Advocacy

The AOA and the NYSOA are the only organizations advocating for both your patients’ health and your professional success. We are shaping the way optometry is viewed by the media, government, our medical colleagues, insurers and industry, as well as the public at large.

The NYSOA is headquartered in Albany and keeps a close eye on key decision-making and regulatory operations affecting optometrists in New York State. Each legislative session we track and monitor dozens of bills, and we retain an outstanding team of legal and legislative counsel with special expertise in areas affecting the practice of optometry. Our Annual Optometry Advocacy Day event brings optometrists and students from across the state to meet with legislators and educate them on important issues.

In addition to legislation, numerous state agencies and authorities regulate the practice of optometry and impact your ability to make a living. The NYSOA serves as your watchdog and representative with the State Board for Optometry, NYSED Office of the Professions, Department of Health, Department of Financial Services, Office of the Attorney General and others.

Our priorities include:

  • Securing scope of practice gains
  • Keeping patients safe and ensuring patient access
  • Fighting discrimination by insurers and third parties
  • Addressing telehealth and new technologies

Video Update: Current Legislative Priorities

Please click below for additional information about our current initiatives!