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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.

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.

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.

AOA pushes Amazon to sufficiently address inappropriate contact lens sales

The global e-commerce retailer again came to the AOA’s attention over posts from contact lens sellers that didn’t appear to meet FCLCA patient protection provisions requiring valid prescriptions.

Online contact lens retailer, Vision Direct UK, to halt sales without required prescriptions after AOA complaints

After years of the AOA alerting the company of regulatory and legal requirements regarding contact lens sales, Vision Direct recently announced on its website that it was halting its no-prescription service.

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.

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