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 www.aoa.org.
Nominations CLOSE APRIL 15th 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 April 15, 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!
Registration Now in Full Swing for 2015 OAL Convention
ODs save $60 by using discount code "EARLY" when registering before May 5th!
Please register yourself and your staff for the June 5-7, 2015 OAL Convention at the Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge.....HURRY, early registration closes May 5th! Thanks for your patience with the new, single office registration system has been launched. It allows ODs to register themselves first, then, at checkout, to add additional attendees (paras, other ODs in the office) so as to create a "whole office" registration. Rooms are nearly sold out, so you should make your hotel reservations as soon as possible too!
Students & Residents FREE REGISTRATION!
16 hrs OD TPA CE, this year we welcome Drs. Paul Karpecki, Carlo Pelino, Joe Pizzimenti, and Marcus Picollo
BRAND NEW Technology Symposium (1 hr OD GENERAL CE) from our Sponsors!
Full Paraoptometric Program, including NEW OAL-PS SPEAKERS Beverly Roberts, CPOT and Dr. Robert Reed, OD, as well as the always popular "Hands On Workshop" by Lynn Lawrence, CPOT (ONLY 3 spots remain in the workshop!)
Network with other students, ODs, and colleagues in organized optometry from around the country... Don't forget to enter the discount code EARLY before May 5th for FREE registration!
Friday Evening Exhibit Hall
with food, drinks, and great prizes!
"The Eye Ball"
Saturday night dinner & dance for the whole family!
2015 Exhibitors Registered as of 4/12/15
|Gulf States Optical Labs
||Enhanced Medical Services
||Tru Form Optics
|Clear Vision Optical
||Brown & Bigelow
(OAL Online Store)
|IC Berlin America, LLC
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.
CONGRATULATIONS, DR. SANDEFUR!
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).