Optometric Physician

A weekly e-journal by Art Epstein, OD, FAAO


Volume 20, Number 54

Monday, December 28, 2020



Holiday Wishes

As 2020 comes to an end, I have thought about who I am and what is really important to me. I appreciate those I share the journey with more than ever. I love what I do even more than I have before. I appreciate friends and those who have stuck with me for more than 20 years every week. Whether they agree or disagree with what I say, they know it comes from the heart. Rather than remember the misery, loss and uncertainty of 2020 I will try recall the positive differences we’ve made in other people’s lives.

For my colleagues and readers, I wanted to share some wishes for 2021.

• That optometry finds a path to national licensure or universal reciprocity
• That no more new schools open until the need is demonstrated
• That by law every OD can practice to the full extent of their training and abilities
• That organized ophthalmology learns to accept optometry as an independent, competent and capable profession
• That every OD joins the AOA and their state association
• That both virtual and in-person CE are accepted as equivalent
• That ODs are able to prescribe any and all topical or oral medications to treat ocular and related diseases
• That vision care plans stop competing with and trying to control optometry
• That medical insurance plans open access to all OD providers in a fair and equitable manner
• That we fully integrate with mainstream medicine

There will be no regular issue of Optometric Physician next week. From all of us at Optometric Physician, Happy Holidays and our very best wishes for a new year filled with health, success, peace and harmony. GBA


Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO
Chief Medical Editor


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The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editorial board, Jobson Medical Information LLC (JMI), or any other entities or individuals.








Optometric Physician™ Editorial Board

Chief Medical Editor
Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

Journal Reviews
Shannon Steinhäuser, OD, FAAO

Contributing Editors
• Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
• Barry A. Weissman, OD, PhD, FAAO (Dip CL)

Editorial Board
• William Jones, OD, FAAO
• Alan G. Kabat, OD, FAAO
• Bruce Onofrey, RPh, OD, FAAO
• John Schachet, OD, FIOS
• Joseph Shovlin, OD, FAAO



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