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Posted March 20, 2015

Registration IS NOW OPEN for the OAL Annual Convention! We will be at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, LA June 5-7, 2015. 16 hrs of OD TPA CE will be offered, headlined by Paul Karpecki, OD. 14 hrs of paraoptometric CE is also planned. Please make plans to join us!

LA. Student Elected AOSA President
Posted January 15, 2015

---Southern College of Optometry student Hunter Chapman, Class of 2016, was recently elected president of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) at the AOSA Board of Trustees meeting in San Francisco.

Have Your Baby's Eyes Checked by Louisiana Optometrists
Posted July 14, 2013

InfantSEE, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares - the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Click on "Read More" to learn more and to view InfantSee Videos.

Posted March 23, 2013

Login to your member profile and enter your mobile number to receive text alerts from the OAL. Get the latest information on CE, meetings, and other alerts of importance to all Optometrists! Can't login?...Contact the OAL office at 1-888-388-0675 for assistance.

Consumer Protection, FTC Complaints
Posted July 09, 2013

Doctors & Patients: If you have a complaint about the illegal sale of contact lenses or wish to report any adverse contact lens effects, please click "Read More" to access the FTC Complaint Form.

Invest In Your Practice....Invest In Your Staff!
Posted March 23, 2013

There is a way for you to provide better vision care for your patients - without spending thousands of dollars on new equipment or traveling thousands of miles to learn the newest optometric procedures. How? By increasing the skills and abilities of the members of your staff - through their membership in the Optometry Association of Louisiana- Paraoptometric Section.

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Welcome to the Optometry Association of Louisiana

The Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) is a group of state-licensed optometrists who deliver primary eyecare to citizens in all parts of Louisiana. Over 300 members strong, the organization provides continuing education programs for its doctors, sponsors programs to improve eyecare in Louisiana and abroad, and represents Louisiana nationally at optometric programs and events. The OAL also promotes legislation to insure all Louisiana citizens have access to quality eyecare.


 What is a Doctor of Optometry? 

Doctors of Optometry (O.D.’s) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.  (American Optometric Association)   Doctors of Optometry also diagnose associated systemic conditions; prescribe oral and topical medications (e.g. antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, & pain relievers, among others); perform minor surgical procedures on and around the eye; order and interpret blood work and neuro-imaging (such as MRI, CAT scan, etc.); offer vision therapy and vision rehabilitative services; fit contact lenses; and prescribe eyeglasses.  For more information, please browse this site and visit the American Optometric Association's website at

Nominations Now Open for 2015 OAL Service Awards

Please consider submitting one or more nominations of worthy candidates for the OAL Service awards. Both OD & Paraoptometric members can nominate in any or all of the award categories. The OAL Awards Committee and the OAL-PS Board will review all ballots and determine the final recipients, to be recognized at the OAL Annual Convention in June. Balloting ends May 5, 2015.  Online ballots were e-mailed to all members, but a paper version is available by clicking on the button here.  Thank you for participating!


The Future Looks Bright for Louisiana Optometry!

St Louis, MO, January 10, 2015--- Our state association is in good hands, thanks to excellent leadership!  Several of our leaders, along with OAL Executive Director, Dr. James Sandefur, attended AOA's President's Council in St. Louis in January.   This is a meeting of all of the Presidents, President Elects, and Executive Directors of the state associations and the AOA affiliates.  Pictured below are Chris Wroten, OD (past president of the OAL & Moderator for the meeting), Cyndie Baker, OD (president elect of the OAL), and Dwayne Yeager, OD, FAAO (President of the OAL).  Continuing participation in this meeting reflects the OAL & its leaderships' commitment to keep Optometry shining in Louisiana!

  Award Named, Another Recognition for 
Dr. James D. Sandefur 

Dallas, Tx, November 8, 2014--- Dr. Sandefur, executive director of the OAL, is the inaugural recipient of the James D. Sandefur EyeCon Advocacy Award.  The award was presented to Dr. Sandefur at the Texas Optometric Association’s EyeCon meeting in Dallas on November 8, 2014.  The award will be given, annually, at EyeCon, for legislative advocacy efforts to reward and encourage optometrists to follow Dr. Sandefur's lead in legislative activities.  The award aims to recognize OD's from one of the traditional Southwest Council states of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. 


Above, Dr. James D. Sandefur is presented the inaugural James D. Sandefur EyeCon Advocacy Award.  Pictured, from left are:  Dr. Jerry Gerdes (OAL Past President & member of OAL Legislative Committee), Dr. Sandefur, Dr. Fred Farias (TOA President), Dr. Chris Wroten (OAL Past President & member of OAL Legislative Committee), & Dr. Kevin Kasovich (OAL Secretary-Treasurer).


OAL Recognizes Leaders, Lawmakers
During 100th Anniversary Convention

The OAL recognized many fine leaders and legislators during the June 20-22, 2014 Convention.  While the award recipients are all more than deserving, we know that the real winners are each and every OAL member and the patients we care for in this great state!  Dr. Jeff Anastasio, representing the OAL Awards Committee, served as emcee for the Awards Program.  The OAL congratulates all of the award recipients, shown here. 




OAL Breaks Attendance Records In All Categories
During the 100th Anniversary Convention!

The Optometry Association of Louisiana celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a blow out of a Convention, June 20-22, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Here are some of the images from the celebration that will long remain with us:  


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