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President's Report

Insight 4TH quarter 2018

President's Report

It’s December! A time when we reflect upon this past year, not only in terms of our personal lives, but also with regard to our professional careers. As most years go, 2018 has been a year of ups and downs for many Florida optometrists. Thankfully, 2019 appears promising for our profession. 


First, our hearts go out to all the victims that suffered from the disastrous effects of Hurricane Michael. This category 5 storm powered through the Panhandle in October and caused problems ranging from the temporary shutdown of FOA’s Tallahassee office to complete loss of property and lives for many others. The FOA, in conjunction with Optometry Cares, the AOA Disaster Relief Foundation, was able to assist optometrists whose lives and practices were disrupted by this hurricane. If you are in the giving mood, please consider donating to the AOA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. This fund helps support our optometric colleagues affected by Hurricane Michael as well as other natural disasters across the country.


2018 smiled big upon Florida optometry via the passing of HB 7059 (a.k.a. the Florida Optometry licensing "fix” bill). HB 7059 is key legislation to provide a fair and reasonable pathway for candidates to demonstrate competency to become licensed to practice optometry in our great state. Without the passage of HB 7059, graduating optometry students and residents from around the country were uncertain in terms of what processes would be mandated and which rules impacted in terms of obtaining a new license. Our hearts went out to our future colleagues as they suffered through this plight. So, as promised, the FOA made it a top priority to solve this dilemma once and for all. The outcome: HB 7059 passed into law in May ensuring a clear and concise pathway for applicants to gain a license to practice optometry in Florida. Furthermore, the members of the FOA Board of Trustees have committed to continue to support all optometry students as they seek to enter our profession and hopefully join FOA, as a new member, following graduation. 


As the FOA heads into 2019, we are very proud and excited to become a leadership state for Think About Your Eyes (TAYE). This is a great opportunity for all FOA members to have an inexpensive national advertising campaign that has been proven to educate patients on the importance of an annual eye health exam. 


Lastly, thanks to all of you for your commitment to our mutual profession. Together we all can do even more. Membership in the Florida Optometric Association coupled with strong OD-EYEPAC contributions are critical to a bright future for our profession. Please recruit a colleague on our behalf for both programs. At the FOA website you can download an application for membership or you may use the link to OD-EYEPAC which has a membership application. The FOA leadership that directs our association is fiscally conscious and working hard to move our profession forward through 2019 and beyond. Happy Holidays, and thank you for your trust and support. 




Denise Burns-LeGros, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Florida Optometric Association, President  



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