Are vision plans killing your practice?

In everyday practice most all of us have encounters with patients with benefits from Vision Care Plans (VCP). Here is an opportunity for you as an individual optometrist to communicate with the Vision Care Plans your individual views, both pros and cons, in a professional manner, in order to maintain highly effective patient care.

An Invitation to Join THE Optometric Society

Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to join the The Optometric  Society [TOS], which will give individual optometrists an increasingly important voice in our profession.  I ask all optometrists to join to insure that our voices be heard.

THE Optometric Society was formed to ensure that individual optometrists continue to thrive, independent of the influences of industry and "big medicine."  In part, THE Optometric Society will help foster a healthy debate on the issues facing optometry today.

THE Optometric Society is a professional membership organization, comprised solely of optometrists. Concern over the present state of the profession should prompt Optometrists in all modes of practice to join.  Dues are $150 per year and you may register here as a Founding Member till the end of 2014.

If you wish additional information, you may contact THE Optometric Society administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or (909) 742-9311.

Unlike the AOA, our elected Board of Directors will serve and be directed by the views and wishes of the membership.  You will be an active and integral part of THE Optometric Society, as the organization works to address the needs of the members with the passion and commitment you expect of your professional society.  I look forward to welcoming you to our society.

These are Your Elected TOS Board Members, feel free to contact them through the website:

  • Gary S. Litman, O.D., F.A.A.O., Vice President
  • Michael A. Santarlas O.D., Treasurer
  • Lisa Shin, O.D., President
  • James Sanderson O.D., Secretary

Professionally yours,
Dave Carlton OD   [National Membership Chair]

P.S. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual CE Symposium April 24 – 26, 2015 in Dallas.  More information can be found at  Registration opens November 1,2014.

Where will you be April 24-26, 2015 ?


Your colleagues will be in Dallas.

Chicago 2014 CE - What you missed!

April 2014

The Annual CE meeting in Chicago was a most wonderful time with colleagues!

"Avoiding and Surviving Audits" by Robert Rebello was especially informative. I applied what I learned the following Monday morning and have better insight on "Meaningful Use" and ICD-10. I revised my patient hand-out on nutrition with Dr. Newman's lecture and will include the Eyescience formula as recommendations for my AMD patients.



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I changed my professional liability to the Optometric Protector Plan, one ofour exhibitors. I liked that this plan is specific for optometry. WebSystem demonstated an impressive solution for patient communication and Freedom Scientific displayed a good resource for low vision patients. It was nice to meet the representative from Total Merchant Services, which supports TOS by reimbursing members for yearly dues.

I also enjoyed meeting Dr. Sandra Young, an optometrist who wrote the cookbook "Visionary Kitchen - Recipes for Eye Health."  This book has won 6 national awards!  Chef Perez, Executive Chef at the Renaissance Hotel, prepared a delicious "eye-healthy" menu for all meals. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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Don't miss our 2015 meeting - we hope to see you there!