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National Optometric Association (NOA)


NOA’s mission is to advance the visual health of minority populations by recruiting minority students into schools and colleges of optometry. They also support new graduates and established minority optometrists in order to improve the delivery of optometric and health care services.

5009 Beatties Ford Road, Suite 107, #278
Charlotte, North Carolina 28216
(877) 394-2020

Organizational membership

500 members


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.


Annual meeting Regional meetings


NOA Newsletter: Biannually


Sherrol A. Reynolds OD, FAAO Associate Professor of Optometry
Tel: 954–262–1442

Education programs

African American Outreach


Last updated: January 31, 2023