With nearly 43 years (since 1969) of service to the optometry profession, educators, students and patients nationwide, the National Optometric Association (NOA) has been a leader in the cause of improving the quality and accessibility of eye care in minority and other historically underserved communities.
Increasing the number of minority eye care practitioners, through student recruitment and career placement, has been the NOA's historical focus. In recent years, the organization has expanded its activities in the areas of patient education, devising campaigns and forming alliances designed to empower at-risk populations with greater awareness of eyecare issues. With hundreds of committed members nationwide, the NOA is represented in a variety of clinical settings, educational institutions and other centers of influence in the profession of optometry. NOA members also are committed role models, serving to promote better health and other endeavors in their respective communities.