COVID-19 - Coronavirus


June 30 webinar-#AskAOA Webinar: PPP flexibilities and updated forgiveness forms

Learn more about the provider relief opportunities that remain available from the Small Business Administration.

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UPDATE July 1, 2020 – The June 30 #AskAOA Webinar: PPP flexibilities and updated forgiveness forms now available on demand

In response to COVID-19, Congress passed multiple pieces of legislation to help support the American economy. Several of these programs are administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and doctors of optometry who have not yet leveraged these opportunities should know that they still have time to do so. For those already taking part in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), it’s critical to be aware of key changes made recently by Congress and the SBA.

Paycheck Protection Program

  • Watch AOA's latest webinar hosted by Jeff Michaels, O.D. on new PPP flexibilities and updated forgiveness forms.
  • For those who have not yet applied, forgivable loans remain available via the PPP.
  • Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2020.
  • Contact your bank for assistance, or find a lender.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance program

  • Small businesses may request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.
  • This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for an EIDL.
  • Visit the EIDL and EIDL Advance program portal to apply.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

  • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
  • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a PPP loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years.
  • The first payment is deferred for one year.
  • Visit the EIDL and EIDL Advance program portal to apply

If you have questions, please contact

AOA patient care guidance to doctors of optometry on coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, April 24, 2020

As doctors of optometry resume delivery of complete, comprehensive eye health and vision care under a new phase of the nation's continuing COVID-19 pandemic response, the AOA recommends that clinical judgment and practice operations should be informed by the April 19 CMS reopening guidance and the Opening Up America Again plan, as well as all state, state board and local health directives.
The AOA has confirmed the CDC has removed the agency's March 17 nationwide recommendation to postpone routine eye care is no longer in effect, and that CMS's specific guidance on reopening facilities to provide nonemergent and non-COVID-19 health care is in force. Under this framework, state-by-state decisions will guide when and how doctors and practices can resume delivery of complete, comprehensive care. CDC has followed this guidance with a proposed Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To assist doctors and their practices, the AOA has posted a guide to practice reactivation and other practice tools and crisis relief resources. In addition, members are urged to submit specific requests and questions to

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is closely monitoring developments and will actively provide updates regarding COVID-19 to ensure doctors of optometry and the general public not only understand the risks associated with this pandemic but also have the latest information available for continued patient care. The AOA's priority is to support the health and safety of the public and the optometric community and will continue to assess the situation and update recommendations accordingly.

Urge your lawmakers to support immediate relief (S.3559/H.R.6365) for doctors of optometry and other physicians today!