American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)

“The purpose of the American Optometric Student Association is to improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students.”

What is the AOSA?

AOSA is the national student affiliate of the AOA. Optometry is a legislated profession and both AOSA and the American Optometric Association (AOA) work hard to protect and expand the scope of practice to ensure you can utilize all of the tools you learned in school to the fullest extent possible when you graduate and start practicing.

AOSA represents over 5,700 students attending the 22 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Each school is represented on the AOSA Board by a Trustee and Trustee-Elect. These individuals work to keep students informed about issues important to aspiring optometric physicians. These representatives also serve as the link between individual optometry students and the AOSA leadership.

AOSA is also the liaison between students of optometry and other affiliated national optometric organizations including: NBEO, ARBO, AFOS, AOA-PAC, COVD, APHA, FRC, OEPF, AAO, and ASCO.

How do I become a member of AOSA?

As a student of SUNY Optometry, your AOSA membership dues are included in your student activities fee. All you need to do is fill out a Membership Application during 1st year orientation.

Note that when you become a member of AOSA, you automatically become a member of the AOA as well. AOA is the voice of optometry as a whole and speaks as your advocate before the government.

What kind of benefits do I get as a member of AOSA?

All members Receive

  • Biannual copy of the AOSA newsletter Foresight
  • Access to Student Health Insurance through United Healthcare
  • Insurance Coverage – Term Life, Disability, Temporary, Accident
  • Free AOA membership, including the Contact Lens and Cornea and Sports Vision Sections
  • Opportunity to apply for an AOSA-Allergan or an AOSA-TVCI Travel Grant to Optometry’s Meeting
  • Reduced registration fees to Optometry’s Meeting
  • Access to the Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association web site. This includes access to the archives of hundreds of other scholarly periodicals in the Elsevier network.
  • AOA's Career Advocate Program and AOA Connect

In addition, each year of optometry school comes with its own Member Benefits. These include clipboards, T-shirts, flash drives, lens cloths, lapel pins, planners, PD rulers, drug guides and more!

2010-2011 Officers

Sara Jones, Class of 2010

Quy Nguyen, Class of 2013
Class of 2013

Annual Events

  • Fall and spring semester informational lunch meetings
    • General organization information and updates on current issues
  • 1st year orientation Happy Hour
    • Casual evening event off-campus for both the new 1st year class and upper classes
  • Vision Show
    • Talk to representatives from a wide variety of ophthalmic products companies at an event designed especially for students
  • World Sight Day
    • Partner with Optometry Giving Sight to raise funds for treating preventable blindness worldwide
  • SUNY Student Bowl
    • 3rd year SUNY students compete for the honor of representing SUNY at the annual Essilor Student Bowl during Optometry’s Meeting
  • AOA/AOSA Meet and Greet
    • Free food and drinks with SUNY doctors, AOA leadership, and other students
  • Industry Toric Contact Lens workshop
    • An opportunity for 3rd year students to gain experience working with toric CL’s from multiple manufacturers
  • Optometry’s Meeting!
    • Annual convention of the AOA and AOSA held every year in June (see Links below). The AOSA’s biggest event of the year, with relevant student courses and incredible events just for optometry students.


  • AOSA website: more information about the AOSA as well as everything affecting optometry students. 

  • AOA website: more information on the AOA and access to AOA Connect, Clinical Practice Guidelines, patient information, and much more. Note that an AOA Member ID is needed for many of the resources on this site. Contact your Trustee if you do not know your AOA ID.

  • Optometry’s Meeting: visit this site for registration and other information.