Latest News American Optometric Association Releases Evidence-Based Guidelines for Review and Comments By Staff Monday, November 4, 2013 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) invites optometrists along with other stakeholders and the general public to review the AOA Evidence-Based Guideline on Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus and submit comments. The guideline was developed to help optometrists meet new government standards for evidence-based health care, according to the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee. “The guideline was developed over the past two years by an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary panel of leading eyecare practitioners, health policy experts and patient advocates,” said Diane T. Adamczyk, OD, chair of the committee. “It is designed to provide useful guidance for optometrists in day-to-day practice. It also offers definitive optometric norms and recommendations that will be recognized and respected by all segments of the health care community.” To participate in the review process, record comments and suggestions on the Peer & Public Review Document available here. Save the document and email to: QualityImprovement@aoa.org, fax to: 314-991-4101, or mail to: AOA Guideline Development Group, American Optometric Association, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1, St. Louis, MO 63141. The document will be accessible for review online for 30 days. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30. The AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee plans to release a final version of the guideline in Jan. 2014.