UPDATE (9/27): Dr. John Kaknis recently closed his practice and has a good number of current Safilo, Charmont, Silhouette,and Windsor Eye frames. He will let them go for 50% of frame facts list or best offer. Also a slit lamp, GDX, Humphrey VF. Contact Dr. Kaknis at [email protected].

UPDATE (9/25): Dr. Bob Taylor in North Wilksboro has equipment he would like to sell to anyone impacted by the storm. Equipment is used but in good condition. Contact Dr. Taylor at [email protected] or 336- 816-6344. Equipment for sale:

  • 2 Welch Allyn 71670 rechargeable handles (well style) with NiCad batteries ($50 each)
  • 4100 Welch Allyn transilluminator with halogen bulb ($25)
  • Nikon 20 D condensing lens ($50)
  • Volk 28 D condensing lens ($50)
  • Ocular Instrument Sussman 4 mirror ($75) and single mirror ($50) gonio lenses

UPDATE (9/24): Kirman Eye in PA has optical furniture for sale and they would like to sell it at a discount to any ODs whose practice was impacted by the storm. Furniture list and pictures - https://photos.app.goo.gl/77LxHCNs1wZcmQVSA. Contact Jennifer at [email protected] or 717-566-3216.

UPDATE (9/20): NCOS has been reaching out to members in the affected areas to see how they are doing. Thankfully most members have had only minor damage to their home or practice, but in several cases, damage has been more severe. 

NC Medicaid has launched a NC Medicaid Hurricane Florence Response & Recovery webpage on the NC Medicaid website, that will continue to be updated as policies continue to be enhanced to assist recovery efforts, and to share other helpful information. You can also click here to view their Physicians Fact Sheet that lists the temporary provisions that allow you to deliver services to Medicaid beneficiaries faster.

Dr. Robert Gentile in Georgia reached out to the society - he has closed his second office and has many items to help a doctor affected by the storm. He can be contacted at 607-434-7093, [email protected]Pictures of items - https://photos.app.goo.gl/EYxL69PiCoieXidVA

9/17: Our deepest sympathy goes to all who are feeling the impact of Hurricane Florence. We want to let you know that NCOS is here to help and can provide you with resources if you need support or if you would like to help.

If you need support:

Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR),  part of Optometry Cares - the AOA Foundation, serves to provide immediate financial assistance to optometrists in need. NC optometrists, both members and non-members, can receive up to $4,000 in financial aid in as little as a week. Those in need may apply for aid here, and we encourage people to share this information with colleagues who may be affected. You may apply as an individual on behalf of your practice and receive assistance for both your residence and practice. If you would like to apply but need assistance, please contact the NCOS office.

FEMA is also providing aid to those who have been affected. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in declared disaster areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The U.S. Small Business Administration can also provide low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. You can find out more information here.

If you would like to help:

If any individuals or local societies would like to donate to Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief to help those impacted, they may do so here.

ODs: please let us know if you or someone you know has been affected by Hurricane Florence. We are working hard to gather information on our NC optometry family and will be providing updates as they become available. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the North Carolina Optometric Society Facebook group and www.nceyes.org/florence-updates.