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Tallahassee, Fla. (August 2, 2021) – The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and the For Eye Care Foundation (FECF) have launched an educational campaign around “Amblyopia Awareness Month” that will bring awareness to the need for early vision screenings as well as Amblyopia, a vision issue more commonly referred to as “lazy eye”.

The Academy joined more than 50 health-related organizations and societies in a joint statement Monday pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all healthcare and long-term care employees. With increasing concerns about the Delta variant and rising COVID-19 cases, we are advocating to protect workers, their colleagues, families and patients—particularly vulnerable groups such as unvaccinated children and those who are immunocompromised.

“On behalf of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), I would like to thank members of the Florida House and Senate that worked very hard this session to protect the citizens of Florida by ensuring that dangerous optometric surgery legislation did not pass.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (July 12, 2021) – Glaucoma and cataract specialist Javier Perez, MD, was installed as president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO). Elections were held during the FSO Annual Business Meeting, which took place in Palm Beach on Saturday, July 10. 

The latest edition of The Florida Ophthalmologist is now available. Get the latest updates from the President as well as other important updates on Advocacy, Education and Outreach.

To read the latest copy click here. You will be prompted to login to your FSO account. If you need assistance, please contact the FSO membership manager.

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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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3051564.

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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.

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.

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