National/International Optometric Organizations
American Academy of Optometry - AAO has the goal to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice; it does this by fostering research and the dissemination of knowledge in both basic and applied vision science.
American Optometric Association - AOA has a mission of improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care everywhere with more than 35,000 members in 6,500 U.S. communities.
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry - The seventeen schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico comprise ASCO.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development - COVD is an international organization dedicated to the study and promotion of the developmental aspects of patient care.
Fellowship of Christian Optometrists - FCO is an international organization which functions to bring optometric care and a Christian message to its community, local and abroad.
National Optometric Association - NOA has been a leader in the cause of improving the quality and accessibility of eye care in minority and other historically underserved communities.
Optometric Extension Program - The mission of OEP is to advance human progress through research and education on vision, the visual process, and clinical care.
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - The primary mission of VOSH is to facilitate the provision of vision care worldwide where it is not affordable or obtainable.
Local Optometric Organizations
Missouri Optometric Association - Founded in 1901, today the MOA represents and serves more than 500 members throughout the state of Missouri.
St. Louis Optometric Society - SLOS is dedicated to promoting communication in the ophthalmic community, providing continuing education credit for its members.
Missouri Optometric Foundation - The MOF offers scholarships to optometry students, promotes private optometric practice, provides grants for optometric research, and supports schools of optometry.
Kansas Optometric Association - The KOA serves more than 500 doctors of optometry across the state and around the country.
Illinois Optometric Association - For over a century, the IOA, a not-for-profit, voluntary association of Illinois optometrists, has been dedicated to making optometry a stronger profession.
Student Optometric Organizations
American Optometric Student Association
Beta Sigma Kappa (International Optometric Honor Society)
United Optometrist Association - The mission of the UOA is to solve inequality within the profession of optometry, so that optometry remains an excellent profession for optometrists of every race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, and status as a protected veteran. The UOA’s first goal is to research and solve the wage gap in optometry. If optometry can solve this, our profession will lead the way for others. Please contact Rachel Simpson for more information.