Legislative Efforts (Optometry is a Legislated Profession):
Both the state (OPW) and the national (AOA) associations protect and expand the scope of practice of optometry and defend the profession against discrimination. These legislative efforts better position optometry in the health care system. AOA/OPW are the only groups that provide a voice for the profession and fight for your right to practice full-scope optometry (example: Washington’s Any Willing Provider Law).
Third Party Insurance Representation (Eye Care Benefits/Insurance Liaison):
The association continuously advocates for the inclusion of optometric physicians as eye care providers under third party insurance plans. This advocacy is crucial for the prevention of discrimination against optometry. In addition, the association acts as a clearinghouse of information on third party insurance plans to members.
Continuing education offered by the association informs practitioners of the latest clinical procedures, technologies, and scientific evidence in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients. This top quality education is offered to members at a reduced fee.
Practice Management Information (Surviving in a Competitive Business World):
The state and national associations offer practitioners information on a wide variety of practice management issues, including third party insurance information, clinical guidelines, and the AOA Practice Resource Network.
Association membership provides rich dividends of friendship as well as professional and personal fulfillment. Networking opportunities allow the sharing of information on practice opportunities, practice management, and clinical techniques with your colleagues.
Patient Education Information:
The association provides a wide variety of patient education materials; including pamphlets on eye health and vision care topics.
Practice Support Information:
Various practice support services are available through the AOA-endorsed insurance programs, liability insurance plans, retirement plans, and financial planning services. In addition, extensive support information is available from the AOA library in St. Louis.
Referral Programs & Web Presence:
- Members are part of a telephone referral program associated with 2-1-1
- Members are listed on www.eyes.org under "Find A Doctor"
- Members receive a complimentary listing on Think About Your Eyes, a nationwide campaign aimed at promoting optometric awareness and eye health
The OPW and AOA continually promote optometry to the public, other health care professionals, legislators, third-party insurance representatives, and educators.
Member practitioners can belong to specialty sections of the AOA and receive information relating to the practitioner’s interests and mode of practice.
Have fun with your colleagues (friends) while having the opportunity to make a difference. Volunteering brings fulfillment in knowing that you are contributing to your profession.
Keeping Optometry Strong Takes a Team……..
Join the Team for Mutual Success!