The AOA strives to move forward the interests of doctors of optometry and their patients in the U.S. legislatures to ensure that Americans continue to have access to quality vision care.

AOA-backed DOC Access Act gains U.S. Senate companion

AOA turning up pressure on anti-patient, anti-doctor vision plan abuses with new U.S. Senate companion legislation.

Contact Lens Rule bill gains senators’ backing after all-out advocacy campaign

Over 7,400 individual constituent letters were sent via AOA’s Action Center and countless phone calls placed to senators’ offices, in what represents the AOA’s largest advocacy campaign in recent history.

Be prepared: Contact Lens Rule changes take effect Oct. 16, access AOA resources

AOA and optometry’s advocates continue to fight the FTC’s rule changes—act now to support these efforts and have your practice ready for implementation on day one.

1-800 Contacts notifies patients not to wear AquaSoft lenses due to lens defect

The company has recalled its AquaSoft brand of contacts because of a manufacturing defect that may cause eye discomfort and irritation.

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‘Recovery to renaissance’: Optometry’s advocates fight to advance profession

The FTC’s Contact Lens Rule, COVID-19 pandemic response and vision plan concerns headline the advocacy priorities that doctors nationwide shared with Congress in a consequential session.

Championing paraoptometrics

The AOA continues to create opportunities for paraoptometrics to be all they can be—readying them for the effects of scope expansion and empowering them as grassroots advocates for the profession of optometry. And for the first time, paraoptometrics can join the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of the profession's national lobbying efforts.

Optometry’s premier advocacy event, Sept. 9-10, mobilizes doctors around AOA priorities

In firsts, AOA on Capitol Hill 2020 will be virtual and include advocacy-minded doctors, optometry students and paraoptometrics. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

AOA doctors warn FTC of potential adverse impact of new amendment

The AOA and doctors are acting quickly to enlist federal legislators to join the growing mass of voices asserting concerns regarding the new amendment to the Contact Lens Rule announced by the FTC.

Elevating optometry through AOA’s 24/7 media advocacy

Through the AOA’s nonstop efforts, optometry’s patient safety and eye health messages have had more reach than ever before.