Eligible members on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, can now benefit from a membership payment freeze, up to a maximum of 12 months.
Need to refresh your core clinical skills? Then our growing series of videos are particularly helpful for students and those returning to work after a career break.
Our insurance cover and defence is tailor-made for optometrists and dispensing opticians whether you’re self-employed, an employer or a locum. We also provide vicarious liability cover for lay-practice owners.
We deliver our award-winning monthly journal Optometry Today directly to you in print, as well as online. Plus, we'll keep you informed about optics and eye health through our weekly newsletter.
Whether you’re dealing with a legal issue, have a clinical query or simply want career advice, our in-house team of lawyers, clinical advisers and regulatory professionals offer free and confidential advice whenever you need it.
We offer CET online, in print and at our events so you can gain your points in a way that’s most convenient to you. Most of our CET is available to members at no additional cost.
We give you the chance to shape the eye health agenda through our consultation responses, campaigns and Council, and we represent you to government, media and the public.
Enjoy access to a range of free or discounted events throughout the year, from national exhibitions, to regional peer discussions, legal road shows and courses.
Through our online community forums you're connected to 16,500+ optometry professional across the UK, giving you the opportunity to network, contribute to discussions or to simply get a second opinion.
You can also access our free legal advice line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all legal enquiries not necessarily related to your work. The advice line can assist you with things like neighbour disputes, landlord and tenant issues, intellectual property queries, criminal enquiries and a lot more.
Affinity partner benefits
You’ll benefit from specialist financial advice; exclusive rates on essential home, travel and practice insurance; pension advice and retirement planning, delivered through our affinity partner Lloyd & Whyte.
We’ve partnered with Complete Background Screening Ltd (CBS) to provide DBS (previously CRB) checks at a reasonable rate. The partnership includes enhanced level disclosure for joining the NHS Performers List.
AOP members benefit from debt collection services through John Whitewood Finance, who are specialists in legal and investigation services.
Access exclusive discounts on tax and accountancy services including preparation of annual profit and loss accounts, completion of personal tax returns, calculation of tax liability and a free tax refund service through TWD Accountants Limited.
As a member you can apply for an AOP credit card, issued by MBNA Limited.