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President's Report

Insight 3rd quarter 2018

President's Report

It is an honor and a privilege to be your 84th Florida Optometric Association President.  I would like to thank all of our colleagues who attended the FOA annual convention at Disney’s Grand Floridian last month.  This year we had our highest attendance on record.  With excellent continuing education, a diverse exhibit hall, and wonderful networking events, our organization was able to yet again bring a great opportunity to our profession. This annual event certainly deserves our support and I would encourage you all to save the date for next year’s convention on July 18 - 21, 2019 at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, Florida. 


Since joining the FOA Board of Trustees in 2012, it has been a privilege to be part of this engaged and motivated group of individuals that continue to move our profession forward.  Looking back, my most exciting memory was being present when Governor Rick Scott signed our Optometric Practice Act into law in 2013; this law allows Florida optometrists to become certified to prescribe oral medications.  It took 27 years to increase our prescribing abilities.   We won this legislative victory through the hard work of our legislative chair, Dr. Ken Lawson, the Board of Trustees, and the relationships our members have with their local legislators.  Just like this victory, the passing of the Vision Insurance Bill in 2015 (as well as our recent Licensure Bill in 2018) demonstrates that grassroots lobbying, volunteers, and funding make it possible to continue our legislative fight.


Your FOA Board of Trustees is strongly advocating on behalf of the doctor-patient relationship for a comprehensive eye exam.   Our message is clear: a refraction should not be carved out as a substitution for an annual eye exam. Refraction-only exams offered through telemedicine are a disservice to the public. We can fight these battles with advocacy, education, and public awareness.  


Please join our fight to protect our profession.  We need all optometrists to be engaged and donate to OD-EYEPAC.  Our profession must continue to move forward and we all need to work together to continue our fight.  I look forward to serving the FOA over this next year as your President.   


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

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Florida Optometric Association, President  



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