective eyewear in high school field hockey, not easing of rule

AOA members and other professionals object to a national high school federation no longer mandating protective eye gear for field hockey players, illustrating how AOA advocacy is fueled by doctors of optometry and their leadership on the local, state and national levels.

Mere commoditization

Contact lens “gray markets,” deregulation pose real concerns for our patients’ health.