Navigation Links
Sen. Robert Byrd Receives AOA Health Care Leadership Award
Date:4/9/2008

Optometrists Recognize Efforts to Safeguard Sight, Promote Healthy Vision

for Children and Expand Access to Care

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was recognized for providing important leadership on health care policy issues by doctors of optometry from his district and their national organization, the 34,000 member American Optometric Association (AOA). Optometrists in West Virginia and the AOA are working to pass legislation before Congress designed to safeguard sight, promote healthy vision among school-aged children and ensure access to much-needed primary eye and vision care.

"Sen. Byrd is a true leader in Congress on health care issues," said Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., AOA president. "He listens to the concerns of doctors and patients from across her district, and is a worthy recipient of the 2008 Health Care Leadership Award."

With support from Sen. Byrd, the AOA-backed Vision Care for Kids Act (HR 507), was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 16, 2007. HR 507 would establish a federal grant program aimed at bolstering children's vision and learning initiatives developed by the states.

"I'm proud of Sen. Byrd and the work that he's doing in Congress for our communities," said Norma Bowyer, O.D of Morgantown, WV. "My members and I know that Sen. Byrd is committed to making sure health care is a top priority in Washington, DC and that important bills like the Vision Care for Kids Act are passed and signed into law."

About the American Optometric Association (AOA)

The American Optometric Association represents more than 34,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors.

American Optometric Association doctors of optometry are highly qualified, trained doctors on the frontline of eye and vision care who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. In addition to providing eye and vision care, optometrists play a major role in a patient's overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Doctors of optometry have the skills and training to provide more than two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Prior to optometry school, optometrists undergo three to four years of undergraduate study that typically culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree in a field such as biology or chemistry. Optometry school consists of four years of post-graduate, doctoral study concentrating on both the eye and systemic health. In addition to their formal training, doctors of optometry must undergo annual continuing education to stay current on the latest standards of care. For more information, visit http://www.aoa.org.

Media Contact:

Matthew Willette

O: 703-837-1001

mwillette@aoa.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Optometric Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Sen. Pat Roberts Praised by AHCA, Alliance for Urging Halt to Proposed CMS Rule
2. Dr. Robert CJ Krasner Appointed to Vitals.com as Independent Advisor
3. Pioneering Heart Surgeon, Robert E. Michler, M.D., Appointed Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Einstein and at Montefiore Medical Center
4. Global Action Board of Directors Announces Addition of Newest Member, Robert Hernreich
5. Robert Bonow, MD Honored for Outstanding Service by the American College of Cardiology
6. MyMigraineConnection.com and Migraine Expert Teri Robert Announce Seventh Annual Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest
7. Statement By Robert McSwain, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, Regarding National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2008
8. Ventas Appoints James D. Shelton and Robert D. Reed to Board
9. Home Oxygen Community Applauds Senator Pat Roberts for Leading Bi-Partisan Effort to Formally Oppose Proposed Cuts to Medicares Home Oxygen Benefit
10. Robert H. Smith Feeding the Future with $15 Million Gift to Hebrew University of Jerusalem
11. O.J. Brigance Named Honorary Chair of May 3 Race to Cure ALS, Confirms His Diagnosis by The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... AudioEducator is the country's top ... months, AudioEducator has lined up some informative training session for the medical coding ... compliance know-how and practical, easy-to-apply advice. , On Thursday, May 19, AudioEducator will ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Warren L. Smith M.D. , There is a new tool ... people since the beginning of recorded medical history, and in spite of all the ... just a matter of inconvenience; bladder infections cost us billions of dollars annually in ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Mediware Information ... therapy software application that helps blood and marrow transplant (BMT) programs meet compliance ... launch, Mediware has continued to enhance core application features. These enhancements are designed ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... DESCO Medical ... Pocono Sterilizer, an equipment sterilization service and sales company located in Pennsylvania. The ... and research-related equipment and asset management services to the medical and academic research ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... ... Fertility Centers of New England announced today the opening of their newest location in ... to care for patients seeking fertility treatment in Maine. “We are delighted to partner ... said Fertility Centers of New England President and CEO, Joseph A. Hill, M.D. “Our ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 ... the  "Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and ... their offering.       (Logo: ... Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and Competitive Landscape ... Ischemic Stroke pipeline products, Acute Ischemic Stroke ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC and the ... Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a new partnership ... medical devices. An agreement between the ... license, develop and commercialize medical innovations advanced through ... partnership represents a significant advance in our ability ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. , May 3, 2016 ... and endovascular medical technology, today announced Food and ... a cardiac resynchronization defibrillator that provides heart failure ... (MRI) scans. Iperia devices also have remote monitoring ... (CLS) that adapts the heart rate in response ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: