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The purpose of the Opticians Association of Virginia is to advance the skillful practice of Opticianry for the safety and welfare of the people of Virginia, by representing, educating and serving all Opticians.

Abstract Background

Legislative Update 

At the last meeting of the Virginia State Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians (HASOPT) on August 16, 2023, the state board staff announced at the end of the meeting that the Youngkin administration plans to introduce legislation during the 2024 General Assembly to deregulate opticians.  This is based on a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) recommendation from their 2018 report on the operations of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). 

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Active Membership


Active Membership is open to licensed opticians in Virginia.  Membership in OAA is included with this membership

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Affiliate Membership


Affiliate members are opticians residing outside Virginia, or staff who work in the optical industry and wish to benefit from membership in the association or support the association. Membership in OAA is not included with this membership level.

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Student/Apprentice Membership


Associate membership is open to optical students and apprentices taking part in accredited optical or apprenticeship programs. This includes spring and fall conventions including Lunch.

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What You Need and Who to Contact

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Our Mission

In essence, the OAA is the collective voice of the opticianry industry. The ongoing mission of the OAA is to work with members, partners and other professionals—both inside and outside of our industry—to assure that opticians receive the recognition, respect, opportunity and protection you deserve.

Likewise, we work tirelessly to further a positive and informed brand image for opticianry, in both local and national markets.

We're here for you.


Contact Us

PO Box 1130 Richmond, VA 23218

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