Announcements

2018 NAVAO Meeting and Reception in San Antonio

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for the NAVAO Meeting and Reception. The NAVAO Meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in San Antonio, TX on Thursday November 8, 2018 at Biga on the Banks Riverwalk Restaurant. The Business meeting will start at 7:15pm followed immediately by the reception at 8:00pm.    Registration Link:  Register for 2018 NAVAO Meeting Invitation Document: NAVAO San Antonio Invitation Please note that you must Read more…

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2018 Annual NAVAO Meeting – Registration Open!

Both the annual NAVAO business meeting and NAVAO reception will be held on Thursday, November 8th at the Biga on the Banks Riverwalk Restaurant in San Antonio, TX during the American Academy of Optometry  meeting. The Business meeting will start at 7:15pm followed immediately by the reception at 8:00pm. You may register for the meeting here: NAVAO Meeting and Reception

By KevinMercado, ago
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2018 Vision Care Section (VCS) Awards

The call for nominations for the 2018 Vision Care Section (VCS) Awards at the American Public Health Association (APHA) is now open.   Each year the APHA-VCS recognizes influential research and service in the eye care field. Attached you will find the nomination forms for our section awards.  Please contact our Award’s chair Chiu-Fang Chou for more information. The deadline to apply is May 31st 2018. APHA Student Award_VC_CFC_4 27 2018_Final APHA_The Distinguished Service Award_VC_CFC_4 27 2018_Final APHA_The Distinguished student Read more…

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Gay Tokumaru Bessen, OD, FAAO

Gay Tokumaru Bessen, OD, FAAO   It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) shares with you the passing of Dr. Gay Tokumaru Bessen.  Dr. Tokumaru was a visionary leader in NAVAO.  She served as NAVAO President from 2005-2009.  Moreover, Dr. Tokumaru was a guiding force and leader in VA Optometry.   Dr. Gay Tokumaru passed away last week after her brief battle with cancer.  She had Read more…

By Richard Zimbalist, ago
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Volunteers Needed for VA Optometry Website

Hello Everyone,   VA Optometry is currently looking for volunteers to assist with updating the VA Optometry internet and intranet websites. We are looking for individuals that have excellent technical/computer skills.  Skill/experience/knowledge of web design and possible familiarity with the VA Enterprise Content Management System (TeamSite) are a plus. Volunteers would be members of the Website Subcommittee of the National Field Advisory Committee, which is a perfect way to become involved in national level activities! Read more…

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Response to NAVAO Letter

In May of 2017, the Disabled Veterans internet site suggested a proposal to eliminate optometry and audiology services at VA facilities.  Under the proposal, Veterans would be outsourced to civilian facilities for optometry services.  NAVAO submitted a response to The Honorable David J. Shulkin, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  The letter underscored the importance of eye care provided by optometrists in VA. The response to NAVAO from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be Read more…

By KevinMercado, ago