Vision Organizations Network at Total Ophthalmic Community Meeting

Vision Organizations Network at Total Ophthalmic Community Meeting

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2008) – Leading ophthalmic organizations came together last month to discuss common goals and challenges facing the vision industry at the 33rd annual Total Ophthalmic Community meeting. Held December 6-7, 2007, at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., the meeting provided a unique forum to find ways to improve Americans’ vision health.

In addition to the invaluable networking opportunities provided at the meeting, attendees had an opportunity to hear keynote speaker Nathan Gonzales, The Rothenberg Political Report political editor, present “The 2008 Political Landscape: An Analysis of the Election and Hot Topics” and participate in a question and answer session afterward.

Following the lead of last year’s meeting, the format was kept interactive with participant presentations and ample time for open discussions. Attendees discussed how the industry could work together in the future and were able to find areas of common ground on a variety of topics such as providing exams and care to the underserved, promoting public understanding and behavior change, health care initiatives, managing organizational change and maintaining relevancy.

The meeting was widely praised by attendees, many of whom valued the open discussions and networking opportunities. “We get to see across silos – public health, research, etc. – and see different perspectives,” described one meeting participant, while another explained, “Normally we’re not all in the same room at the same time – TOC is our opportunity to ‘cross-pollinate.’”

Meeting attendees represented the following organizations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Foundation for the Blind, American Optometric Association, Contact Lens Institute, Helen Keller International, Lighthouse International, Lions Clubs International Foundation, National Academy of Opticianry, National Academy of Opticians and Optometrists, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, National Association of Vision Care Plans, Optical Laboratories Association, Prevent Blindness America, SECO International, Sunglass Association of America, The Better Vision Institute and Vision Council of America.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Campbell, VCA manager of professional and consumer relations, at 703-548-4560 or via e-mail at