How do I enroll as an AOA Associate Member?

All paraoptometrics/optometric staff of AOA-member doctors of optometry (except for other doctors) may become AOA associate members and have access to all current Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC) member benefits and services. This membership is available as part of the doctor of optometry's AOA membership benefits, at no cost to the paraoptometric and no added membership cost to the member doctor. Paraoptometrics interested in gaining access to these resources should request that their AOA-member doctor enroll them.

AOA-associate membership provides free access to programs and services that offer education and staff training, significant discounts on education materials for purchase through the AOA Marketplace, discounts on registration fees for Optometry's Meeting® and access to information communicated through AOA publications.

Information needed to enroll staff:

  • Legal name of staff (as it appears on driver's license)
  • Date of Birth
  • Unique email address for each staff person (do not use a shared office email)

How to enroll—(AOA doctor of optometry member ID and password will be required)

The AOA member doctor of optometry, or their designee, should:

  1. Under the "Optometrists" tab on the AOA homepage, click on "My Profile"
  2. Click on the "Manage Staff" tab
  3. Enter information for each staff person (non-doctor)

Note: Only one doctor per practice should enroll an individual staff person; multiple sponsorship requests for the same individual cannot be honored.

How to renew membership

After the initial enrollment, your membership will automatically renew each January that you remain employed by the enrolling AOA member doctor.

What if I am not employed by an AOA member doctor?

For more information, please contact the Paraoptometric Resource Center at

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