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Next CE Meeting
Posted November 08, 2014

OAL Mid Winter meeting will be held in conjunction with SCO's Destination CE Event in New Orleans, Feb 7-8, 2015. Join us in the Big Easy for the course and for Mardi Gras!


SECO 2015
Posted November 23, 2014

SECO 2015 "Where Sight Meets Vision" takes place March 4-8 in Atlanta Georgia. Registration is now open, click "Read More" for details. The OD Program features more than 120 courses & 180 hours of CE, including 19 CEE courses for 38 hours, 3 free Symposium Series lunches, Learning Labs for hands-on learning, and 6 Special Sessions.


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.


OAL Office Has New Home!
Posted February 28, 2014

The OAL office has relocated to its new home at 419 Hwy. 165 North, Oakdale, LA., 71463. All mail and other correspondence should be sent to the new address. All phone numbers, faxes, e-mails remain unchanged. Please edit your records.

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.


Posted March 23, 2013

OAL members: Login to member profile and enter your mobile number to receive text alerts from your state association. Get the latest information on CE, meetings, and other alerts of importance to all Optometrists!

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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


  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 Saturday morning, 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).


AOA Congratulates the OAL on 
100 Years of Service to Optometry!

Congratulations to the Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) on its 100 year anniversary! Let's take a look at what makes optometry so special for the OAL and it's members.


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. 


The OAL, the Louisiana Rural Hospital Coalition, the Louisiana Primary Care Association, AARP, & the Louisiana Nursing Home Association applaud the Louisiana Legislature for overwhelmingly passing House Bill 1065 by Rep. Rogers Pope, signed into law on June 1, 2014 by Governor Bobby Jindal.


HB 1065 is signed into law.  Looking on are, from L to R, Chris Wroten, OD (representing the OAL),
Rep. J. Rogers Pope (Author of HB 1065), Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Senator David Heitmeier, OD. 

HB 1065 overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate chambers and was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 1, 2014.  The bill greatly increases access to needed eye care services for Louisiana's citizens by adding a limited set of eye care procedures to the list of minor surgical procedures which trusted Doctors of Optometry already provide in Louisiana.  In fact, every one of these new procedures has been safely and effectively provided for decades to tens of thousands of patients by Doctors of Optometry in other states.   To learn more about this landmark legislation, please click 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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