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Have Your Baby's Eyes Checked by Louisiana Optometrists
Posted July 14, 2013

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 infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Click on "Read More" to learn more and to view InfantSee Videos.


100th Anniversary June Convention
Posted February 09, 2014

Join us in Baton Rouge June 20-22, 2014 for the OAL Annual Convention. This year we have a very special program planned as we celebrate 100 years of eye care excellence, 1914-2014. Program details can be found under "CE & Events"&"Paraoptometrics". Online registration is now open!


OAL Office Has New Home!
Posted February 28, 2014

The OAL office has relocated to its new home at 419 Hwy. 165 North, Oakdale, LA., 71463. All mail and other correspondence should be sent to the new address. All phone numbers, faxes, e-mails remain unchanged. Please edit your records.

Consumer Protection, FTC Complaints
Posted July 09, 2013

Doctors & Patients: If you have a complaint about the illegal sale of contact lenses or wish to report any adverse contact lens effects, please click "Read More" to access the FTC Complaint Form.


Posted March 23, 2013

OAL members: Login to member profile and enter your mobile number to receive text alerts from your state association. Get the latest information on CE, meetings, and other alerts of importance to all Optometrists!

Invest In Your Practice....Invest In Your Staff!
Posted March 23, 2013

There is a way for you to provide better vision care for your patients - without spending thousands of dollars on new equipment or traveling thousands of miles to learn the newest optometric procedures. How? By increasing the skills and abilities of the members of your staff - through their membership in the Optometry Association of Louisiana- Paraoptometric Section.


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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

2014 Marks the Centennial Anniversary of the OAL! 

The Optometry Association of Louisiana reflects on 100 years of being incorporated, documents date back to 1914.  Pictured here is a wonderful representation of our first century as we transition into the next 100 years:  Drs. Francis Bonin & Bryan Granger are shown reviewing papers in 2005 to transition Dr. Bonin's New Iberia Optometry practice to Dr. Granger.  The June 22-24, 2014 OAL Convention will be a special celebration looking back over our first 100 years.  Online Registration is Now Open!


ICD-10 Implementation Postponed Until October 1, 2015

No fooling, on April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law bill HR 4302 (also known as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), officially delaying the ICD-10 transition until October of 2015.

While you may now breath a sigh of relief, the OAL encourages you to continue your ICD-10 preparations so that your team is fully ready for the inevitable changeover scheduled for next year.  Please visit the OAL's ICD-10 resource page by clicking here.

ICD-10-CM coding will now be required for diagnoses on all public- and private-sector insurance plan claims beginning October 1, 2015, instead of the same date this year. 

Lake Charles, LA Optometrist, Dr. Keith Menard, Discusses InfantSee:




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American Optometric Association (AOA)

American Academy of Optometry

LA State Board of Opt Examiners (LSBOE)

SECO (Southern Council of Optometrists)


Assoc. of Schools & Colleges of Opt (ASCO)

Assoc. of Regulatory Boards of Opt (ARBO)

Council on Opt Practitioner Education (COPE)
American Board or Optometry (ABO)



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