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21 Mar, 2017, 09:45 ET Federal Legislation Puts Patients and Doctors Back in Control of Important Health Care Decisions

An AOA, Georgia Optometric Association, and American Dental Association (ADA)-backed bill introduced Friday, March 17, in the U.S. House of...


13 Mar, 2017, 10:45 ET American Optometric Association Calls for System-Wide Action to Make Eye Health and Vision Care a National Priority

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is taking action and calling on government, private-sector and nonprofit stakeholders to join forces in...


01 Mar, 2017, 11:00 ET Put Your Digital Devices to Bed Early: Optometrists Caution Overexposure to Blue Light May Cause Health Issues

The American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2016 American Eye-Q® survey revealed that 88 percent of Americans know that digital devices can...


27 Oct, 2016, 09:30 ET American Optometric Association's Annual Survey Reveals Misconceptions about Diagnosing Diabetes and its Related Eye Diseases

The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International...


06 Oct, 2016, 13:00 ET Be Scary But Safe With Decorative Contact Lenses This Halloween

 Halloween is all about trick-or-treating for the kids, and for partygoers, finding a creative costume that 'wows.' Some may wear decorative...


23 Sep, 2016, 14:45 ET Legislation Would Protect the Health and Safety of Contact Lens Consumers from Predatory Online Sales Tactics

Legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives and supported by national groups, including the American Optometric...


15 Sep, 2016, 12:01 ET America's Vision Health and Care Must Be a National Priority, According to New Report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Blindness is the condition that many Americans fear most1, yet millions suffer with undiagnosed and undertreated vision impairments impacting their...


10 Aug, 2016, 16:15 ET Back-to-School Eye Exams Essential to Helping Children Succeed in the Classroom

As the new school year approaches, parents are ensuring their children are prepared with an annual physical, immunizations and back-to-school...


19 May, 2016, 14:30 ET New Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline for Optometry Available for Peer and Public Review

 The American Optometric Association (AOA) is proud to present its next evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Comprehensive Pediatric Eye...


29 Feb, 2016, 09:30 ET Most Americans Experience Digital Eye Strain from Overexposure to Computers According to Survey

 The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric...


05 Nov, 2015, 09:30 ET Proper Eye Care Essential for Americans with Diabetes

 Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In addition,...


16 Oct, 2015, 15:45 ET Beware Inferior Quality Contact Lenses: Optometrists Warn of Eye Health Hazard from Chemicals

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning the public that decorative contact lenses (those that just change the appearance of your...


06 Oct, 2015, 08:00 ET Contact Lenses: Focus on Proper Care to Reduce Risk of Infections

Today, nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. (more than one in ten people) and 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses–a safe and...


15 Sep, 2015, 15:30 ET Popular Parents' Refrain--Go Outside and Play--May Benefit Kids' Eyesight, Too

 A new study adds to the evidence that outdoor activity may reduce the risk for myopia (nearsightedness) in children. "The American Optometric...


01 Sep, 2015, 11:30 ET Clear Vision, Living Independently Top Priorities for Older Americans

 Fluctuation in vision is often one of the first health changes adults notice as they get older. Although these changes can be bothersome, even...


17 Feb, 2015, 08:15 ET The 21st Century Eye: Three Ways to Protect Your Vision

Everywhere we look, we're reading, shopping, banking, or being entertained online with digital devices small and large—at work, at school, at...


13 Feb, 2015, 15:30 ET New Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline for Optometry Available for Peer and Public Review

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is proud to present its next evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Comprehensive Adult Eye and...


21 Oct, 2014, 15:00 ET Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes

 Early symptoms of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or unnoticed, but new technology, coupled with yearly, comprehensive eye...


07 Oct, 2014, 12:30 ET Consumers Beware: Buying Contact Lenses without a Prescription is Illegal and Dangerous

 In recent years, more Americans have been using decorative contact lenses to alter the appearance or color of the eyes. These contact lenses...


03 Sep, 2014, 10:00 ET Eye Health: An Increasing Concern for Aging Adults

It's a fact of life that vision can change over time, resulting in a number of noticeable differences in how well aging adults see the world around...


22 Jul, 2014, 08:03 ET Survey Reveals Parents Drastically Underestimate the Time Kids Spend on Electronic Devices

 According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), parents severely underestimate the time their children spend on digital devices. An...


20 May, 2014, 13:00 ET When It Comes to Sunglasses, Looks Aren't Everything

After much of the United States experienced an extended "polar vortex" this winter, summer can't come soon enough. As warm weather approaches, many...


18 Feb, 2014, 14:00 ET Five Tips for a Lifetime of Healthy Vision

Vision plays an important role in daily life – every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, according...


08 Jan, 2014, 13:00 ET Glaucoma, the "Sneak Thief of Sight," May Strike Without Pain or Other Symptoms

The American Optometric Association Offers Advice to Help Protect Against Vision Loss  January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and...


06 Nov, 2013, 15:00 ET American Optometric Association Launches "See Clearly, America" Campaign

 The American Optometric Association (AOA) today announced that it has launched the "See Clearly, America" public education campaign to...