Did you know?… 2010 – The U.S. passes national health care legislation designating children’s vision as an essential benefit. 2010 – All Japan Optometric and Optical Association developed certification program. No practitioners in Japan will be able to register without possessing the educational background stipulated by the association. 2010 – The Middle Eastern Council of
Did you know?… 2003 – Community I-Care programs begin in Asia Pacific including its partnership with Croc Festival to provide free vision care & eyewear to children in remote parts of Australia. 2005 – The World Council of Optometry adopted the Global Competency-Based Model of Scope of Practice in Optometry, which provides a rational framework
Did you know?… 1998 – African Council of Optometry (AFCO) is launched. 1999 – World Health Organization (WHO) launched global vision initiative, Vision 2020: The Right to Sight to combat avoidable blindness. 2000 – New Zealand and Australia have a mutual recognition agreement in which optometrists that are registered in one country may practice in
Did you know?… 1995 – Active optometric involvement in U.S national research produces results (example: Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus Study and Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study). 1995 – Israeli government allows optometrists to serve as the primary point of access for all age ranges; but must have children under age of six and adults 60
Did you know?… 1988 – Pearle Vision Foundation grants funds to organizations seeking cures for Diabetic Retinopathy. 1988 – Give the Gift of Sight in-store programs begin with vouchers for free new eyewear in LensCrafters stores across North America. 1991 – First Give the Gift of Sight Global Clinic to Costa Rica: 8,600 people helped.
Did you know?… 1976 – First Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) Law passed (West Virginia). Allows therapeutic drugs by optometrists. 1978 – The Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) began when International Federation of Asia and Pacific Association of Optometrists was formed. 1978 – The Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO) was founded.
Did you know?… 1971 – Bausch & Lomb introduced first hydrogel soft contact lens. 1971 – First Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agent (DPA) Law passed (Rhode Island). Allows optometrists to use ophthalmic drugs for diagnostic purposes. 1971 – Non-contact tonometer is developed.
Did you know?… 1960 – European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) begins 1968 – National Eye Institute was established in the U.S. leading to innovative research used throughout the world 1969 – National Optometric Association was founded advancing minority optometrists and eye care in minority communities
Did you know?… 1947 – Corneal contact lens of thin plastic is developed and awarded a patent 1948 – Clinical Refraction is published as a landmark text for teaching optometry 1952 – the first National Board exam is given in the U.S.
Did you know?… 1937 – Pennsylvania introduces bill to define scope of practice in optometry schools 1938 – Plastic contact lenses are introduced 1947 – Optometrists are commissioned in U.S. Army and placed on staff of Veterans Administration Hospitals for first time