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  • Doctor’s Name:Andrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP
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  • About the Doctor:Andrea P. Thau, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. She is an Associate Clinical Professor Emerita at the SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Thau served as President of the American Optometric Association from 2016 - 2017. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Optometric Association in 2007 and served for twelve years. ​Prior to her election to the AOA Board, she served as the first woman president of the New York State Optometric Association, the New York Academy of Optometry, and the Optometric Society of the City of New York. Dr. Thau is a former member of the Executive Board of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Thau is a founder of the AOA's InfantSEE® public health program, a national program that provides no cost vision assessments to every baby in this country. She is a founding member and former vice president of the New York Children's Vision Coalition, a multi-disciplinary coalition dedicated to ensuring that every child in New York receives an eye examination prior to school entry. A champion of children's vision, she has been called upon to advocate on their behalf at the state and national level including as a speaker at a Congressional staff briefing. Dr. Thau is the Policy Chair and Governing Councilor for the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Thau is a nationally recognized lecturer in the area of infant's and children's vision. As a spokesperson for the American Optometric Association, Dr. Thau has been featured on national television, radio, and print to educate the public about eye and vision care. She is the recipient of numerous awards including New York State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumnus of the Year, American Public Health Vision Care Section's Distinguished Service Award, 20/20 Magazine's Best and Brightest Eyecare Professional, the only three-time winner of Vision Monday's 20 Most Influential Women in Optical, and was recognized by Newsweek as one of America's Best Eye Doctors in 2021 and 2022.
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    Dr. Andrea Thau’s recent media appearances:

    AOA FOCUS. Jan/Feb 2021. APHA Urges Preservation of Children’s Access to Comprehensive Vision Care. Article features the adoption of the American Public Health Association, Policy statement 20202 “Increasing Access and Reducing Barriers to Children’s Vision Care Services” and quotes Dr. Andrea Thau co-author of the policy and Policy Chair of the Vision Care Section of the APHA.

    AARP. How to Safely Get Luscious Lashes: Know the risks of eyelash extensions and other enhancements by Barbara Stepko. February 11, 2021. Andrea Thau, a New York City–based optometrist and past president of the American Optometrist Association, discusses the danger of eyelash extensions.

    THE FUTURE OF XYZ. Future of America’s Eyes. 30-minute interview of Dr. Andrea Thau led by Lisa Gralnek. April 29, 2021. Episode 25 of Future of XYZ is an important and fascinating conversation about the ‘Future of America’s Eyes’.  In a rich conversation filled with actionable recommendations, Dr. Thau speaks about how “the most important thing you can do for your health is have regular comprehensive eye exams”. As she reminds us, our one set of eyes has to last a lifetime!   Did you know that more than 270 health problems, as well as neurological and behavioral issues can be diagnosed through the eyes?   Did you also know it is recommended for all infants to have their first comprehensive eye exam between 6-12 months, another by age 3, another by age 5, and then every year thereafter? Yet only 15% of America’s kids has had one by the time they enter grade school, and less than 50% of high schoolers…   It’s an important episode. Watch here ( or listen wherever you get your podcasts.

    SandboxStories. Optometry’s Great Volunteer: Dr. Andrea Thau. 50-minute podcast interview of Dr. Andrea Thau with Dr. Scott Jens. June 9, 2021.

    AARP. Smart Ways to Save Money on Eyeglasses by Barbara Stepko. November 18, 2021. Andrea Thau, former president of the American Optometric Association is quoted.

    SEVENTEEN. 14 of the Best (and Cutest) Sunglasses of 2022. Plus, optometrists weigh in on what to look for by Hannah Oh. April 11, 2022. Dr. Andrea Thau, a board-certified optometrist and past president of the American Optometric Association is quoted.

    Good Housekeeping. May, 2022. 5 Best Magnetic Eyelashes for the Easiest Application Ever by Shannon Maglente and Jacqueline Saguin. Dr. Andrea Thau, past president of the American Optometric Association is quoted regarding the safety of magnetic eyelashes,

    SEVENTEEN. The Ultimate Guide to Protesting — How to Find a Protest and Safely Make Your Voice Heard: Protect yourself while protecting your rights by Abby Dupes. June 27, 2022. Dr. Andrea Thau,

    Past President of the American Optometric Association discusses the visual risks of pepper spray and tear gas. Refers patients to

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