National Association of VA Optometrists

Member Resources

Many resources available here including promotion guide, meeting minutes, VA guidelines, etc.


Continuing Education

Multiple free CE courses available to members. Click here to view courses.


VA Optometry Service Calls

Archive of past minutes and resources from service calls.


Mission Statement

The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977. Our Board and Committee Members are all volunteers.

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, research/clinical fellows, residents, and students.

The NAVAO is also dedicated to fostering camaraderie and professional development among VA optometrists. Any VA staff, attending, consultant, research/clinical fellow, resident optometrist, or any other optometrist having an interest in VA optometry is eligible for membership.

NAVAO Resident Scholarships for Academy


The National Association of VA Optometrists (NAVAO) is offering seven $750 scholarships for residents attending the annual American Academy of Optometry Meeting in San Diego October 2022.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • Register to join NAVAO as a Resident Member ($25 membership fee)
  • Submit their completed application online by September 1, 2022
  • Attend the NAVAO Reception/Dinner at AAO San Diego

Please download the scholarship prompt to complete and upload it, along with your CV to the Scholarship Application, using the link below. Also, please have your residency supervisor (or a staff VA optometrist) send a letter of recommendation to:

Winners will be selected by the NAVAO Scholarship Committee and notified by email by September 26, 2022 and presented with the award at the NAVAO Reception/Dinner on October 27, 2022.

Any questions can be emailed to:

Scholarship recipients also have the opportunity to be selected as a NAVAO Resident Liaison, who will serve as a voice for current VA optometry residents. The Resident Liaison will have the opportunity to sit in Residency Committee meetings and participate in projects to help further our VA residency programs.

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