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Member Benefits & Services

Members of the American Optometric Association (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.

Membership in the AOA and your state association provides professional and personal benefits to help you grow your practice through:

  • Planning
  • Business and marketing basics
  • Management, development and staff training
  • Communication and outreach
  • Patient care and more

Practice Growth

AOAEXCEL

This business unit of the AOA has what you need for your practice to thrive and grow, including:

  • AOA Group Insurance-life, long-term disability, cancer care, long term care, and emergency assistance-all at group rates
  • AOA Malpractice Insurance
  • Cyber Liability and Business Insurance
  • Optometry's Career Center®
  • Education Loans & Loan Consolidation
  • Health Information Technolocy
  • Practice Finance
  • Practice Pathways-essential knowledge to successfully buy or sell a practice
  • Retirement Planning Services

View a complete list of services.

Networking

OPTOMETRY'S CAREER CENTER®

National, online database and career-matching service helps ODs find jobs, partners or candidates in the optometric field across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Learn more.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

Connect with the AOA on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Practice Efficiency

EYELEARN

Easy-to-use centralized online learning resource where you can search for continuing education (CE), have access to webinars and board certification preparation information, and find Optometry's Meeting® CE archives. Learn more.

AOA WEBSITE

Dedicated to serving you in meeting the eye care needs of the public, the AOA website keeps you up to date on issues that matter to you and the profession. www.aoa.org.

PATIENT EDUCATION MATERIALS

Pamphlets and fact sheets, displays and vision simulators, unique gallery frames and prints to educate patients about eye diseases and conditions. Ordering is easy 24/7 through the AOA Marketplace.

PARAOPTOMETRIC RESOURCE CENTER

Your AOA membership includes membership to the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center at no additional cost. You and your staff can access an extensive selection of courses, study guides, seminars, lectures and periodical resources to build the skills of your staff. Topics include clinical procedures, practice management, pretesting, contact lens technologies, billing/coding, and eyewear dispensing.  Learn more.

Patient Care

OPTOMETRIC CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Developed and reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of OD experts, specialists, patients and patient advocates, this AOA essential patient care resource combines evidence-based research with expert clinical opinion to recommend appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with various eye and vision conditions. Learn more.

Practice Development/Outreach

PROMOTION/PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSISTANCE

Promote your practice with customizable news releases, presentations, and kits that coincide with AOA optometry awareness campaigns. For more information, send an email to publicrelations@aoa.org.

BRANDED MARKETING MATERIALS

Keep your credentials and your practice name up front with stationery, business cards, plaques, name badges and signage. The AOA Marketplace offers printed educational pamphlets and fact sheets-many with customized branding options, at member discount prices. Learn more.

DOCTOR LOCATOR/FIND A DOCTOR

Enhance your practice and help prospective patients quickly find you through the AOA's online optometrist directory, "Find a Doctor." To view your "Find a Doctor" listing and update your profile, visit www.aoa.org. After logging in, go to "Optometrists" and then select "My Profile" in the drop down menu. Enhance your practice by adding your credentials, area of specialization and services provided.

AOA SECTIONS - SPECIAL-INTEREST PROGRAMS IN CONTACT LENS AND CORNEA, SPORTS VISION, VISION REHABILITATION

Promote your expertise to local schools, hospitals, community centers or industry. Stay abreast of clinical and technological advancements through membership in one or all three AOA special interest sections. Each offers resources you can translate into marketing and practice promotional opportunities. Learn more and join at www.aoa.org/sections.

HISPANIC MARKETING

Hispanics have a predisposition to early-onset diabetes and obesity and a history of hypertension, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Overcome cultural and language barriers with educational tools and resources in English and Spanish.Learn more.

PEDIATRIC AND BINOCULAR (3-D) VISION

Viewing in 3-D can be a good way to detect underlying, and often undetected, vision problems. Incorporate the use of static stereoscopic testing, education, and vision therapy into your practice. Resources include vision therapy fact sheets, 3-D news, research and patient education. Learn more.

Other Resources

AOA.ORG/NEWS

Updated with a new story each day, AOA.org/news brings your association - and the profession's - news to you where you want it: on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

AOA WEEK IN FOCUS

This weekly e-newsletter offers more in depth information on AOA activities and news.

AOA FOCUS

This newsmagazine offers more background and perspective, more stories about individual members - their families, challenges
and successes, and more quick and easy tips and round-ups. Visit www.aoa.org/news.

AOA FIRST LOOK

A daily email digest that provides an immediate, unfiltered look at news from various national sources that affects you and your patients.

Networking

OPTOMETRY'S CAREER CENTER®

National, online database and career-matching service helps ODs find jobs, partners or candidates in the optometric field across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Learn more.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

Connect with the AOA on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.