Welcome to the Optometry Association of Louisiana

The Optometry Association of Louisiana (OAL) is a group of state-licensed optometrists who deliver primary eyecare to citizens in all parts of Louisiana. Over 300 members strong, the organization provides continuing education programs for its doctors, sponsors programs to improve eyecare in Louisiana and abroad, and represents Louisiana nationally at optometric programs and events. The OAL also promotes legislation to insure all Louisiana citizens have access to quality eyecare.

What is a Doctor of Optometry?

Doctors of Optometry (O.D.’s) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.  (American Optometric Association)   Doctors of Optometry also diagnose associated systemic conditions; prescribe oral and topical medications (e.g. antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, & pain relievers, among others); perform minor surgical procedures on and around the eye; order and interpret blood work and neuro-imaging (such as MRI, CAT scan, etc.); offer vision therapy and vision rehabilitative services; fit contact lenses; and prescribe eyeglasses.  For more information, please browse this site and visit the American Optometric Association's website at www.aoa.org.


Southwest Louisiana's own Gumbeaux Gator welcomes some of the Optometrists to the OAL Fall CE Conference, held in Lake Charles, LA on October 31, 2015.  Despite horrible weather, ODs & Paras came out to learn more about compliance issues and ICD-10, and hear some great case presentations by Joe DeLoach, OD, FAAO and the TOA's Executive Director, BJ Avery.  Next CE meeting will be the OAL Mid Winter Conference, Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Lafayette at the Doubletree (formerly the Lafayette Hilton).

ICD-10 coding is officially here!  OAL members may click here to visit our ICD-10 Resource Page with helpful information. 


Johnson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Sandefur Celebrates 50 Year Class Reunion @ SCO
SCO Presents Awards during Homecoming Weekend

ecd15ec8-46e4-433f-b78f-4d3e9e980a93.jpg OAL Optometrist & SCO Board of Trustees member Jarrett Johnson, OD '90, MPH - pictured with OAL Executive Director,  James D. Sandefur, OD '65 - received SCO's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Sandefur celebrated his 50 Year Class Reunion at SCO.  Both were recognized during Southern College of Optometry's Homecoming 2015.

Jarrett Johnson, OD, was presented SCO's highest award bestowed on alumni, which recognizes significant contributions to the profession of optometry.  A former SCO Board chair, Dr. Johnson is a Past President of the New Orleans Optometric Society of the OAL.  She has served in numerous public service roles throughout the New Orleans area, where she's celebrating 25 years of practice. Dr. Johnson also co-chaired SCO's "Envision Our Progress" campaign with James Sandefur, OD '65.   Learn more about Dr. Johnson's career accomplishments in this news release about her award.

Recent News

SECO 2016

SECO 2016 is Feb 24-28, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is now open! The OD Program features nearly 120 CE courses, including 17 CEE courses, four free Symposium...

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Next OAL CE Conference

The OAL Mid Winter Meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at the Doubletree (formerly Hilton) in Lafayette. 8 hrs of TPA CE for ODs will be offered. ...

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Have Your Baby's Eyes Checked by Louisiana Optometrists

InfantSEE, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares - the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of...

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Download Mobile App!

Have all the OAL member resources at your fingertips by downloading our mobile app! Find in the App Store (Optometry Association of Louisiana) or in Google Play...

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OAL & Office Depot Offer Members Deep Discounts!

The OAL is proud to present our members with a FREE discount program! OAL Members can save up to 80% off preferred products at Office Depot and OfficeMax®...

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Senator David Heitmeier, OD: 2015 AOA OD of the Year

Seattle, WA, June 25, 2015---David Heitmeier, O.D., who serves as a Louisiana state senator, is the 2015 AOA Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Heitmeier graduated with...

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