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February 2016 Volume 13, Issue 2
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In this Issue:
IOA President
IOA Immediate Past President
IOA Legislative Trustee
IOA Membership Trustee
IOA Communications Trustee


Winter CE Series
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

Have you ever been surrounded by a team so good that everyone around you executes their roles to perfection without even being asked? As the leader your role is simply to check in, share a few encouraging words, and make sure everyone has all the tools and resources they need. If you are like me this sounds more like wishful thinking than reality, but this is exactly where I find myself as President of the IOA. I’m blessed to be surrounded by an incredible and dedicated staff in Springfield and by an amazing cabinet of volunteers who are working tirelessly to bring value to our members. I’d like to take just a brief moment to highlight some of the recent efforts of our PC members.|

In December, I had the privilege of attending an optometry only fundraiser event in Peoria for newly appointed State Senator, Chuck Weaver, which was co-hosted and organized by Trustee Dr. Tim Cundiff. It was a great night to mingle with the OD’s in the area, and the event was a huge success raising over $7000. That event certainly will stand out in Senator Weaver’s mind for many years to come when he thinks of optometry. Thank you, Tim! I also had the privilege of attending a fundraiser in Macomb for Representative Norine Hammond organized and hosted by Trustee Dr. Eric Botts. Representative Hammond was instrumental in making sure the nefarious 1-800 Contacts legislation did not make it out of committee last year. The event was a smashing success and raising several thousands of dollars. Thank you, Eric! Quietly out of the limelight, Trustee Dr. Tina Funk has been using tickets purchased by the IOA PAC and making the rounds to several legislative gatherings. Meanwhile, Trustee Dr. Matt Jones has been in working our Key Person Network and organizing our legislative strategies in the background. Thank you Matt and Tina!

Trustee Dr. Mindy Nguyen along with volunteers Drs. Karina Nikogosian and Katherine Lynch have done an incredible job over the last few months increasing the IOA’s presence in front of recent graduates and optometry students in Illinois. They have hosted several very successful events, and the interest and the momentum is building. Thank you and keep up the great work Mindy, Karina, and Katherine! Your efforts will pay huge dividends for many years to come!

Immediate Past President Dr. Paul Stauder, President-Elect Dr. Christine Allison, and Past President Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow have all been extremely dedicated and instrumental during the phone interview phase of our Executive Director search. Thank you to all for your help! Words can’t even begin to describe the yeoman’s work that has been performed throughout the search process by our Secretary Treasurer, Dr. Mark Skowron. Mark has literally invested hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and he has single-handedly redefined in my mind what it means to be a servant leader. Thank you, Mark! Your efforts continue to encourage and inspire me.

If you happen to run into any of our trustees, I ask that you join me in thanking them because in a thankless role each and every one of them continues to go above and beyond for the IOA.


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Paul Stauder, OD
IOA Immediate Past President

Imagine waking up on a Monday morning and heading to work and find out that there is no longer an Illinois Optometric Association! Now imagine getting to work Tuesday and find out that ophthalmology successfully passed legislation that restricts our scope of practice because there was no longer an IOA to watch our backs and protect us! That could very well happen without the vigilant work of the Illinois Optometric Association and our PAC fund.

If you are not a member of PAC, you should be! PAC is an insurance policy for your profession. Last year we launched A Dollar A Day Campaign. We ask EVERY optometrist in Illinois to give at least $1/day to help protect Optometry in Illinois. Every PAC dollar we receive helps keep our profession strong.

There are constant attacks that the IOA uses our PAC dollars to fight. Last year we used this fund to help fight off the attack by 1-800-contacts. We expect them to be back this year. Their ultimate goal is to make it a conflict of interest for OD’s to sell the contacts they prescribe. They also want to be able to substitute their generic brand of contacts for whatever we prescribe. We need your PAC dollars to fight this threat and others as they arise. Please call the IOA office and set up a monthly contribution TODAY!

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Matt Jones, OD
IOA Legislative Trustee

We are too early in the legislative session to forecast any outcomes, but 2016 will bring some exciting legislative news. Stay tuned to your IOA eNews and local societies for an update on some potentially ground break news!
As always: donate to the IOA PAC.


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Mindy Nguyen, OD
IOA Membership Trustee

Hope everyone had a great start to a new year! We are looking forward to a new year at IOA with exciting changes in this coming year! The Student IOA club at ICO had a great start and they are still looking for volunteers to help out. Dr. Katherine Lynch, ICO Society President, is the advisor for this student organization so if you are interested in volunteering and helping out please contact her at kalynch@ico.edu. We are looking to expand this model to other schools in the future as well so stay tuned.

Remember this is license renewal year so make sure all your CE credits are up to date. Every renewing OD will need to fulfill 30 credit hours, 12 of which must be tested CE. Remember, hese CE hours need to be from an Illinois licensed CE sponsor, like the IOA, if taken in Illinois or COPE approved if taken out of state. Contact the IOA office if you are in need of CE and they can help you with information for upcoming CE events. Also, don't forget to send in your IOA membership renewal for the year. Contact the office if you have any questions!


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Timothy Cundiff, OD

IOA Communications/Member Engagement Trustee

The question on everyone’s mind this time of year: Will the Groundhog see his shadow? As winter slushes on across the state of Illinois, we look forward to the longer days providing more sunlight and warmth. We look to step out of the shadows, much like the Groundhog.

The optometric principles that we demonstrate all revolve around the focusing of light. This light is so critical as we emphasize to our patients every day. The ability to read improves immensely with better lighting conditions – especially for our presbyopes. When the shadows get in the way, our clarity suffers and our ability to read suffers.

How many of us remember learning about the umbra and penumbra from first year of optometry school? The total or partial shadow produced when an opaque object impedes the passage of a light source. I truly enjoyed educating patients, family, and friends about these optometric principles during the past year which featured two total lunar eclipses. These phenomena are some vivid examples of optometry on a grand scale in the world around us.

Every day, we are bending and refracting light with the hopes of avoiding opacities in our pursuit of focusing that light onto our patients’ retinas. As we educate our patients of these principles, let us look to avoid the shadows. As with the Groundhog, we hope to not see the shadows and we look forward to an early spring. With spring comes more light. With more light comes better vision!


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Survey

Conducting A Survey of Patients with Diabetes

Kierstyn Napier-Dovorany, OD, FAAO, Associate Professor at Western University of Heatlth and Sciences/ College of Optometry, invites you to take a survey of your interprofessional management of patients with diabetes. Please click on the link below to participate.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG5M5XY

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact Kierstyn Napier-Dovorany at knapier@westernu.edu. This study has been reviewed according to University Institutional Review Board procedures for research involving human subjects.

Please Share the survey link!

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Need CE?

Register NOW for the 2016 WINTER CE SERIES

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and for course information

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Need CPR?
Register NOW for the IOA
CPR Class
February 27, 2016 1:30pm-3:30pm

Tinley Park Convention Center

Click here to register online
or click here for .pdf CPR registration form


Note: This is the only CPR class IOA will be hosting this year


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