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Elementary School Nurses and Teachers

Pediatric vision care programming has been a priority for POA since 1999 when the Pediatric Vision Care Committee was formed to address the fact that many children were not receiving comprehensive vision examinations, particularly prior to entering school. POA developed the Kids Welcome Here® campaign and has focused its efforts on programs to educate the public on the importance of pediatric vision care.

POA has formed many partnerships through the Kids Welcome Here® campaign, including working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to revise the school vision screening procedures and develop education programs for school nurses and teachers.

POA has also worked with the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners, the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and Pennsylvania’s CHIP program.

Optometry Students and Educators

Clinical Care and Practice Advancement

Clinical excellence is the foundation of a successful practice and a strong, vibrant profession. Your association supports programs and services to help you maintain and enhance your clinical skills and knowledge to better serve your patients and your community. The Clinical Care and Practice Advancement Group provides information and services to enhance the scope, quality and availability of professional optometric services. It develops and implements programs relating to clinical practice, quality assessment, professional continuing education and practice enhancement, ophthalmic standards and product evaluation, and the availability of optometric services to those unable to afford care.

Your Clinical and Practice Advancement Group contacts are:

Michael E. Bennett, O.D., Chair Beth Kneib, O.D., Interim Director, Clinical and Practice Advancement

Contact Lens Compliance

Contact lensDrs. Louise Sclafani and William Benjamin represented AOA at the FDA Advisory Panel on Contact Lens Solutions on June 10, 2008. They suggested strengthening the pre-market testing of care regimens in three basic areas:

  • Testing of Solutions Under More Realistic Conditions
  • Testing Under Known Conditions of Intractable Non-Compliance
  • Improved Labeling

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