Patient Protection

Every doctor of optometry takes an oath to put patients' health first. Stay in the know to keep patients safe.

APS welcomes Alcon, reflects on year of advocacy successes

The advocacy collaborative fighting for patient safety and the doctor-patient relationship reports on a productive 2020, despite COVID-19 challenges, and recently welcomed Alcon as its newest member.

AOA to FDA: Patients need guidance on risks of online vision apps

At Nov. 17 FDA workshop, doctors of optometry warn of a lack of communication regarding the safety of online vision tests. The AOA, which continues to educate the public on these mobile apps and to hold them accountable, offers its expertise.

AOA demands lead to change at 1-800 Contacts

Misleading messaging on 1-800 Contacts’ website and other concerns related to the retailers’ ExpressExam were remedied after recent AOA actions.

AOA spearheads conditions for evolution of telemedicine technology

AOA Board of Trustees adopts Oct. 16 recommendations of its Telehealth Council, which consulted leaders in the technology platform, artificial intelligence, and eye health and vision care in a nearly yearlong reimagination of the 2017 AOA policy.

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’s '31 in 31’ campaign confronts illegal contact lens sellers, adverse events

Doctors can take an active role in supporting the AOA’s contact lens advocacy by reporting illegal sales or adverse events related to contact lenses.

Breaking through the pandemic

With the COVID-19 crisis, the AOA had to change its plans for a profession- and nationwide campaign proclaiming 2020 the year of the comprehensive eye exam. The essentialness of eye exams remains but the public awareness campaign changed. And perseveres. See how AOA adjusted.

VA rescinds laser policy, opens path to full recognition of optometric care

In a major development, the Veterans Health Affairs eliminated a recent directive on laser procedures and made significant changes to its eye care policy.

AOA rallies optometry and allies to fight FTC contact lens rule

The AOA and state affiliates brought the issue to the highest level of government in a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to take action, “to stop the FTC from enacting this dangerous rule change and harming thousands of essential small business health care practices.”

Patient safety in the contact lens market remains AOA priority

A company selling a brand of colored contact lenses online without federal clearance or a doctor's prescription has announced it is voluntarily recalling hundreds of pairs of its product nationwide.

FTC ignores Congress, AOA and other medical groups with flawed Contact Lens Rule changes

Federal regulators finalized new Contact Lens Rule mandates on prescribers despite years of opposition from not only the AOA but also members of Congress, prompting optometry's advocates to press for fairness and full accountability in the regulatory process going forward.