Links and Connections:
The OAA provides members several avenues of assistance: promoting the industry as a whole through branding, networking and legislature; fostering new industry contacts; strengthening your existing business relationships and keeping you abreast of current conditions and advances within the industry. Established in 1926 as the Guild of Prescription Opticians, the OAA holds the distinguished honor of being the only national organization representing the professional, business, educational, legislative and regulatory interests of opticianry.
Georgia State Board of Dispensing Opticians
The Georgia State Board of Dispensing Opticians is a six-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is composed of five licensed, practicing dispensing opticians and one consumer member. The Board reviews applications, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of the licensees throughout the state. Complaints are investigated and, if warranted, disciplinary action may be taken by the Board. Board meetings are held approximately four times each year at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon or by Teleconference, and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for the Board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office.
American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE): ABO and NCLE are national not-for- profit organizations for the voluntary certification of ophthalmic dispensers. ABO, the American Board of Opticianry, certifies opticians those who dispense and work with spectacles. NCLE, the National Contact Lens Examiners, certifies those ophthalmic dispensers who fit and work with contact lenses.
Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA): COA is a not-for-profit agency, accredits Opticianry training in the United States. The mission of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation is to foster excellence in opticianry education by setting standards, assessing educational effectiveness, and identifying those academic programs that meet the standards, in order to aid programs to produce competent graduates who will provide professional services to the public.
Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA): CLSA is dedicated to the education, evolution, and promotion of contact lens technology. The objective of the CLSA is to promote education, mutual understanding and cooperation among all persons interested in contact
National Academy of Opticianry (NAO): The National Academy of Opticianry "The Academy" is an international organization dedicated solely to education and training for all opticians. Founded in 1963, the Academy offers opticianry education and training in a variety of formats. The Academy covers all aspects of education and training from career preparation (internationally known as the Ophthalmic Career Progression Program), certification and licensing exam preparation and continuing education for beginning through advanced level opticians.
National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS): The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion of formal opticianry education offered by accredited educational institutions. Formal education is fundamental to the credibility of the Optician as a vision care professional.
Vision of Hope Foundation: The Vision of Hope Foundation was formed to promote opticianry education; develop future opticianry leaders; and perform international, national and community based vision related mission work.
State Optical Societies
The Opticians Association of Alaska
Arizona Association of Dispensing Opticians
Opticians Association of Arkansas
California Association of Dispensing Opticians
Opticians Association of Colorado
Connecticut Opticians Association
Professional Opticians of Florida
Opticians Association of Illinois
Opticians Association of Iowa
Society of Dispensing Opticians of Kentucky
Louisiana Association of Dispensing Opticians
Opticians Association of Massachusetts
Opticians Association of Michigan
Nebraska Society of Dispensing Opticians
New Hampshire Opticians Society
Opticians Association of New Jersey
New York State Society of Opticians
Opticians Alliance of New York
Opticians Association of Ohio
Opticians Association of Oregon
South Carolina Association of Opticians
Opticians Association of Virginia
Opticians Association of Washington
Opticians Association of Wisconsin