Here are a few photos from the events at the opening day of Optometry's Meeting in Boston. More to come!
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured an article in Sunday's paper on the current barriers to treatment of glaucoma--a serious and debilitating eye disease--in Massachusetts. MSO President Matthew Forgues, O.D., was quoted in the article that it's unfortunate that Massachusetts is behind every other state in standards of access to care for glaucoma treatment. The article mentions HB1973, "An Act Relative to the Modernization of Optometry"--which, if passed, would allow optometrists in Massachusetts to treat glaucoma---as a solution to this issue. Massachusetts is the only state in the entire country where optometrists are not allowed to treat glaucoma.
Read the Worcester Telegram & Gazette article here.
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The MSO Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 8 at the Edwards House in Framingham. Over 30 ODs joined us and celebrated the arrival of new Executive Director Jay Gardiner, while bidding a fond farewell to longtime Executive Director Rich Lawless.
The Massachusetts Society of Optometrists is pleased to announce the appointment for the position of Executive Director. The MSO Search Committee and Executive Board has selected James G. Gardiner to serve as the next Executive Director.
Jay has a diverse leadership background in government, non-profit, education, and public health. Several of Jay's former positions include; Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, Executive Director of the Molly Bish Center at Anna Maria College, and Executive Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Massachusetts. Mr. Gardiner professional background includes leading several legislative efforts in Massachusetts, proven organizational leadership, successful fundraising experience, and strong communication skills. Jay lives in Grafton, MA with his wife Marie and three children.
"On behalf of the MSO, we thank Rich for his years of dedication to optometry, and we welcome Jay's passion and leadership as we continue to move the profession forward", said Brian Wadman, OD, President of the MSO.
The MSO Board is pleased to welcome Jay as the next MSO Executive Director. This appointment will be publicly announced at the annual meeting on June 8th.
Jay welcomes members to contact him with any questions, concerns, or ideas. He can be reached at email@example.com and by mobile phone at 508-277-2562.
Meet Jay at our Annual Meeting! Wednesday, June 8th, at the Edwards House in Framingham (1 Badger Rd, 01702). The meeting runs from 10am-12pm, and will be immediately followed by a luncheon. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.