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Advance your profession and your career. Unite with other professionals passionate about improving patient care, public awareness and the professional standing of optometry. Explore AOA membership opportunities supporting all areas of optometry.

Healthcare is evolving faster than ever, presenting doctors of optometry with new technology to learn to deliver high-quality patient care. New business models to choose from. And, new skills to master. Looking forward, optometry will no doubt bring even more challenges than you ever expected and opportunities you never imagined.

Are you ready? You will be.

AOA members have access to clinical resources, continuing education, practice management and career development tools to help you not only prepare for change, but drive it in the direction that you want to go.

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Always Advocating

Every day in your state's and our nation's capitals, AOA's policy experts are walking the halls of power to expand your scope of practice, secure Medicare coverage for eye care, and restrict the growth of online vision tests.

What Can You Do?

The AOA is leading the oposition to the FTX's new Contact Lens Rule requiring that prescibers get signed forms indicating patients' receipt of their contact lens prescriptions. If enacted, this rule could cost small practices tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs.

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"As a small office, we find comfort to know we are no alone and have such a wonderful organization...as the AOA for "having our backs." ---Millynette Remmers.OD


Always Advancing

Stay competitive by staying current with the latest in optometric techniques and technology. The AOA leads the way in the development of clinical tools, best practices, and expert and affordable continuing education programs to advance and elevate patient care.

What Can You Do?

Receive all the reimbursements to which you are entitled while helping to build the nation’s clinical database. Working with other leading medical associations, the AOA ensures that optometry has an equal place at the table when coding changes are discussed and regulations are enacted. To help your team comply with ever-changing coding guidelines and best practices, use our Ask the Coding Experts feature, another members-only benefit from the AOA.


“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the webinar tonight. This webinar alone has justified my AOA dues.”—Jeff Schletzbaum, O.D.


Always Educating

The key to better vision and eye health is education. And, the AOA is the only national organization educating the public on the essential role doctors of optometry play in their patients’ overall health. Through a variety of public relations, marketing, and educational efforts, the AOA has secured over 1.5 million placements and 2.8 billion impressions in a number of leading national media outlets.

What Can You Do?

The AOA’s public awareness initiatives are educating consumers nationwide on the importance of annual, in-person eye exams by a qualified doctor of optometry. Our recent USA Today series highlights the role optometrists are playing in providing critical diagnostic services while emergency and primary care providers have been overwhelmed with the COVID pandemic. Through our members-only “Find a Doctor” directory, the AOA can even help more patients find you.


I am pleased and yet not surprised at the level of commitment of this message. The AOA has always been and continues to be a beacon in times of turmoil for the optometry family.” —Jonathan Bowman, O.D


Always Growing

Throughout our 125-year history, the AOA has been dedicated to serving our communities and building connection throughout our profession. An AOA membership is your ticket to hundreds of local and national networking events, volunteer and leadership opportunities, and savings on a variety of practice management and career development resources.

What Can You Do?

Do you want to build leadership skills? Give back to your community? Support the recovery of our industry in the age of COVID-19? Optometry Cares, the AOA Foundation, provides a number of opportunities to make a difference and connect with others, including our Healthy Eyes Healthy Children and InfantSEE ® initiatives, Fund for Disaster Relief, VISION USA, and more.


“Every doctor of optometry should realize the value of this organization. It is a family.”—Kenneth Schwaderer, O.D.


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For your patients, your profession, our future. Always AOA.

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