Utah Optometric Association

"Serving Utah's Eyecare Needs Since 1951"

The mission of the Utah Optometric Association is to promote the highest professional standards in vision care so that its delivery will be the finest available to patients and citizens of Utah.

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Utah Optometric Association. Here's a message from our President Court Wilkins:

UOA President's Message 2019-2020 
 
My heartfelt “Thank You” is in order for the support and continued effort of the UOA family to accomplish our mission to promote the highest professional standards in vision care to the communities of Utah. This takes a collective effort and a collective voice. We need to continue to invite our non-member colleagues to join this collective voice no matter the mode of practice. We need everyone's participation to advocate for and protect our profession. We do make a difference! The upcoming year 2020, AOA’syear of the comprehensive eye exam, we invite all to celebrate along with the AOA in making this a year of growth!
 
I would like to advocate for our veterans. There is a national AOA and local UOA call to care for our veterans. Current policy changes allow annual eye exams for veterans at a local office if they are 60 minutes away from a VA facility or a 28 day wait time to receive care at a VA facility. There are many of you that now can give care to our local veterans and I would ask that we do as much as possible to care for them. 
 
Recently I had dinner with two 3rd year students and ask what we could do to help support them, they asked about practice opportunities, loans, how to start up a practice and so forth. In short they needed a mentor from the geographic location that they are going to practice in to give them advice and mentorship. We can help our new OD’s that are coming out of school get that mentorship they need and advocate for them.
 
Our profession is ever changing and technological advances are happening almost on a daily basis. By keeping up on these technological advances we can improve our skills and deliver superior eye care to all of our Utah communities. The UOA will continue to provide superior continuing education in June at our annual convention, but also in the spring at St. George and our Mega CE in Salt Lake City in the fall. Please plan to attend; we have outstanding educators to keep us up on the newest developments in eye care. The UOA is here to support you in building your profession and keeping Optometry strong! Please do not hesitate to contact any of our board members if you have any input or questions!  
 
Sincerely, 
 
Court R. Wilkins, OD, MHS, FAAO
UOA President 2019-2020


2019- 2020 Board of Directors
 

The Optometric Oath

With full deliberation I freely and solemnly pledge that: I will practice the art and science of optometry faithfully and conscientiously, and to the fullest scope of my competence. I will uphold and honorably promote by example and action the highest standards, ethics, and ideals of my chosen profession and the honor of the degree, Doctor of Optometry, which has been granted me.

I WILL provide professional care for those who seek my services, with concern, with compassion, and with due regard for their human rights and dignity.

I WILL place the treatment of those who seek my care above personal gain and strive to see that none shall lack for proper care.

I WILL hold as privileged and inviolable all information entrusted to me in confidence by my patients.

I WILL advise my patients fully and honestly of all which may serve to restore, maintain, or enhance their vision and general health.

I WILL strive continuously to broaden my knowledge and skills so that my patients may benefit from all new and efficacious means to enhance the care of human vision.

I WILL share information cordially and unselfishly with my fellow optometrists and other professionals for the benefit of patients and the advancement of human knowledge and welfare. I will do my utmost to serve my community, my country, and humankind as a citizen as well as an optometrist.

I HEREBY commit myself to be steadfast in the performance of this my solemn oath and obligation.