Member Benefits & Services

Members of the American Optometric Association (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.

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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Practice Growth


This business unit of the AOA has what you need for your practice to thrive and grow, 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
  • Optometry's Career Center®
  • Education Loans & Loan Consolidation
  • Health Information Technology
  • Practice Finance
  • Practice Pathways—essential knowledge to successfully buy or sell a practice
  • Retirement Planning Services

View a complete list of services.


Your AOA membership includes membership to the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center at no additional cost. You and your staff can access an extensive selection of courses, study guides, seminars, lectures and periodical resources to build the skills of your staff. Topics include clinical procedures, practice management, pretesting, contact lens technologies, billing/coding, and eyewear dispensing.  Learn more.


A valuable member benefit with information relating to lease agreements, contract negotiations and business management for the independent contractor, leaseholder, or franchisee optometrist. View (member log in required)

Practice Efficiency


Easy-to-use centralized online learning resource where you can search for continuing education (CE), have access to webinars and board certification preparation information, and find Optometry's Meeting® CE archives. Learn more.

AOA Website

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, unique gallery frames and prints to educate patients about eye diseases and conditions. Ordering is easy 24/7 through the AOA Marketplace.

Advertising Access

The AOA is a key partner of the Think About Your Eyes national advertising campaign. AOA members get special pricing for TAYE practice listings, and can add multiple AOA member OD names at no additional charge. Enroll at

Patient Care

Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines

Developed and reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of OD experts, 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.

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

Branded Marketing Materials

Keep your credentials and your practice name up front with stationery, business cards, plaques, name badges and signage. The AOA Marketplace offers printed educational pamphlets and fact sheets—many with customized branding options, at member discount prices. Learn more.

Doctor Locator/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 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 at  

Hispanic Marketing

Hispanics have a predisposition to early-onset diabetes and obesity and a history of hypertension, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Overcome cultural and language barriers with educational tools and resources in English and Spanish. Learn more.

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.

Other Resources

Updated with a new story each day, brings your association - and the profession's - news to you where you want it: on your computer, smartphone or tablet. 

AOA Week In Focus

This weekly e-newsletter offers in depth information on AOA activities and news.

AOA Focus

This newsmagazine offers background and perspective, stories about individual members - their practices, challenges
and successes, and quick and easy tips and round-ups. Visit

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.


Optometry's Career Center®

National, online database and career-matching service helps ODs find jobs, partners or candidates in the optometric field across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Learn more.

Social Media Channels

Connect with the AOA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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 at  

Healthy Eyes Healthy People®

The AOA and Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, through a generous grant from Luxottica, 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, visit


InfantSEE®, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's qualify 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. Learn more at


More than 46 million low-income 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. Visit for more information.