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Academy Bans Optometrists at its Annual Meeting

Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by Andrew_Doan, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. Andrew_Doan

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    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.
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    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.
     
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    So the line has been drawn in the sand.
     
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    This Academy Express email was one of the best emails I received this week!

    It is wonderful to see the academy stand up and so something so positive for the profession.
     
  5. Andrew_Doan

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    One bad thing about this is that optometrists who are not interested in expanding their current scope of practice or even surgery will be hurt. One of the low vision specialists, an optometrist, at the U of Iowa cannot present his low vision course at the Academy meeting. This will hurt both ophthalmology and optometry.

    On the other hand, it is a shame that organized optometry cannot stop the few who are aggressive about lobbying for optometric surgery and expansion of optometric scope of practice. Perhaps optometrists should voice their opinions to stop what is happening in Oklahoma and other states. Ultimately, as Dr. Lindstrom stated in his OSN article, this push for optometric surgery will damage optometry's reputation and may increase state regulation of their scope of practice.
     
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    I agree - all this does (in addition to putting innocent patients at the risk of surgery by untrained non-physicians) is hurt the majority of optometrists who to a great job providing a needed service. The academy should make a mandatory "I promise never to try to do surgery" waiver for any visiting optometrists.
     
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    It is staggering to hear that my own profession-optometry is pushing for legislative measures to perform any surigical procedures to the public. The majority of OD's I know have no intention in pursuing surgery. Even with therapeutics, the majority of us do not utilize them extensively; unless we are in an ophthalmological setting/ or comanagement center.
    I applaud the American Academy of Ophthalmology for banning all optometrists to their annual meeting. Good for you.
    I am truly ashamed of my colleagues in certain parts of the country for what they aspire to achieve.
    It really makes me sick also hearing the term "optometric glaucoma specialist" or "retinal optometrist." This is really a cry for help. Jealousy and insecurity among those frustrated OD's who wanted more out of life than just being optometrists.
    My apologies to all of you OMD's.
    From my heart.

    RC.
     

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