Eyecare Business April

APR 2017

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April 2017 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m 31 rendered effectively and efficiently. We're lobbying our government and other organizations. The AOA-Political Action Committee had record fundraising during the most recent congressional cycle, thanks to our members. What are the upcoming challenges facing optometry in general, and the AOA specifically? With the proposed American Health Care Act and the uncertainties of healthcare coverage in America, we know that we have a lot of work to do. The AOA is analyzing the proposed legislation, and is committed to working with congressional leaders and the administration to improve the current system. While we are still assessing the impact that the complete bill and potential committee-level amendments would have on our patients, we are pleased to see that it includes key provisions recognizing that expanded access to eye health and vision care through in-person, comprehensive eye examinations helps ensure early diagnosis of a range of threats to a patient's health, including diabetes, hyperten- sion, and stroke. Today and in the future, we know we will be fighting on many fronts—from unproven online eye tests preying on patients to the insurers and Internet contact lens mass retailers who are repeatedly attacking our profession on Capitol Hill. What do you wish more optometrists knew or understood about the AOA? If we don't take care of our profession and our patients, no one else will. One doctor of optometry can do so much. Together, we can do so much more. We need to stand united to advocate for our patients. We are better together! Off Duty Favorite movies of all time? "Gone With the Wind," "Chariots of Fire," "Star Wars," and "Naked Gun"—I have a film credit in it thanks to my cousin who is the producer! Non-optical-related passion? Ballet. I have been dancing ballet since first grade and still take class four times a week when not traveling. Favorite vacation spot? We have a country home in upstate New York but we only spent 36 hours there last year (due to AOA travels). My favorite place to visit is Israel—I have been there 20 times. OMITS CONVERSION STEP DIRECT DCS (OMA) IMPORT IN THE INDUSTRY LONGEST WARRANTY NOW AFFORDABLE FUNCTION STEP BEVEL DISCOVER INTERACTIVE CONTENT SCAN THIS PAGE DOWNLOAD THE FREE LAYAR APP

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