Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists to Join the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in New Administrative Agreement
CLAO Will Join Other Ophthalmic Associations Now Managed Under the ASCRS Umbrella
FAIRFAX, VA – The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, a non-profit organization with about 300 members dedicated to providing ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other eye care professionals with leading edge information in contact lens and related vision science, will be managed under the administrative umbrella of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery effective August 15, 2012. ASCRS is a 9,000-member international society dedicated to improving the education and skill sets of anterior segment surgeons.
The move comes as the CLAO Board of Directors initiates an effort to grow membership, increase its educational offering, and launch a new vision for the organization’s future. ASCRS has a successful history of providing synergistic management services for ophthalmic societies. Other societies and organizations under the ASCRS umbrella include the ASCRS Foundation, the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and The Cornea Society. Joyce D’Andrea, who has served as ASCRS Clinical Coordinator since 2005, will assume responsibilities as the CLAO staff liaison.
“This is an exciting opportunity for CLAO to grow and emerge as a stronger, more vibrant community of ophthalmological professionals dedicated to the science of contact lenses,” said CLAO President Warren R. “Chip” Fagadau, M.D. "CLAO has had long-standing and productive relationships with ophthalmology’s major organizations. We look forward to strengthening those bonds in the years to come as ophthalmologists increasingly recognize the clinical significance of new contact lens technology in the continuum of vision care. Furthermore, we’ll look to broaden our already-established interaction with a number of international contact lens societies. All of these initiatives, we feel, can be advanced through the support of ASCRS."
CLAO was founded in 1963 and its first scientific program was held the following year during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Since then CLAO has grown to become an important medical subspecialty association focused on education and professional support for the office-based ophthalmologist, optometrist, and other contact lens professionals. In addition to its peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, CLAO also offers educational programming, professional development, and an annual symposium and congress. Under the arrangement, the CLAO Education and Research Foundation, which supports education and the advancement of research and technologies related to contact lenses, anterior segment vision care services, and public eye health care, will also be managed by ASCRS. CLAO’s annual symposium and congress and its publications will remain independent and the organization will continue to function under its current bylaws and leadership board, with the sole addition of an ASCRS representative.
“I’d like to thank ASCRS Immediate Past President Dr. Edward Holland and CLAO President Dr. Fagadau for their determined and collaborative effort to forge this new relationship,” said ASCRS President David F. Chang, MD. “I believe that this management support and collaboration will benefit CLAO members and their patients, and we’re excited to help the organization grow and meet its educational mission for many years to come.”
The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists is dedicated to providing ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other eye care professionals with leading edge information in contact lens and related vision science through its educational programs, an annual symposium and congress, and a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice. For more information click on www.clao.org.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. www.ASCRS.org.