The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading professional organization representing over 2,000 optometrists in Ontario for over 100 years. We are dedicated to helping our members provide the highest standard of eye health and vision care for Ontarians while driving the profession of optometry forward at the government, regulatory and public levels. We work to increase awareness and understanding of the role that optometrists play in ensuring the health of patients.

OAO is the designated representative for optometry and meets with the provincial government on its members’ behalf concerning OHIP coverage, optometric billing codes and procedures, and other services. OAO monitors provincial legislation and works to ensure that the government considers the needs and concerns of optometrists and the communities they serve.

The association offers a wide range of benefits and services to our members, including:

  • Public and Member Advertising and Communication and Marketing Programs
  • Preferred Partner Benefits and Services, offering exclusive member discounts
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education both virtually and in-person
  • Designated Independent OD Consultant and Mentorship Program
  • A full suite of Insurance benefits: Professional Liability Insurance (PLI), Practice,
    Cyber, Group: Home, Auto, Health, Dental, Life, Travel and Disability Insurances


Valued as Ontario’s trusted primary eye care provider.
Autonomous. United. Respected.


The essential resource for optometrists to thrive in their profession.
Advocates for optometrists to deliver the best possible eye care.


Visionary. Powerful. Credible.
Uniting. Impactful.

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