Salem, OR - Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) is partnering with Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA) to encourage all Oregonians to make 2020 the year to make an in-person comprehensive eye exam.

"Sheriffs rely on vision acuity for everything from split second decision-making to prolonged computer work," said Jason Myers, Executive Director, OSSA. "But receiving regular comprehensive eye exams, regardless of vision acuity, can help detect serious eye and other potentially serious health problems at the earliest stage -when they are the most treatable."

Eye health and vision problems may develop without any obvious signs or symptoms. In-person, annual eye exams with doctors of optometry can detect early signs of visual system diseases such as glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. In addition, eye exams safeguard overall health by enabling the doctor of optometry to detect more than 270 serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.

OSSA encourages all members to schedule an eye exam by years end as part of the initiative's "2020" theme.

Use OOPA's Doctor Locator to find a doctor near you and schedule your appointment

"From Astoria to Brookings and all points east, OSSA and OOPA serve the entire state." said Nicole Rush, President, OOPA Board of Directors. "We're very excited to join OSSA in this important health public awareness campaign and feel that the partnership is a win/win effort."

The associations will track participation and outcomes from the campaign. The initiative is part of a national campaign spearheaded by the American Optometric Association. More information may be found at #2020EyeExam.

The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) was formed in 1916 to give Oregon sheriffs a single and effective voice. Oregon's 36 elected sheriffs and their staff strive to improve citizen and community safety on a daily basis. Oregon's sheriffs are committed to the work of OSSA and strive to enhance criminal justice professionalism, improve law enforcement techniques and technology, and endeavor to collaboratively enhance community safety with their local, state and federal law enforcement partners. The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

The Oregon Optometric Physicians Association (OOPA) is a statewide organization comprised of doctors of optometry, college of optometry faculty, optometric students and industry related associates.

The OOPA is an affiliate of the American Optometric Association (AOA). It is governed by a president, president-elect, secretary/treasurer, past-president, two directors, and an executive director. Member committees within OOPA plan activities and carry out the mission of the Association.

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Get involved with helping OSSA and OOPA bring the #2020EyeExam to life!

Using the materials and resources available from the Campaign Toolkit, you will be working together with both organizations to amplify our collective message. Spread the word on social media with our easy-to-use messaging and graphics available for free! You can make a difference in helping Oregon understanding the importance of prioritizing eye exams and keeping your health in site!

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