A network of optometrists across the state are needed to maintain professional relationships in each Senate and House District. The TOA, along with numerous local society leaders, have highly knowledgeable leaders who coordinate specific political activities, track contributions and provide information on legislative issues.
As we all know, Optometry is a legislated profession. It means that the entire scope of practice for optometrists across the nation is dependent on bills passed at the state and federal level.
Approximately 5% of all OD’s in Texas are working around the clock (before, during, and after their normal job) to build long lasting political connections in order to further the profession of Optometry on your behalf!
As medicine, standard of care and education is advanced, a movement must occur every year in order for Optometrists to perform at the highest level. When healthcare bills are sponsored and presented on the house and senate floor, friends of optometry along with ALL OD’s must fight tooth and nail to defend our interests as primary eye care providers and continue progressing forward.
WHY DOES MY INVOLVEMENT MATTER?
- Your profession reputation and integrity depends on it!
- Your scope of practice depends on it.
- Your 8+ years of education is being limited.
- The number of patient you can help is being limited.
- Not all of us want to be known for glasses and contact lenses! Lets be known as Primary Eye Care Providers!
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Just like everything, money is needed to fund these representatives campaigns whom are friends of Optometry. Below you will find different ways to contribute to OUR profession:
Direct Contribution – The number one effective way to support your profession is by contacting your current or future state/national representation, speaking to them about your concerns, and writing them a check.
Anonymous Contribution – Contributions are public records. This is why some choose to be anonymous for many reasons. Texas Optometric Political Action Committee (TOPAC) is here to support statewide legislative efforts on your behalf. American Optometric Association Political Action Committee (AOA-PAC) is here to support nationwide legislative efforts on your behalf.
Deep down, we all want to strengthen optometry’s influence across the nation. On a daily basis, we experience numerous hurdles that are unfair and explaining it to other takes time and repetition. Legislative changes already are difficult due to the rapid turnover in the state legislature. Add the number of non-involved OD’s to the equation and our chances of further our profession become slim to non.
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! The majority of our lawmakers have far less experience and knowledge in dealing with our daily issues. We must come together and work much harder to deliver optometry’s message to legislators. The task is big, the efforts are bigger, yet the team is small!
Contact TOA Leadership at 512-707-2020
Join the fight!