AOA Board resolves advocacy, growth in New Year

AOA Board resolves advocacy, growth in New Year

New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition about reflecting on the past so as to build for a better future, and that's precisely how the AOA's leaders view the incoming new year. As 2018 winds down, the AOA's Board of Trustees is reflecting on a wholly successful, impactful year for the profession and association, and resolving to continue advancing all facets of optometric patient care in 2019.

The AOA extends best wishes to all its members and volunteers throughout this holiday season and into the New Year.

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., president

"2019 will be a great year of growth for our profession! We have many states looking to evolve their optometric practice acts to better reflect where we are as a profession, and I resolve to see AOA do all it can to support these efforts. At the same time, we will continue to keep our eye on the federal level and be prepared to deal with all the activities that affect the profession. I'm resolved to make sure AOA has a seat at every table where health care is discussed to ensure every doctor of optometry has a voice that speaks loud and clear. To borrow a song title from Bachman-Turner Overdrive: 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!'"

Barbara L. Horn, O.D.,

"I resolve to be vigilant and active in the delivery of quality patient care in our recently expanded, ever-growing optometric physicians' clinic in South Carolina, while the AOA and I continue to advocate and enable our colleagues to remain our nation's primary eye care providers, delivering full-scope optometric eye health and vision care. Our challenges are numerous, which means we have multiple opportunities to educate legislators, the public and our colleagues about the care optometric physicians provide and the endless advocacy efforts of our AOA, volunteers and affiliated organizations. Membership in our only advocacy organization has never been more crucial."

William T. Reynolds, O.D.,
vice president

"My New Year's resolution for 2019 is for the AOA to continue to advocate for increased scope of practice. With AOA's Future Practice Initiative, we are investing time, resources and money to states that are prepared to move forward. I strongly believe the future of our profession is in medical eye care, and I resolve to do everything possible to move optometry forward."

Robert C. Layman, O.D., secretary-treasurer

"My New Year's resolutions for optometry fall under several categories: Equipping members to practice at the highest level of their scope and training; coordinating the resources necessary to expand that scope to better serve the 10,000-plus communities in which our members practice; expanding the role of optometry in population health management to showcase our value in reducing unnecessary ER visits and delivering needed preventive care to protect the vision of patients with diabetes, MS and other sight-threatening conditions; and finally, that members recognize the AOA as the profession's most powerful advocate to rail against over-reaching regulation by agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, unscrupulous contact lens retailers and purveyors of unproven technology that devalues the doctor-patient relationship in favor of 'convenience.'"

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., immediate past president

"I resolve in 2019 to continue to passionately advocate for the profession to improve scope, access and equality for optometric physicians across America. As I complete my 11-year tenure on the AOA Board of Trustees, I've come to recognize the contribution of every member in making optometry a great profession. Only through AOA's dedicated leadership will we continue to advance our profession and continue to improve the lives of our patients."

The AOA extends best wishes to all its members and volunteers throughout this holiday season and into the New Year.

December 27, 2018

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