AACO professional development and networking at its best.

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AACO eNews
September 2019
CEO's VantagePoint
By Tiffany A. Jackson, CAE, CQIA - AACO Executive Director & CEO
A Celebration of
AACO Members and
Making it E-A-S-Y to Learn!  

I LOVE this time of year as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 2019 AACO Award recipients and shore up a variety of professional development (CE) activities.

In your diligent pursuit of continuing education, we're here to make it EASY for you to learn while working in a retail setting. From the AACO booth at the Vision West Expo (Sept), to the one-day event in Portland, the 2019 AACO Region West Conference (Oct), to the AACO 2019 Annual Conference (Oct) in Alexandria, VA, we offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities.

We focus on adding even more value to your AACO membership - making it EASY for you to say "Yes" each year to renewing your membership with AACO. We're excited about new benefits to jumpstart your learning goals, keep you on your desired career path, and ensure you recruit the best and brightest to help your retail establishment get to the next level.

Join us in celebration of our most deserving Corporate Optometrists, learn and network at upcoming AACO events - gaining best practices to help your professional and retail growth - and get ready for an AMAZING new AACO benefit to make it EASY to learn - AACO's Knowledge Center (on-line learning)- coming soon! 

I hope to see you this Fall!
Upcoming Events - Just A Few Weeks Away!
AACO 2019 Annual Conference
 6 Weeks and Counting!
Best rates thru October 11
  • Two and a half days of education, celebration, and trade show exhibits.
  • Up to 15 credits of COPE approved CE.
  • Networking and valuable connection opportunities with other corporate ODs and preferred sponsors.
  • AACO:Energeyes members are always given special pricing and discounts!
2019 Diamond Sponsor
2019 AACO Regional West Conference
Portland, Oregon at the
DoubleTree Hotel
Receive 6 Hours of
COPE Approved CE
2019 AACO Region West Conference Sponsor
2019 AACO
Regional West Conference
( in conjunction with GWCO Congress 2019 )
Practice Management/Patient care  
  • Billing & Coding: How to Receive Payments for Retinal Tests
  • Clinical Use of Ophthalmic Point-of-Care Diagnostic Lab Tests
Technical Research
  • Nutrition 
  • As a Modifiable Risk Factor for Age-related Diseases
  • Use as a Technology for Enhancing Clinical Practice
  • Implementation of Evidence-based Science to Optimize Health and Function
AACO at Vision Expo West

Join AACO at
Vision Expo West 
September 19-21
Sands Expo,
Las Vegas
AACO members may register for a FREE Vision Expo West trade show pass and also receive a 15% CE discount (1 to 4 hours)

  • the AACO booth in the Career Zone on Saturday, September 21
  • a special panel session being held at 1:00 pm featuring AACO Board member, Dr. Maurice Wilson.

There will also be a special brunch/reception held before the panel discussion to celebrate Dr. Wilson as the incoming AACO President! 
Maurice Wilson, OD
News and Information
Gonio Back to basics
- by Dr. Dmitry Gutkovich

Gonioscopy is a simple procedure that yields huge findings yet is greatly underutilized in the optometric community as a whole, in my opinion. 

There are a number of different gonioprisms on the market, ranging from disposable to with/without handles. They all basically do the same thing; enable you to visualize the structures of the anterior chamber. 

This information is critical in the examination of every glaucoma patient, primary or secondary, not to mention its importance with certain systemic diseases. With technology advancements, there are instruments that can help gauge the angle without the use of gonioscopy but majority of us don’t own them. I still prefer to actually visualizing the structures. 

The internet is a huge resource if you need to brush up on your skills, gonioscopy.org is a great website with pictures, videos and case reports.
What's Your AACO Knowledge Meter?
Where will AACO's 2020 Annual Conference be located??
San Francisco
Cool Image
Eye of a (former) prize winning race horse
- submitted by Vincent Facchiano, OD

This multi million dollar racing horse suffered a very bad corneal rupture caused by a kick in the eye by another horse. The horse went blind in this eye as a result and could not return to racing.  
Have a Cool Image to share? Send it to Dmitry! The image does not need to be an "eye" and an explanation is not necessary, but they must have a coolness factor.
~Dmitry Gutkovich, OD, MBA

Send pictures to: info@energeyesassociation.org
From Private to Corporate Practice
- by Dr. Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO, FNAP

The article appears in the July issue of AACO's ElectrifEye Journal and consists of insights from four ODs who made the successful transition. To get to this article, go to page 26 after clicking the link or button. Click here to read more.
Call for Volunteers:
Director-at-Large position on the
Board of Directors

We invite you to have a voice in future AACO leadership by nominating yourself for appointment to a
Director- at-Large position on the AACO Board of Directors for the next term
( term begins at the end of October 2019). To volunteer, please complete the online form by  September 20, 2019.

The  AACO Nomination Committee will review all applications, ask for additional information as needed, and present their recommendations for appointment approval to the membership. 

If you have any questions about serving on the AACO  Board of Directors, please contact Executive Director/CEO, Tiffany Jackson, CAE, by email, 
directorjackson@energeyesassociation.org or by phone: 414-380-3010 (direct).

Click BELOW to complete the online form
Benefits of AACO Membership
AACO's Knowledge Center
We make it EASY to learn. Coming in November 2019!
AACO's Career Center

As part of our partnership, we have worked with CovalentCareers to build a Career Center for AACO members. This service helps corporate practices fill open positions in Corporate Optometry, while connecting corporate eye care professionals with amazing career opportunities.
2019 September eNews
News and Information for and about Corporate Optometrists

By the AACO: Energeyes Newsletter Committee,
Dr. Dmitry Gutkovich, OD, MBA, Newsletter Chair
If you have any questions
please call or email us.
[Membership] [414-323-6354] [ info@energeyesassociation.org ]