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Eye-Mail® Monthly is the electronic newsletter of the American Academy of Optometry. Each issue features an article of interest, Annual Meeting and Academy information, links to useful websites and more.

October Issue

Academy.18 Mobile App Now Available

Download Academy.18, the Academy's meeting app, as your mobile event guide for Academy 2018 San Antonio! Use the app to build your personal schedule, keep track of your CE credits, easily find sessions, presenters and exhibitors, receive important reminders and updates, and find things to do in San Antonio. 

The Online Planner allows you to view an interactive desktop version of the app that syncs with Academy.18 on your mobile device (must be logged in). You can also use the app in an Internet browser on any device, without the need to download it.

Need help maximizing the app features? Watch our short instructional video

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Information for First Time Attendees

Is this your first time attending an Academy meeting? We've put together a guide with useful information about education, registration, the exhibit hall and more to help you navigate the meeting. Download now...

Blood Drive

The Academy invites you to give back during Academy 2018 San Antonio by participating in a blood drive benefiting the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. Come by Room 206B on Friday, November 9 between 10 AM and 6 PM to donate blood. Learn more...

Academy Online - Featured Session of the Month

Giant Cell Arteritis: A Cause Lurking Behind Several Ocular Diagnoses
This month on Academy Online, listen to the featured Academy 2017 Chicago lecture presented by Drs. Andrew Mick, Bernard Dolan and Heather Jones. View now...

Academy members enjoy complimentary access to Academy Online content. Separate testing fees apply for COPE CE credit. 

Enter Today: Australia Party Dance Off Competition

New! Sign up for the 'Dance Off' competition that will be held this year during the 36th Annual Australia Party at Academy 2018 San Antonio!
Contestants are asked to submit a photo or teaser video of themselves, their dance group or dancing partner. This could be an excellent way to get some energetic competition between the Colleges of Optometry - and not just the students - alumni welcome - so refine your moves and hit the dance floor! Email Pamela at p.capaldi@brienholdenvision.org to submit your interest to participate. Learn more...

Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Potential Threat to Vision Health 

The American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have issued a joint statement on cosmetic contact lenses and their potential threat to vision health. This statement applies to anyone who may consider getting contact lenses without a proper prescription and/or without proper contact lens care. Read more...

American Academy of Optometry Foundation News

2018 Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Award Recipient

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of the Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant. Stephanie Ann McLin Cox, OD, FAAO, is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.
In 2010, Drs. Donald Korb and Joan Exford generously donated $25,000 to establish this grant to support an individual to further their knowledge in the broad area of dry eye. Read more...

2018 Inaugural David and Diane Goss Optometry History Fellowship Recipient

The AAOF is pleased to announce the inaugural 2018 David and Diane Goss Optometry History Fellowship recipient.Sampson Listowell Abu, OD, is Post-Doctorate Fellow at the University of Alabama Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences School of Medicine. Read more...

2018 Student Giving Matching Travel Grants Recipients

The AAOF would like to announce the recipients of the 2018 AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants. Each school raised the funds and the money is being matched with a travel grant opportunity for each student to attend the Academy annual meeting in San Antonio.

2018 AAOF Student Travel Fellowship Recipients

The AAOF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 AAOF Student Travel Fellowships. Each recipient will receive a travel grant to attend the Academy annual meeting in San Antonio. This year there are 3 inaugural STFs: the Bence Clinical and Leadership STF's and the Lois Schoenbrun STF. Read more...
2018 Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship Recipient

The AAOF, in collaboration with the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, is pleased to announce Xiaohua Zhuang, PhD, as the 2018 recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship. Dr. Zhuang is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry.The fellowship is designed to provide support for early career optometric and vision science faculty research. This award will fund Dr. Zhuang's project,"Flicker Adaptation Probes Detection of Contrast Sensitivity Loss in Early Glaucoma". Read more...

Please Update Your Profile and Check Your Preferences

Please take a moment to update your Academy member profile. To do so, visit www.aaopt.org  and login, then select "My Account" from the top menu. From there you can update your public directory preferences, update contact information, upload a profile picture, and manage your Section and SIG membership settings. Questions? Please email us at membership@aaoptom.org

Optometry and Vision Science Journal Highlight

The feature article in the October 2018 issue of OVS is titled, "Juvenile Tree Shrews Do Not Maintain Emmetropia in Narrow-band Blue Light" by Timothy J. Gawne et al. 
Access your subscription to OVS online.