President’s Message

The San Diego County Optometric Society is one of the largest societies in the state of California. Our vision is to be “America’s finest optometric society”. To achieve this we work hard to protect and advance the political interests of optometrists, both locally and at the state level. This past year has been particularly successful in this regard. This success helps to further the profession of optometry and better serve our patients. Another way we work to be the finest society is by providing world class speakers for the continuing education for our members. Finally, we also serve our community by volunteering at the Lion’s Optometric Vision Clinic, Veteran Stand Down, and the Richard Rex Memorial Fund. Although COVID has made it a bit more difficult to have some of these events, our board members are working hard to make sure the citizens of San Diego get the care they need.

The only way we are able to achieve these efforts is by the support of our wonderful sponsors! Our sponsors 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.

We usually have a vendor appreciation dinner every fall to thank our sponsors. Like everything else this year, we will be thanking our sponsors a little differently. We will be inviting them to our holiday party, tentatively scheduled for December 18th, 2021. As a member, I encourage you to show how much you appreciate the support of our sponsors. Take time to sit down with them at the holiday party, get to know them, and hear their ideas of how they can help you and our Society in the upcoming year.  It is important to support the sponsors who are so passionate about supporting our society and profession!

Finally, I would like to recognize and give a warm Thank You to each of our current sponsors who have stuck with us during the pandemic. First, our platinum sponsors are Science Based Health, American Eye Associates, Essilor, NVISION Eye Centers, VSP Global, and EyeCarePro. Our sustaining sponsors are Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, Cooper Vision, Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute and TLC Laser Eye Centers, Healthy Eyes Advantage, La Jolla LASIK Institute, Optovue, Shamir, Sun Ophthalmics, Visionary, Wells Fargo, and WestPac Wealth Partners.

SDCOS remains a strong and successful society because of them. I will work hard to make sure the relationship with our sponsors continues to improve and I hope you will do the same! They are here to help not only our society, but they also want to see your finances flourish, your practices thrive, and your patients see better! Thank you SDCOS sponsors!