About the AOP

About the Association of Optometrists

Promoting the profession, protecting the professional

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) was formed in 1946 and since then it has grown into the leading optometry membership association in the UK. It is the only membership body solely dedicated to the support of individual practitioners, including dispensing optician members. 

With a 15,500 membership base the AOP provides advice on legal, regulatory, commercial, clinical and administrative aspects of practice. It is the leading provider of medical malpractice insurance for optometrists and the dedicated expert team defend the reputation and livelihood of members.

The AOP is also focused on providing high quality services and benefits to help members fulfil their professional roles.

As part of the Optical Confederation, the AOP works closely with other optical bodies to lobby national decision makers on issues related to the eye health agenda.