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Explore a few of the possibilities of AOA membership below.

Reason 1

Support Advocacy

As the only organization advocating for the optometric profession, the AOA represents your interests at all legislative levels.

We need organized optometry in order to prosper. From scope expansion, to decreasing reimbursements, to health care reform – your state and national associations are fighting for your ability to keep doing what you do best.

Aaron McNulty, O.D.
Indiana University School of Optometry graduate working in private practice
Louisville, Kentucky

Did you know?

In addition to safeguarding our hard-won physician status, the AOA is pressing Federal agencies to take action against companies offering dangerous online vision tests and building support in Congress for bills to outlaw abusive policy of vision plans and to crackdown on Internet contact lens sellers.

Reason 2

Continuing Education & Clinical Resources

Keep up with the latest in optometric care and technology. The AOA leads the way in the development of clinical tools, best practices, and continuing education programs to advance and elevate patient care.

The AOA walks beside individual practitioners in terms of resources and education, and the AOA has the profession’s back in terms of protection. The AOA wraps leadership, protection and support into one package.

Joseph Shetler, O.D.
Indiana University graduate and assistant professor, Northeastern State University
Oklahoma College of Optometry

Did you know?

Access to AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) is included with your AOA membership. Valued at $1,800 per year, AOA MORE lets you share in and contribute to the collected clinical wisdom of our entire membership.

Reason 3

Public Awareness

Promoting and protecting eye health is the goal of every optometrist. The AOA advances our mission with a variety of proven effective public relations, marketing, and educational initiatives.

It is our job to make sure we stay involved so we will not lose the liberties we were granted to best serve our community.

Christina (Tina) Esposito, O.D.
Assistant professor, Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry

Did you know?

AOA is the only national organization shaping the public's view of the essential primary care role of doctors of optometry. Through a national advertising campaign, outreach to national, regional and local media outlets and initiatives targeting large employers and benefit managers, the AOA is driving more patients into optometry offices, especially those listed in the exclusive members-only Find-a-Doctor online resource.

Reason 4

Community, Connection, Career. And so much more.

From professional publications and events to volunteer opportunities to business and career development, AOA members enjoy a range of benefits no other organization can deliver.

Did you know?

AOA members earn on average 15 percent more annually than non-members.

Review our Guide to Member Benefits for more on the perks of AOA membership.

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Together, we can do so much. United in Possibilities.

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