Welcome to the Optometry Association of Louisiana

The Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) is a group of state-licensed optometrists who deliver primary eyecare to citizens in all parts of Louisiana. Over 300 members strong, the organization provides continuing education programs for its doctors, sponsors programs to improve eyecare in Louisiana and abroad, and represents Louisiana nationally at optometric programs and events. The OAL also promotes legislation to insure all Louisiana citizens have access to quality eyecare.

What is a Doctor of Optometry?

Doctors of Optometry (O.D.’s) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.  (American Optometric Association)   Doctors of Optometry also diagnose associated systemic conditions; prescribe oral and topical medications (e.g. antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, & pain relievers, among others); perform minor surgical procedures on and around the eye; order and interpret blood work and neuro-imaging (such as MRI, CAT scan, etc.); offer vision therapy and vision rehabilitative services; fit contact lenses; and prescribe eyeglasses.  For more information, please browse this site and visit the American Optometric Association's website at www.aoa.org.



ICD-10 coding is officially here!  OAL members may click here to visit our ICD-10 Resource Page with helpful information.  Also, on October 31, 2015, the OAL Hosts its Fall CE Conference @ L'Auberge Casino Resort Hotel in Lake Charles, LA which will feature clinical applications of ICD-10 and other valuable resources for ODs & their staff.  For more information on the conference, click here.  


Johnson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
SCO Presents Award during Homecoming Weekend

ecd15ec8-46e4-433f-b78f-4d3e9e980a93.jpg OAL Optometrist & SCO Board of Trustees member Jarrett Johnson, OD '90, MPH - pictured with Board Chair Steven Reed, OD '95 - received SCO's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Presented during Homecoming 2015, SCO's highest award bestowed on alumni recognizes significant contributions to the profession of optometry. A former SCO Board chair, Dr. Johnson is a Past President of the New Orleans Optometric Society. She has served in numerous public service roles throughout the New Orleans area, where she's celebrating 25 years of practice. Dr. Johnson also co-chaired SCO's "Envision Our Progress" campaign with James Sandefur, OD '65. Learn more about Dr. Johnson's career accomplishments in this news release about her award. 

The OAL congratulates Dr. Johnson on this prestigious honor!


Optometry's Meeting, June 24-28, 2015, Seattle

The Optometry Association of Louisiana was well represented at this year's AOA Meeting.  Here are just a few images captured from the 118th AOA Congress in Seattle:



Another Huge Convention in the Books

Baton Rouge, LA, June 8, 2015--- 190 Optometrists, 130 Paraoptometrics, and 26 Optometry Students jammed the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge June 5-8, 2015 for another record setting convention!  CE Tracks were offered for the ODs featuring traditional therapeutic continuing education, as well as an Advanced Procedures Course.  Paras were able to attend hands on workshops, as well as classroom CE throughout the weekend.  Below, are images from this year's huge meeting:

Recent News

FALL CE Conference, 10/31/15

8 hrs CE for ODs, 4 hrs CPC CE for Paras. L'Auberge Casino Resort Hotel in Lake Charles is our Halloween destination. ICD-10 is pretty scary, so come learn about...

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OAL & Office Depot Offer Members Deep Discounts!

The OAL is proud to present our members with a FREE discount program! OAL Members can save up to 80% off preferred products at Office Depot and OfficeMax®...

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Senator David Heitmeier, OD: 2015 AOA OD of the Year

Seattle, WA, June 25, 2015---David Heitmeier, O.D., who serves as a Louisiana state senator, is the 2015 AOA Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Heitmeier graduated with...

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LA. Student Elected AOSA President

---Southern College of Optometry student Hunter Chapman, Class of 2016, was recently elected president of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) at the...

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Have Your Baby's Eyes Checked by Louisiana Optometrists

InfantSEE, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares - the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of...

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