who we are

Established in 1926, as the Guild of Prescription Opticians, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) is the only national organization representing opticianry’s business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests.

The Opticians Association of America's mission is to serve as the single unified voice of the profession of opticianry and to the commitment of promoting the professional stature of opticians through leadership, education, legislative representation, and communication.

Under OAA’s very broad umbrella, individuals providing eyeglasses or contact lenses to consumers, as well as owners / managers of retail optical firms, opticianry educators, state opticians associations and societies, and suppliers to professional opticians find a common goal in Advancing America’s Opticians.

The Opticians Association of America (OAA) fosters, supports and sponsors programs of competency certification, licensing and continuing education for the professional development of all opticians.