Optician Association of America (OAA)

In the old days, most opticians were part of an Optician Association. In San Diego, we had monthly meetings, annual conventions and it was considered a ‘must’ to be a member of your local society and  the Optician Association of America. Today Professional Associations are the most forgotten and misunderstood career, educational and development tools that a professional has.

Benefits of joining a Professional Association

  • Adds credibility to your professional status
  • Provides additional experience and education
  • Provides an extra step over the competition
  • Provides specific information on field, future trends
  • Networking
  • Receive monthly or annual newsletter.
  • Support System
  • Political  clout Which brings me to the Opticians Association of America- who were established in 1926. Their goal is to promote opticianary in America by legislative action, networking, certification, licensing and continuing education. For more information on the Legislative Update

Just in case you are wondering if your state has a local Optician Chapter: see below listings.

Alabama

Alaska

  • Opticians Association of Alaska- C/O Golden North Optics  Christi Brand  PH: (907) 456-4822

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

  • Opticians Association of Iowa- Tom Gardner admin@2020visionwear.com

Kansas

  • Opticians Association of Kansas- Laura Bilstein laura@ksopticians.org  PH:785.379-9872

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

  • Opticians Association of Maryland- Donita A Dietz PH: 410-557-9994 opticianasocmd@aol.com

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Nebraska

  • Nebraska Society of Dispensing Opticians – John Liken jliken@cox.net

Nevada

  • Nevada Association of Ophthalmic Dispensers – Joshua Wasson

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Opticians Society- Denyse Blandia PH: 606-626-7414

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Opticians Association – Barbara Fussell

Ohio

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Association of Opticians – Dick Davenport jdvc@bellsouth.net PH: 843-722-4416

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

  • Opticians Association of Vermont – Peter Duff peterduff1@comcast.net

Virginia

Washington

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