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American Optometric Association


About the American Optometric Association

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This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent a product or service endorsement or recommendation by the American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association (AOA) represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians.

Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care. Through offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and metropolitan Washington, D.C., the AOA:

  • Sets professional standards, helping its members conduct patient care efficiently and effectively
  • Lobbies government and other organizations on behalf of the optometric profession
  • Provides research and education leadership.



AOA Mission

Advocate for the profession and serve optometrists in meeting the eye care needs of the public.

The objectives of the AOA are centered on improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care. The AOA fulfills its missions in accordance with the following goals:

  1. Health care and public policy related to eye care will uniformly recognize optometrists as primary health care providers and ensure the public has access to the full scope of optometric care.
  2. Optometrists and other professionals will look to the American Optometric Association for professional standards, research and education leadership that serve to enhance and ensure competent, quality patient care.
  3. The public, optometrists and other professionals will turn to the American Optometric Association for reliable and current information related to optometry, eye care and health care policy.
AOA Officer Profiles

Testimonials

“AOA membership has given my practice more credibility.  It’s simply a must.  I continue my membership because it is the primary way that I can support my profession and its advancement.  The AOA publications also help me to stay informed of the news and legislative changes in Optometry.  I also receive discount and better pricing for CE seminars, in addition to services offered through the AOA and its approved providers.”

Masoud Ghohestani, O.D.
Wal-Mart Vision Center
Store #1160
Aurora, Indiana

Already a member? Invite your colleagues to join.

Not a member? Now's the time to become one!

For more information, visit www.aoa.org or check with your state association.


Did you know? Paula Hoover, O.D., Wal-Mart’s Independent Doctor of the Year is an AOA member.
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Invest in Your Future

Just one reason to be a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and your state association. Here are five more reasons to be a member.

ADVOCACY - ENSURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD.

FACT: We are stronger collectively than any one of us is alone. Advocacy means ensuring you can practice your profession and get paid fairly for your services.

PRACTICE GROWTH - POSITION YOURSELF FOR EVEN GREATER SUCCESS.

FACT: The next generation of optometry is about innovation, adaption and speed of change. Practice growth means you are positioned now and in the future for success.

PRACTICE EFFICIENCY - INCREASE YOUR REVENUE WHILE REDUCING COSTS.

FACT: Nearly one in three optometrists say they are not busy enough and could see more patients1. Practice efficiency means putting more patients in the chair.

NETWORKING - EXPAND YOUR CAREER WHILE HELPING OTHERS.

FACT: OD employment is expected to grow 24 percent by 20182, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of those jobs are gained through networking. Networking means connecting with colleagues, building new relationships and sharing your professional expertise.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & VOLUNTEERISM - GIVE BACK AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

FACT: Association members make a difference through AOA's VISION USA, InfantSEE® and Healthy Eyes Healthy People® programs. Community service and volunteerism means you can make a difference in your neighborhood and beyond. Members of the AOA and your state association speak your language, share a common bond, and a loyalty to the optometric profession. When you're an association member, you're part of our family - the family of optometry.

For more information, visit the AOA at www.aoa.org and explore the AOA’s Member Benefits & Services.

Download the AOA member benefits brochure.

1 Survey of Optometric Practice, Practicing Optometrists & Their Patients, 2010
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics