Become an OAO member

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is dedicated to helping you become more successful within your practice. From  advocacy to professional development, OAO is committed to raising awareness about the importance of optometry and driving more patients to your practice.

By joining the Association, you become connected to a network of over 1,600 members, stay up to date on critical regulatory changes that affect your practice, and gain access to tools and services needed to take your career to the next level.

All OAO members automatically become members of the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) as well, with access to all CAO member benefits and services.


Benefits and services


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!

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.    


Access a full suite of exclusive insurance benefits and services. OAO’s insurance program offers professional liability with built-in legal support, home, auto, practice, group insurance and much more.

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.  


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. 

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.

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 special rates and discounts on various products and services including fitness, travel, entertainment and more. 

For more information 

Bethany Carey, Director, Member Services and Professional Affairs 
Toll Free: 800-540-3837 Tel 905-826-3522 Ext. 227