To all Academy members:
As the Academy continues to move forward with its important work during this public health crisis, COVID-19, we believe it is imperative for our members, colleagues, students as well as their families and patients to be informed. The Academy leadership and staff are meeting regularly to assess the situation.
To this end, we intend to distribute regular updates. The messages may be general in nature or specific to the eye care community. We recognize the possibility of viral spread through tears and wish to make sure that our patients use proper hygiene when using eye care products.
At this time we have decided to cancel all face to face meetings of Academy committees, boards, Sections and SIGs until May 1, 2020, at which time we will reassess. However, the planning continues for Academy 2020 Nashville in October. I hope that it will be a gathering place where all of us can breathe out and celebrate our good health.
Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO