From momentous advocacy wins to technology breakthroughs and a distressing data breach, 2016 was filled with major news that impacted doctors of optometry.
Here are the AOA's 20 most-read stories of the year:
- Credit breach continues grip on optometrists, students
- VSP spells doom gloom
- Parkinsons detectable through eye exam
- FDA approves first corneal cross linking system for treatment
- Multifocal contact lens effective at treating myopia in kids
- FTC proposes Contact Lens Rule changes
- Opternative issued cease and desist order
- Legislation targets prescription verification deceptive internet sales tactics
- Proposed 2017 Medicare fee schedule released
- AOA calls for federal investigation
- Not meeting attesting to MU Hardship exceptions available
- AOA files expansive FDA complaint against Opternative
- AOA commends FTC action against 1-800 Contacts
- New round of HIPAA compliance audits underway
- MACRA final rule offers flexibility
- Avoid meaningful use penalties apply for hardship exception by July 1
- AOA calls for federal investigation (update)
- How doctors of optometry can diagnose a rare disorder
- AOA asks NBEO for assurances on data
- How astigmatism affects reading fluency
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.