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.
SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY RECEIVES LARGEST GIFT IN ITS 87 YEAR HISTORY
---Feb 22, 2019, New Orleans, La. @ SECO 2019: OAL donation to Southern College of Optometry of the Franks Trust, a loan fund for Louisiana students attending SCO. 1.5 million dollars, the largest single gift ever to the Southern College of Optometry! Pictured, from L are Dr. Bill Marionneaux, a 1969 graduate of SCO and longtime partner of the late Dr. Mark Franks, Dr. Lewis Reich, SCO President, and Dr. James D. Sandefur, a 1965 SCO graudate, Board of Trustees Chair, and OAL Executive Director. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY.