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…

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…

NAVAO Response to Dr. Shulkin

The Honorable David J. Shulkin, MD Secretary of Veterans Affairs U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs   Dear Mr. Secretary: The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) represents the optometrists on the medical staff of VA facilities providing eye care to the nation’s Veterans.  The NAVAO mission of providing optimal eye and vision care to Veterans is consistent with the VA mission and core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.  To that end, over Read more…