American Optometric Association

Coordinates: 38°39′31″N 90°24′22″W / 38.6585°N 90.4060°W / 38.6585; -90.4060
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American Optometric Association
Formation1898; 125 years ago (1898)
Coordinates38°39′31″N 90°24′22″W / 38.6585°N 90.4060°W / 38.6585; -90.4060

The American Optometric Association (AOA),[1] founded in 1898, represents approximately 37,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and para-optometric assistants and technicians in the United States.


The AOA states that:

The American Optometric Association represents more than 49,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians.

Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care.[2]

The AOA has offices in St. Louis, Missouri (the headquarters) and Alexandria, Virginia, employing approximately 100 people.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

AOA mission[edit]

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

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:[citation needed]

  • 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.


The AOA had its own journal, called Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association, published by Elsevier until 2012.[6][7] It currently publishes relevant articles under the News section of their website.[8]


In 2015, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) relocated to the AOA headquarters in St Louis.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American Optometric Association Overview". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  2. ^ "About the AOA". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ "About the AOA". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  4. ^ "About the AOA". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. ^ "About the AOA". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association". ScienceDirect. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association (Optometry)". Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  8. ^ "AOA News". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ "World Council of Optometry Relocating to American Optometric Association Headquarters in St. Louis". American Optometric Association. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

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