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Could optometry unlock secrets to cognitive health? What the research says

November 30, 2021

The 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci quipped, “the eyes, the window of the soul.” He couldn’t know the half of it. Only now, with 21st century technology, are researchers unlocking the secrets of the retina—and the brain. The search for retinal biomarkers of neurocognitive disorders is returning results, and optometry may hold a piece of the puzzle. Read More >

‘Silver linings’ projects fuel eye health, vision care outreach

November 30, 2021

Healthy Eyes Healthy Children funded years of community initiatives bolstering awareness and access to children’s eye care. Your donation can support impactful Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation programs. Read More >

For new students, grants make a difference—so they can, too

November 30, 2021

Since the AOA/AOSA Opportunities in Optometry grant program was announced last spring, 32 grants have been awarded. Awardees from underrepresented minority groups in the profession talked about their hope to make a difference to others someday. Read More >

Guidance for Face Masks in Optometry

Currently, there is state, local, and federal guidance related to face masks and vaccination status. When determining your office mask policies, COA members should review all three (summarized below). 

Local: In Colorado, counties are allowed to implement regulations at the local level. Please consult your local public health agency for any existing local mandates and orders.  

State: On 5/31/21, Governor Polis issued an amended Public Health Order. As more individuals are vaccinated, this order further reduced restrictions for individuals, businesses and activities. Please review section IA(f) on pages 2-3: 

1. Face coverings are required for certain individuals, age twelve (12) and older, in the following settings:  

f. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated patients, visitors, and personnel in emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).   

The COA is also still referencing the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) COVID-19 guidance for their licensees (issued 5/22/21). Their guidance stressed: As allowed under state law, owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.  

Federal: the CDC still recommends health care personnel (HPC) wear face masks at all times while they are in the health care facility, fully vaccinated HPC can dine and socialize together in break rooms and conduct in- person meetings without source control or physical distancing. If unvaccinated HCP are present, everyone should wear source control and unvaccinated HCP should physically distance from others.


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DMOS End of Year Dinner and CE

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