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    Optometrists should get involved in national politics, says OD RNC speaker

    After speaking at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, New Mexico OD Lisa Shin says more optometrists should get involved on a national level to keep optometry’s agenda at the forefront.

    Watch Dr. Shin’s speech HERE.

    “Optometrists who are in leadership should consider being national delegates for their states at least once,” she says.

    Dr. Shin served as a national delegate for New Mexico and spoke as a representative for Korean Americans.

    She says that taking part in national politics provides access to leaders and insight into politics you wouldn’t otherwise attain.

    “There’s a lot of inside information that could be very valuable to optometry in legislative efforts,” Dr. Shin says. “There’s insight that we can gain by going to these conventions because you’re with the leaders of the party nationwide.”

    The fact that optometry is a legislated profession is even more reason for ODs to get involved, according to Dr. Shin.

    “Because we are a legislated profession,” she says, “we have to work with our leaders. We have to reason with them, present our case, earn their respect. When they realize this person is knowledgeable and serves their community with excellence, that speaks a lot. Maybe a legislator will say, ‘I may consider that glaucoma bill.’”


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