The mission of the Ohio Optometric Association is to promote high quality optometric care for the residents of Ohio, preserve and advance the profession of optometry, serve as an advocate for patients and members, and serve as the principal resource for public health information regarding the eyes and vision.
Statement of Code of Ethics of the Ohio Optometric Association
It is the expected duty of the members of the Ohio Optometric Association to abide by the prescribed Code of Ethics adopted by the OOA House of Delegates
November 1-2, 2002:
1. To practice the art and science of optometry faithfully and conscientiously, and to the fullest scope of the most current standards of care and competency of the honorable profession of optometry.
2. To uphold and promote by example and action the highest standards, ethics, and ideals of our chosen profession.
3. To provide professional care for those who seek our services with concern, compassion, and due regard for their human rights, dignity, and privacy, without discrimination or financial consideration.
4. To place the needs of the patient above all else in order to better care for their visual performance and comfort as well as their ocular and systemic health with any and all means of restoring, maintaining, or enhancing their visual and general welfare.
5. To maintain unselfish relationships with other members of the optometric profession as well as other disciplines for the benefit of our patients and the advancement of human knowledge and welfare.
6. To hold all patient information with highest confidentiality and privacy.
7. To serve our communities, country, and humankind as exemplary citizens in all aspects.
OOA Constitution and Bylaws, (amended: 2011, 2013)
Code of Ethics, American Optometric Association, adopted 1944
Standards of Conduct, American Optometric Association, adopted 1999
Code of Ethics, Ohio Optometric Association, adopted 1945 (estimated)
The Optometric Oath, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, adopted 1986
The Optometrist's Guide to Clinical Ethics: Bailey, OD, R. Norman and Heitmand, Ph.D., Elizabeth, American Optometric Association, 2000