Why Join OAO

There are many reasons to become a member.  Read about some of them below.  


By joining OAO, you will have a say on changes to the payment model for OHIP-insured services, and other important issues like enhanced scope of practice. We are the only optometric association that can negotiate remuneration in Ontario. And only OAO members have the right to participate in a binding ratification vote when a draft agreement is reached!

Mentorship program and consultant support

OAO has a dedicated OD consultant and roster of mentors who share their expertise and provide peer-to-peer support. Whether you have clinical, billing or practice management questions, or are looking for advice on career development, OAO has an expert for you.

Find a
doctor tool

Have your name listed on the Find A Doctor Tool, located on the OAO website. The Find A Doctor tool is associated with all of OAO’s Ontario-wide marketing efforts; and is the go-to search engine for schools, public health units and the general public.

Educational and professional development

Gain access to a vast scope of live and online education, delivered by some of the greatest North American speakers in optometry. OAO provides members with best practice techniques to become successful optometrists and business leaders.

Members-only portal

Benefit from exclusive member tools and resources, including the OAO TPA App, clinical and practice management guidelines, as well as critical information regarding patient billing.

Marketing and public education

Along with a province-wide marketing campaign to drive the public to optometrist offices, OAO provides members with social media toolkits and marketing collateral to further promote their practice in the community and online.

Eye See...Eye Learn ®

Take part in this exclusive benefit and be recognized as the go-to expert in children’s vision. The Eye See…Eye Learn program is a proven practice builder, attracting young families as well as increasing referrals from doctors and pediatricians.


Access a full suite of top-notch financial products and services designed exclusively for optometrists. Enjoy preferred member pricing and discounts on various products and services including fitness, travel, entertainment and more.


The OAO TPA App is an up-to-date reference guide for prescribing over 130 drugs. The app can be easily accessed anywhere from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Search for information by: Generic or brand name, Product category, Ontario Drug Benefit Coverage, Drug format, Preservative-free availability, Pediatric prescribing, Compatibility with pregnancy and breastfeeding.


A new mobile application that connects optometrists with their patients. Sightly uses speed to convenience in an online platform where patients can request appointments, order eye health care products and receive notifications from their optometrist. With this user friendly APP, Optometrists can set up their own virtual storefront.

Livecare Connect

Optometrists are seeing patients virtually now more than ever before in Ontario. Even as we eventually phase back to in-person care, virtual care will still play an important role in our day-to-day practice. This user-friendly telehealth platform is compliant with the highest levels of privacy and security regulations in Canada and includes features like: High-quality video and audio services, sending files to patients, and add additional participants to each call, Call tracking for audit purposes, patients self-book visits during office hours and many more.

For more information contact: 

Bethany Carey, Director, Member Services and Professional Affairs

905-826-3522 ext. 227

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