WOA in the News
The Wisconsin Optometric Association is dedicated to reaching the public with the most up-to-date, relevant information about optometry and vision health. Our publicity efforts range from children's vision programs to consumer information and doctor news. Check out recent WOA coverage!
WOA Young Optometrist Committee Chair and Milwaukee area optometrist Dr. Kyle Ross took part in a comprehensive interview on glaucoma awareness with CBS Channel 58 in Milwaukee. Televised live on CBS's 4 p.m. News, the interview was conducted by anchor/reporter Michelle McCormack and features Dr. Ross explaining the nature of glaucoma, its detrimental impact, and why it's so crucial to see your eye doctor for an exam.
2017 WOA President Dr. David P. Nelson was interviewed by reporter Samantha Wendling for a story on glaucoma published in Lake Geneva Regional News. Dr. Nelson explains types of glaucoma and their affects on vision, the importance of early detection of the disease through a comprehensive exam provided by your eye doctor, and methods of treatment/medication for glaucoma.
WOA Wisconsin Valley Optometric Society President and Wausau, WI optometrist Dr. Kelsey Koerner discusses the detection, causes, and treatment of glacuoma in a radio interview focused on the detrimental effects glaucoma can have on a person's sight. Early detection is essential in protecting vision.
Dr. Kyle Ross, WOA Young Optometrist Committee Chair and Milwaukee area optometrist, delivers essentail information to promote glaucoma awareness in radio interview segments with 620 WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee.
Dr. Callie Maursetter discusses the need to watch out for children's eye safety during the holiday season, in a television interview with NBC Channel 15 in Madison. Dr. Maursetter is a Madison optometrist, WOA member, and WOA Young Optometrist Committee member.
WOA Treasurer and La Crosse, WI optometrist Dr. Ann Wonderling speaks with host Bob Schmidt about Diabates Awareness Month in November and more on "Today's Talk" 1490 radio in La Crosse. In an extended-length radio interview, Dr. Wonderling discusses the role of eye doctors in the care of the diabetic patient and how the eye can be a window to diabetes diagnosis and other conditions.
WOA Vice President and Wausau, WI optometrist Dr. Chris Marquardt talks about the wearing of decorative contact lenses to accessorize Halloween constumes and why consumers must purchase such lenses and receive a proper fitting from their licensed eye doctor. Dr. Marquardt sat down with WSAW-TV Channel 7 Anchor Emily Davies and her co-host in a live televised interview on WSAW's "The Doctor Is In" segment.
Dr. Tessa Sokol, Wisconsin Optometric Communications Chair and Madison Area Society President, was interviewed on the subject of Aging Eyes by WKOW-TV Madison (Channel 27 ABC) reporter/anchor Caroline Bach. Knowing what to expect as you get older and knowing when to seek professional care from your eye doctor is essential in protecting your vision and eye health and your quality of life. As Dr. Sokol discusses in this interview, aging eyes can affect you and others around you.
Dr. Callie Maursetter talks about the connection between vision and learning in a television interview with NBC Channel 15 in Madison. This interview highlights why it's important for school-age children to have a comprehensive eye exam before going back-to-school this year. Along with the relationship between vision and learning, Dr. Maursetter also discusses children's frequent viewing of digital device screens and tells us why a school vision screening is not a replacement for a comprehensive eye exam from a licensed eye doctor. Dr. Maursetter is a Madison optometrist, WOA member, and WOA Young Optometrist Committee member.
Milwaukee area optometrist and WOA Board of Directors member Dr. Amber Dentz and Milwaukee optometrist Dr. Amy Jankowski were featured in a segment on eye care as part of the Health section of the Sept. 2016 issue of M Magazine ("Milwaukee's Lifestyle Magazine). Dr. Dentz was interviewed about the status, value, and cost of LASIK surgery for eye care patients, while Dr. Jankowski discusses infant vision and the value of eye exams for infants and very young children.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen discusses the importance of children receiving a comprehensive eye exam before heading back-to-school as well as children's use of digital technology and concerns for vision and eye health. This interview was aired on WTMJ 730 radio in Wausau, WI and contains quality information for parents with school-age children.
WOA member optometrist and Young Optometrist Committee member Dr. Callie Maursetter sat down with NBC Channel 15 in Madison to talk about protecting your eyes during the summer months. Dr. Maursetter discusses the importance of UV protection and proper sunglasses (especially for children) and also touches on practicing fireworks safety around the Fourth of July holiday. Be sure to watch this informative and personable interview with Dr. Maursetter.
The summer months have arrived, and this time of year brings Fourth of July celebrations and the need for proper UV protection. Several WOA leaders have participated in media interviews in June 2016 specifically on Fireworks Safety and, to some degree, on UV protection during the summer months. WOA Young OD Committee Chair and Milwaukee area optometrist Dr. Kyle Ross took part in multiple interviews on fireworks safety, including a live television interview with WTMJ-TV Milwaukee ("Today's TMJ4"), discussing Fireworks Safety and UV protection with "Weekend Daybreak" anchor Julia Fello. In addition to this televised segment, Dr. Ross participated in an extended length radio interview with Libby Collins of WTMJ radio Milwaukee (94.5 KTI Country Connection) on the subject. Finally, Dr. Ross also informed listeners about fireworks safety on radio 620 WTMJ AM in Milwaukee. In an extended length radio interview, La Crosse optometrist and WOA Treasurer Dr. Ann Wonderling sat down Bob Schmidt on "Today's Talk" 1490 radio in La Crosse to talk about these two issues and more. Finally, Wausau optometrist and WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen gave an informative interview on Fireworks Safety with WJMT radio in Wausau.
Listen to the extended-length radio interview with Dr. Ross (begins around 14:30 mark) on KTI Country Connection
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist, discusses the importance of UV protection with WSAW-TV Channel 7 Anchor Emily Davies in a live televised interview. Dr. Sarazen talks about what to look for in sunglasses with proper UV protection, the short and long-term effects of overexposure to UV rays, and why it's crucial to get children in the habit of wearing sunglasses with UV protection when playing outside.
WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist Dr. Jeff Sarazen spoke with WJMT radio in Wausau on the topic of prioritizing UV protection when purchasing sunglasses for the spring and summer months. This thorough interview provides excellent information on what to look for in a pair of sunglasses and why UV protection is essential.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist, took part in a live television interview on WSAW-TV Channel 7 in Wausau regarding Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Dr. Sarazen spoke with WSAW-TV anchors Emily Davies and Sean Caldwell during Channel's 7 "The Doctor Is In" segment on the channel's Sunrise 7 show.
WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist Dr. Jeff Sarazen talks with WJMT radio in Wausau about Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) in recognition of Save Your Vision Month in March 2016. Dr. Sarazen explains how to protect your vision from CVS, as we tend to spend so much time in front of a digital device screen in today's world.
Dr. Kellye Knueppel, WOA Past President and Milwaukee and Madison area optometrist, participated in a radio interview to explain the prevalence of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) given the extensive use of technology and digital devices today. Dr. Knueppel participated in this extended interview on CVS with Libby Collins at WTMJ radio Milwaukee (94.5 KTI Country Connection), and her interview segment begins around the 14:40 mark.
WOA Madison Area Society President Dr. Tessa Sokol participated in a televised story featured on WKOW-TV Madison (Channel 27 ABC) on the topic of at-home eye exams. Dr. Sokol spoke with WKOW reporter/anchor Caroline Bach for this interview segment, which aired on WKOW's "27 News at 10" nightly news on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist, discusses the importance of seeing your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam during National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January. Early diagnosis and treatment by your licensed eye doctor is crucial in protecting your vision and eye health from this detrimental disease, and Dr. Sarazen was interviewed concering Glaucoma Awareness on WJMT radio in Wausau.
WOA Past President and Racine optometrist Dr. John Warren was quoted and featured in a story published by the Kenosha News about the prevalence of patients suffering from dry eye during the winter months. This story is definitely both an informative and fun read on the subject.
Dr. Tessa Sokol, WOA Madison Area Optometric Society President, participated in a televised interview on WKOW Channel 27 (ABC) in Madison and spoke with reporter/anchor Caroline Bach about why your eye doctor could very well be the first person to diagnose diabetes in patients. The interview was televised as part of WKOW's "Wake Up Wisconsin" segment.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen focuses on diabetes awareness in an interview with WJMT radio in Wausau, WI. Dr. Sarazen explains the role of the optometrist in diabetic patient care as well as why it it is so crucial for patients to have a comprehensive eye exam.
La Crosse/Tomah optometrist Dr. Ann Wonderling, who serves as a member of the Executive Committee on the WOA Board of Directors, discusses diabetes awareness and the important role of the optometrist in the care of the diabetic patient. Dr. Wonderling took part in an extended-length interview on Today's Talk 1490 WLFN radio with interviewer Bob Schmidt in La Crosse. Part of a larger broadcast, Dr. Wonderling's interview on diabetes awareness begins at 25:45.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen talks about the use of decorative contact lenses to accessorize Halloween costumes and the need for consumers to see their eye doctor for a valid prescription and fitting if choosing to wear such lenses. Listen to Dr. Sarazen's interview with WJMT radio in Wausau, WI.
Milwaukee area optometrist and WOA member Dr. Chap Leffingwell was interviewed on Newsradio 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee on the subject of aging eyes. Learn about the importance of seeing your licensed eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam to maintain your quality of life.
Wausau, WI optometrist and WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen discusses aging eyes and maintaining independence and quality of life in an interview with WJMT radio in Wausau.
WOA member and Milwaukee area optometrist Dr. Kyle Ross was quoted in M Magazine (Milwaukee) in an article on vision and nutrition. Part of a larger feature on vision and eye health care, the article is entitled "Feeding Your Eyes" and quotes Dr. Ross.
As children in Wisconsin prepare to head "back to school," WOA member and Milwaukee area optometrist Dr. Dave Ziegler participated in a live, televised interview with Fox6 in Milwaukee. Focusing on children's technology use, the importance of a comprehensive eye exam over a school vision screening, and the process of a child's eye exam, the segment aired live on Fox6Now's "Studio A" program on Friday, August 14.
2015 WOA President and Sturgeon Bay, WI optometrist Dr. Eric Paulsen was featured in a televised interview segment on WBUW-TV (CW57) Madison's "Talk of the Town" series. Presented in a format to educate the public on the profession of optometry, the interview addresses topics including education and training, what differentiates optometrists from opticians and ophthalmologists, optometry's scope of practice, as well as optometry's impact on the public’s vision, eye health, and overall well being.
WOA member Dr. BoKaye Dietmeier took part in an extensive interview with WCLO radio in Janesville, WI. In this detailed and informative interview, Dr. Dietmeier covers topics ranging from the difference in eye health care providers to the importance of UV protection (the focus of WOA's July 2015 media press release) to eye conditions, contact lenses, and more.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President and Wausau, WI optometrist, talks about the need for practicing fireworks safety while celebrating the Fourth of July in this interview with WJMT radio in Wausau.
Fireworks-related injuries are most prevalent in the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, and unfortunately, over 50 percent of all such injuries affect children and young adults. WOA Immediate Past President and Platteville, WI optometrist Dr. Michael Tashner discussed fireworks-related injuries to the eye and the importance of fireworks safety in the following radio interview.
Wisconsin eye doctors and their staff helped provide much-needed volunteer care to Special Olympics athletes through the Opening Eyes program event held on April 11 in Oshkosh, WI. Doctors and other volunteers will once again be on-hand in Stevens Point, WI on June 5 to provide benevolent care to the athletes.
WOA Member and Verona Vision Care owner/optometrist Dr. Tami Hunt was interviewed as part of a larger story on the presence of microbeads in consumer products. The story aired on the nightly news on NBC Channel 15 in Madison, highlighting the harmful effects to health care posed by microbeads in these products. Dr. Hunt's segment begins around 2:40 into the story as aired.
Dr. Eric Paulsen, 2015 WOA President and practicing optometrist in Sturgeon Bay, WI, was interviewed by WDOR Radio in Door County on the topic of Save Your Vision Month in March. Broken down into four separate segments, Dr. Paulsen's interview covers computer/digital device use, further research and development on the affect of device use, the impact/onset of vision diseases and disorders, and the necessity of seeing your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam and fitting for lenses if necessary.
The following segments with WOA President Paulsen include:
March is Save Your Vision Month, and WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen spoke with WJMT radio in Wausau to discuss WOA's tips for protecting your sight, especially when it comes to using digital devices and seeing your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam on a yearly basis.
WOA member and Milwaukee area optometrist Dr. Dave Ziegler published the following article featured on optometricmanagement.com.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen talks with WJMT radio in Wausau about the prevalence of wearing decorative contact lenses to enhance costumes around Halloween, Most importantly, Dr. Sarazen emphasizes the need to see an eye care professional for a prescription and proper fitting, if choosing to wear decorative contact lenses.
Dr. Eric Paulsen's election to the office of WOA President in 2015 was featured in the Door County Peninsula Pulse! Dr. Paulsen practices in Sturgeon Bay, WI, located in Door County. His election as 2015 President was also published on the cover of the Door County Advocate newspaper.
WOA New OD Dr. Jessica Walter, who works alongside Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board Member Dr. Richard Foss and WOA Director at Large Dr. Ann Wonderling at Family Vision Center in La Crosse/Tomah, WI, talks about aging eyes with interviewer Bob Schmidt on Today's Talk 1490 radio. Listen to Dr. Walter's informative and personable interview via the Today's Talk podcast; the interview begins at the 28:30 minute mark and ends around 37:00.
Appleton optometrist and WOA Past President Dr. Brad Jorgensen is featured and quoted on the topic of aging eyes in a story published on Sept. 7, 2014 by the Appleton Post-Crescent. Learn about the important role of vision and eye health care as you age, and most importantly, the care provided by your eye doctor.
Oshkosh optometrist and 2009 WOA Young OD of the Year Dr. Ryan Ames talks about the important role of vision in the classroom on WOSH News Radio. Dr. Ames covers a range of issues in children's vision, with an overall emphasis on the need for children to see their eye doctor when going back to school.
WOA Past President and Milwaukee Area optometrist Dr. Scott Kenitz discusses vision concerns in children, especially the overuse of digital devices and technology, as children across Wisconsin prepare to head back to school. Listen to Dr. Kenitz's interview with 620 WTMJ-AM radio in Milwaukee.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen emphasizes the need for children to stay protected from UV rays during the height of summer while discussing the topic of UV protection in this Wausau, WI radio interview.
WOA Director at Large and La Crosse/Tomah optometrist Dr. Ann Wonderling talks about the importance of UV Protection and more in an extended-length interview on Today's Talk 1490 WLFN radio with interviewer Bob Schmidt in La Crosse. Part of a larger broadcast, Dr. Wonderling's interview begins at 30:20.
Listen to an informative interview with WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen regarding the importance of Fireworks Safety and protecting your eyes on WJMT radio in Wausau. Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday, but use common sense and keep safety in mind.
Dr. Kellye Knueppel, WOA Immediate Past President, talks with WTMJ radio in Milwaukee about the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and the excellent work done of volunteer optometrists and staff to provide care to Special Olympics athletes biannually in Wisconsin.
WOA Immediate Past President Dr. Kellye Knueppel discusses the importance of screening for low vision problems, as low vision can dramatically impact a person's quality of life. Listen to this extended-length interview with Dr. Knueppel on 94.5 The Lake's "Lakeviews" segment.
Watch Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President, discuss treatment of seasonal eye allergies on WJFW-TV. Learn how your optometrist can help soothe symptoms of bothersome eye allergies during the spring season.
WOA Director at Large and La Crosse/Tomah optometrist Dr. Ann Wonderling discusses topics ranging from the correlation between technology use and an increased risk of developing macular generation at a young age to seasonal eye allergies on Today's Talk 1490 WLFN radio in La Crosse. Conducted with interviewer Bob Schmidt, be sure to listen to this informative, insightful, and entertaining interview.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen was interviewed by WJFW-TV on the topic of vision and eye health for Save Your Vision Month in March. The interview touches on diabetic and aging patients, amongst other topics, and the importance of a comprehensive eye exam from a licensed eye doctor.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Past President, discusses tips for healthy vision in various aspects of daily life in recognition of Save Your Vision Month in March. Listen to the interview with Dr. Sarazen, as syndicated on WJMT radio in Wausau.
Dr. John Bonsett-Veal, WOA Communications Chair and Past President, participated in an in-depth interview highlighting Glaucoma Awareness and the importance of services provided by doctors of optometry as part of a syndicated radio talk show called All About Living with host Carol Koby. This is a great listen for any who would like to know more about how the profession of optometry works and is informative about both glaucoma and other serious conditions affecting vision and the eye.
WOA Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen talks about National Glaucoma Awareness Month on WJMT radio in Wausau, WI. Learn why it's so important to see your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam for detection and treatment of this often misunderstood, but severe condition.
A member of the Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board and longtime member of the WOA, Dr. Richard Foss was interviewed on the subject of Glaucoma Awareness on Today's Talk 1490 WLFN Radio in La Crosse. This interview, conducted with WFLN's Bob Schmidt, is an interesting and in-depth look at glaucoma and the broader importance of overall eye health care. Recorded as part of a larger podcast on Today's Talk, the interview with Dr. Foss takes place from around minutes 11:34 to 23:10 in the broadcast.
WOA President Dr. Kellye Knueppel was featured alongside other professional leaders in a special story on the topic of night vision issues in older drivers, written for an automotive publication affiliated with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Up North Health Source, covering areas in northwest Wisconsin, published the WOA's press release on Safe Toys and Gifts for the holidays.
WOA Madison Area Optometric Society President Dr. Tessa Sokol stopped by ABC studios in Madison (WKOW Channel 27) to discuss safe toys and gifts for children this holiday season in this interview with an emphasis on how certain toys can promote sight and visual development. Dr. Sokol's interview segment was televised live on the ABC 5 p.m. news with anchor Amber Noggle.
The holiday season is a popular time of year to purchase toys, but it's crucial for parents/guardians to keep an eye on safety when purchasing toys and gifts to avoid eye injuries to children. Listen to the following radio interview with WOA Immediate Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazan, and learn all about making informed choices to ensure a fun holiday for your children.
Southwest Wisconsin News, comprised of nine community newspapers in southwestern Wisconsin, ran this story on Dr. Michael Tashner's election to the office of WOA President in 2014!
Dr. Scott Kenitz, WOA Past President and Milwaukee Area Optometrist, stopped by the studios at WTMJ Milwaukee (Today's TMJ4 - NBC) to talk about issues surrounding the use of decorative contact lenses as Halloween approaches. Watch this live interview as televised on the network's Wisconsin Tonight program.
WOA Director at Large Dr. Ann Wonderling, who practices in La Crosse and Tomah, WI, profiled in this full feature story in the October/November 2013 issue of Coulee Region Women's Magazine!
WOA Immediate Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazan discusses the risks involved with wearing decorative contact lenses without a proper prescription and fitting from an eye doctor in this interview with Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR).
The Fond du Lac Reporter ran this feature article on Dr. David Hammes, WOA's 2013 Young Optometrist of the Year!
WOA President Dr. Kellye Knueppel sits down for a live, televised interview on WTMJ Milwaukee's "Live at Daybreak" morning news program regarding the importance of children's vision for success in learning and the need for all children to receive a comprehensive eye exam before heading "back-to-school." Don't miss this excellent coverage!
WSAW-TV Channel 7 (CBS) televised this full story on children's vision in preparation for "back-to-school." Detailing the importance of children's eye exams and incorporating interviews with school-aged children and WOA's own Dr. Jeff Sarazen, this is a great piece of coverage which also alerts parents to the availability of WOA's VISION USA - The Wisconsin Project benevolent program. The story was televised on WSAW's nightly news program. A must see!
In this radio interview with WSAU 550 AM in Wausau, Immediate Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen discusses the need for children to receive eye exams from their eye doctor before heading back-to-school while alerting parents to the availability of the Wisconsin Optometric Association's benevolent VISION USA - The Wisconsin Project program.
Dr. Kellye Knueppel, WOA President, discusses the topic of optometric rehabiliation for brain injury with host Libby Collins on "Lakeviews," which focuses on community events in the Milwaukee area. Learn about vision complications which may occur after a significant head injury in her interview with 94.5 "The Lake" in Milwaukee.
WOA Immediate Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen spoke with WSAW News Channel 7 (Wausau, WI) Reporter Liz Hayes about why children need to see their eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam before heading back-to-school. The story was published in an article on WSAW's Momseveryday website.
Dr. Jeff Sarazen, WOA Immediate Past President, talks with WJMT radio Wausau about the importance of UV protection when purchasing sunglasses and/or protective lenses during the summer months. Learn why UV protection, and not fashion, should be the primary concern when selecting a pair of sunglasses.
Dr. Dean Rosenberg, a WOA member optometrist who practices in Racine, WI, participated in a thorough interview on Fireworks Safety with "afternoon news" host Ted Ehlen on WRJN radio in Racine. Have a listen to Dr. Rosenberg's informative, personable interview.
Watch WOA Communications Chair Dr. John Bonsett-Veal as featured in a live, televised interview on Fireworks Safety with morning anchor Lindsay Veremis on WKOW-TV in Madison. This timely interview aired just days before the Fourth of July holiday.
WOA Immediate Past President Dr. Jeff Sarazen discusses the importance of Fireworks Safety with WJMT radio in Wausau.
The WOA's press release on the topic of Fireworks Safety was published by the Northwoods Star Journal in Rhinelander, WI.
Continuing WOA's focus on Special Olympics Opening Eyes leading up to the program's final event being held on June 7, 2013, WOA President Dr. Kellye Knueppel participated in an extended-length interview with "Lakeviews" host and producer Libby Collins of 94.5 "The Lake" FM in Milwaukee.