Optometry Day in Albany

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 over fifty NYSOA members and optometry students from the SUNY College of Optometry convened in Albany for the NYSOA's annual Optometry Advocacy Day.

Our goal for the day was twofold:

  1. Enhance the reputation of the optometric profession by building relationships with legislators and underscoring the importance of optometry as the primary eye care profession, and
  2. Build broad support for passage of the Orals Bill (S.5235/A.6751).

Throughout the day groups met with thirty-six legislators and their staff, covering every region of New York State. These volunteers did an excellent job of representing the profession and leaving a lasting impression by sharing personal insights and experiences.

Please stay tuned and monitor your inbox for legislative action alerts in the days and weeks to come. As we approach the end of the current legislative session in June, we will once again be asking NYSOA members to continue supporting our advocacy efforts by contacting your representatives and urging them to vote "yes" on the orals bill.

Thank you to all of the dedicated optometrists and students who made the trek to Albany!


Participants: Don't forget to make sure your group fills out a post-meeting feedback form for each of your legislative meetings! This information is very important for our follow-up outreach. Thank you!