South African Optometric Association
The South African Optometric Association is the professional Association for South Africa's practising optometrists, dispensing opticians, students and eye care related professions. It champions the cause for both optometrists and patients and strives for an eye care dispensation that will best serve their needs.
Some 80% of practising optometrists are voluntary members of the Association, which is registered as an independent non-profit Section 21 company. Optometrists who are registered with the Health Professions Council and students are entitled to join the Association. There are several categories of membership, with subscriptions related to seniority, practising versus non-practising members, affiliate and associate members.