American Optometric Association

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The American Optometric Association (AOA), founded in 1898, represents approximately 37,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. The AOA has offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and Alexandria, Virginia, employing approximately 100 people.

The AOA counts nearly half of practicing optometrists as its members. Serving patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, optometrists are the only eye doctors in 3,500 communities and provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

The AOA is a federation, with state, student and armed forces optometric associations representing members at the state or affiliate level. The Association also has four special interest sections: The Contact Lens and Cornea Section, the Vision Rehabilitation Section, the Sports Vision Section and the Paraoptometric Section.

The AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care by:

  • Setting professional standards and helping member optometrists conduct patient care efficiently and effectively,
  • Lobbying government and other organizations on behalf of the optometric profession, and
  • Providing research and education leadership.

AOA mission[edit]

"Advocate for the profession and serve optometrists in meeting the eye care needs of the public."

The objectives of AOA are centered on improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care. The AOA fulfills its missions in accordance with the following goals:

  • Health care and public policy related to eye care will uniformly recognize optometrists as primary health care providers and ensure the public has access to the full scope of optometric care.
  • Optometrists and other professionals will look to the American Optometric Association for professional standards, research and education leadership which serve to enhance and ensure competent, quality patient care.
  • The public, optometrists and other professionals will turn to the American Optometric Association for reliable and current information related to optometry, eye care, and health care policy.

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