From momentous advocacy wins to technology breakthroughs and a spectacular solar eclipse, 2017 was filled with major news that impacted doctors of optometry.
Here are the AOA's 20 biggest news stories of 2017:
- Protect those peepers: 4 tips for safe solar eclipse viewing
- Scientists find what on illegal contact lenses?
- Lawsuit faults NBEO over data breach
- Credit breach continues grip on doctors of optometry, students
- Pediatric guideline receives national recognition
- Judge calls 1-800 Contacts' online advertising practices harmful to the public
- Tax overhaul passes, includes AOA-backed provisions
- New technique could diagnose glaucoma sooner
- Be in the know: New ICD-10 codes effective Oct. 1
- CMS' final rule changes MIPS requirements, fee schedule
- Handle with care: How to dismiss a patient
- Eyes in the path: Doctors of optometry convey eclipse safety
- Participating in MIPS? How to avoid a penalty
- Eye and vision concerns eclipse Aug. 21 celestial phenomenon
- Alaska, Georgia notch legislative victories
- Announcing the 2017 AOA Award winners
- Save Your Vision Month targets blue light blues
- 'Encyclopedia' of dry eye disease released
- Data breach: Implications for tax season?
- AOA's multi-pronged advocacy leads to CMS reconsideration of penalties for quality data reporting
In a virtual kick-off, the AOA launches Leadership Institute with 130 doctors of optometry from across the country. A project of the AOA Leadership Development Committee, the Institute is a yearlong program designed to grow and support the next generation of leaders in the profession.
At the 2021 Leaders Summit, AOA-member volunteers set priorities for the year and launched new initiatives to lead the profession forward.