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Message from the 2021 MOA President

Happy New Year, as your new President, I would first like to express my gratitude to the Maine Optometric Association for trusting me to lead 220 Maine optometrists (all categories), which is approximately a 90% membership rate. It is through your continued support of the MOA that has allowed our profession to flourish.

As we all are aware, this past year we have faced challenges in our personal and professional lives that have tested our ability to adapt and evolve. During these trying times, the MOA is here for you. We are currently, working closely with the Maine Center for Disease Control, to ensure that Optometrist and their staff are recognized as frontline health workers and included in Phase 1a distribution of the COVID vaccine. I highly encourage members of the MOA to receive the COVID vaccine and educate and encourage both their staff and patients on the importance of being vaccinated to stop the spread of the COVID pandemic.

Even in the middle of a global pandemic, it is import to not loose focus on the importance of the MOA's mission. We are here to help you protect your patient's and your profession at both the federal and state levels. We continue to work hard to maintain our current scope of practice and will continue to work at expanding our future scope of practice to provide the best care for our patients. We also are working to prevent online companies from providing unlawful vision exams and refractions that are in violation of our current Maine State Law, which the MOA help, write and pass in 2015.

Looking ahead to 2021 and depending on COVID, the MOA is planning on elevating our professional development by getting back to Bar Harbor for continuing education and an in person generalship meeting. Then in October, the MOA is looking forward to hosting Nathan Lighthizer, OD, for a second advanced procedure course. In addition to the advanced procedure course, the MOA will also offer a scleral contact lens and amniotic membrane course for members who already participated in the first MOA advance procedure course. Rounding out the year in Portland for our annual membership meeting with continuing education.

I would like to thank all members of the association for your continued dedication and support to the Maine Optometric Association. If you have any questions or concern, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

William Keyes, OD
President of the Maine Optometric Association