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
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.