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President's Report

Insight 2ND quarter 2018

President's Report

A hardy and enthusiastic greeting to all of you, the optometric colleagues that make up this awesome Association. As we prepare for our annual pilgrimage to the FOA convention, July 19-22 at the Grand Floridian, Disney, I would like to highlight the accomplishments of your Association.

This year we have trimmed our budget, become a more efficient Association, nurtured a more effective staff, managed an extreme legal challange, paid for it, and passed legislation that without would have mired the Association in indefinite distraction. So, congratulations FOA, we are well positioned to take on the next and subsequent challenges that will undoubtedly come—fast and furious. So, let’s get back to work!

As healthcare reform moves forward some claim that Optometry may not achieve its destiny of being the piviotal physician that manages the intersection of eyecare and healthcare; as well as the multitude of diseases and refractive errors that affect our society, now and for decades to come. Despite the digital and merchantile distractions that claim to allow patients to displace or replace the optometrist from that piviotal physician role, the fact is, Optometry still provides the healthcare system the most credible, trusted, healthcare model to serve society. Our pre-graduate education is superior to any other. We are engaging our Schools and Colleges of Optometry with Special Acedemic Liaisons that we have not pursued previously. Our licensure process assesses current level of minimum compentency more thoroughly than ever before. And our post-graduate education requirements ensure an on-going level of compentency of the licenced optometric physician.

Now, our collective responsibility is to move the profession forward in an organized fashion. This requires each of us to be engaged at every level; Local Society, State, and National. If you haven't asked a Local Society President or FOA Trustee now is the time to volunteer. Volunteerism is the life blood of any organization. If you haven't signed up for Think About Your Eyes or AOA-PAC, you're over due for stepping up to your professional responsibility.

At that, I would ask each of you pay it forward. The only reason we are where we are now, the most progressive healthcare profession of the past four decades, is because of the sacrifice of time and treasure of the optometrists that came before us. Your current professional position was achieved not only by your own personal efforts, but by the collective efforts of organized optometry. So lets make sure that we each ask a non-FOA member colleague to join the Association and OD-EYEPAC. It's easy to find it all at www.floridaeyes.org. See you at the Grand Floridian in July. It has truly been an honor to serve as your president this year. I ask that you continue to support all FOA presidents in the same fashion.

 

For Optometry,

 

Tad R. Kosanovich, OD

FOA President

 

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