Advocacy

Empowering AOA members to become advocates for their profession.​

BREAKING: Optometry, patients win in Arkansas as ballot challenge to expanded practice law is invalidated

The high court’s ruling ends the current bid by an ophthalmology-backed effort to place the state’s new optometric scope of practice act on the ballot for November.

Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act introduced in the U.S. Senate

FTC rule set to take effect in October.

‘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.

Fight for Optometry

The AOA is the only advocate for optometry. Discover how you can help optometry keep a seat at the table whenever and wherever health care policy decisions are being made.
VA rescinds laser policy, opens path to full recognition of optometric care

In a major development, the Veterans Health Affairs eliminated a recent directive on laser procedures and made significant changes to its eye care policy.

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.

Plans’ stagnant fee schedules undervalue primary eye care

Despite the climbing cost of high-quality eye health and vision care, vision plans’ low fee schedules have remained flat for decades, creating undesirable consequences for patients and the health care system.

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.

AOA finds allies in fight against new FTC contact lens prescription paperwork mandate

House appropriations subcommittee scolds FTC for effective date of new rule, seeks 2021 implementation.