Why join the IOA?
The leadership structure of the IOA is
comprised of volunteers. Your membership offers the opportunity to serve on
various committees and task forces within IOA.
It is essential for all optometrists to band
together to plan the future of their profession. The changes taking place in
health care today will undoubtedly affect optometry now and into the future.
Yet, by working together, for the good of all, the goals of optometry can be
achieved and the future of the profession assured.
The Illinois Optometric Association works
because it represents you and all of the other optometrists who support the
profession with service, commitment and dedication. Because of that support, the
IOA has played and will continue to play a major role in developing and guiding
the strong growth of our profession in Illinois. IOA is a voice for optometry's concerns in all
legislative, regulatory and judicial decisions affecting your profession. The
active role IOA plays to represent you helps protect your license to practice
The association works to make certain that
optometry is treated favorably in all legislation related to health care. The
association speaks for optometry as an organized voice by continuously
communicating its issues and concerns to lawmakers and representatives of other
The association is very active in monitoring
health care trends in both the public and private sectors. The IOA works closely
with all government-funded health care programs, particularly Medicare, Medicaid
and Kid Care. The IOA makes available to all members the opportunity to discuss
billing and policy concerns with knowledgeable staff. A special benefit for IOA
members is our close working relationship with the Department of Professional
Regulations. Being "next door" allows the IOA staff to understand situations and
solve problems for you when they occasionally occur within the
The IOA is concerned with legislation and
regulation that might affect the general public's right to select the health
care professional of their choice to provide vision care. Your membership helps
support the IOA's efforts to make certain that all individuals have access to
The IOA Educational Division offers
professional development programs each year to help members hone their
professional skills, as well as satisfy the continuing education licensure
requirement. These programs include in-depth workshops and seminars designed to
keep you up-to-date on the latest in optometric technology, issues and
As a member of the IOA, you may attend any or
all of the following educational events at a substantially reduced cost just one
more benefit of membership in optometry's professional association!
IOA Annual Convention: IOA's annual meeting
attracts more than 500 optometrists and paras from across the state for three
days of concentrated education and discussion about optometric issues. Offering
more than 18 hours of continuing education, top optometric educators from across
the nation share their expertise on a broad variety of topics ranging from
Anterior Segments to Vascular Disease in Optometry. In addition to the
education, there are opportunities to renew or develop social relationships with
peers and talk with representatives from more than 60 industry
Continuing Education: A number of CE
opportunities, including Ski & CE and the IOA Educational Cruise, are held
in the north, the central and the southern parts of the state and in the
Caribbean! For the professional optometrist who wishes to compete in today's
demanding health care environment, continuing education of this quality is a
must. Participation in these CE courses enhances your professional education and
professional optometry with educational sessions on a variety of topics. Each
year the very best optometric speakers are available to educate you on the
latest developments in ocular disease and treatment.
*The AOA recommends no more than a 40% waiver to those with a financial hardship or those who work up to 16 hours/week. Those who work less than 16 hours/week may get a 50% waiver but no more. All cases will be looked at individually. We will take exception to extreme hardship. Please provide all financial information requested or your request may be denied. If you are requesting a waiver for part-time work, we will need a check stub listing hours worked.
We apologize for the change in our policy, but this is at the request of the AOA.