President's Message


It is a great honor and privilege to serve as your new president this year. Thank you for continuing to be a member of our society and for your continued support of our profession.

There are four major areas I hope to build upon this year as society president. The first is within access and outreach. This year my project is focused on improving referrals for tertiary care services, especially low vision. I hope you will join and support these efforts to increase the access to services for our aging population. Furthermore, I hope you will choose to participate in a survey regarding low vision practice patterns.

The second area of continued importance is legislative optometry. Thank you to those of you who attended COA Legislative Day and AOA Congressional Advocacy Conference. As you all know, we have an optometrist running for Lieutenant Governor, Senator Ed Hernandez. I hope you will join us in supporting him through campaigning and contributions. Please join me as we continue to do our part in making our voices heard at the local, state, and national levels with respect to our optometric rights.

Our goal as a board is to provide you with access to the best continuing education available and to maintain the high quality of education our society is known for. Please take advantage of one of your valuable membership benefits - join us for excellent CE events throughout the 2018-2019 year.

Finally, I hope to bring our society together in more social environments to promote unity and community. With the implementation of our OD mixer last summer, we have created a new space in which our society members can meet and mingle. I hope to grow this aspect of our society and look forward to your continued participation. Please mark your calendars for our summer social on Sunday July 29 at Cornerstone Brewery in Berkeley - guests are invited!

I am proud to be part of our award winning society. Thank you for your continued support of our society, and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming June General Membership Meeting at Spenger's in Berkeley.

Jazzi Junge, O.D.


COA Legislative Day

COA Legislative Day will take place in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  The California Medical Association (CMA) will be hosting their “lobby day” on April 18 as well, which makes it all the more important that optometry is strongly represented in the Capitol and that we visit as many legislators as possible.  We need to have all of COA’s leaders in Sacramento raising the volume for optometry!! 

Click here to view the flyer.
Click here to register.

Installation Event 2018

April 15, 2018
Sunday, 9:15am-2pm
Castlewood Country Club, Pleasanton
3 Hours of CE

Speaker: James Thimons OD, FAAO
1.  Advances in Anterior Segment Medical and Surgical Therapy - 2 hours

2. Advances in Glaucoma Therapy - 1 hour


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James Thimons, O.D, FAAO.  

Dr. Thimons is a 1978 graduate of Ohio State University College of Optometry.  He completed his hospital residency at the Chillicothe, VA Medical Center in 1979 and then served as Chief, Optometry Service until 1985.  He then accepted the position of Center Director at Omni Eye Services, Fairfax, Virginia and served in that role until 1989 when he became Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences at the State University of New York. 
While at SUNY he developed The Glaucoma Institute, a clinical research center, and served as its first Director. In 1998, he accepted the position of Executive Director of TLC and served in that role until 2002 when he co- founded Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. A multidisciplinary referral practice providing secondary and tertiary level care!  Dr. Thimons has received numerous awards for his service to the profession and has over 200 hundred publications in Glaucoma, Dry Eye, Cornea and External Disease
As well as Refractive Surgery and New Technologies.  He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed Speaker and Educator and an acknowledged leader in ophthalmic clinical education. He serves in professorial appointments at several universities in the US and has been a clinical investigator in over 20 NIH, NEI and Post Release Clinical Trials. 
In 1999 he was awarded Optometry’s Top Educator and was selected as one of the Top Ten Clinician’s of the decade. In 2002 he founded the National Glaucoma Society, a NFP with Executive offices in Andover, Massachusetts, that provides educational and clinical development services to primary care clinicians worldwide in the area of glaucoma management. In 2005 he was inducted into the Optometry Hall of Fame and has recently served as President, Connecticut Association of Optometrists. Dr. Thimons was selected as the Top Eye Doctor in Fairfield County in 2013. 


September 2017 GMM

Mark your calendar for our General Member Meeting for Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ruth's Chris Steak House
1553 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek
*Parking passes will be available at the registration table.

Special Guest Lecturers:
Dr. James Stringham, MD, FRCSC, DABO
The Role Macular Carotenoids Play in Visual Performance, Cognition, and Age-Related Disease: Implications for Clinical Practice"

Dr. Jeff Machat, PhD
             "Evolution of Femtosecond Lasers in Corneal Refractive and Cataract Surgery"

New: You can now RSVP on our Members Only page on the ACCCOS website, or by clicking here. Check your email for the Members-Only password, or email for more information on signing up.

Free for ACCCOS members who sign up on or before August 17th. $50 Non-ACCCOS COA members, $80 Non-COA members, $25 for ACCCOS Members who sign up after this date. $45 Late sign up fee (Thursday-Friday prior to event), $50 Sign up fee day of event/at door.

Should you need to cancel, please do so 48 hours in advance of the meeting. A $45.00 penalty fee is incurred for a no-show with an RSVP.

Please note that to receive continuing education credit, you must arrive no later than ten minutes after the lecture has started. Only full 2.5-hour credit will be granted, no partial credit for only attending a portion of the lecture.

We still accept checks payable to "ACCCOS" sent to:
        Val Esway, 3024 Hyde Street
        Oakland, CA 94601