Lobby Day 2018

On April 17th over 60 optometrists and optometry students met with legislators to seek support for A.6751/ S.5235 which would allow New York optometrists to prescribe certain oral medications.  Passage of the bill would give New Yorkers greater access to healthcare in a more timely manner allowing for better vision and ocular health. The meetings were successful in getting more co-sponsors for the bill.  
Representing HVOS were President Dr. Michael Bywater, Secretary Dr. Aaron Punim, Dr. Victoria McEwan and Dr. Lisa Lappan. 



















Front Row L to R:  Dr. Carly Goldberg, Dr. Dawn Chivers, Tara Mahvelati SUNY ‘19, Dr. Victoria McEwan. Rear: Nate Foster SUNY-O ‘19, Dr. Gary Mattison, Dr. Michael Bywater, Gary Pretlow Assemblyman District 89 D-Westchester, Dr. Lisa Lappin, Dr. Robert Fox.
New Member Spotlight

Meet some of the new members of the Hudson Valley Optometric Society

HVOS welcomes new member Eric Verruto


Dr. Eric Verruto completed his undergraduate education at Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and graduated from SUNY College of Optometry where he received the Billie M. Lyons Memorial Award for distinguished service to the college community. He has participated in multiple ophthalmic volunteer missions to underprivileged communities in Central and South America. Dr. Verruto is also fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Verruto provides comprehensive eye care including the fitting of standard and specialty soft contact lenses. Additionally, he co-manages pre and post-operative care for cataract, glaucoma, cornea and refractive surgery cases. Dr. Verruto also has vast experience with the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease. 


Dr. Verruto is an outdoor enthusiast whose interests include mountain biking, hiking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.