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Oct 04, 2017, 09:30 ET Patients Beware: Buying Decorative Halloween Contact Lenses without a Prescription is Risky

In the spirit of Halloween, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning people about a real fright – damage from wearing un-prescribed...


Jul 25, 2017, 10:45 ET Optometrists Urge Families to Prioritize Their Children's Health with Annual Eye Exams

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recently released the newly revised Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Comprehensive Pediatric...


Jul 12, 2017, 09:30 ET All Eyes Will Be on the Sky in August: Here's a Few Tips That Won't Leave You in the Dark During the Solar Eclipse

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979, following a path that crosses the country from...


Jun 23, 2017, 10:30 ET Patient-Centered Care and Optometry's Expanded Role in Health Care Spotlighted by Doctors and Students of Optometry During 2017 AOA On Capitol Hill

More than 5,000 doctors of optometry and students from all 50 states are in Washington, DC, this week to spotlight optometry's expanding role in...


Mar 21, 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...


Mar 13, 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...


Mar 01, 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...


Oct 27, 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...


Oct 06, 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...


Sep 23, 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...


Sep 15, 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...


Aug 10, 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...


May 19, 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...


Feb 29, 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...


Nov 05, 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,...


Oct 16, 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...


Oct 06, 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...


Sep 15, 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...


Sep 01, 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...


Feb 17, 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...


Feb 13, 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...


Oct 21, 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...


Oct 07, 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...


Sep 03, 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...


Jul 22, 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...