The value of membership is immeasurable; without the VOA, optometrists in Virginia would still be fixing only fitting glasses!
The VOA is your EYES, EARS, and VOICE for issues every OD will face politically, in business, in patient encounters, and more—The value for your dues is immeasurable!
*Based on 2020 data
The VOA Board of Trustees (BOT) is composed of elected officers and other members who volunteer their time and effort. The BOT work diligently with the VOA Executive Director, Bo Keeney to advance the profession while protecting the rights and privileges of Doctors of Optometry. Mr. Keeney is very familiar with the problems facing optometry: access, recognition, and fairness. He has 16+ years of service and is adept at dealing with vision-care plans, medical plans, any-willing-provider legislation, post-operative care, and regulatory agencies. He maintains a full staff to assist all members with their Optometric or membership needs. Mr. Keeney also serves as Vice President of International Association of Optometric Executives and on the AOA Education Committee.
Each year, policy issues affecting optometry are considered and debated in the United States Congress and the Virginia General Assembly. Lend your voice and make sure the right decisions are made. As with most special interests, strength lies in numbers. Get involved in the legislative process, and/or participate in grassroots initiatives. When a legislator hears from a VOA member optometrist, he or she knows that behind that voice is an entire membership concerned with that particular issue. When you get involved in legislative and public policy, we all see the benefits in quality patient care, our businesses and across our profession!
Your VOA dues cannot be used to advocate legislative for the profession - it’s important to contribute to the Virginia Optometric Political Action Committee (VOPAC) and the American Optometric Political Action Committee (AOAPAC).