OD Residing and Practicing in the U.S.

Licensed optometrists who practice in the U.S. must join the AOA through the affiliate association in which their principal practice or place of employment is located. Find your AOA affiliate association in the "Affiliate Finder" located at the top of this page.

You should select the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) as your affiliate if you are serving as an optometry officer on active duty in one of the uniformed services or are a full time employee of the Veterans Administration (VA) or Federal Civil Service (Indian Health Services/Public Health Services). Remember, the AOA membership calendar year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

Your affiliate association will contact you soon to answer membership questions, and to complete the membership process - for both the affiliate and the AOA.

Learn more about the many benefits of AOA membership and why your participation in organized optometry helps strengthen the profession.