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.



Baby sees parents clearly for first time

Optometrists underscore the importance of infant and early childhood eye exams

It's an emotion often only shared between optometrist and patient—that thrill of seeing clearly for the very first time.

The video of 10-month-old Piper's amazed reaction to seeing her parents clearly for the first time has gone positively viral, taking the message of InfantSEE® and the importance of children's eye exams along with it.

But to optometrists who know the importance of eye exams conducted on very young children, Piper's response isn't unfamiliar. Josiah Young, O.D., of Newport, Kentucky, was doing what he has done dozens of times before as an InfantSEE provider when he diagnosed Piper's hyperopia and prescribed corrective spectacles. What hasn't happened before is having his patient's response take off quite like this.  To find an InfantSee provider in Louisiana, click here.




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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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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Login to your member profile and enter your mobile number to receive text alerts from the OAL. Get the latest information on CE, meetings, and other alerts of importance...

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Consumer Protection, FTC Complaints

Doctors & Patients: If you have a complaint about the illegal sale of contact lenses or wish to report any adverse contact lens effects, please click "Read...

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Calendar of Events

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