The 2012 Survey of Optometric Practice was designed to allow the American Optometric Association (AOA) to gather key information about the practice of optometry. The 2012 Survey of Optometric Practice collected information about private, corporate and other optometric practice types in 2011. Respondents answered questions using information from the previous year of operation, not 2012.
The 2012 Survey of Optometric Practice focused on practice characteristics such as the number and frequency of patient visits, hours worked by optometrists and paraoptometrics, as well as gross billings, expenses and income. Results are presented for all owners, solo, non-solo owners and employed optometrists. Throughout this report, results are provided only where the number of respondents was large enough to allow for reliable statistical analysis.
The purpose of these data is descriptive. Differences between groups of census participants should not be assumed to be statistically significant unless identified as such. Results from the 2012 Survey of Optometric Practice will be provided in three separate reports: