---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.
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.
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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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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.
Senator David Heitmeier, O.D.
Awarded AOA Optometrist of the Year
Seattle, WA, June 25, 2015---David Heitmeier, O.D., who serves as a Louisiana state senator, is the 2015 AOA Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Heitmeier graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He founded Heitmeier & Armani Medical and Surgical Eye Care Center, the Nautical Optical Laboratory in New Orleans, and two charity eye care clinics in south Louisiana.
Dr. Heitmeier became the first OD elected to serve in the Louisiana State Senate. Among his many legislative accomplishments and awards, he serves as Chair of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee and has authored numerous pieces of legislation, including legislation allowing optometrists to prescribe pharmaceutical contact lenses. Dr. Heitmeier is also known as a major driving force behind Louisiana's historic 2014 scope of practice bill that reinforced the power of the state board of optometry and allowed doctors of optometry to perform ophthalmic laser and lid surgeries, and administer injections. READ FULL STORY...
Optometry's Meeting, June 24-28, 2015, Seattle
The Optometry Association of Louisiana was well represented at this year's AOA Meeting. Here are just a few images captured from the 118th AOA Congress in Seattle:
Another Huge Convention in the Books
Baton Rouge, LA, June 8, 2015--- 190 Optometrists, 130 Paraoptometrics, and 26 Optometry Students jammed the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge June 5-8, 2015 for another record setting convention! CE Tracks were offered for the ODs featuring traditional therapeutic continuing education, as well as an Advanced Procedures Course. Paras were able to attend hands on workshops, as well as classroom CE throughout the weekend. Below, several Optometry Students from around the country participated in a Roundtable Discussion, facilitated by the OAL Leadership, Regional & National Trustees from SECO & the AOA, as well as members of the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners.
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 (OAL President), and Dwayne Yeager, OD, FAAO (OAL Immediate Past President). Continuing participation in this meeting reflects the OAL & its leaderships' commitment to keep Optometry shining in Louisiana!