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Why eyePAC Is My PAC: Carlos Manrique, MD, FACS

Members of ASCRS explain in their own words why they choose to invest in eyePAC, the non-partisan political action committee representing anterior segment surgeons in Washington, D.C.

With the changing tides of politics, we should energize more to turn the currents of our field in a positive direction. We should always keep the ethical higher ground, but we need our voice to be heard, and by participating in organizations like ASCRS, our unity can carry us further. Our physician–patient relationship is under attack, and we are the most qualified to defend it, but that can only be done by getting involved in political activities. As an ophthalmologist, I cannot think of a better way than by joining and actively participating in our ASCRS eyePAC, which represents us at the national level. At the state level, I joined the Texas Medical Association PAC. In my community, I joined with other physicians in South Texas to create a PAC that represents us at the local level. Become the leader that your patients expect you to be. 

Carlos Manrique de Lara, MD, FACS
Manrique Custom Vision
McAllen, Texas

For more information about eyePAC, visit eyePAC.ascrs.org. And don’t forget about the 2018 eyePAC Reception at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, to be held Friday, April 13, during the 2018 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Eligible ASCRS members (U.S. citizens or legal residents) may attend this exclusive reception with a minimum donation of $500 ($50 for Young Eye Surgeon members). Click here to donate and register for the reception (ASCRS member login required).