From the COVID-19 crisis to social unrest and a turbulent election, 2020 kept Americans closely following the news. Here are 20 AOA stories that were most read this year:
- Congress’ COVID-19 relief package recognizes optometry’s physician role
- Ready for routine care? AOA offers guidance for post-COVID-19 reactivation
- CDC: U.S. coronavirus spread expected, ‘disruption may be severe’
- Is it or isn’t it? Allergic conjunctivitis in a COVID-19 world
- U.S. declares public health emergency—what you need to know
- AOA challenges VSP plan to link doctor reimbursements to certain lenses and anti-reflective coating
- Resuming routines: Lessons from ‘Phase 1’ reopenings
- Doctors of optometry weigh how to hit the ground running once practices reopen
- AOA mobilizes for doctors in national response to pandemic
- FTC ignores Congress, AOA and other medical groups with flawed Contact Lens Rule changes
- IRS ruling on PPP loans could raise practices’ taxes, AOA pushing for fix in new COVID-19 bill
- 6 nutrition questions you should be asking patients
- 1-800 Contacts notifies patients not to wear AquaSoft lenses due to lens defect
- Senate's pandemic relief bill will help optometry practices nationwide; AOA to seek additional support
- VSP policy change may violate states’ patient protection laws
- First doctors of optometry notified of their federal loans to ease the economic pain of COVID-19 pandemic
- Billing for post-cataract glasses: What you need to know
- Evidence shows these 3 steps are crucial to stop virus spread
- Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act introduced in the U.S. Senate
- Be prepared: Contact Lens Rule changes take effect Oct. 16, access AOA resources
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.