The San Diego County Optometric Society is one of the largest and most active societies in the state. Our activities include supporting the political interests of optometrists both locally and on a state level, providing monthly continuing education to our doctors, and giving back to our community with our various vision screening events and the Lions Vision Optometric Clinic. We are able to successfully run all the programs we have available largely due to the support of our numerous sponsors. We are fortunate to have a healthy network of sponsors which not only provide financial support, but also extend discounts to members for using their products and provide resources to help with building practices and optometric careers. Additionally, sponsorship helps fund our public awareness projects, advocacy efforts, our website, social media, and other SDCOS social events.
Every fall, the SDCOS Board hosts an annual Vendor Appreciation dinner to thank all of the companies which give their support to the San Diego County Optometric Society. This year, the dinner is being held on Thursday, October 5th at the Braille Institute of San Diego. All of our sponsors are invited to join us for a night of drinks, dinner, and discussions about ways in which our society and the sponsors can continue to benefit from one another. As a member, I encourage you to show how much you appreciate the support of our sponsors by taking the time to sit down with them and allow them the opportunity to present ways in which they can personally assist you. It is important to support the sponsors who are dedicated to supporting our society and profession!
We are lucky to have an extensive variety of sponsors and I would like to take a moment to recognize them. Our highest level of sponsorship is the platinum level. The amazing companies who have committed to this level of sponsorship include Empire Optical/Essilor Labs, EyeCarePro, NVISION Eye Centers, VSP Global, and Carl Zeiss Vision/Carl Zeiss Meditech. Our wonderful sustaining sponsors include ABB Optical Group, Alcon, Coopervision, Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, Golden State Web Solutions, La Jolla LASIK Institute, The McGee Group, Optovue, Professional Optical Laboratories, Shamir, Synergeyes, Vision West, Vistakon, and Wells Fargo. I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our newest sponsors for 2017: Shire and Waddell and Reed, along with the return of our good friends at Westpac Financial. We also greatly appreciate an educational grant from Allergan Eye Care.
Again, I offer a warm thank you to all of our sponsors! I am committed to seeing the relationships our sponsors have with our society and its members continue to grow in the future. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the San Diego County Optometric Society will continue to be one of the strongest societies in California.