Armed Forces Optometric Society
 

Our History

  • February 11th 1970 – Leaders hold formation meeting at AOA office in Washington DC in what will be the genesis of AFOS.
  • July 1st 1970 - 1st AFOS meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii with thirty-four optometrists attending.
  • 1971 - AOA House of Delegates vote to approve AFOS as an "allied Group" of the AOA.
  • 1974 - AFOS forms an Affiliation Committee to work with the AOA on formal recognition of AFOS.
  • July 1981- AOA House of Delegates votes and grants AFOS affiliate status equal to the state associations.
  • 1973 – AFOS lobbies for and receives legislation to enact Optometry Special Pay.
  • 1980s- AFOS leads the way DPA/TPA certification and licensure laws. First, AFOS and military services work with Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) to train and certify optometrists in diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceuticals. Soon after, the services adopt credentialing and privileging regulations for doctors completing the program. This program soon becomes the "gold standard" for DPA and TPA certification in nearly every state.
  • Second, AFOS, along with the AOA, successfully fight to remove optometry from under the supervision of ophthalmology and establish a separate service within the military medical departments. Many states soon utilize this new structure to stave off attempts to have optometry be under ophthalmology in state licensing laws.
  • June 1986 - AFOS membership approves adding VA and Civil Service as eligible members of our organization.
  • 1990 - AFOS conducts study on military pay for optometrists and recommends to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) optometry officers receive increased special pay similar to physicians. Board Certification Pay for Optometry is then approved and enacted.

AFOS has been working tirelessly for our military troops and their families, our Native American population, and our veterans. Whether it be our Licensure by Endorsement initiative allowing states to recognize other state licensures, or advocating greater eye care benefits in the military’s TRICARE program (the military’s managed care plan), or providing the latest in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) eyecare, rest assured that we will always be advocating Federal Optometry, its scope of practice and our patients!

 

Past AFOS Presidents

1970

Dr. Fred van Nus

 1971

Dr. Donald Still

 1972

Dr. Kenneth Deuel

 1973

Dr. David Johnson

 1974

Dr. Donald Robinson

 1975

Dr. James Hartley

 1976

Dr. Henry Turner

 1977

Dr. Donald Dunton

 1978

Dr. John Leddy

 1979

Dr. Paul Eklund

 1980

Dr. Agnes Palys

 1981

Dr. Patrick Phelan

 1982

Dr. James Kluckman

 1983

Dr. James Kluckman

 1984

Dr. Larry Friedman

 1985

Dr. Dan Yoshii

 1986

Dr. Fred Sparks

 1987

Dr. Jerry Davis

 1988

Dr. Mike Pattison

 1989

Dr. Marv Baum

 1990

Dr. Francis Behan

 1991

Dr. Luke Solverson

 1992

Dr. Bob Buckingham

 1993

Dr. Michael Mittelman

 1994

Dr. Russ Mattern

 1995

Dr. Buzz Bzdula

 1996

Dr. Terry Aitken

 1997

Dr. Tim Ray

 1998

Dr. Chuck Adams

 1999

Dr. Lyman Norden

 2000

Dr. Richard Hackman

 2001

Dr. Terry Bolen

 2002

Dr. Steven Stanek

 2003

Dr. Steven Stanek

 2004

Dr. Julie Miavez

 2005

Dr. Fran McVeigh

 2006

Dr. Doris Wong

 2007

Dr. Lee Cornforth

 2008

Dr. Daniel Reiser

 2009

Dr. Penny Walter

 2010

Dr. Donovan Green

 2011

Dr. Keith Cespon

 2012

Dr. Michael Sunman

 2013

Dr. Alyon Wasik

 

 

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