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The FSO 2015-2016 Membership Directory is available for members to download online.



Revisit the 2015 Masters in Ophthalmology Meeting with very special presentations recreated in a desktop, laptop and tablet friendly format featuring complete audio and slides from the our main program as well as from our Sunday sub-specialty Workshops.

Child with Eye Patch

On Wednesday, April 1, at the urging of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and other health organizations, the Florida Senate designated August 2015 as "Amblyopia Awareness Month" to educate Florida parents on the importance of vision screening at an early age.

Fewer than 20 percent of preschool kids are currently being screened for vision problems despite serious, but treatable, eye disorders found in young children. Recognizing this fact, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO)—joined by two Florida senators, Joseph Abruzzo (D-Boynton Beach) and Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) - launched its first-ever pediatric vision screening awareness campaign: August’s Amblyopia Awareness Month, as designated by the Florida Senate.

Dr. Rick Bendel was featured on local news as part of the new pediatric vision-screening program starting out in Jacksonville. FSO is partnering with several eye-screening organizations to get children under the age of 5 tested. The society will visit summer camps, day cares and libraries with a human-sized eagle mascot named "Eagle Eye."

Are you still receiving paper remittances through regular mail? Electronic formats are now available. Read the title to learn more.



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 following individuals were elected to serve as officers of the FSO for the 2015-2016 membership year. The FSO board approved the nominations at its board meeting held in Palm Beach, FL on June 26, 2015. The FSO membership voted unanimously to approve the slate.


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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society Meeting

West Palm Beach, FL
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society Meeting

Maggianos Little Italy
203 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Race 2015
170 Barfield Highway
Pahokee, FL 33467
8:00AM Run Begins/ 9:00AM Walk Begins

Pahokee, FL
Monday, November 2, 2015

Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society Meeting

Saturday, November 14, 2015 to Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Sands Expo/Venetian
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, November 21, 2015 to Sunday, November 22, 2015

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Event
For more information on the event or volunteering, please contact Linda Christmann, at 252-218-2996 or via email at

Manatee Technical College
Bradenton, FL
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society Meeting

Location TBD
Thursday, January 14, 2016 to Sunday, January 17, 2016
Naples Grande Beach Resort
Naples, FL
Friday, June 10, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016

Masters in Ophthalmology 2016

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Orlando, FL