as EYE SEE it

An optical industry blog sharing thoughts, tips, and tools from eye care influencers, As Eye See It offers an inside look into the past, present and future of what drives the industry.

Why We’ve Invited the AOA to a Healthcare Reform Forum

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO | May 02, 2012
We all remember the famous words sung by Sister Sledge: “We are Family.” There is no question about it; the optometric profession has always had a real sense of family. Remarkably, we actually like each other. However, that does not mean that we always agree.

Optometry and Coffee

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO | March 23, 2012
What in the world has happened to a cup of coffee? It is no longer just coffee; it is a “venti three-shot, soy, one-pump vanilla latte with light whip and no foam!” And what is up with blue jeans? Now, they are “distressed, stonewashed, multi-color, relaxed fit and meant to be worn just south of the hambone.” Yikes!!

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO | March 16, 2012
An article appeared in on January 5, 2012, which was titled “Doctors going broke.” The article discussed a growing problem wherein independent medical practices are facing “serious financial issues.” Reasons listed were: shrinking insurance reimbursements, changing regulations, and rising business costs, combined with reductions in both Medicare and health plan reimbursements.

2012 House of Delegates: Common Sense Prevails

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO | February 17, 2012
by Matthew Alpert, ODI just returned from the California Optometric Association's (COA) House of Delegates. There were a number of issues to weigh in on, but fever pitch was reached when the issue of stand-alone vision plans was raised. A resolution for the COA to support stand-alone vision plans in the California state exchange achieved an overwhelming victory.
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