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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (September 16, 2020) – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute glaucoma specialist Sarah R. Wellik, MD, was recently elected Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) president. The election was held during the FSO Annual Business Meeting, which took place through a virtual platform on September 15.

­­JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (September 16, 2020) – On Tuesday, September 15, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) presented awards at its annual Business Meeting, which was held virtually. Awardees were recognized for leadership, community service and innovation in the field of ophthalmology.

New information and resources regarding COVID-19 are occurring daily. As the Florida Society of Ophthalmology gathers this information that we feel to be important for the general education and knowledge of its members, we will send out weekly emails and updating our website. The information compiled should not be used as the sole source of information when analyzing and resolving legal or other issues that pertain to one’s medical practice or personal situation because the laws of each jurisdiction differ and are constantly changing. If you have specific questions regarding a situation, we urge you to consult competent legal counsel.

Crosswalks between ICD-9 lists of covered diagnoses for certain services and the comparable ICD-10 diagnoses were imperfect in some LCDs, such as the Visual Field Testing LCD.  First Coast Service Options was made aware of this problem and corrected the disparities with assistance provided by the FSO Third Party Liaison Committee.

At the FSO Board of Directors meeting held this past June, the Board adopted the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s position on the use of medicinal marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma.


There has been a recent change in the Florida law regarding co-management of patients. The new law took effect on July 1, 2013. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and its general counsel have worked closely with OMIC to develop two sample forms to aid you in compliance with the new law.

The AmazonSmile Foundation and the For Eye Care Foundation

Please consider the For Eye Care Foundation (FECF), the Florida Society of Ophthalmology's charitable-arm, when shopping online at Amazon. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases made back to the FECF. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Use this link to start shopping and giving back:


Because Florida law currently fails to describe the recognized risks of cataract surgery, a substantial number of "recognized risks" associated with cataract surgery continue to be improperly reported to regulators as "Code 15" adverse incidents.

The Academy and 60 other ophthalmic societies, including FSO, have issued new, more patient-centric guidelines for postoperative co-management of ophthalmic procedures.The Comprehensive Guidelines for the Co-Management of Ophthalmic Postoperative Care contains substantive changes to existing guidelines based on over six months of thoughtful review by an Academy-led Task Force on Co-Management Principles, the Academy Council and Board of Trustees.




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Thursday, September 24, 2020

This webinar will begin at 7:00 PM ET. Sponsored by Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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