To: Steven Lee, O.D. and Aaron Dallek
From: The Optometric Society
Date: August 29, 2014
cc: Dr. Grant La Farge, Lynn Hart,
The New Mexico Medical Board has affirmed that Opternative is indeed the practice of medicine, and therefore should be governed by the New Mexico Medical Practice Act. We recognize that your online refractive technology has excellent potential as a visual screening and refractive device in a medical setting or as an online visual screening program. However, we do not support the use of online questionnaires to give a glasses or contact lens prescription, without an immediate, accompanying physical examination of ocular health.
By Dr. Janet Carter
With the introduction of a program of optometric board certification by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry late last year, there are now several viable choices for those who wish to pursue certification in general optometry. But before making a decision to apply for a program, the practitioner must first determine if formal board certification is something they wish to accomplish. Board Certification in general optometry is entirely voluntary. There are currently no third-party payers that require certification of their optometric providers, no requirement for such to participate in plans offered through the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), and no indication that Medicare will require board certification of optometrists in the foreseeable future. It is true that employers, hospitals, and the like may use certification as part of their determination of admitting privileges and/or salary. Perhaps more importantly, participation in the "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) aspect of board certification represents an ongoing commitment by the practitioner to lifelong learning and to keep up with technological and scientific developments in the profession.
The practitioner must also distinguish between programs that certify optometrists in general clinical optometry and sub-specialty certification. In Medicine, the board certification system came into existence because physicians graduate with a degree that gives them broad eligibility to practice a wide variety of specialties, regardless of their actual training. The MD board certification helps to insure that they have had sufficient training and education in their chosen specialty area. Optometrists, on the other hand,
In everyday practice most all of us have encounters with patients with benefits from Vision Care Plans (VCP). Here is an opportunity for you as an individual optometrist to communicate with the Vision Care Plans your individual views, both pros and cons, in a professional manner, in order to maintain highly effective patient care.
Friends and Colleagues,
I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to join the The Optometric Society [TOS], which will give individual optometrists an increasingly important voice in our profession. I ask all optometrists to join to insure that our voices be heard.
THE Optometric Society was formed to ensure that individual optometrists continue to thrive, independent of the influences of industry and "big medicine." In part, THE Optometric Society will help foster a healthy debate on the issues facing optometry today.
THE Optometric Society is a professional membership organization, comprised solely of optometrists. Concern over the present state of the profession should prompt Optometrists in all modes of practice to join. Dues are $150 per year and you may register here as a Founding Member till the end of 2014.
Unlike the AOA, our elected Board of Directors will serve and be directed by the views and wishes of the membership. You will be an active and integral part of THE Optometric Society, as the organization works to address the needs of the members with the passion and commitment you expect of your professional society. I look forward to welcoming you to our society.
These are Your Elected TOS Board Members, feel free to contact them through the website: www.theoptometricsociety.org
- Gary S. Litman, O.D., F.A.A.O., Vice President
- Michael A. Santarlas O.D., Treasurer
- Lisa Shin, O.D., President
- James Sanderson O.D., Secretary
Dave Carlton OD [National Membership Chair]
P.S. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual CE Symposium April 24 – 26, 2015 in Dallas. More information can be found at www.OptometricCE.org. Registration opens November 1,2014.