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
Over three dozen Opportunities in Optometry grants have been awarded since 2021, helping traditionally underrepresented minority groups within the profession apply for optometry school.
In June, the AOA House of Delegates approved changes to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education that increased the number of members on its board from 11 to 13. The council also announced the passing of the baton to new leadership.
AOA partners with actor, producer, singer and gamer, Jordan Fisher to bring awareness to healthy screen time practices and encourage patients to be seen in person by an AOA doctor of optometry for quality eye care.