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OAV 2019 Spring Conference and Class Schedule

Are you or someone in your practice looking for training or need Continuing Education credits? Is there an apprentice in your office studying for the ABO exam?

The Opticians Association of Virginia’s Spring Convention offers an ABO Review for all students/apprentices. This review only happens once a year, so now is the time to take it! The convention will also be offering 10 hours of NCLE credits and 10 hours of ABO credits for you to choose from.

 2019 Class Schedule

OAV Spring Convention, Richmond VA, May 4-5, 2019

Register online  https://oav.wildapricot.org/event-3317423

DoubleTree By Hilton Richmond (formerly Holiday Inn Express Richmond Airport) Book Your Room Now By Calling 804-236-1111

*King Room and Double Room $104.00 a night.  Please ask for Opticians Association of Virginia room block

We must and will stand together to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth as well as the livelihood we share.

Thank you to our partners for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Spring Convention Class Matrix (1)

OAV Legislative Update

February 6, 2019

As of Tuesday, February 5, 2019 both the House and Senate adjourned their floor sessions on what is known as “cross-over” day. That is the day in each General Assembly Session when the House and Senate must complete work on legislation that originates in their respective bodies. Beginning tomorrow (February 6th), the House can only consider Senate bills and the Senate can only consider House bills.

The significance of that milestone for our members is that HB 2099, the bill that would have deregulated the profession of opticianry, was never taken up in the House before cross-over, which means that specific bill is dead for this Session. Last Thursday was the last meeting of the House General Laws Committee before cross-over and HB 2099 was never heard in the Committee. The chairman of the Committee, Del. Chris Peace, had been very consistent in his communications with our lobbyist that he was opposed to the bill and had no plans to act on the bill in his committee and he kept his word until the end.

While this is a significant victory for our interests, we will continue to monitor any other bills still alive during the 2019 General Assembly that could be candidates for being amended in a way that might adversely impact our profession. Although we do not think this is likely at this point, we will take nothing for granted and stand vigilant to protect the interests of Virginia opticians, as always.

 

As of right now, there is nothing for you all to do. We will keep our eyes on the process for the rest of the General Assembly and should we need to engage you, we will communicate that with you immediately. Thank all of you who engaged on this issue earlier during the Session. Your collective voices were heard and you most definitely made the difference! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

 

OAV Legislative Update

As of Tuesday, January 29, HB 2099 still has not appeared on any dockets for the House General Laws Committee.  Should that change, we will let you know immediately.  Our message has been heard and the legislators are well-versed on this issue.  Again, should that change and more contacts need to be made, we will notify you immediately.

 

Latest Update on HB 2099

January 22, 2019

 HB 2099, which would deregulate the practice of opticianry in Virginia, still resides in the House General Laws Committee. As of yet, it has not yet been heard in the full Committee, nor has it been assigned to a subcommittee. 

Our members and the general public have been very effective in communicating with the members of the General Laws Committee. The response has been enthusiastic and overwhelmingly in opposition to the bill. We thank all of you for your efforts in that regard. 

The members of the General Laws Committee have repeatedly heard our message loud and clear. Out of respect for their overloaded email in-boxes, we have suspended our general communication campaign. But we are still communicating with legislators on a targeted basis through our lobbyist to keep the issue before them. Should the need arise to reactivate the larger campaign, we will let you know immediately.

 HB 2099, if it is to be heard, will be before the House General Laws Committee either later this week or sometime next week. Next week is the last full week of committee meetings before the General Assembly reaches “cross-over” day on Tuesday, February 5. Once HB 2099 is scheduled to be heard, we will notify you immediately. We may ask you to come to Richmond on that day to show your opposition to the bill, but we will give you more details later.

 Again, thank you for your overwhelming support so far and your patience as we now work on this issue behind the scenes. 

Stayed tuned for further updates!

 

HB 2099-A Bill to Deregulate Opticians in Virginia

Yes, a bill to deregulate Opticians in Virginia has been filed.

HB2099 has been filed by Rep. Nicholas Freitas (R-30) that includes deregulation of Opticians as a profession.

Our lobbyist informed us this morning and will have more information available this evening.

We are asking you all to remain calm and wait for our next moves
.
The Legislative Group and the entire OAV Board of Directors will be meeting this evening to review the next steps as advised by our lobbyist.

This fight is real and we will need the participation of every Licensed Optician in Virginia beginning now!

Please, if you haven’t joined us, do it now!

Fight to protect your profession!

www.vaopticians.org

Judy Canty, President

Attention Virginia Opticians

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission (JLARC), a Virginia General Assembly policy oversight agency, has officially recommended Opticians be deregulated in Virginia. If this recommendation is adopted by the General Assembly, your License to fit, fabricate, sell and dispense prescription eyewear would no longer be required in the Commonwealth. Unless we all join the fight, deregulation will happen when the General Assembly meets in January 2019!

The Opticians Association of Virginia, the ONLY organization representing Virginia’s 1900 Licensed Opticians, needs you to join the fight to save your license and protect the eyeglass wearing public.

Please take a moment to educate yourself by visiting our website at www.vaopticians.org and reading the JLARC report to the General Assembly and prepare yourselves by following the suggested next steps listed below. Your license depends upon your support.
• Visit the Opticians Association of Virginia website at www.vaopticians.org and provide a valid email address for further updates and calls to action.
• Join the OAV as a member and help support this fight
• Find out who your state representatives (Senator & Delegates) are by searching whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov and let us know who represents you. If you have a personal relationship with them and would be willing to contact them on behalf of our profession, please let us know that also. When the time is right, we will be supplying you with information to proactively share with them on this issue.
• If you can contribute beyond your OAV dues any additional help will be appreciated with the expenses of mailings and lobbyist fees. The estimated fee for our lobbyist is $26,000 plus mailings and continuous communications as we would like to keep you all informed and updated.
• Gather support from MD’s, OD’s, Patient’s and share these testimonials with us as soon as possible. At the appropriate time, we may also ask you to share these with your legislators.

You know what it means to be an Optician and understand the value you provide patients when helping them make critical decisions about their visual needs. Take a moment and imagine the results of no required education or supervised training, the inability to evaluate a patient’s history, analyze the new prescription, properly select the appropriate frame and lens design to deliver the prescription necessary. How many of your elderly, young, complex prescriptions or emerging presbyopic patients would suffer?

This fight is not just for your license/livelihood but the visual health and safety of every patient you serve.

If this deregulation is passed the result would be immediate loss of jobs & pay cuts. This would be across the board in retail locations, private practices, wholesale and all facets of the optical industry. This is not the time to think that your position is secure regardless of your tenure. Join us in this fight, get informed, stay informed and be ready to act as necessary.

The OAV is your association and in preparation of defending your license and the visual health and safety of your patients we must act as one. If you are already an OAV member, thank you for your continued support. If you are not a member of the OAV, JOIN NOW and help support this fight. It is vital that you make sure OAV has your updated contact/email for communications, updates and information.

Save The Date 2019 OAV Spring Conference

May 4-5, 2019

Holiday Inn Airport

445 International Center Drive

Sandston, Va 23150

The OAV is the exclusive representative of over 1,900 opticians licensed by the State of Virginia.

Our website provides our members and the public with information about the OAV and the role of Opticianry in improving the vision of all Virginians.

OAV Legislative Update

February 6, 2019

As of Tuesday, February 5, 2019 both the House and Senate adjourned their floor sessions on what is known as “cross-over” day. That is the day in each General Assembly Session when the House and Senate must complete work on legislation that originates in their respective bodies. Beginning tomorrow (February 6th), the House can only consider Senate bills and the Senate can only consider House bills.

The significance of that milestone for our members is that HB 2099, the bill that would have deregulated the profession of opticianry, was never taken up in the House before cross-over, which means that specific bill is dead for this Session. Last Thursday was the last meeting of the House General Laws Committee before cross-over and HB 2099 was never heard in the Committee. The chairman of the Committee, Del. Chris Peace, had been very consistent in his communications with our lobbyist that he was opposed to the bill and had no plans to act on the bill in his committee and he kept his word until the end.

While this is a significant victory for our interests, we will continue to monitor any other bills still alive during the 2019 General Assembly that could be candidates for being amended in a way that might adversely impact our profession. Although we do not think this is likely at this point, we will take nothing for granted and stand vigilant to protect the interests of Virginia opticians, as always.

 

As of right now, there is nothing for you all to do. We will keep our eyes on the process for the rest of the General Assembly and should we need to engage you, we will communicate that with you immediately. Thank all of you who engaged on this issue earlier during the Session. Your collective voices were heard and you most definitely made the difference! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

 

OAV Legislative Update

As of Tuesday, January 29, HB 2099 still has not appeared on any dockets for the House General Laws Committee.  Should that change, we will let you know immediately.  Our message has been heard and the legislators are well-versed on this issue.  Again, should that change and more contacts need to be made, we will notify you immediately.

 

Latest Update on HB 2099

January 22, 2019

 HB 2099, which would deregulate the practice of opticianry in Virginia, still resides in the House General Laws Committee. As of yet, it has not yet been heard in the full Committee, nor has it been assigned to a subcommittee. 

Our members and the general public have been very effective in communicating with the members of the General Laws Committee. The response has been enthusiastic and overwhelmingly in opposition to the bill. We thank all of you for your efforts in that regard. 

The members of the General Laws Committee have repeatedly heard our message loud and clear. Out of respect for their overloaded email in-boxes, we have suspended our general communication campaign. But we are still communicating with legislators on a targeted basis through our lobbyist to keep the issue before them. Should the need arise to reactivate the larger campaign, we will let you know immediately.

 HB 2099, if it is to be heard, will be before the House General Laws Committee either later this week or sometime next week. Next week is the last full week of committee meetings before the General Assembly reaches “cross-over” day on Tuesday, February 5. Once HB 2099 is scheduled to be heard, we will notify you immediately. We may ask you to come to Richmond on that day to show your opposition to the bill, but we will give you more details later.

 Again, thank you for your overwhelming support so far and your patience as we now work on this issue behind the scenes. 

Stayed tuned for further updates!

 

HB 2099-A Bill to Deregulate Opticians in Virginia

Yes, a bill to deregulate Opticians in Virginia has been filed.

HB2099 has been filed by Rep. Nicholas Freitas (R-30) that includes deregulation of Opticians as a profession.

Our lobbyist informed us this morning and will have more information available this evening.

We are asking you all to remain calm and wait for our next moves
.
The Legislative Group and the entire OAV Board of Directors will be meeting this evening to review the next steps as advised by our lobbyist.

This fight is real and we will need the participation of every Licensed Optician in Virginia beginning now!

Please, if you haven’t joined us, do it now!

Fight to protect your profession!

www.vaopticians.org

Judy Canty, President

Attention Virginia Opticians

The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission (JLARC), a Virginia General Assembly policy oversight agency, has officially recommended Opticians be deregulated in Virginia. If this recommendation is adopted by the General Assembly, your License to fit, fabricate, sell and dispense prescription eyewear would no longer be required in the Commonwealth. Unless we all join the fight, deregulation will happen when the General Assembly meets in January 2019!

The Opticians Association of Virginia, the ONLY organization representing Virginia’s 1900 Licensed Opticians, needs you to join the fight to save your license and protect the eyeglass wearing public.

Please take a moment to educate yourself by visiting our website at www.vaopticians.org and reading the JLARC report to the General Assembly and prepare yourselves by following the suggested next steps listed below. Your license depends upon your support.
• Visit the Opticians Association of Virginia website at www.vaopticians.org and provide a valid email address for further updates and calls to action.
• Join the OAV as a member and help support this fight
• Find out who your state representatives (Senator & Delegates) are by searching whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov and let us know who represents you. If you have a personal relationship with them and would be willing to contact them on behalf of our profession, please let us know that also. When the time is right, we will be supplying you with information to proactively share with them on this issue.
• If you can contribute beyond your OAV dues any additional help will be appreciated with the expenses of mailings and lobbyist fees. The estimated fee for our lobbyist is $26,000 plus mailings and continuous communications as we would like to keep you all informed and updated.
• Gather support from MD’s, OD’s, Patient’s and share these testimonials with us as soon as possible. At the appropriate time, we may also ask you to share these with your legislators.

You know what it means to be an Optician and understand the value you provide patients when helping them make critical decisions about their visual needs. Take a moment and imagine the results of no required education or supervised training, the inability to evaluate a patient’s history, analyze the new prescription, properly select the appropriate frame and lens design to deliver the prescription necessary. How many of your elderly, young, complex prescriptions or emerging presbyopic patients would suffer?

This fight is not just for your license/livelihood but the visual health and safety of every patient you serve.

If this deregulation is passed the result would be immediate loss of jobs & pay cuts. This would be across the board in retail locations, private practices, wholesale and all facets of the optical industry. This is not the time to think that your position is secure regardless of your tenure. Join us in this fight, get informed, stay informed and be ready to act as necessary.

The OAV is your association and in preparation of defending your license and the visual health and safety of your patients we must act as one. If you are already an OAV member, thank you for your continued support. If you are not a member of the OAV, JOIN NOW and help support this fight. It is vital that you make sure OAV has your updated contact/email for communications, updates and information.

Save The Date 2019 OAV Spring Conference

May 4-5, 2019

Holiday Inn Airport

445 International Center Drive

Sandston, Va 23150

The OAV is the exclusive representative of over 1,900 opticians licensed by the State of Virginia.

Our website provides our members and the public with information about the OAV and the role of Opticianry in improving the vision of all Virginians.

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Mission

The purpose of the Opticians Association of Virginia is to advance the skillful practice of Opticianry for the safety and welfare of the people of Virginia, by representing, educating and serving all Opticians.

Who We Are

The Opticians Association of Virginia is the exclusive representation of Opticians in Virginia. We are a non-profit association represented by volunteers on the Board of Directors.
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What We Do

The OAV represents Virginia’s opticians in the legislature and follows potential changes to laws that may affect Virginia’s Opticians. We also assist opticians in furthering their knowledge by hosting two educational conferences a year.
If you want to be respected as a licensed professional, you must be trained and continue the education process throughout your career.

We Fought...YOU Won

What if the Optician’s License you worked so hard for was taken away? What if every dispensing decision was made by the Doctor instead of by you? What if anyone with no training was allowed to do what you do? Would that affect you?  You bet it would!  Your pay would decrease and an untrained person would take your job in an instant!  This nightmare could become reality at any time.

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