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June 2016    Volume 13, Issue 6
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In this Issue:
IOA President
IOA Immediate Past President

IOA Membership Trustee
IOA Communications/Member Engagement Trustee


Keeping You Informed

IOA Associate Members
Useful Links


IOA's Mission

The Illinois Optometric Association exists to protect, promote, and advance the profession of Optometry by providing exemplary resources and support towards serving and enhancing quality patient care.


IOA's Vision
The vision of the Illinois Optometric Association is to be the primary advocate for the advancement of optometry through education, legislation, public service, and membership development by providing a unified voice for all optometrists to ensure the practice of Optometry at the highest level while providing patients with exemplary care. 

Brian Plattner, OD
IOA President

Just a couple weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the commencement ceremony for Illinois College of Optometry at the beautiful Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, thanks to the gracious invitation extended to me by Drs. Mark Colip and President Arol Augsburger.  My purpose of attending was to represent the IOA and to remind the students that we welcome them in to the family of optometry as colleagues and as equals.  For me personally, this was a special occasion as this was my first attendance at an ICO graduation.  The ceremony was nothing short of spectacular, and it was an impressive reminder to me how fortunate we are to be blessed with such a prestigious institute of higher learning here within our state.  It was also a great reminder to me, as I gazed upon the beaming faces of the many graduates, that the future of our profession is very bright as long as we continue to stand together and support one another.  To my new colleagues and friends, I simply say welcome.  Please realize that we need you just as much as you need us and that together the possibilities are endless.

Commencement is also a celebration of a lot of hard work and a job well done.  At the IOA, we hold a "commencement” of our own, so to speak, when we give out awards to the OD of the Year, Young OD of the Year, Key Person of the Year, Legislator of the Year, and Friend of Optometry at our convention ceremony in September.  This is our opportunity to recognize and say thank you for a job well done to the deserving recipients.  I believe that some of the greatest contributions within the profession are done by quiet and passionate individuals working in the backroom and outside the spotlight, so I encourage all of you to please let me know if you know someone that would be deserving of any of these awards (  I can help guide you on the criterion for each award and how to nominate someone for the recognition they so greatly deserve.


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Paul Stauder, OD
IOA Immediate Past President

My time on the President's Cabinet is coming to an end.  It has been a pleasure to serve our profession over the past 8 years.  It has been challenging at times, but has also been very rewarding.  One of my last tasks as Immediate Past President is to find candidates to fill the vacancy created by my exit.  We will be discussing possible candidates over the next few months. If you would like to serve our profession as a Trustee on the Cabinet, please let me know.  I hope you all have a great summer!

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Mindy Nguyen, OD
IOA Membership Trustee

Congrats to all the 2016 Graduates! You have worked hard the last four years and deserve those extra two initials after your name. You are now entering another big milestone in your life, where you will join your esteemed colleagues in delivering the best eye care to your lifelong patients. As you are getting ready to apply for your licenses and credentialing, do not forget to join the membership of IOA. It's only with your support of IOA that the IOA can continue to work for you to allow you to practice what you were trained to do these last four years.


IOA membership is equally as important as malpractice insurance! It is your insurance to practice to the fullest in the state of Illinois!


For our current IOA members, please welcome these new graduates to our wonderful profession! I challenge you to invite a new graduate to an upcoming IOA event or introduce yourself to them if you see a new face at one of the IOA events.


I look forward to having all the new graduates from Illinois and surrounding states back in Illinois and help IOA grow even stronger this coming year!

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Timothy Cundiff, OD
IOA Communications/Member Engagement Trustee

School is out and summer is right around the corner.  This means our schedules and our patients’ schedules will be filled with baseball, cookouts, fireworks, lawn care, and pool parties.  We have an important role to communicate the hazards that come with this list of summertime activities.  For example, we can’t forget to remind our patients to use extreme caution with fireworks and to wear protective eyewear when mowing the grass.  And we must constantly review the many reasons for sunglasses.

This month, I will focus on baseball (and softball).  Whether you’re playing or spectating, we all know that sun protection is a must.  In addition, we always hear the coach yell "Keep your eye on the ball!”  That applies to more than just the players.  Foul balls can be dangerous if fans aren’t keeping their eyes on the game.  This is especially important when at a sports complex with multiple diamonds in close proximity.  Sometimes the hazardous foul ball comes from another field. 

If you’re taking in a game at the local minor league ballpark or a major league stadium, the seats near the field provide an awesome view of the game – but they require extra attention.  Foul balls can reach those seats in the blink of an eye – literally.  Keep your smart phones in your pocket.  If you’re too busy texting or playing on your phone, you won’t have time to react to a dangerous foul ball or a thrown bat.

Year after year, these summertime protection tips might seem redundant and you might feel like a broken record.  But our patients deserve the reminders.  To them, these tips aren’t as natural as they are to us.

Have fun this summer!  Stay off your smart phones, keep your sun-protected eyes open, and enjoy the game!  Go Cardinals!  (Or Cubs or White Sox!)  May the best team win!


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  Keeping You Informed:

  • The IOA will continue to meet with the Ophthalmologist over the summer regarding SB2899 and keep you informed of our progress.


  • For your convenience, we’ve updated the CPT codes that apply to optometry. Please check out the link in the Members Only section of our website.


  • Mark your calendar now to join us for the IOA Convention, September 22-25 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.


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