The American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Opticians Association of America (OAA), with support from Luxottica and The Vision Council, have formed a SUN alliance. This alliance is designed to empower practices and businesses with the training and information needed to educate and prescribe sun protection for every patient.
Protect, Prescribe, Present
At the core of the SUN initiative is a comprehensive training program created to help eyecare professionals deliver a lifetime of outdoor eye protection. The COPE, ABO-approved and AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) credit educational series, Protect, Prescribe and Present, will be delivered digitally, and encompass the following:
Describes the health issues resulting from UV and High Energy Visible (HEV) radiation exposure, delivering a set of actionable steps for the practitioner to ensure that all patients understand the importance of quality outdoor eye protection.
Develops an action plan for the optometrist and the optician. For the doctor, this course delivers examples of how to discuss the research that proves the need for sun protection. For the optician, this segment clearly defines how to set goals and identify the best protective products.
Teaches one of the most difficult areas for many offices to master–the language and methods to visually merchandise outdoor eyewear to every consumer/patient. This segment presents methods to easily communicate the benefits of prescribing and dispensing outdoor eyewear.
Visit AOA.org/eyelearn (for COPE) and OAA.org (for ABO) for the online versions of the courses, resource lists, downloads and new tools that will enable every office to help customers and patients understand the need for quality outdoor eyewear.