When you join the AOP, you’ll be protected, supported and represented throughout your optical career - from your first day at university through to your retirement. Membership gives you the peace of mind and resources that you need to provide first class eye care and get on with the job you love


With over 80% of UK practising optometrists as members, we are the leading provider of medical malpractice insurance for optometrists in the UK and our in-house legal team vigorously defends the reputation and livelihood of our members.


We provide high quality services and benefits to enable our members to fulfil their professional roles.


The optical profession in the UK is changing rapidly and we work on behalf of our members to help shape the sector and positively affect their working lives.

Member benefits

There are so many reasons why our members join and stay with us. Here are some of the key benefits

Contact from the AOP

Avoiding fraud, how to know if it’s really the AOP contacting you

Don't settle for second best 2019

Our Don’t settle ... campaign highlights the value of membership, and the risks non-members may be exposed to

Ways to join the AOP

Discover all the ways you can join

Membership FAQs

Frequently asked questions about AOP membership

Logging in FAQs

Advice on logging in to the AOP website

Formal complaints policy

AOP's formal complaints policy

Membership conditions

Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your membership

Membership rates

Discover our membership grades and rates

Tax relief on your membership fee

Claim tax relief on your membership

Member testimonials

Our members explain what they value about their membership

Member benefits research 2018, summary report

The following report has been compiled by Research by Design