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APHA issues call for team approach to 'skyrocketing' diabetes cases

January 20, 2022

Recently published online, first-of-its-kind American Public Health Association public policy statement reflects the role that eye doctors, dentists, pharmacists and podiatrists can have in diabetes prevention and management. Read More >

Devastating tornado outbreak, severe weather prompt renewed OFDR support

January 19, 2022

Generous donations from EssilorLuxottica and CooperVision for Hurricane Ida relief were recommitted to Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief in 2022 in response to year-end severe weather. Read More >

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January 18, 2022

AOA members have access to clinical resources, continuing education, practice management and career development tools to help them not only prepare for change but drive it in the direction they want to go. Are you taking advantage of your benefits as an AOA member? Read More >

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ANY O.D. WHO WANTS TO TREAT GLAUCOMA AND PRESCRIBE ORAL MEDICATIONS

  1. In 2022, the MSO in conjunction with the two Massachusetts optometry colleges, NECO and MCPHS, will be presenting the second rendition of the authorized course and testing to obtain certification for the ability to treat glaucoma and prescribe oral medications.
  2. This course is the ONLY course that is mandated by Massachusetts State law and approved by the DPL and State Board of Optometry for the new license certification.
  3. It is not mandatory that you get certified to this new level of licensure. If you choose not to treat glaucoma and prescribe oral medications there is no further action needed by you beyond your yearly CE and renewal requirements.
  4. The Statute requires 40 hours of didactic education and 20 hours of supervised clinical education.

About the Didactic Course:

  1. The course will be 40 hours of didactic learning.
  2. It will be presented asynchronously with some live Q & A sessions with lecturers.  You will therefore be able to predominantly study on your own time.
  3. The 40 hours of didactic are broken down into ten (10) four hour modules.
  4. There will be a quiz after each module. You will get feedback on all quiz questions that you answer incorrectly.
  5. There will be a final examination which will be an open resource, timed test. The date of the final exam will be determined prior to the beginning of the course.
  6. The quiz grades will count for 1/3 and the final exam will count as 2/3 of your final score.
  7. You will need a grade of 70% or higher to pass and gain certification.
  8. Should you not pass or should you miss the exam date, you will be able to retake the final exam one time (at a date to be determined) at no additional cost.
  9. You must take and pass all quizzes and take and pass the final exam to pass the didactic section.
  10. The course and examination are designed to be completed within ninety (90) days.
  11. We expect this course to begin on January 23, 2022.
  12. There is a mandatory session on January 20th for a tutorial on the learning management system (LMS) from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

About the Clinical Course:

  1. The Clinical course will be 20 hours set up in five (5) four-hour sessions.
  2. The clinical work will be live webinar format. You will study the clinical cases on your own time, then confer together virtually to discuss the cases.
  3. There will be no testing in the clinical portion.


About the Cost:

On the open market a course of this caliber, 60 hours with testing and reporting, would cost over $2600. The cost of this course is as follows:

  • MSO Members: $999
  • Non-MSO Members: $1999
  • MSO Member Recent Graduates 2016-2020: $199 Course fees are non-refundable

Do You Know Your Legislator?

As you know Optometry is a legislated profession and it's very important to know who your legislator is, and to help educate them on the issues. We will be asking members to contact their legislators as we get our legislative platform ready for 2021.

So in the meantime, use this link below to find out who all your representatives are both at the state and federal level. It's important to your, your business and your profession!  Find your Legistator

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Calendar of Events

Glaucoma & Orals Certification Course 2022

January 23, 2022 - June 5, 2022

VirtualRead more >

MSO Winter CE Series 2022

February 6, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Live Virtual Webinar(Individual lecture registration is not available. Registration is for the full CE series only.)Read more >


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