Every OD Needs Foundation

April Jasper, OD, FAAO talks about research and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.

Cara Moore: Hi everybody. I’m Cara Moore and welcome to Optometry TV. I’m joined now by April Jasper with the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. Thanks for being here.

Dr. April Jasper: Thank you Cara.

Cara Moore: So first of all, tell us about the foundation.

Dr. April Jasper: So the Foundation was started in 1947 and what’s really cool about it is it’s our Foundation. And so for anyone who is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, it’s a place where you can donate money and know that you are putting your money towards research and development, and really patient care. So it’s a wonderful way to give back, and give back in a way that has a huge impact on our patients and our professions.

Cara Moore: Yeah, you see where the money is really going, right?

Dr. April Jasper: Absolutely.

Cara Moore: How is the Foundation driving research?

Dr. April Jasper: You know, the Foundation is always looking for opportunities and ways to be a part of innovation. So we want to be able to put our energies and efforts towards coming up with research that is going to impact optometry in the way that it’s developing and innovativing down the road.

Cara Moore: So how did you find out about Foundation?

Dr. April Jasper: Yeah, that’s a cool story. I remember becoming a fellow of the Academy and shortly after one of my good friends and mentors, Dr. Judy Clay came up to me and she says, April, you have got to be a part of the Foundation. And I said, okay, what is the Foundation? And she went through the description with me. She says, you know, we do so many things. We help to promote research and education for optometry and promote patient care. And she said, you just, you need to be a part of it. And I said, okay, so how do I do that? So she took me to the area at the, American Academy of Optometry meeting where I could sign up. I said, how much do I need to give? She says, well, $1,000 a year, of course, for the next 10 years is the best way to do it. And I said, well, gee, it only comes out to how much a month? And she helped me to understand that not only do we need to give back to help promote our profession and to help our patients, but this is the best way to do it because it’s in an area where we know where the money is going and we know what’s being done with it.

Cara Moore: Why do you think it’s so important to get the word out about the Foundation? To draw people into joining?

Dr. April Jasper: I think, you know, it’s so important to give back and we all do in so many ways in our lives, but many times we don’t know about what opportunities are out there. And there is no better way than to give back to the American Academy of Optometry Foundation because of the fact that you know who’s involved and you know where the money’s going. There is a lot of, a lot of times it’s hard to know what is out there that you can give back to. So I think it’s a grassroots effort. It’s a matter of me telling my friends, my friends, telling their friends, and then all of together working to promote patient care.

Cara Moore: And what do you want to tell people who may be thinking about joining?

Dr. April Jasper: I want you to be a part of this. I think that it’s amazing. It has made a difference and the more we can give to the Foundation, the more work that we can do to help each other.

Cara Moore: Okay. April, thank you so much for being here. We appreciate it.

Dr. April Jasper: Thank you.

Cara Moore: And thank you all for watching Optometry TV.

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