This year, she’s asking “each and every member to step up to the plate and do just a little bit more.”

The American Optometric Association announced that optometrist Andrea P. Thau of New York was elected the group’s president at the recent Optometry’s Meeting in Boston. In a Q&A posted on the AOA’s website, Dr. Thau was asked what her priorities will be during her presidency, to which she responded:

“This year, I'm asking each and every member to step up to the plate and do just a little bit more. We'd like you to check you emails regularly. We'd like you to be able to participate in your local state association meetings. We'd love you to come and participate in our national meetings as well, from Optometry's Meeting to our national advocacy meeting. And we want you to be ready to speak and meet your legislators, both on the state and national level to make sure your legislators know who you are and what optometrists do. We need your help in being able to advance our causes.”

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