The AOA is a federation of affiliated state associations, the Optometric Society of the District of Columbia, the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS).
The AOA is a federation of affiliated state associations, the Optometric Society of the District of Columbia, the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS). Organized optometry encompasses the unified membership of the national and state optometric associations. This unified membership in both national and state optometric associations keep your profession strong.
American Optometric Student Association
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63141
800.365.2219 or 314.983.4231
Armed Forces Optometric Society
P.O. Box 270545
Louisville, Co. 80027
AOA and AFOS: ‘Cut through the noise’ and empower licensed doctors of optometry to provide greater access to care to veterans
Eye care is the third-most requested health service by veterans at the VA—and doctors of optometry provide the majority of that care. Yet, as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers new national standards of practice for more than 50 health professions at its facilities, optometrists are making a winning case for expanding their role at an understaffed VA and are galvanizing against baseless attacks from organized medicine, ophthalmology and a few unbending legislators.
September is Paraoptometric Appreciation Month, celebrating optometric practice staff around the country. Two paraoptometric professionals who provide eye care as active-duty veterans in the United States Armed Forces share their stories.