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. Nearly 350 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.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2017 Annual June Convention!

---St. Louis, MO, Feb 2-5, 2017:  Dr. James D. Sandefur, Executive Director of the OAL, stands outside of the suite named in his honor at the AOA's newly renovated offices in St. Louis.  The OAL Board of Directors unanimously voted to recognize Dr. Sandefur with the naming.  Pictured above are, L-R: Dr. Chris Wroten, Dr. Jim Sandefur, Dr. Cynthia Baker, and Dr. David Heitmeier.  Shown below are a close up of the plaque, as well as Dr. Sandefur touring the new suite, occupied by Mr. Jon Hymes (also pictured), Executive Director of the AOA.



Dr. Cynthia Baker of Denham Springs (L) presents Senator Regina Barrow (R) with the 2016 OAL Statesman of the Year Award.  


Recent News

Registration Continues Until June 10th for OAL Convention

The OAL Annual Convention is slated for June 16-18, 2017 in Baton Rouge. An All Star line up of speakers include Drs. Randall Thomas & Ron Melton, Dr. Lee Peplinski,...

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LA's First Inductee into National Optometry Hall of Fame

Selection to the National Optometry Hall of Fame is our profession’s highest honor. Inductees include optometry pioneers such as Charles Prentice, Irving...

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Dr. Breanne McGhee Creates Event Teaching Kids About Eye Exam Awareness

It’s never too early to create awareness about optometry and the importance of eye exams. Breanne McGhee, OD, decided to do just that with her recent event...

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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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Oakdale, LA 71463
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