Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the 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. Optometrists also play a vital role in identifying related systemic conditions affecting the eye.
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NH House Tables HB 585
In the face of strong evidence showing obvious discrimination by certain insurance carriers against optometry, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to "Lay on the Table" HB 585. Choosing to believe the NH Medical Society lobby and the carrier representatives instead of the New Hampshire Insurance Department, the House effectively killed the bill for this legislative session. The vote was by "Division" in which individual Representatives' votes are not recorded.
Benefits that can be Gained from Vision Therapy
Recently an important article article was published explaining Vision Therapy (sometimes also called Vision Training or VT. This is a specialized branch of Optometry which can often be very helpful to patients with amblyopia (poor vision in one eye), strabismus (eyes misaligned or not straight) or learning problems caused by poor or inefficient vision skills. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Saving on Eye Care: Bargains and Risks
Why cutting costs on eye care sometimes goes too far
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this program (formerly known as Operation Bright Star) optometrists
provide a no-cost comprehensive infant
eye assessment, regardless of income or insurance. Assessments at
six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of
vision. Visit infantsee.org to
find a doctor and learn more about the program.
Eligibility Criteria: None. EVERY infant, 6-12 months of age is eligible.
Lions Club - The Lions Club stands ready to assist people in need. If you are in need of assistance please contact your local Lions Club today.
Vision USA - Vision USA provides basic eye health and vision care services, free of charge, to the many uninsured, low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care.
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Member Services Committee Announces Two New Member Benefits for 2014!
The NHOA Member Services Committee is happy to tell you about two significant new member benefits for the coming year:
CE Incentive Rebate Program. Starting with
the February meeting, any NHOA member who accumulates at least 16
hours of NHOA-sponsored CE during the year will receive a $150
credit which can be applied toward either your 2015 dues or NHOA-sponsored
2015 CE. We will track your CE hours and grant the credit
automatically when achieved.
2. New Member Sponsor Program. Starting on January 1, 2014, any NHOA member who sponsors a new member will receive a credit of $200 if the new member is still a member at the end of 2014. Again, the credit can be applied toward either your 2015 dues or NHOA-sponsored 2015 CE. When a new member joins, we will ask him or her if there was any particular member who influenced the decision to join, and that member will receive the credit.
If you have any questions about these new incentive programs, contact Sarah Jagatic, Angel Sawyer or the NHOA office.
The NHOA Intraprofessional Relations Committee has posted two VERY
IMPORTANT documents on the Members Only page. The first points
to a list of our colleagues who have a special interest in certain
areas of optometry, and the second points to a list of your
colleagues who have expressed willingness to speak to groups
(professional or civic) about optometry. Click on the link
above to go to the members-only section of the website.
Dues: Click here to find out your yearly dues responsibility
for NHOA member
for information on
the treatment of
POAG under the
New Hampshire laws
Continuing Education 2014
October 17 - 19
(Annual Meeting, Portsmouth)
The May 7 meeting will be open for registration soon.
Additional Career Information
Looking for practice opportunities?
--Search our local classifieds
--Search local states through The New England College of Optometry Career Search Page
--Search the AOA Career Center