About the NHOA

The New Hampshire Optometric Association (NHOA) is the professional association representing the vast majority of New Hampshire's practicing Doctors of Optometry.  We were founded over 110 years ago and have served our members and the citizens of New Hampshire all the years of our existence.  We are affiliated with the American Optometric Association.

The NHOA is a membership-governed organization which operates under a set of ByLaws approved by the members.  A Board of Directors leads the Association between our quarterly membership meetings.  We retain the services of an Executive Director to conduct the day-to-day operations of the Association, and since optometry is (and always will be) a profession controlled by the Legislature and the administrative agencies, we retain a Governmental Affairs firm to guide us through our involvement with these functions.

Our most visible activity is providing high-quality continuing education ("CE") for all New Hampshire optometrists, but behind the scenes we are very active in promoting Optometry to the general public and to those who control our professional lives.  We pay particular attention to ensuring that Doctors of Optometry are permitted to practice to the full scope of their education and training, and that they are fairly and equitably paid for their professional skills (especially by third-party payers.)

We are an IRS-recognized 501-c(6) organization.

Please contact our Executive Director if you have any questions about the NHOA or how we operate.



The Mission of the NHOA is to influence the future of eye care in New Hampshire by ensuring the welfare of the public and promoting the profession of Optometry.



Important Links and Phone Numbers

American Optometric Association (AOA) 800-365-2219 (all departments and staff members)
AOA Website
NH Board of Pharmacy 271-2350
NH Board of Registration in Optometry 271-2428
State Board Website
Optometry Law
Opticians' ("Ophthalmic Dispensers'") Law
NH Paraoptometric Association miranda@myhanovereyecare.com
NH Insurance Commissioner's Office 271-2261
NH Department of Motor Vehicles 271-2371
NH Medicaid Website http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/
NH State House (main switchboard) 271-1110
Future In Sight (formerly New Hampshire Association for the Blind) 800-464-3075
Professional Liability Insurance (Davis & Towle) 800-652-5159