Arizona Optometric Association

What Is An Optometrist?


Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eye, visual system, and ocular structures. Optometrists also diagnose related systemic conditions.

Optometrists complete an undergraduate degree, a four-year doctorate program, and National Board exams before becoming licensed by the Arizona State Board of Examiners in Optometry.  They are required to complete a minimum of 32 hours of continuing professional level education biannually.

Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eye to diagnose eye disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disorders; complications of systemic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; and vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.  Optometrists also perform functional tests to evaluate visual efficiency.

Arizona Optometrists prescribe many treatment options including medications, eyewear and contact lenses, low vision devices, and vision therapy. They also treat urgent eye health issues such as red and painful eyes, foreign bodies, and eye injuries.

As primary eye care providers, doctors of Optometry are an integral part of the health care system. They are skilled in the co-management of care that affects eye health and are an excellent source of referral to other health care professionals.

Arizona Optometric Association doctors are here to provide the people of Arizona with exceptional, and thorough, eye care.


Arizona Optometric Association

Serving Our Communities: Charitable Outreach

The Arizona Optometric Association as a whole,  and AZOA member doctors individually,  are committed to giving back.


Between the ages of 6-12 months, participating optometrists will provide a comprehensive eye assessment at no charge for your infant.
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Vision USA

If you need an eye exam and do not have insurance and cannot afford a visit to the eye doctor, work with your social worker, case worker, charitable organization or agency to submit an application on your behalf for VISION USA services.
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Special Olympics

Every year AZOA Optometrists examine and provide eyeglasses for hundreds of athletes.
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Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation (AzOCF)

Both the AZOA President and AZOA Executive Director hold ex officio positions on the Board of the AzOCF whose mission is,  “To expand eye health and vision care access and promote the visual welfare of the Arizona community.”
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