The AOSA is proud to make a wide range of benefits available to its 6,500 members. Coordinated with the Trustees and Trustee-Elects at each school, the benefits range from the intangible, such as knowing you are part of a robust, energized profession, to the tangible, such as clipboards, to the wearable, such as t-shirts. Here’s an overview of how the benefits stack up for the 2014-15 school year:
At orientation, students will get their most important benefit, an application to join the AOSA/AOA. a clipboard sponsored by the Vision Council and AOSA, a tri-color highlighter from the AOA, lens cleaning cloths courtesy of Essilor (the host of the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl) and a t-shirt designed by a student, sponsored by the AOA.
Second-year students receive an AOSA lapel pin, AOA Academic Planner, water bottle sponsored by HOYA, a BV kit of behavioral vision tools from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and can order business cards from the AOA.
Third-year students receive a BV kit from the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), an NaFl penlight for illuminating fluorscein from Valley Contax, continued access to business cards from the AOA and access to the Eyemaginations program, sponsored by Allergan’s Jumpstart program.
Any AOSA member can get business cards from the AOA, a trial lens kit from Valley Contax, access AOA Compass and Optometry’s Career Center for help finding that first opportunity, insurance benefits from AOA Excel, and Eyemaginations software from the Allergan Jumpstart benefit, In addition, the discounted student rate for Optometry’s Meeting still applies for the meeting immediately after students graduate.
All students get access to AOSA and AOA publications, including:
In addition, AOSA members have discounted registration to Optometry’s Meeting, access to travel grants and contests, are eligible to attend the AOA/AOSA Congressional Advocacy Conference.
For those interested in help with meeting health care costs, AOSA offers telemedicine coverage for access to doctors, counseling and wellness programs.
To save money on textbooks, take advantage of AOSA’s partnership with Ridgevue publishing.
To help with your patient care, AOSA offers access to the Eyemaginations app, which features videos of common eye conditions. It’s free, beginning in your third year, when you sign up for Allergan’s Jumpstart program.
If you are interested in obtaining, or consolidating, student loans, AOA Excel offers student loan programs