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About the Paraoptometric Section

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Any paraoptometric who is employed by an optometrist who is a member of the NOA or has been approved as an Associate Member shall be considered a member of the para section.


To promote a team concept between the optometric professional and the paraoptometric assistant to better serve the eye health needs of the public.

To promote the continuing and training of paraoptometrics in order to enhance their role in the primary eyecare team.

To create an atmosphere of interest and loyalty among paraoptometrics

What is a Paraoptometric?

A paraoptometric (sometimes referred to as a "para") is a person who works under the direct supervision of a licensed doctor of optometry. Paras wishing to do so may become nationally certified by meeting eligibility requirements and passing one or more certification examinations.