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The Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) is a non-profit professional society. We provide an array of high quality services to advance the profession and its practice in Illinois. Our members receive significant discounts on all IOA continuing education courses. 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 bureaucracy.


Benefits of Membership

In view of today's rapidly changing health care environment, participation in organized optometry is essential for staying current on new issues and for professional success.

Find out more about the many benefits of IOA Membership



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Membership Types & Pricing

  The IOA has several classifications of membership with varying dues structures. Most IOA memberships are priced on a sliding scale based upon the optometrist's original date of graduation.  

    Monthly Credit Card Option Yearly   
  Graduated in 2019    $0 per month   $0   
  Graduated in 2018   $18.95 per month    $227.40  
  Graduated in 2017   $32.82 per month    $393.80  
  Graduated in 2016    $73.17 per month    $878.00  
  Graduated in 2015    $107.08 per month    $1,284.50  
  Graduated in/before 2014    $141.00 per month    $1,692.00  



If you work part-time or are joining as a new member, you may qualify for reduced dues and/or proration.

Contributions or gifts to the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income purposes; however, they may be tax deductible as ordinary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. PAC fund contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website

IOA estimates the following to be the nondeductible portion of your 2019 dues:

Nondeductible portion allocable to Lobbying: 19%
Nondeductible portion allocable to PAC: 7%
Total portion of your dues which is nondeductible: 26%


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