Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Optometric Student Association is to improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students.

Why is it important for me to join?

Nicholai Perez IAUPR2 AOSA represents 6,500 students from all 23 schools and colleges of optometry, and strength in numbers establishes credibility. AOSA is the national student affiliate of the AOA. When you become a member of AOSA, you automatically become a member of the AOA as well. AOA is the voice of optometry as a whole and speaks as your advocate before the government. Optometry is a legislated profession and both AOSA and AOA work hard to protect and expand the scope of practice to ensure you can utilize all of the tools you learned in school to the fullest extent possible when you graduate and start practicing.

The AOSA is the largest affiliate of the American Optometric Association.  AOSA is also the liaison between students of optometry and other affiliated national optometric organizations including: The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS), the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee (AOA-PAC), the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), the American Public Health Association (APHA), the AOA’s Federal Relations Committee (FRC), the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

Students!  Join AOSA Today!

Contact the trustee at your school or college for more information about how to join and fill out the online application.


The Tragedy of the Commons: Why You Should Continue Your AOA Membership

by Jodi Baker, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Trustee-elect

by Jodi Baker, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Trustee-elect

If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely a member of AOSA. Well done! But what about after graduation? Although I’m just starting my second year, if all goes according to plan, graduation will arrive and it will arrive fast.

It will be easy to just move on, forget these four years of optometry hazing, and start making money for a change. I believe this is one reason many ODs don’t join the AOA: they think it’s out of sight and out of mind. However, every time new ODs walk into a practice, and perform cutting-edge patient care, they should thank the AOA.

The AOA has many crucial roles that we, as optometry students, new ODs, and even two-years-away-from-retiring ODs rely on to better serve our patients. From AOA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) fighting for legislation to protect our scope of practice, to the Think About Your Eyes campaign that is currently educating the public on eye health (which puts them in our chairs), to Optometry Cares, a large-scale charitable effort supporting eye health and… Read Full Article…


A United Voice for Optometry: An Interview with Ronald Benner, O.D.

by Meredith Stallone, SUNY Optometry Trustee-elect

by Meredith Stallone, SUNY Optometry Trustee-elect

When I think of the American Optometric Association, the first word that comes to mind is advocacy. The AOA Board of Trustees’ newest elected member, Ronald L. Benner, O.D., embodies what it means to be an advocate for optometry. Dr. Benner has served on the AOA-Political Action Committee since 2008 and was committee chair from 2010 until his recent election to the AOA Board of Trustees. He is also a past president of the Montana Optometric Association. I had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Benner about the importance of advocacy and how students can be directly involved in protecting our profession. Thank you, Dr. Benner, for all you have done to support optometry and congratulations on your recent election!

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Sustaining Membership — Show your support and build for the future!

Even long after one has graduated and moved on to practice you can support AOSA. Benefits include getting your name in AOSA’s magazine, Foresight, and keeping updated on the latest AOSA activities, as well as a membership certificate and at the $100 level a copy of “Borish”, the biography of optometry’s “architect,” by William Baldwin.  More important, you become a part of AOSA’s work to fund travel grants to attend Optometry’s Meeting and AOA’s Congressional Conference, offer educational and practical benefits to current students, and AOSA’s investment in a strong, united profession.With 95 percent of optometry students belonging to the AOSA, the organization is THE voice for optometry students and optometry’s future. Joining is simple, thanks to AOSA’s online application and payment link. Individuals wishing to give at a higher level may want to consider the platinum level. Interested in having your group support the AOSA? Join as a group sustaining member. Thank you for considering an investment in optometry and the AOSA!

Pre-Optometry Student Membership

Still an undergrad, faced with lots of school choices and confronted by lots of information?  The AOSA, representing 95 percent of ALL optometry students, has more than 6,500 members who can relate!

Start getting involved now, by joining the AOSA as a student member.  You’ll have the opportunity to access publications, follow us on social media,  and most important, show your support for a unified, engaged corps of students.

Dues are $35, and sign up is easy.  To get started, visit here.

Thank you for considering optometry school and congratulations on your work so far!

AOSA International Student Membership

Studying optometry outside the United States and Canadal? The American Optometric Student Association invites you to join AOSA as an International Student Member. You get access to the AOSA’s website and publication and a chance to learn more about education in the 23 schools of the United States and Canada.  Join here.


  1. Ayat


    I’m an international student at Salus University to get a Master’s degree. Actually I’m so exciting to join AOSA as a Member, however; I don’t what Membership will fit on my situation.

    • aosahq


      Hi and thanks for you interest — are you in the Optometry program at Salus now? If so, you can be a regular AOSA member. If you are not currently studying optometry, you can join as a pre-optometry member. I hope this helps and thanks again (RAF)

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