Member Advantages

The Ohio Optometric Association provides excellent benefits, or advantages, to its members that each align under the three pillars of the association's mission to serve its members through Advocacy, Awareness, and Resources.

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ADVOCACY

Working to protect, advance and modernize the profession.

  • Representing optometry at the Statehouse and educating lawmakers on the profession and the importance of comprehensive eye care for all Ohioans.

  • Monitoring the activities of state policymakers to ensure that the profession’s voice is heard and that your patients, practice, and profession are protected from unnecessary government intervention.

  • Working to pass legislation that advances the abilities of the profession and patient needs including the repeal of the state income tax on prescriptive eye wear and vision insurance reforms.

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  • OOA Statehouse Bill Tracking Report

  • Ohio Optometric Political Action Committee (OOPAC)

 

AWARENESS

Promoting the importance of comprehensive eye care.

  • REALEYES Program

    • Each year Realeyes educates over 100,000 school-aged children throughout the state from PreK through high school on eye health & safety and the importance of comprehensive eye care.

    • The new Journey Through An Exam self-guided curriculum is available to all members for use in waiting and exam rooms.

  • Think About Your Eyes (TAYE) Public Awareness Campaign
    All OOA members are listed on the TAYE Doctor Locator feature.

 
  • Vision Simulator Cards
    Cards that simulate common vision disorders and diseases are available to members as community resources.

  • iSee Program (Ohio Optometric Foundation)
    Provision of charitable eye care to Ohio school-aged children.

  • Ohio Vision Project (OVP) Student Loan Repayment Program
    The first of its kind, this program rewards ODs for giving back to their communities with optometric care to the marginalized. Its goal is to help improve access to vision care services while reducing the significant debt burden many ODs experience upon graduation.

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RESOURCES

Providing meaningful support that strengthens professional viability.

  • Networking and Community—Regional Zone Meetings, Young OD Events, Service Opportunities

  • PERSPECTIVES—The OOA’s main communication tool; updating members on all aspects of the association including legislative updates, Third Party bulletins, and membership information.

  • Member Pricing for Premier CE Opportunities – EastWest Eye Conference, EastWest Destinations, and Regional Zone meetings

 
  • Legal Guidance and Contract Review

  • OOA Health Benefit Plan for ODs and their staff

  • OOA Retirement Solution: A Next Generation 401(k)

  • HIPAA Billing/Coding Compliance

  • Professional Liability Insurance

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  • Disability Insurance

  • Third Party Bulletin

 
  • Merchant Processing Services

  • Workers Compensation Group Rating

  • Young OD Community

  • AOA Member Publications including AOA Focus and AOA First Look

  • Group Purchasing Discounts through AOA Excel®: Your Business Advantage

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  • AOA More—Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)

  • AOA “Find a Doctor” Online Directory

  • Eye to Eye Job Matching Service (coming soon)

 

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