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:

  • Group insurance plans
  • An annual Symposium and InfoMart
  • Continuing education credits
  • Public education materials
  • Regular newsletters


Success in practice at the forefront of eye care for all Ontario optometrists.


To position optometrists as the primary eye health and vision care professionals in Ontario.

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