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
AOA members report wind and rain damage, but harder to overcome are widespread power outages in the greater New Orleans area—and it could be days to weeks before power is fully restored. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, created to help doctors of optometry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, can aid doctors and students.
The public health emergency continues to cast its shadow on a new school year, but it’s far from the only thing on educators’ minds. How are optometric faculty and staff preparing for the year ahead?
With wildfires burning and a prediction of an active hurricane season, doctors of optometry and students have somewhere to turn for financial support in the event of disaster. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) is optometry's exclusive financial support program that provides immediate assistance to those in need after disasters. Learn how to apply for a grant or make a donation.