Membership

Invest in your future.

Just one reason to be a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and your state association. Here are the top reasons to be a member. 

ADVOCACY - ENSURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD.

FACT: We are stronger collectively than any one of us is alone. Advocacy means ensuring you can practice your profession and get paid fairly for your services.  

PRACTICE GROWTH - POSITION YOURSELF FOR EVEN GREATER SUCCESS.

FACT: The next generation of optometry is about innovation, adaption and speed of change. Practice growth means you are positioned now and in the future for success.  

PRACTICE EFFICIENCY - INCREASE YOUR REVENUE WHILE REDUCING COSTS.

FACT: Nearly one in three optometrists say they are not busy enough and could see more patients1. Practice efficiency means putting more patients in the chair.

PARAOPTOMETRIC RESOURCE CENTER - GIVE YOUR PRACTICE A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

FACT: Trained staff will enhance patient satisfaction and increase the potential of additional referrals and practice revenue. 

NETWORKING - EXPAND YOUR CAREER WHILE HELPING OTHERS.

FACT: OD employment is expected to grow 24 percent by 20182, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of those jobs are gained through networking. Networking means connecting with colleagues, building new relationships and sharing your professional expertise.  

COMMUNITY SERVICE & VOLUNTEERISM - GIVE BACK AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

FACT: Association members make a difference through AOA's VISION USA, InfantSEE® and Healthy Eyes Healthy People® programs. Community service and volunteerism means you can make a difference in your neighborhood and beyond.

Members of the AOA and your state association speak your language, share a common bond, and a loyalty to the optometric profession. When you're an association member, you're part of our family—the family of optometry. For more information, see Member Benefits & Services.

Download the AOA member benefits guide.

1 Survey of Optometric Practice, Practicing Optometrists & Their Patients, 2010
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics