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MOA Bifocal - September 12, 2019

This brew's on us! Join local ODs to chat over coffee at Biggby Coffee on Tuesday, September 17th 


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The MOA is saddened to share the passing of Dr. Richard Ball of Owosso.

He was a dedicated member of the MOA, AOA, American Academy of Optometry, and the National Academy of Practice and Optometry. He served in the Army and as a Representative in the Michigan State Legislature. 

Dr. Ball was a proud and very active optometrist, and was extremely involved in his community and the state of Michigan.  

The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso this Saturday, September 14 from 3-8pm. 

Full obituary here


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites you to join us for a webinar covering Enrollment Requirements for Prescribers, September 17, 2019, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST. This webinar will discuss changes coming October 1, 2019, for providers who prescribe drugs to Medicaid beneficiaries as outlined in MSA policy bulletin 19-20

To register please visit >> click on Training >> click on Medicaid Training Dates >> locate “Click here to Register

Have you registered for Fall Seminar? If you're staying here in Lansing, the hotel room block closes on September September 24th 

Click here for hotel booking information for Radisson at the Capitol. 

Use code MOAF51 for the MOA room block. 
Researchers say the number of children 13 to 16 years old who need glasses has doubled the past 10 years.

"Children have been staring at multiple screens for at least a couple decades. It’s culturally inescapable and practically necessary for school, work, and binge-watching Netflix.

Parents admonished their kids in the 1960s and 1970s for sitting too close to the big boxy televisions of the day. But computers and cell phones have been household staples for about a generation now.

Today’s children, unlike most before them, engage electronic devices for most of their lives. Dr. Paul Karpecki, a nationally known optometrist and a member of the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board, said young kids tend to hold screens closer to sensitive eyes. Even having shorter arms has an effect."

via Healthline

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Come join local Young Optometric Professionals for some food, drinks, and mingling!

Please let us know if you can make this event by RSVPing here. Bring a colleague!

Have questions? Contact Amy at (517) 482-0616

This event sponsored by the MOA & VSP Global.

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