Dr. Carl Golightly retired from the Indiana Optometry Board in December 2017. Serving on the Board since 2005, Golightly was appointed by former Governor Mitch Daniels and reappointed by former Governor Mike Pence. According to Golightly, he enjoyed serving on the board with a good group of people who from the beginning were dedicated to Hoosier vision safety as set out by state law. To this end, the Board focused on strengthening the continuing education program because they felt it was key to vitalize professionals who extend superior care to Hoosiers.
Golightly was particularly proud of his involvement in changing the law to make a mandatory two hour CE credit requirement for medical and office records, billing and coding, health care compliance, or compliance with state and federal laws regarding the practice of optometry. Since that time, improvements in record keeping have become standard business practice. Golightly’s advice to future board members is to be careful what you propose and make sure it is important for those you are representing.
After serving for more than 10 years on the Indiana Optometry Board, Golightly explained his reason for leaving. He said, “It was time. In positions like this, you need to step aside and let other people train to do the job.” Golightly’s views on retirement can be summed up in three words, “I recommend it!” He continued, “I practiced optometry for 50 years and loved my patients and practice. If you’re lucky and in good health, there is a time to relax and explore work freedom.”