The National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists

2014 Annual NAVAO Meeting

Please mark your calendars for our 2014 annual meeting which is currently scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 13th in conjunction with the upcoming American Academy of Optometry Meeting.

The Business Meeting (members only) will be held from 7:15-8:00 PM and will be immediately followed by the meeting/reception at 8:00.

More details will be posted to our website as the date gets closer. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

About the NAVAO

The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977. The objectives of the NAVAO are to encourage and promote the best possible primary eye and vision care for our nation's veterans and to promote the education, training, professional growth, and welfare of optometric staff, residents, and students. The NAVAO is also dedicated to fostering camaraderie and professional development among VA optometrists. Any VA staff, attending, consultant, research fellow, resident optometrist, or any other optometrist having an interest in VA optometry is eligible for membership.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Professional recognition in a national optometric organization
  • Access to FAQ sheets on topics of interest to VA optometrists
  • Opportunities to network with other VA optometrists
  • Access to information about policies and guidelines that affect VA practice
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Invitation to the annual NAVAO business meeting and dinner
  • Access to minutes of the monthly VA Optometry Service conference calls

The NAVAO is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(6) non-profit tax-exempt organization.

Please click on the 'Join Us' tab to the left and select your appropriate membership category to join.

Thank you for your support of VA Optometry!


Nancy Wong, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO

President, NAVAO



We would like to announce Dr. Sara Schamerloh from the Northern Indiana HCS as the winner of our "early bird" drawing and Dr. Matthew Anderson from the James H. Quilen VAMC in TN as the winner of our random drawing for free 2015 membership.

Current or former members can simply login to the members area of the NAVAO website and follow the instructions to renew at the top of the page.

Prior members with expired membership should also login to the members area to renew as your membership information will still be in our database. Please click on the Forgot User Name/Password link if you cannot remember your login information.

New members (those who have never been a member of NAVAO) should join by visiting the Join Us page and selecting the appropriate membership category. Thank you!

Please join now and support VA Optometry!


2013 NAVAO Annual Meeting

NAVAO held its annual business meeting and reception on October 24, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry Meeting.

Many thanks to all of our members and distinguished guests in attendance. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Newcomb, founding president of NAVAO.  David Danielson was also recognized for his many years of dedicated service to VA optometry.  We look forward to seeing our members at next year's meeting in Denver!

Photos from the 2013 NAVAO Annual Meeting

Dr. Nancy Wong (NAVAO President)

Dr. Nancy Wong (NAVAO President)

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