Advocacy matters. Opticians Association has the potential to become a powerful advocacy force for ophthalmic professionals. Since the passage and Supreme Court ruling on the PPACA or “Obamacare” the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of new health insurance exchanges are just two of the major policy and operational issues our members are grappling with. These changes will have a direct impact for opticians and their patients.
For many years I have noticed one of the overarching elements opticians have been concerned with is their place amid OD’s, MD’s and frame stylists. State by state the requirements to call oneself an optician differs considerably. Here at Opticians Association of America we try to advocate for regulatory consistency while promoting education and continued progress as a profession. It is in this light that I attempt to elevate the discussion of electronic dispensing aids (EDA’s).