Roger Seelye, O.D.

Distinguished Service Award  

Roger Seelye, O.D. A tireless advocate for optometrists on both a state and national level, Roger Seelye, O.D., has spent nearly five decades working on a number of major legislative changes. Dr. Seeyle's contributions earned him the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

A 1966 graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry, Dr. Seelye has been a lifetime member of the AOA and the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA).

He was appointed to the AOA Health Care Legislation/State Government Relations Committee in 1994 and has been reappointed each year since. He was appointed to the AOA New Technology Committee in 2015. As one of the founding organizers of Grassroots Optometry (GO!) in 1996, he continues his service as a Team Leader and generous financial supporter. He also has been an AOA Keyperson and a high-level contributor to AOA's political action committee for many years.  

He has served on the MOA board and is a past president. He serves as chair of the MOA Legislative Committee, a position he has held since 1992. As chairperson, Dr. Seelye has worked with Governmental Consultant Services Inc. and GO! to lead MOA through initiatives that have advanced optometry law.

These initiatives include authorization for Michigan optometrists to utilize diagnostic pharmaceutical agents (DPAs) and then expand their scope of practice to therapeutic ocular agents (TPAs). He led the way in advancing glaucoma treatment with topical drugs. His most recent legislative success was the Eye Care Consumer Protection Act that prevents the sale of contact lenses and eyeglasses without a valid prescription from a licensed prescriber.

His service extends to numerous boards and committees, including the Association of Regulatory Boards in Optometry, United States Committee on Rehabilitation as an appointee of President Gerald R. Ford, and Michigan Health Council and Michigan Health Occupations Council as an appointee of Gov. James Blanchard. He has been the clinical director of the Pediatric Low Vision Clinic and provided routine and urgent eye and vision care to physically and mentally impaired youngsters in Lansing public schools.