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April 26, 2012

SUNY Students Participate in the AOA 2012 Congressional Advocacy Conference In Washington, DC

On April 1-3, 2012, a record number of optometrists and optometry students traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to help raise awareness of the optometry profession and the advances being made by the profession, as a whole, with the assistance of the American Optometric Association's (AOA) goals and policies.  Over 700 people, including representatives from the National Optometric Association (NOA) and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) gathered in DC. Three hundred of the attendees were students from the schools and colleges of optometry across the country of which 87 students were from SUNY College of Optometry (more than any other optometry school in the country).  The Conference began with a reception for students and doctors that allowed for networking and getting to know one another.  The second day was filled with informative and interactive lectures and speeches.  The big day was Tuesday and students were matched with optometrists from around the country and spent the day on Capitol Hill speaking to congressmen about two very important bills for optometry.  Some of the topics on the agenda were:

  1.     Access to Eye and Vision Care
  2.     Children's Vision
  3.     Medicare
  4.     Patient Access/Provider Competition
  5.     Military and Veterans' Health Care
  6.     InfantSEE

All in all, the trip was an amazing experience for all involved.