Membership in the AOA and your state association provides professional and personal benefits to help you grow your practice through planning, business and marketing basics, management, development and staff training, communication and outreach, patient care and more.
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AOAExcel® provides the tools and insight you need to successfully manage the business side of optometry including:
• AOA group insurance-life, long-term disability, cancer care, long-term care, and emergency assistance-all at group rates
• AOA malpractice insurance
• Cyber liability and business Insurance
• Education loans and loan consolidation
• HIPAA compliance tools
• Merchant processing
• Optometry's Career Center
• Practice financing
• Retirement planning services
To view a complete list of services, click here.
Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC)
Your AOA membership includes an associate membership for your paraoptometric staff. Your staff can access an extensive selection of courses, study guides, seminars, lectures and periodical resources through the PRC to build their skills. Topics include clinical procedures, practice management, pretesting, contact lens technologies, billing/coding, and eyewear dispensing. Learn more.
Resource Guide for the Employed/Affiliated Optometrist
A valuable member benefit with information relating to lease agreements, contract negotiations and business management for the independent contractor, leaseholder, or franchisee optometrist. Click here (AOA member log in required).
Easy-to-use centralized online learning resource featuring complimentary educational tools and courses. AOA members have 24/7 access to accredited education, practice management webinars, board certification preparation information, and Optometry's Meeting® CE archives. Learn more.
Dedicated to serving you in meeting the eye care needs of the public, the AOA website keeps you up to date on issues that matter to you and the profession.
Patient Education Materials
Pamphlets and fact sheets, displays and vision simulators, and unique gallery prints to educate patients about eye diseases and conditions. Ordering is easy and can be done 24/7 through the AOA Marketplace at member discount pricing. Come visit us!
EVIDENCE-BASED PATIENT CARE AND QUALITY REPORTING
Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines
Developed and reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of experts, including doctors of optometry, specialists, patients and patient advocates, this AOA essential patient care resource combines evidence-based research with expert clinical opinion to recommend appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with various eye and vision conditions. Learn more.
AOA MORE Registry
The AOA MORE registry is a private, secure database that systematically integrates patient data from multiple EHR systems and facilitates secondary uses of the data. Enroll today!
PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT/ OUTREACH
Promotion/Public Relations Assistance
Promote your practice with customizable news releases, presentations, and kits that coincide with AOA optometry awareness campaigns. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branded Marketing Materials
Keep your credentials and practice name up front with stationery, business cards, plaques, name badges and signage. The AOA Marketplace offers printed educational pamphlets and fact sheets with customized branding options, at member discount prices. Order now.
Find a Doctor
Enhance your practice and help prospective patients quickly find you through the AOA's online optometrist directory, "Find a Doctor." To view your "Find a Doctor" listing and update your profile, visit aoa.org. After logging in, go to "Optometrists" and then select "My Profile" in the drop-down menu. Enhance your practice by adding your credentials, area of specialization and services provided.
AOA Sections-Special-Interest Programs in Contact Lens and Cornea, Sports Vision, Vision Rehabilitation
Promote your expertise to local schools, hospitals, community centers or industry. Stay abreast of clinical and technological advancements through membership in one or all three AOA special interest sections. Each offers resources you can translate into marketing and practice promotional opportunities. Learn more and join now.
Pediatric and Binocular (3-D) Vision
Viewing in 3-D can be a good way to detect underlying, and often undetected, vision problems. Incorporate the use of static stereoscopic testing, education, and vision therapy into your practice. Resources include vision therapy fact sheets, 3-D news, research and patient education. Learn more.
AOA Member Directory
Search for and connect with your previous classmates or colleagues with the AOA Member Directory.
Visit aoa.org/myaoa, log in, and look for the AOA Member Directory on the left side of your screen.
Personalized AOA Membership Materials
Now you can quickly and easily access your AOA membership materials from the convenience of your home or office. To view, print and download your personalized AOA membership materials with your name and membership year, visit aoa.org/myaoa, log in, and select "Membership Materials" from the list on your screen.
Updated with a new story each day, aoa.org/news brings your association-and the profession's-news to you when and where you want it.
AOA Week in Focus E-newsletter
This weekly update offers in-depth information on AOA activities and news.
This newsmagazine offers background and perspective, stories about individual members-their practices, challenges and successes-and quick and easy tips and roundups. Visit aoa.org/news.
AOA First Look
A daily email digest that provides an immediate, unfiltered look at news from various national sources that affects you and your patients.
Think About Your Eyes (TAYE)
TAYE is a nationwide, multimillion-dollar TV, radio, print and Internet advertising campaign that educates Americans on the need for better vision health, encourages them to schedule an eye exam, and helps them find an eye doctor. As an AOA member, you receive special pricing for your TAYE practice listing, and can add multiple AOA-member doctor names at no additional cost. Sign up now!
Optometry's Career Center®
National, online database helps doctors find positions, partners or candidates in the optometric field across the country. Learn more.
Social Media Channels
Connect with the AOA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & VOLUNTEERISM
Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the AOA and Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation created Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief to provide immediate financial relief to optometrists in need. Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief has changed the lives of many optometrists by providing immediate financial relief for critical and urgent needs, such as food, clothing and shelter. Application and grant criteria are available. Learn more.
Healthy Eyes Healthy People®
The AOA and Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation, offer the Healthy Eyes Healthy People® state association grants. The grant program offers an opportunity for optometrists to collaborate with other community resources so that vision care and services are provided and optometry is recognized as a vital component of the health care system. For more information, click here.
InfantSEE®, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage. Major supporters are Allergan Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, OptiCare and the Centene Charitable Foundation, and Care Credit, Synchrony Financial. Learn more.
More than 46 million individuals in the United States cannot afford the cost of routine eye care or do not have the health insurance that covers such exams. VISION USA was established in 1991 to provide basic eye examinations to Americans in need and is currently available in 39 states and Washington, D.C. AOA member optometrists donate their services at no cost. Learn more.