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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.

Gaining access: A win for veterans and doctors of optometry

The Department of Veterans Affairs lifts language that had restricted care from doctors of optometry, opening up access to veterans around the country. Persistent advocacy by AOA, AFOS, the Mississippi Optometric Association and other stakeholders results in greater care delivery.

Congress heeds AOA’s call to stop Medicare pay cuts, but lawmakers’ plan falls short

Medicare physicians can expect a 2% cut on Jan. 1, down from an expected 8.4% cut after Congress’ last-minute omnibus spending bill passed with several AOA-won priorities addressed.

Fight for Optometry

The AOA is the only advocate for optometry. Discover how you can help optometry keep a seat at the table whenever and wherever health care policy decisions are being made.

Proactive advocacy gets early eyeglass rule gains, notice of potential new burden

Federal Trade Commission officials just opened the public phase of their process to finalize a 158-page eyeglass rule revision. Thanks to the AOA’s 24/7 advocacy, the concerns of America’s family eye doctors and their patients are already front and center.

Regional Advocacy Meetings prime states’ advocates for 2023 battles and beyond

The four regionally based meetings brought together seasoned statehouse veterans and advocates to build on optometry’s historic advances and collaborate on continued success.

Fighting for veterans, fighting for optometry

Ensuring our nation’s veterans have access to the full range of eye care they need, when and where they need it, has long been a mission for optometry’s advocates. Now, a pair of Veterans Health Administration directives affecting optometry could have far-reaching consequences beyond the nation’s largest integrated health care network.

AOA-PAC plays outsized role in 2022 midterm elections

Access the AOA’s 2022 elections map to see how optometry’s candidates fared and where advocates can get involved to ensure the profession’s priorities remain heard.

Veterans notch win as VA rescinds restrictive language governing community ODs

Mississippi’s challenge of language recently inserted into Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines barring community doctors of optometry from providing so-called “invasive” eye procedures boosts veteran access to needed care.

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.

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