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Gretchyn M. Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, Editor in Chief, Content Channel Director
Goals, not resolutions
So here we are, facing another bleak, dreary January. I really hate January. One of the reasons I hate January is New Year’s resolutions. Why do we spend time at the dawn of each new year coming up with a list of things wrong with us?
Women, leadership, and optometry
The role of women in optometry has long held an important place in my heart. Recently, I was invited to attend a Women in Optometry meeting at Vistakon’s The Vision Care Institute, the second event the company held. Vistakon gathered a group of women optometrists who have been in practice fewer than 10 years. Vistakon plans to hold more Women in Optometry seminars in 2014. If you have the opportunity, go!
ODs and MDs forge educational initiative
The American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recently announced that they are planning to work together on joint educational initiatives. These initiatives are not yet planned, and the organizations anticipate that they will launch sometime in 2015.
The power of community
Community can be a very powerful thing, and we may not appreciate it until we actually give some thought to the communities to which we belong. During this season of thankfulness and giving, be mindful of your community, and be grateful.
New deans at optometry schools
Two schools of optometry recently announced changes in their leadership. The University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry appointed John Flanagan, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, as its eighth dean, and The Ohio State University College of Optometry has named Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO, as its first woman dean.
What’s important to you?
Clearly there’s a lot to talk about and a lot for us to write about. But what I want to know is: What is important to you? We want our publication to reflect what is important to the optometrists walking into exam rooms every day. And the only way we can do that is for you to tell us.
New optometric association launched
Recently, a new organization launched, aiming to represent optometric interests in negotiations with third-party payers, ensure enforcement of existing laws and provider agreements, and improve public perception of optometrists.
The cost of contact lens and lens care noncompliance
Contact lens and lens care compliance depends on patients following the doctor's recommendations, yet not all of what is imparted to patients is being followed. Diligence is the watchword, in both patient education and looking for contact lens complications from noncompliance in contact lens-wearing patients.
CA expanded scope bill tabled
California Senator Ed Hernandez, OD (D-West Covina), pulled SB 492 from legislative consideration. The bill would have designated optometrists as primary-care providers to diagnose and treat patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, in anticipation of a provider shortage after millions of uninsured persons gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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