American Optometric Association (AOA)

What you missed at AOA 2017
What you missed at AOA 2017Catch up with what you missed at Optometry's Meeting in Washington, DC.
FDA myopia progression workshop brings together ODs, MDs
FDA myopia progression workshop brings together ODs, MDsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently brought together representatives from optometry and ophthalmology to discuss regulatory review of contact lenses and future medical devices to control the progression of myopia, primarily in children.
FTC sues 1-800 Contacts, but not for the reasons you think
FTC sues 1-800 Contacts, but not for the reasons you thinkMany in the optometric community think that the lawsuit was a long time coming, but the lawsuit does not address the community’s primary concern—patient safety.
3 ways ODs can combat 1-800-EYE-EXAM
3 ways ODs can combat 1-800-EYE-EXAMThe recent announcement that 1-800 Contacts has partnered with online eye exam provider Opternative to offer consumers eye exams online has rocked the optometry community. What can we learn from this announcement, and what should we do?
Developing story: ODs targeted for credit fraudOptometrists and optometry students are receiving unsolicited Chase Amazon credit cards in the mail. In addition, optometrists and students have been notified of fraud alerts by credit monitoring services.
1 800 Contacts now offers Opternative refraction to its customers
1 800 Contacts now offers Opternative refraction to its customers1-800 Contacts will begin offering the Opternative online refraction service to its customers on its website, branding the partnership as “InstaRx powered by Opternative.”
Paul Farkas, OD, FAAO, and Adam Farkas, MD, MBA ODwire and CEwire foundersChanging profession, online CE, and working with your dad
1-800 Contacts ramps up legislative fights
1-800 Contacts ramps up legislative fights1-800 Contacts is ramping up its fight against organized optometry at the state and federal levels over legislation that would change important aspects of contact lens prescriptions and dispensing, such as longer expiration dates, elimination of contact lens brand on the Rx, and enacting a contact lens patient bill of rights.
Will optometry’s fear of disruptive technology backfire?
Will optometry’s fear of disruptive technology backfire?Eye care has been a magnet for new—and disruptive—technology. In the past few years, the industry has seen the birth of companies such as Smart Vision Labs, Opternative, and EyeNetra, just to name a few.
Q&A: Steven Loomis, OD, President of the American Optometric AssociationI grew up in Butte, Montana. My dad was truck driver. He worked for Standard Oil, and he delivered gasoline to the gasoline stations there and the farmers in the area. It’s a beautiful place, phenomenal place, to grow up. Butte always had the reputation for being a little rough because it’s a mining town, but it’s just how I grew up.