April 27, 2004 The Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, acting on the resolute will of its Council, has passed the following resolution: The American Academy of Ophthalmology does not permit attendance or participation by optometrists at any educational activity at its Annual Meeting. The Academy?s educational programs are developed for ophthalmologists who have the educational basis of medical school, internship, and residency as a background for understanding the knowledge that is presented during the Annual Meeting. These programs are presented to ensure better patient care by Academy members. Unfortunately, non-members have attended these courses and then used their attendance as arguments to legislatures to expand their scope of practice. The Academy Board believes that using these educational events in such a manner is not in the interest of the public or good patient care. For that reason, optometrists will no longer be allowed to participate or attend any of the education activities of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. _____________________________________ This resolution was proposed at the Mid-Year Forum last week. This is the AAO's response to recent developments in Oklahoma and at the VA.