This month’s message is going to be short and sweet: We need you to represent Optometry to our legislators! In years past, California ODs descended upon the state legislature in Sacramento to educate our representatives about how we can provide greater care for our fellow citizens. This year, COA has decided to change the plan and focus on meeting legislators in their local districts. Personally, I think this is a wonderful idea that will save the COA resources and allow more doctors to meet with the Assembly Members in their home districts to forge relationships. While the previous Legislative Days provided a great experience in traveling to the capitol and understanding how the legislative process works, this time COA plans to focus on educating Assembly Members at home about the needs of Optometrists and the patients that we serve. This year’s Local Legislative Day is being held on Saturday, October 7 at 6 PM at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Mission Valley. Please take this time to come out and meet our local Assembly Members, let them know the importance of the care we provide to their constituents, and what we need from them in order to continue to provide affordable, accessible eye care to our patients. I hope to see all of you there!