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1. Determine your local society by finding your county below.

You will need this during the application process. Per the FOA bylaws, you may choose the local society that covers the county where you live or work.

County Local Society
Alachua North Central Florida Optometric Society
Baker North Central Florida Optometric Society
Bay West Florida Optometric Association
Bradford North Central Florida Optometric Society
Brevard Brevard Optometric Association
Broward Broward County Optometric Association
Calhoun Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Charlotte Southwest Florida Optometric Association
Citrus Central Suncoast Optometric Physicians
Clay Northeast Florida Optometric Society
Collier Southwest Florida Optometric Association
Columbia North Central Florida Optometric Society
DeSoto Lake Region Optometric Association
Dixie North Central Florida Optometric Society
Duval Northeast Florida Optometric Society
Escambia West Florida Optometric Association
Flagler Northeast Florida Optometric Society
Franklin Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Gadsden Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Gilchrist North Central Florida Optometric Society
Glades Southwest Florida Optometric Association
Gulf West Florida Optometric Association
Hamilton North Central Florida Optometric Society
Hardee Lake Region Optometric Association
Hendry Southwest Florida Optometric Association
Hernando Central Suncoast Optometric Physicians
Highlands Lake Region Optometric Association
Hillsborough Hillsborough Society of Optometrists
Holmes West Florida Optometric Association
Indian River Treasure Coast Optometric Society
Jackson Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Jefferson Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Lafayette North Central Florida Optometric Society
Lake Central Suncoast Optometric Physicians
Lee Southwest Florida Optometric Association
Leon Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Levy North Central Florida Optometric Society
Liberty Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Madison Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Manatee Manasota Optometric Society
Marion North Central Florida Optometric Society
Martin Treasure Coast Optometric Society
Miami-Dade Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association
Monroe Florida Keys Optometric Association
Nassau Northeast Florida Optometric Society
Okaloosa West Florida Optometric Association
Okeechobee Treasure Coast Optometric Society
Orange Central Florida Society of Optometric Physicians
Osceola Central Florida Society of Optometric Physicians
Palm Beach Palm Beach County Optometric Association
Pasco Central Suncoast Optometric Physicians
Pinellas Pinellas Optometric Association
Polk Lake Region Optometric Association
Putnam North Central Florida Optometric Society
Santa Rosa West Florida Optometric Association
Seminole Central Florida Society of Optometric Physicians
Sarasota Manasota Optometric Society
St. Johns Northeast Florida Optometric Society
St. Lucie Treasure Coast Optometric Society
Sumter Central Suncoast Optometric Physicians
Suwannee North Central Florida Optometric Society
Taylor Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Union North Central Florida Optometric Society
Volusia Volusia Optometric Society
Wakulla Northwest Florida Optometric Association
Walton West Florida Optometric Association
Washington West Florida Optometric Association

 
2. determine your membership category from the list below and click here to apply online.
If you have questions about membership category eligibility requirements, please email laura (at) floridaeyes (dot) org or call (850) 877-4697.

Graduate
An optometrist who received the degree of optometry in 2016 and plans to practice in Florida, but is not yet licensed.

Active Member, New Licensee*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2016.

Active Member, 1st Year Following Graduation*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2015.

Active Member, 2nd Year Following Graduation*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2014.

Active Member, 3rd Year Following Graduation*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2013.

Active Member, 4th Year Following Graduation*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2012.

Active Member, 5th+ Year Following Graduation*
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida and who graduated from optometry school in 2011 or prior.

Partial Practice
An optometrist licensed to practice optometry in Florida who works sixteen (16) or fewer hours per week in compensated activities related to optometry. The optometrist's status must be certified annually by the optometrist and approved by the association. Click here to download the Partial Practice Membership Certification Affidavit.

Optometric Educator
An optometrist who is a full-time educator primarily engaged in school related activities such as teaching, research, and administration at a school or college in the United States, accredited or pre-accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, and who is directly compensated by such school or college. An optometric educator member is permitted to engage in the practice of optometry for no more than sixteen (16) hours per week.

Associate
An optometrist who is licensed in Florida but practices and resides in another state. The member must also be a member of the state optometric association where he/she resides as well as the American Optometric Association.

Student
A student of optometry in a program at a school or college accredited or pre-accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. Student membership may continue until the end of the calendar year in which an eligible student member has received the degree of Doctor of Optometry.

Post-Graduate

  1. A non-practicing optometrist who is a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. An optometrist who is engaged full-time as a resident or fellow in a residency program approved by the Council on Optometric Education.

Federal Service

  1. Any Florida licensed optometrist on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, or any licensed optometrist who is unlicensed in Florida and is an American Optometric Association Armed Services Member stationed on active duty in Florida.
  2. Any Florida licensed optometrist on active duty in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, or any licensed optometrist who is unlicensed in Florida and stationed on active duty in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service in Florida.
  3. Any Florida licensed optometrist who is a full-time employee of the Veterans’ Administration or other Federal government entity, or any licensed optometrist who is unlicensed in Florida and is a full-time employee of the Veterans’ Administration, or other Federal government entity, stationed in Florida.

Additional membership categories include retired, life and corporate membership and have additional eligibility requirements.

*If you completed a residency after graduating from optometry school and are applying for active membership, this may affect your active ascending dues category.

 

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