Providing you with the education, information and resources you need to serve your patients remains our number one priority. The GOA is committed to providing you with vital information during this time of uncertainty.
An Update From the Georgia Board of Optometry Regarding Online CE Hours

At the request of the executive committee of the GOA, and with the permission the board of trustees, the GOA requested the State Board of Optometry consider a change in the limitations regarding online continuing education. The State Board of Optometry issued the following response: 

Emergency Rule Effective May 7, 2020 - Regarding Continuing Education Hours and the Next Renewal Cycle of December 31, 2021

"Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, notwithstanding any other rule or provision of law, the requirement that a maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education credit may be taken by correspondence or electronic medium is hereby modified as follows:
  1. A maximum of eighteen (18) hours of continuing education credit will be allowed for the upcoming renewal cycle ONLY (expiration date of December 31, 2021) for any coursework that is offered by correspondence or electronic medium, which coursework is approved or sponsored by any provider identified in paragraph (1) of this rule; and,
  2. This rule shall be effective for the duration of the emergency and for a period of not more than 120 days thereafter. Continuing education hours obtained after the termination of this emergency rule shall be subject to the rule as currently written."

A Message from GOA Silver Partner VSP: Roadmap to Reopening

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) , and with feedback from doctors like you, the VSP Global® Premier Program has prepared the following suggestions for consideration as providers prepare to reopen their practices.

The needs and circumstances of each practice vary. This document is intended to be a resource to help guide the reopening process. It offers tips, suggestions, and best practices to protect the health and safety of doctors, patients, and staff. As always, eye care professionals should refer to federal, state, and local government and associations for official rules and regulations related to COVID-19.

This document is designed to outline a reopening journey, walking practices through the phases of reopening.

#AskAOA Practice Reactivation Guidance for Paraoptometric Staff

Join Linda Rodriguez CPO, committee chair of the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC) on May 14 at 9pm ET for another webinar in the #AskAOA series. This webinar parallels the  physician focused webinar held on April 29 and will cover:

  • Practice opening protocols
  • Disinfection processes
  • Practice workflow considerations

Please register for the webinar here  here .

If you have questions that you would like answered during the webinars, please contact   askaoa@aoa.org .
*The above information is prepared by the GOA staff for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Individuals should consult a lawyer, the IRS or a tax advisor to address questions related to their individual circumstances.