Get Involved In Optometry

Oct 4, 2017
2 min read

Optometry is a legislative profession. This means that that we must get involved in optometry advocacy efforts and support ourselves and eachother.

Optometry is a legislative profession.

I am sure you have heard this at some point in school or during your career.

We cannot move forward as a profession unless we as optometrists support ourselves, eachother, and our profession.

This requires that we get involved.

Read more about the importance of advocacy. 

We had an opportunity to chat with Bryan Rogoff, OD, MBA, CPHM of EyeExec Consulting at Vision Expo East 2017  where Dr. Rogoff talked about involvement and the peril of being complacent.

Why is it important to get involved?

To be part of a growing healthcare system, we must support those who are representing us and our profession otherwise optometry can easily be left out. In the current state of affairs, it is easy to have many enemies and few allies. We must support those who are fighting for us on the legislative level.

Ways to get involved

Being active with the AOA is a great way.

Educating legislators on our background and what we can do is paramount for us to continue to grow as a profession.

Did you know: Every year, the AOA has to fight to make sure we are still part of Medicare!

Look for your state associations to have a young OD segment. This is a great way for newer grads to obtain guidance on how to get started.

Easy things you can do

Research who your legislators are. Chances are, they might be coming in as one of your patients. If they do, take the time to educate them on what you know and what optometrists can do as a whole.

As you mature throughout your career, donating to your state associations and getting involved in a deeper level by taking on a role within your association could generate increased advocacy efforts.

Our profession depends on it

With the advent of technology comes increased competition. We see disruptive forces emerging on a daily basis that threaten what we do as a profession.

There is a big position for tele-health right now along with private equity. There are many forces right now against optometry and we need to stay abreast of these entities and continue to fight for optometry.

About Antonio Chirumbolo, OD

Antonio works in Client Marketing at CovalentCareers. His passions are everything and anything digital media.