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.

Latest News and Updates


CY23 COLA for optometrists

Update regarding the COLA from Workforce Management and Consulting (WMC): WMC has been informed that corrections to Optometrists pay tables (Q and VP) have been completed as of February 10, 2023. Optometrist pay corrections have been initiated and/or processed by VISN...

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Farewell to Dr. Scott Slagle

Farewell to Dr. Scott Slagle National Program Executive Director Optometry   On behalf of the Specialty Care Program Office, we would like to recognize and thank Dr. William “Scott” Slagle for serving as the National Program Executive Director, Optometry from...

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The bipartisan VA clinician appreciation, recruitment, education, expansion, and retention support or CAREERS bill was introduced in the US Senate by Senator Tester (D-Mont) and Senator Boozman (R-Ark).  The goal of the bill is to bolster the recruitment and retention...

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