The San Diego County Optometric Society is one of the largest and most active optometric societies in the state. In recent years, our activities have been centered on three categories, the first being the furthering and protection of the political interests of optometrists, both locally and on the state level. This strengthens the profession in the better interest of the California citizens and residents we serve. Second, our Board produces monthly continuing education meetings to educate our member doctors according to statutes set by the State Board of Optometry. Third, our Society gives back to the community by providing volunteer eye service at several locations, including the Monarch School, the Lion’s Optometric Vision Clinic, the VSP Mobile Clinic, the Richard Rex Memorial Fund, and the San Diego Veteran’s Stand Down.
We are able to successfully run all these programs largely due to the support of our generous sponsors. We are one of the few local optometric societies to have a healthy network of sponsors who 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 and advocacy efforts, as well as our website, social media, and other SDCOS social events.
Every autumn the SDCOS Board hosts an annual Vendor Appreciation Dinner to thank our fantastic sponsors. This year the event takes place during the evening of Thursday, October 10th at the Braille Institute of San Diego. All our sponsors are invited to enjoy a fun night of drinks, dinner, and lively conversation with the important goal of continuing to improve our mutually beneficial relationship. Truly, our sponsors are the best! I encourage you to show the appreciation you have by sitting down with them to hear their ideas of how to work even better with our Society in the upcoming year. It’s important to support the sponsors who are so passionate about helping our Society and our profession.
We are fortunate to have an extensive and wide variety of sponsors, and I’d like to recognize each of them. At the highest level of sponsorship—called the Platinum Level—are Empire-Essilor Labs, Eyecare Pro, NVision Eye Centers, and VSP Global. Next is the Sustaining Level, which includes ABB Optical Group, Alcon, Bausch+Lomb, CooperVision, Guardion Health Sciences, Gordon Schanzlin Institute, HEA Healthy Eyes Advantage, La Jolla Lasik, Nordic Naturals, NuSight Medical, Optovue, POL Professional Optical Labs, Shamir, Novartis-Shire, The McGee Group, Visionary, VTI-naturalVue, Vistakon, Wells Fargo Finance, and WestPac Wealth Partners.
SDCOS is committed to seeing the relationship we have with our sponsors thrive and continually improve. Thanks to their generous support, SDCOS remains as an excellent optometric society and will continue to be a positive force in the lives of our doctors and the lives of the public we serve.