The Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) is a group of state-licensed Doctors of Optometry who deliver primary eyecare to citizens in all parts of Louisiana. Over 350 Doctors 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.
The eye is a truly amazing organ in our body. In conjunction with our brain, it detects movements, differentiates colors, and discerns shapes as it allows us to see the world. The gift of sight is so highly valued, that each year when the public is surveyed about their greatest fears, loss of vision is always one of the top responses. Further, the eyes give your optometrist a significant glimpse into your overall health, as many diseases and disorders have manifestations in the eye. As optometrists, it is our privilege and responsibility to insure that your vision is clear and comfortable, and that your eyes and your overall health are as good as can be.
This website provides numerous educational pages and links about your eyes and your vision.
For further information, you may contact us at the address / phone listed at the very bottom of this page. To contact us via e-mail message, click here. You may search for your local optometrist by clicking on the button below. And don't forget the importance of an annual eye exam for you and your loved ones!
A bulletin dated 1/29/21 was distributed by the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners, "the LSBOE is granting a blanket hardship exemption.....for their calendar year 2020 CE requirements." So,while you are exempt from the 16 CE hrs in 2020, you must plan on obtaining 16 CE hrs during the 2021 calendar year to renew your license in 2022.