Welcome to the Optometry Association of Louisiana
The Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) is a group of state-licensed optometrists who deliver primary eyecare to citizens in all parts of Louisiana. Nearly 350 members strong, the organization provides continuing education programs for its doctors, sponsors programs to improve eyecare in Louisiana and abroad, and represents Louisiana nationally at optometric programs and events. The OAL also promotes legislation to insure all Louisiana citizens have access to quality eyecare.
What is a Doctor of Optometry?
Doctors of Optometry (O.D.’s) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. (American Optometric Association) Doctors of Optometry also diagnose associated systemic conditions; prescribe oral and topical medications (e.g. antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, & pain relievers, among others); perform minor surgical procedures on and around the eye; order and interpret blood work and neuro-imaging (such as MRI, CAT scan, etc.); offer vision therapy and vision rehabilitative services; fit contact lenses; and prescribe eyeglasses. For more information, please browse this site and visit the American Optometric Association's website at www.aoa.org.
---Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017: Dr. James D. Sandefur, Executive Director of the OAL, was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at Optometry's Meeting. Dr. Sandefur is the first Louisiana OD to have been named to this prestigious group of Optometrists. Nearly 50 ODs, their families, and friends were on hand for the event. Shown here are just a few of Dr. Sandefur's colleagues who made the trip to be a part of this historic event. L-R: Dr. Chris Wroten, Dr. Sarah Wroten, Dr. Kendall Beissinger, Dr. Celeste DiCarlo, Dr. Mark Roy III, Dr. Sandefur, Dr. Kevin Kasovich, Dr. Scott Taylor, Dr. Robert Janot, and Dr. Bill Gordon. To view the Induction Ceremony Program from the event (including a nice write up on Dr. Sandefur), click here.
Dr. Cynthia Baker of Denham Springs (L) presents Senator Regina Barrow (R) with the 2016 OAL Statesman of the Year Award.