In the realm of healthcare, professional associations play a crucial role in advancing knowledge, promoting best practices, and fostering a sense of community among practitioners. At The Low Vision Centers of North Carolina, our doctors harness the power of several reputable professional associations to provide the highest standard of care for people with visual impairments.
The North Carolina Optometric Society (NCOS) is a regional association that brings together optometrists practicing in the state. By actively participating in the NCOS, doctors Paul, Krug, and Robertson at The Low Vision Centers of North Carolina engage with fellow professionals, exchange ideas, and collaborate on initiatives that benefit the local community. This affiliation allows us to stay informed about state-specific regulations, advancements in optometric technology, and emerging trends in eye care to provide patients with the most comprehensive and relevant treatments.
As members of the American Optometric Association (AOA), all of our doctors demonstrate their commitment to advancing the field of optometry and promoting the highest level of patient care. The AOA serves as a unified voice for optometrists nationwide, advocating for their interests and supporting professional development. We access educational materials, research publications, and networking opportunities through our affiliation, enriching our clinical knowledge and expanding our skills to serve our patients better.
Being members of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is a mark of distinction and dedication to advancing the field of optometry. Optometrists who are part of the AAO community gain access to a vast network of like-minded professionals and cutting-edge resources. Membership in the AAO demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth, as the organization offers numerous opportunities for continuing education, research collaborations, and participation in various events and conferences. By engaging with the AAO, our doctors stay abreast of the latest advancements in optometric science and technology, enabling us to provide the highest quality care to our patients. Furthermore, being part of this esteemed community fosters a spirit of camaraderie and the exchange of ideas, further enriching our practices and elevate our standards of optometry as a whole.
Being a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) is a prestigious recognition that signifies a high level of professional achievement and commitment to the field of optometry. Dr. Casey Krug has been awarded this esteemed designation representing her exceptional dedication to advancing the optometric profession through education, research, and clinical practice. Fellows of the American Association of Optometry demonstrate outstanding leadership, expertise, and contributions in their respective areas of specialization. This distinction requires meeting stringent criteria, including a significant body of work, active involvement in professional organizations, and ongoing commitment to professional development. As a Fellow, Dr. Krug is acknowledged for her commitment to the highest standards of patient care, continuous learning, and the advancement of optometry as a whole.
Macular degeneration is a prevalent eye condition affecting millions of people worldwide. We at the Low Vision Centers of North Carolina recognize the importance of staying current on one of the most prevalent eye conditions that we see people for. Through our affiliation with the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA), we gain access to valuable resources, research, and support networks. This enables us to provide personalized care to patients with macular degeneration, helping them maintain their independence and quality of life despite their visual challenges.
Being named an Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Center of Excellence in 2022 by the Macular Degeneration Association is a prestigious recognition that highlights our commitment to combating this sight-threatening condition. This designation signifies that we have demonstrated outstanding expertise, patient care, and advancements in the field of AMD treatment and management. The MDA’s acknowledgment is a testament to our dedication to staying at the forefront of AMD research, employing state-of-the-art technologies, and offering comprehensive and compassionate care to patients. By earning this accolade, we have proven ourselves as leaders in the fight against AMD, providing hope and improved quality of life to people affected by this progressive eye disease. This recognition also emphasizes the importance of collaboration among professionals and organizations in the ongoing battle against AMD, inspiring others in our medical community to strive for excellence in their endeavors.
To further enhance our expertise in the field of low vision, Dr. Ed Paul is an active fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS). This professional association connects low vision optometrists worldwide who specialize in assisting people with low vision conditions like macular degeneration, Stargardt disease, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, and more. He stays up-to-date with best practices by participating and speaking at conferences, workshops, and educational programs organized by the IALVS. He connects with quality vendors, ensuring our patients receive the best low vision care.
As a testament to our commitment to ethical and transparent business practices, we are proud Better Business Bureau (BBB) members. This affiliation signifies our dedication to maintaining the highest customer service and professional integrity standards. Adhering to the BBB’s code of conduct instills confidence in our patients, reassuring them that they receive reliable, honest, and trustworthy care.
Our parent company, the Paul Vision Institute, maintains an A+ rating from the BBB. It signifies the highest level of trustworthiness, reliability, and customer satisfaction. An A+ rating indicates that a business has consistently met or exceeded the BBB’s stringent standards for ethical business practices, transparency, and responsiveness to customer concerns. To attain and maintain an A+ rating, we have demonstrated a commitment to integrity, honesty, and resolving patient disputes fairly and on time. It is a testament to our dedication to building strong customer relationships, fostering trust within North Carolina and nationally, and upholding the highest standards of professionalism.
The Low Vision Centers of North Carolina’s affiliations with the North Carolina Optometric Society, American Optometry Association, Macular Degeneration Association, International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, and the Better Business Bureau demonstrate our commitment to excellence and our dedication to providing the best possible care for people with visual impairments. Through these professional associations, our doctors remain at the forefront in our field, continuously expanding our knowledge and skills to deliver the best patient outcomes.