American Optometric Association
The American Optometric Association (AOA) represents optometrists nationally in the USA. It consists of State Optometric Associations, which are made up of local optometric societies.

AOA mission

"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
    Health care
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     and public policy
    Public policy
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     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
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     and education
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     leadership which serve to enhance and ensure competent, quality patient care.
  • The public
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    , 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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