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National Optometric Association

5009 Beatties Ford Road, Suite 107 #278
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 1-877-394-2020
Fax: 1-877-662-2006
Web Site:


Edwin C. Marshall, O.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity,
and Multicultural Affairs
Bryan Hall 115
107 South Indiana Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000


Professor of Optometry
School of Optometry
800 East Atwater Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-856-5700
Fax: 812-856-5119


  • Mission:

    Promoting greater cultural diversity within the schools and colleges of optometry is the National Optometric Association’s (NOA) continuous mission. Recent efforts, however, have focused on NOA’s desire to better educate those populations at higher risk of developing sight-threatening conditions, such as urban, rural, and minority populations with poor access to eye health care. NOA’s involvement in the National Eye Health Education Program of the National Eye Institute helps demonstrate the ability and effectiveness of minority optometry as a natural intervener in the course of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, particularly in minority populations.

  • Membership/Affiliates:

    500 members

  • Programs/Activities:

    Recruits minority students into schools and colleges of optometry.

    Provides assistance to new graduates, as well as established minority optometrists, in the enhancement and updating of their optometric knowledge, skills, and professional practice; their placement; and the procurement of financial aid.

    Provides assistance to all established organizations of optometry toward the advancement of the art, science, and practice of professional optometry.

    “Three Silent Killers That Can Rob You Blind” is a community-focused program of NOA targeted at the three sight-threatening conditions that affect the minority community more than any other community. The program is designed to increase awareness and promote the prevention and control of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and high blood pressure within minority communities, and particularly the African American community.

  • Meetings:

    Annual meeting

    Regional meetings

  • Publications:

    NOA Newsletter: Biannually

Date Last Updated
January 2012

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