Eyes on Politics: Ophthalmology on the Ballot

It’s the first Tuesday in November, which means it’s time to exercise our constitutional right to vote here in the United States. There are a lot of important issues on the ballots all around the country, and we sincerely hope you have carved time out of your busy schedules to cast your ballots this election season.

You might be wondering what this has to do with Ophthalmology. Believe it or not, quite a bit!

Did you know that The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) actually manages a political action committee known as OPHTHPAC? Ophthalmology is an important profession, thus the need for political action committee to help give the professionals in this field a voice in Washington. The fund specifically helps preserve issues regarding quality of care and has provided key relationship building within the federal government in order to motivate change – all with investment from ophthalmologists who donate to the Academy.

As a non-partisan political action committee, OPHTHPAC contributes to both parties in order to help pass legislation imperative to the ophthalmology field. In the past, the political action committee has played a role in advocating for the following issues:

  • Community Health Centers
  • Compounding
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Meaningful Use/EHRs/HIT
  • Medicare Fee Schedule
  • Network Adequacy
  • Patient Safety
  • Research Funding
  • Veterans Eye Care
  • Vision Screenings

To learn more about AAO’s OPHTHPAC, and to see how you can help contribute, please visit their site, here.

And when voting, if these issues are important to you, make sure you do your research to find out which candidates are aligned with Ophthalmology-related cares and concerns. Happy voting!