COVID-19 Response

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TO: All Opticians Association of America (OAA) Members
FROM: Dibby Bartlett, President, Opticians Association of America

Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our members and their patients has long been a part of our core values and operating procedures.

The Opticians Association of America is dedicated to doing our best to provide information on creating a safe and healthy working environment for our members and their patients. While efforts to contain COVID-19 continue to evolve, OAA recommends following the suggestions published from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and implementing these proactive steps to prevent the spread of the disease in your dispensary and community.

The most up-to-date information, many vital resources (and plenty of encouragement) can be found in our most recent MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTERS and STATE ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP NEWSLETTERS.


Click Here for the CDC’s recommendations for office disinfection.

Click Here for the CDC's recommendations for employers. Some offices are choosing to close their doors for a time, others have chosen to remain open. Each office should look to the CDC, their state, community and family members for guidance on these decisions.

Click Here for the CDC guidelines for the workplace.

Click Here CDC recommendations on postponing routine eyecare visits.

Be prepared and stay informed on COVID-19 by obtaining regular updates at

Continuing Education Requirements

In response to the crisis, OptiCon, Vision Expo East, State Association meetings, and many other national and regional education seminars have been canceled or postponed. OAA will continually update our website’s calendar, as information is received, in order to give you the latest live education opportunities. If your state allows online continuing education credits, there are many opportunities available for you. OAA offers online continuing education offerings on our website.

With concerns for continuing education credits, please keep in mind that all opticians nationwide are in a similar situation concerning their education requirements. When this medical crisis is behind us, OAA believes there will be ample opportunities to get those credits.  All licensed and certified professional opticians are affected by this crisis.

For updates on certification testing, please visit

The OAA continues to meet virtually with our committees and do the work that you have entrusted us to do (strengthen state associations, help establish new state associations , continue our branding efforts, monitor legislation , communicate with our supporting corporate partners and more).

The OAA will continue publishing our monthly eNewsletter in order to remain in consistent communication and contact with our members. We will monitor and communicate any and all relevant information as we learn it.

Please remember that your membership, safety and health are extremely important to us. Stay well and stay safe.


  • Opticians Are and Will Continue To Be a Vital Component in our Healthcare System
  • The Optical Industry is Strong and Healthy
  • Americans are Resilient and Full Of Ingenuity