Spring 2016

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Missouri Optometric Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of most months. We have not met yet in 2016.

Our March 22nd meeting will be our annual presidential visit with Central Society’s own Dr. Jeff Gamble. We look forward to hearing Dr. Gamble’s vision for our association.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

In April, the Missouri Eye Institute hosted a continuing education event at Metropolitan Grill, in Springfield, MO and the society had our regular business meeting and the CE event on the same evening.

Our May society meeting was sponsored by Ryan Hallum, with Bausch and Lomb contact lenses.  We had several GOOS members attend the Koster for Governor Fundraiser at the MOA Leadership retreat in June. The GOOS society donated $500 and several members contributed personally. We do not plan on meeting over the summer and will pick back up in August/September.

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

No Report Available

For membership or general information regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

The Northeast Optometric Society had several members present at the Legislative Conference in January. Our MOA Presidential visit was on March 2, 2016 in Brookfield MO. Members were able to talk with Dr. Gamble and Dr. Barrett about current MOA issues.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The NWOS has been not met since the MOA Legislative Conference on January 10-11 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Ryan Losh has been invited to be a part of the leadership training program at the Leadership Retreat on June 3rd-5th in Branson, MO.

 

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The New Year started with a presentation from Dr John Galanis. Dr. Galanis gave an in-depth analysis of current glaucoma therapies. Glaukos sponsored the meeting, and the talk included information on Glaucoks’ iStent device which is installed during cataract surgery and lowers IOP by increasing aqueous outflow.

Our February meeting featured a cocktail reception sponsored by TLC and our dinner was provided by Legally Mine. After dinner, TLC gave an update of their business and Legally Mine speaker Lt. Col. Gregory Simmons discussed several topics including advantages of various business entities such as LLCs, S-Corps and Limited Partnerships, lawsuit avoidance and asset protection.

Our March meeting was sponsored by Pepose Vision Institute. Dr. Nancy Holekamp spoke on “Conquering Geographic Atrophy in AMD.” Dr. Holekamp discussed the latest research in detecting geographic atrophy as well as ongoing clinical trials in its treatment. Also at this meeting, President Erin Niehoff announced that longtime Executive Director Barbara Nahlik will be retiring at the end of the summer. A search committee was announced to search for her replacement.

SLOS meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West and features dinner and CE. For more information, contact Executive Director Barbara Nahlik, [email protected], or phone 314-725-2020.

Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometrticsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Doug Nousaka, OD

The SEOS has met twice since the start of the New Year. Several members also attended the Legislative Meeting in Jefferson City.

On our January 21st meeting, members expressed concern over current legislation and the desire for a win. Some members had expressed a desire to have more legislation on our agenda other than Non-covered Services. Members also expressed desire to push for legislation which would increase scope of practice. The idea is that if we are not pushing for increased scope that we are not moving forward. However, there were no specific suggestions given. Perhaps we could again survey MOA membership to come up with an agenda.

Due to a scheduling conflict, our March meeting was moved forward to February 17th, which included our presidential visit. We had a great turnout for the meeting. SEOS reached out to ALL nonmembers in the area to invite them to this meeting, which included dinner on the SEOS, and free CE from President Jeff Gamble. Jim Hunt delivered a great presentation highlighting the values of membership, sharing handouts with attendees.

President Jeff Gamble and Executive Director LeeAnn Barrett discussed the multitude of legislation and other issues which the MOA has been fighting for during this legislative session. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Non-covered Services legislation
  • HB1923-Telehealth legislation
  • HB2029- relating to step therapy for Rx drugs
  • HB1602- relating to any conditions other than skill and competence
  • Medicaid Managed Care plans
  • Saving Sight Back to School Ad campaign
  • Membership

Their presentations were a great success. There was hope in the progress on non-covered services, and satisfaction and maybe even some surprise regarding just how many fires the MOA has burning this session. The timing of this meeting could not have been better, especially because it answered questions that were raised during the previous meeting.

For the past two years, the SEOS and the MOA had hosted a fundraiser for Speaker of the House Todd Richardson. After careful consideration, the decision was made not to host this event again this year. Instead the SEOS will hold a Legislator Appreciation Dinner this year, inviting all of the legislators in our region.

Also, following the June Leadership Retreat, Dan Meinert from X-Cel Specialty Contacts, will be conducting a Sclera lens workshop hosted by our members at Leet EyeCare in Cape Girardeau for our July meeting.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

The Southwest Society had our Presidential visit cancelled in January due to inclement weather. We have not rescheduled that meeting. No other meetings were held this quarter.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. We were considering teaming up with KCOS for their presidential visit this winter, but the scheduling did not work out this
year. We have been continuing our periodic communication through email.

Holiday 2015

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Society continues to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Our September meeting was hosted by Tim McGarity, MD. Dr. McGarity gave a tour of his new facility and a presentation on new developments in cataract surgery procedures. Our October meeting was sponsored by Vistakon at 44 Stone Pub.

The entire Central Society would like to congratulate Dr. Jeff Gamble and wish him luck as he takes over the reins of MOA president.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

Greater Ozarks Optometric Society welcomed Dr. Carol Scott at our September meeting. Dr. Scott who is a fellow in COVD gave an update on amblyopia therapy including some new treatment methods.

We held our legislative thank you dinner on Oct 27th at the Hotel Vandivort in downtown Springfield. We had seven representatives and Senator Jay Wasson who attend as our guests. Senator Wasson has sponsored Optometric legislation in the past. We also had a good turnout of GOOS optometrists at the MOA conference in Kansas City.

We will not meet in December because of the Christmas Holiday. We will host MOA President Jeff Gamble in January.

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

The Kansas City society got off to a great start this fall!
Dr. Anthony DeWilde, O.D., came to our September meeting and presented on giant cell arteritis over a fantastic meal at Californos in the Westport area. Our October meeting was held at Gordon Biersch, in Leawood, KS. John Metzger, O.D., presented on Low Vision. Both meetings were well attended by the society.

The day after the Royals nailed down a World Series Championship, MOA president Jeff Gamble visited for our November meeting. He brought with him a poignant perspective on the state of optometry and what direction we need to move in to keep up with the ever-changing healthcare landscape. His presentation was very appreciated by our society.
Our December meeting will be at Amigoni Urban Winery as a time to celebrate the year, and we are very grateful to
Sutherlin Optical for their sponsorship of this fellowship opportunity.

For membership or general information regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

The NEOS has not met since the last vision newsletter. We are looking forward to attending the upcoming legislative conference that will be held January 11 and 12 of 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Kevin Harris, OD

The Northwest Optometric Society was invited to the Greater Kansas City Society meeting and presidential visit on Monday, November 2nd for dinner and to listen to remarks by MOA president, Dr. Jeff Gamble and MOA executive director, Dr. Lee Ann Barrett.

Former NWOS trustee, Doug Nosacka, has moved onto SEOS trustee position. The new NWOS trustee, Kevin Harris from NEOS, has taken the trustee position

 

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West in Chesterfield, MO.

The July 14 meeting was sponsored by Alimera Sciences and the CE was “New Technology Options for Diabetic Macular Edema” presented by retinal specialist Clayton Scanlon, M.D.

For the August 11th meeting, CooperVision sponsored the meeting. Harvard Sylvan, O.D. presented the CE, “ Presbyopic? …Take it One Day at a Time”.

In September, Steven Lee, M.D. presented “Femtoseconds, Multifocals, and Torics”. The meeting was sponsored by AMO and NovaBay.

October was a busy month for the SLOS. Our monthly meeting was sponsored by Diopsys and the CE was “Electrophysiology in Primary Eye Care” by Peter Cass, O.D. The MOA Annual Convention was also in October in Kansas City, MO at the Downtown Marriott. The convention was a great success. One of our very own also received an award at the convention. Dr. Tom Cullinane was awarded the MOA Optometrist of the Year. Congratulations Tom!

The November meeting was also unique in that we were visited by our newly appointed MOA president and Executive Director. MOA president Dr. Jeff Gamble gave an update on the state of optometry in Missouri and his objectives for the year. The CE he provided was titled “Jurisprudence”. MOA Executive Director Dr. LeeAnn Barrett also gave members an update on our profession in Missouri.

Our December meeting is one of two throughout the year that strays from our normal monthly meetings at the Marriott West. The SLOS Holiday Party in December will be hosted by Midland Optical. Happy Holidays to all!

Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometrticsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Doug Nousaka, OD

SEOS had a successful fundraiser for Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, back on August 12, 2015. We raised over $30,000 for the event. Speaker Richardson was most grateful and highly impressed by the number of folks that drove great distances to attend.

The SEOS had scheduled a legislative dinner for all of our legislators, representatives and senators alike, in Cape Girardeau for November 18, 2015. This event has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts from several legislators. Some individual members of the society have offered to take legislators out to lunch, to discuss legislative issues until the legislative appreciation dinner can be rescheduled.

We want to let everyone know that a SEOS member, Dr. Dan Obermark, has decided to serve as Secretary of the MOA board. Our society supports Dr. Obermark and wishes him success as he travels through the chairs as an officer on the MOA Board. The new SEOS trustee is Dr. Doug Nosacka. There will be an election of new SEOS officers at our January society meeting.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Jeremy Fast, OD

Our society did not formally meet this quarter although we had several members, along with a few paras; attend the MOA convention in Kansas City. We are currently updating our keyperson’s list and preparing for the upcoming legislative conference that will be held January 11 and 12 of 2016 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The WCOS has not formally met this quarter. We have been communicating with KCOS about joining them this winter for their annual presidential visit. We have continued to communicate via email for updates on MOA news.

Summer 2015

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. CooperVision sponsored our April meeting. We did not meet in May. Our June meeting will be sponsored by Alcon on June 23rd.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

Our March meeting was held on the 17th at Metropolitan Farmer. Brigitte Factor, a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and her colleague, Dr. Ken Sharlin, a functional neurologist, gave a presentation on nutrition and ocular function.

April’s meeting was held at Argentina Steakhouse in Springfield where GOOS member and COVD Optometrist Dr. Carol Scott gave a 2 hour continuing education lecture discussing Traumatic Brain Injuries and visual function.

Our May meeting was a continuing education event hosted by Missouri Eye Institute.

Please visit GreaterOzarksOptometric.org for more information about our active society!

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

In our May society meeting, Sean Powell, O.D., was sponsored by Alcon to keep us up to date with their advanced IOLs. This presentation was very appreciated by the doctors in attendance due to pointers given on how to review a patient’s IOL options before they have to make a snap decision at the surgeon’s office.

On June 1st we held the annual legislative BBQ, changing the venue to Loose Park near downtown, and it was attended well by ODs. The society takes a break for the summer, resuming activity in the fall.

For more information or if you have questions regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

The NEOS met on March 3 at AJ’s in Macon for our presidential visit. Due to the weather, Dr. Burks was unable to attend. Dr. Barrett was present to update us on the current MOA events and legislation. Our next meeting will be over the summer. The NEOS is looking at sponsoring a Legislative Barbecue.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Doug Nosacka, OD

The NWOS has not met since the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11-12 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Members of the society considered joining the Kansas City Society meeting for the presidential visit; however that visit had been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. The society plans to meet in October at the MOA convention in Kansas City.

If there are any questions, please email Doug Nosacka at [email protected].

 

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West in Chesterfield, MO.

SLOS has been busy this spring. Our March meeting was sponsored by SynergEyes and featured our own Dr. Erin Sullivan speaking on Contact Lens Options for Complex Cases.

Midland Optical sponsored our April meeting. Mr. Bruce Tetrealt educated us on the significant impact of spectacle lens profitability on an optometric practice. He discussed various lens options and strategies to get the most benefit from managed care plans.

Our May meeting was sponsored by BioDOptix. Drs. Jeff Varanelli and Nick Colatrella spoke on the uses of Sutureless Amniotic Membranes.

Our Annual Installation Banquet was held on June 9 at Forest Hills Country Club. There were 24 industry and local sponsors. Officers for the 2015-2016 year are: President – Dr. Erin Niehoff; President-Elect – Dr. Joe Castellano; Vice-President – Dr. Doug Huff; Secretary – Dr. Drew Biondo; Treasurer – Dr. Dan Friederich; Sargent –at-Arms – Dr. Emily Pike; Immediate Past President – Dr. Kim Layfield.

Special award recipients were: Friend of Optometry – Carl Klein of Hoya; The R.A. Koetting Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Jeff Weaver; and OD of the Year – Dr. Craig Brawley.

Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometrticsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Dan Obermark, OD

The Southeast Optometric Society regularly meets each third Wednesday of odd numbered months.

The March meeting was hosted by Coopervision when MOA President Dr. Scott Burks and MOA Executive Director Dr. LeeAnn Barrett joined our society to discuss legislative issues.

Our May meeting was hosted by Alcon. The legislative session had just completed and we discussed the events from Jefferson City. On a positive note Representative Richardson has been sworn-in as Speaker and Senators Wallingford and Romine both had impact in this year’s victories. We hope to build on each of these relationships for next year’s momentum. We will host a fundraiser for Speaker Richardson August 12th. We plan on a legislator application banquet in November.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Justin Stilley, OD

The Southwest Optometric Society has not met since February 3rd, when we met at Mythos restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, for our presidential visit. At that meeting, the MOA executive director, Lee Ann Barrett, and MOA President, Scott Burks, we’re in attendance and spoke to the group. Karen Burks also presented information in regards to the MOA auxiliary.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

Our society did not formally meet this quarter. Several of our members did spend some time in support of HB202 at the capital in Jefferson City with Jay Hahn and our local state representatives and senators. Our main communication continues to be e-mail.

Spring 2015

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Optometric Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This month was our presidential visit with Dr. Scott Burks. We met at Arris Bistro in Jefferson City and discussed our legislative agenda for this year along with other issues currently affecting our profession. We look forward to our next meeting in March.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

The Greater Ozark Optometric Society welcomed MOA president and one of our own society members, Dr. Scott Burks, at our meeting on February 17th at Ocean Zen in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Burks talked about his vision for the MOA over the next year and answered questions. We had a great turnout despite a winter weather event that doubled some drive times for society members getting home. However, thankfully everyone arrived home after the meeting safely.

Out next GOOS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th at Metropolitan Farmer. Brigitte Factor, a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and her colleague, Dr. Ken Sharlin (a functional neurologist) will be doing a presentation on nutrition and ocular function. They will be sharing different dietary approaches with us and how those approaches can help improve ocular health.

Please visit GreaterOzarksOptometric.org for more information about our active society!

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

Our December holiday meeting took place at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant, sponsored by Sutherlin Optical. We took the opportunity to socialize and hold elections for 2015 officers. Our 2015 officers are: Dr. Christine Mitts, President; Dr. Remi Gramlich, Vice-president; and Dr. Melissa Enevoldsen, Secretary/Treasurer. We thank former president, Dr. Jeff Harter for his years of service!

For our March meeting, Ray Brill, O.D., presented “Dry Eye Exposed; Confessions of a Kansas Optometrist,” at O’Neill’s Restaurant and Bar in Leawood, KS. For April, we are looking forward to the MOA presidential visit to our society!

For more information or if you have questions regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

No Report Available

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Doug Nosacka, OD

The Northwest Optometric Society has been not met since the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11-12 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Members of the society may join the Kansas City Society meeting for the MOA presidential visit on Monday April 6, 2015.

If there are any questions, please email Doug Nosacka at [email protected].

 

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott West in Chesterfield, MO.

The first event for the SLOS in 2015 was actually in Jefferson City attending the Legislative Conference on Sunday and Monday, January 11-12. Present on Sunday for the Board Meeting from the SLOS were Board Secretary Dr. Tom Cullinane, SLOS Trustees Dr. Jason Riley and Dr. Steven Rosen, UMSL Faculty Liaison Dr. Mary Beth Rhomberg, and AOSA representatives Elizabeth Phillips and Eric Ricker. Dr. Larry Davis also made a presentation to the board. There were many other doctors and students present for committee meetings on Sunday, and on Monday at the Capitol for the CE and Cinnamon Roll Delivery to their respective Legislators.

The January 13 SLOS meeting was sponsored by ZeaVision and the CE was “Diabetes: What’s New and What’s Still True” presented by Dr. Jeffry Gerson from Kansas City.

The February 10 meeting was sponsored by Allergan and U.S. Bank. Sara Rosemergy, Practice Finance Specialist with U. S. Bank, presented “Capital Equipment and Practice Financing” and discussed customized practice financing programs available. Greg Raeman from Allergan discussed practice management with “Patient Review: Good or Bad for Business?”

The SLOS Executive Board met on February 17 and discussed current issues and made plans for the coming year. The Awards and Installation Banquet will be held June 9 at Forest Hills Country Club and St. Louis sports media celebrity Frank Cusumano will be the guest speaker for the evening.

On February 18, the Health and Mental Health Committee held a hearing for House Bill 202, a.k.a. the Non-Covered Services Bill at the Capitol in Jefferson City. Testifying before the committee in support of the bill were Dr. Doug Herriott from the KCOS and Dr. Jason Riley from the SLOS.

The March 11 meeting will be sponsored by SynergEyes and Dr. Erin C. Sullivan will present the CE: “Keratoconus, Astigmatism and Presbyopia, Oh My! Wading Through Contact Lens Options for Complex Cases.”

Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometrticsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Dan Obermark, OD

There were 20 doctors (or more than half the Southeast Society membership!) who attended our January society meeting hosted by TearLab. Our next meeting is March 18th when MOA President Dr. Scott Burks and Executive Director Dr. LeeAnn Barrett will join us at the Hickory Log restaurant for our MOA Presidential meeting.

I urge the MOA membership to continue the excitement to pass HB202. The goal of this bill is to stop big vision plans from wrongfully oppressing our businesses by dictating fees for services for which they pay nothing. Last week we passed the first hurdle coming out of committee 9-0. Please get involved! If you haven’t already done so, call me to schedule a personal day at the Capitol to talk to your Senator and Representative so that they know how important this issue is to you.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Justin Stilley, OD

The Southwest Optometric Society met on Tuesday, February 3rd, at Mythos restaurant in Joplin. MOA Executive Director, Leeann Barrett, and President, Scott Burks, were our guests for the MOA Presidential visit. Drs. Burks and Barrett presented information regarding optometry legislation, membership, and the future path of the MOA.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The West Central Optometric Society has not formally met this quarter. We continue to stay in touch on the latest MOA news through e-mails.

Society Reports – Holiday 2014

Central Missouri Optometric Society (COS)
Trustee: Chris DeRose, OD

The Central Missouri Optometric Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

As always, we took the months of October and November off for MOA conference and Thanksgiving, respectively.
We look forward to our next meeting in January. The time and date of that meeting is TBA.

 

Greater Ozark Optometric Society (GOOS)
Trustee: Kory Scullawl, OD

The Greater Ozark Optometric Society has not met since the MOA Convention. GOOS would like to congratulate our society member, Mike Friar, on being named Optometrist of the Year at the MOA Convention. We feel Dr. Friar is most deserving of this honor. He truly leads by example of what Optometry stands for in Missouri.
GOOS will begin meetings after the Holidays are finished and we look forward to a prosperous 2015.

Please visit GreaterOzarksOptometric.org for more information about our active society!

 

Kansas City Optometric Society (KCOS)
Trustee: Alan Wegener, OD

After returning from our summer break, the Kansas City Society has met four times this fall.

Our September event featured Steve Silverstein, M.D., presenting “Iris Potpourri,” at the Brio on the Plaza.
October’s meeting was held at 75th Street Brewery in Kansas City, with the lecture, “New Glaucoma Procedures, Help or Hype,” presented by James Overlease, M.D., followed by an accompanying dinner.

For November, Jason Sokol, M.D., gave a presentation regarding Ophthalmic Graves Disease at the Hereford House of Leawood, Kansas. Another event in November was when the KC Free Eye Clinic hosted a blind wine tasting called “Guess the Grape” as a fundraiser for their continued efforts in the area community. Society practices donated items used in “swag bags” and also for bidding in a blind auction.

Our December meeting, sponsored by Sutherlin Optical, will be held at a new location this year but we will as usual forgo scheduled CE for the sake of holiday socializing, and nomination of officers for our society for 2015.
For more information or if you have questions regarding our society, email [email protected] or talk to any Kansas City society member!

 

Northeast Optometric Society (NEOS)
Trustee: Mindy Blackford, OD

he Northeast Optometric Society met in September at the office of Drs Maddox and Rose. We discussed some of our recent cases and current MOA issues.

Our next meeting will be in March.

 

Northwest Optometric Society (NWOS)
Trustee: Doug Nosacka, OD

The NWOS has been on break since the last issue of the Vision Newsletter.
Our Society members are looking forward to attending the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11-12 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

If there are any questions you may email Doug Nosacka at [email protected].

 

St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS)
Trustees: Jason Riley, OD & Steve Rosen, OD

The St. Louis Optometric Society continues to meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month. In September, Dr. Larry Gans spoke to our society about glaucoma management and what testing, treating, and coding might look like in the future. Our October meeting featured Dr. John Galanis speaking about the “Surgical Correction of Astigmatism.”
Our November meeting welcomed MOA President Scott Burks. Dr. Burks, along with Executive Director, Dr. LeeAnn Barrett, discussed issues facing the MOA as well as the recent election and the upcoming legislative session. We also had a discussion on the upcoming Legislative Conference and the MOA’s plan to reintroduce a Non-Covered Services Bill.

Dr. Burks presented a CE course on “New Technology in Eyecare.” A theme he spoke on is how technology is advancing direct-to-consumer care, not only for online vendors like 1-800-Contacts or Warby Parker, but in methods to test and measure prescriptions. Automated subjective refractors, kiosks, and websites are now offering limited “Eye exams.” Or yes, there’s an App for that. Dr. Burks stated that the MOA is currently working on helping to more appropriately define an eye exam under Missouri law.

In December, SLOS relaxed a bit at our Annual Holiday Party. Midland Optical once again hosted cocktails, dinner, and trivia at Cardwell’s in Clayton.

Visit the SLOS online at www.stlouisoptometrticsociety.org.

 

Southeast Optometric Society (SEOS)
Trustee: Dan Obermark, OD

The first meeting of the Southeast Optometric Society fiscal year 2014-2015 opened on November 19th at the Hickory Log restaurant in Dexter, Missouri with Dr. Doug Nosaka presiding as President, Dr. Cassidy Obermark Vice-President, Dr. Jennifer Howard Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Dan Obermark MOA Trustee, and Dr. Jim Hunt immediate past MOA President.

Jill Italiano and Amy Evans with Alcon hosted the dinner. Dr. Jay Crank from Grand Rapids, MI joined us to discuss new trends in contact lenses. The presentation got twelve Southeast Society doctors to open up for one of the best idea exchanges in recent years. A big thanks to all who attended. A plaque was presented to Dr. Jim Hunt, the MOA immediate past president for his service to the MOA and the SEOS. He let everyone know how touched he was to receive the award.

We also discussed forthcoming events including the MOA Legislative Conference on January 11&12th, and MOA President Dr. Scott Burks visit on March 18th. Our society will be in Jefferson City, Missouri in January for the Legislative Conference and urge all MOA members to attend.

Contact Dr. Cassidy Obermark at [email protected] or 573-785-6717 or by mail 1909 North Westwood Boulevard, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

 

Southwest Optometric Society (SWOS)
Trustee: Justin Stilley, OD

The Southwest Optometric Society has not had a formal meeting this quarter, but many members were able to come together and visit during the annual Sutherlin Christmas party in Joplin on the evening of December 4th.

The Southwest Optometric Society is looking forward to the annual legislative conference and a visit from MOA executive director LeeAnn Barrett and President Scott Burks at our February society meeting.

 

West Central Optometric Society (WCOS)
Trustee: Kyle Johnson, OD

The West Central Optometric Society has not formally met this quarter. We have been communicating with Kansas City Optometric Society about joining them once again this winter or early spring for their annual presidential visit.

We continue to communicate via email for updates on MOA news.