Announcements

AAO Membership Committee Announcement

Please see the following announcement from the AAO Membership Committee: Invitation for Fellowship Candidacy Dr. Aly Waski and Dr. Reema Chokshi from the AAO Membership Committee will be available to answer questions at the 2018 NAVAO Business Meeting and Reception in San Antonio.  You can find more detailed information regarding Fellow requirements at the following website: http://www.aaopt.org/becoming/efellowship

Announcements

2018 NAVAO Meeting and Reception in San Antonio

  Registration is now open for the NAVAO Meeting and Reception. The NAVAO Business Meeting and Reception 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.  The Reception will include a fajita bar, antipasto assortment, risotto station, and various desserts. Registration Deadline ▪ Oct Read more…

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NAVAO Scholarship

**The deadline for scholarships has passed.  Thank you to everyone that applied and expressed interest in NAVAO.   Recipients of the scholarship will be notified via email by October 22nd. Residents must be present at the NAVAO reception to receive their scholarship. ************************************************************* The NAVAO is offering ten $400 scholarships* for use at the American Academy of Optometry available by application to current, active VA optometry resident NAVAO members! To apply for the scholarship, the 2018-2019 VA 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…

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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…