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President's Report

Insight 1st quarter 2017
President's Report

It has been wonderful to hear from so many of you in the past few weeks regarding your success in practice. Several of you have shared with me stories of how you change your patients’ lives every day not only by providing them with better vision but also by diagnosing and treating sight threatening, and sometimes life threatening, problems found during your patients’ comprehensive eye health evaluations.

Your stories prove what I fervently believe, and that is that as optometrists we are our patients’ primary eye care provider and are a very important part of our patients’ lives. I am thrilled to be able to move into our legislative session this year along with you, carrying the message of the importance of primary eye care for all patients, including the needy. When we think of why we went into the profession of optometry, most of us agree that it was to be able to change our patients’ lives by providing them with better vision and helping to ensure that they will maintain great vision for their lifetime. Our profession is one that, to be able to continue to exist, requires we stay active in the state legislature to help our great legislators continue to help us help our patients even more. It is easy to forget what our colleagues and leaders before us have done, and the time they have put in at the Capitol to allow us to have the opportunities we have today.

Every day when I go to work, I say a prayer of gratitude for my family, for you, my colleagues, and for my patients, and then I try to put my actions where my prayers are and get to work caring for all the above. It is wonderful to know that if we all stay engaged and continue to care for our families, our colleagues, and our patients to the best of our ability, we will continue to thrive.

Please continue to be an engaged part of Team Optometry and let us work together to
make certain we have a lifetime of opportunity to change our patients’ lives.

How can you be engaged?

  1. Invite a friend to your next local society meeting and get them to join FOA on the
  2. Become a monthly contributor to OD-EYEPAC (you can go to the Division ofElections website now to see who is a contributor currently
  3. Register for our FOA Annual Convention today which helps support the FOA and our vendors
  4. Continue to Tell Your Story of the importance of comprehensive eye health evaluations to each and every one of your patients


Dr. April L. Jasper
FOA President


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