The National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists

2015 Membership Sign-up/Renewal

*Renewal deadline extended to March 31, 2015*

Please join or renew your membership for 2015 to strengthen our voice for VA Optometry. We’d also ask that you please encourage other optometrists at your facility to join NAVAO as well.

We would like to announce Dr. Erica Walker from the Orlando VAMC as the winner of our "early bird" membership renewal drawing. There is still an opportunity for free membership:

  • If we reach our 500th membership for 2015, there will be a third free membership selected at random!

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!

NAVAO Annual Meeting 2014

NAVAO held its annual business meeting and reception on November 13, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Denver 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. Linda Casser, OD, FAAO. We look forward to seeing our members at next year's meeting in New Orleans!

NAVAO Scholarship 2014

For 2014, NAVAO awarded 10 Resident Scholarships, each in the amount of $250, for active resident members attending the American Academy of Optometry Meeting in Denver Colorado. NAVAO received over 50 highly qualified scholarship applicants. The NAVAO Resident Scholarships were generously sponsored by:

  1. The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO)
  2. The American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO)
  3.  International Engineering Technology (IET) Foundation

The NAVAO Resident Scholarships were conferred at the NAVAO meeting held at the American Academy of Optometry meeting. Congratulations to the NAVAO Scholarship recipients!

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


Photos from the 2014 NAVAO Annual Meeting

Dr. Linda Casser, NAVAO reception 2014

Dr. Linda Casser, NAVAO reception 2014

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