The North Carolina Optometric Society is the trusted voice of optometry in the state of North Carolina. In conjunction with the American Optometric Association, the NCOS advocates on behalf of its members before legislators, third-party providers, and other professional organizations to protect and expand the scope of practice at both the state and federal levels.
As an NCOS member you will be kept informed of legislative issues and the impact they have on your profession.
NCOS provides the highest quality continuing education in the state. We offer discounted CE courses throughout the year at events like our Spring and Fall Congress, Legislative Day, and local district society meetings.
Spring and Fall Congress Registration Discounts (up to $440/yr.)
Our spring and fall conferences offer a non-formal setting to connect and socialize with fellow optometrists while earning CE credits. Conferences are held in Myrtle Beach, SC in the spring and Asheville, NC in the fall, providing excellent getaway destinations with your significant other or family.
Local District Societies
As a NCOS member you have the opportunity to join one of our ten local district societies (additional dues apply). Societies typically meet 10 times a year and provide a great way to connect and socialize with local colleagues while earning CE credits. All CE provided is included in your local district society's membership dues.
Basic Listing on Think About Your Eyes Website ($250 value)
All members practicing in North Carolina receive a basic listing in the find a doctor search on Think About Your Eyes for free ($250/yr. value).
Think About Your Eyes is a multi-million dollar national public awareness campaign that is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and the importance of an annual eye exam.
Think About Your Eyes is the largest campaign for eye health, the need for annual exams, and the profession of optometry – EVER!
Membership with the NCOS means that you will also be a member of the American Optometric Association. Together we provide outstanding resources and support to optometrists at both the state and national level.
Third Party Center
The Third Party Center is an online resource for NCOS members and their staff. Here you will be able to find the latest news on third party/insurance issues and answers to frequently asked questions. You'll also be able to directly contact the NCOS third party committee with questions and concerns.
As a member, you will have exclusive access to the largest network of optometrists in the state. Countless friendships, mentorships and professional relationships have been formed as a result of NCOS membership.
At NCOS, we offer a number of leadership roles that allow our members to grow professionally including serving as an Officer, Trustee, Committee Chair, District Officer, Young OD Regional Representative, and more.
Being a NCOS and AOA member demonstrates to your patients that you are in good standing within the professional optometric community. The Award for Clinical Excellence, and Optometrist of the Year and Young Optometrist of the Year awards are presented at our Spring Congress giving individual recognition to North Carolina’s very best optometrists.
Practice Listing on NCEyes.org Find a Doctor Search
All practicing NCOS members will be listed in our find a doctor search along with a profile picture.
Young ODs Program / New Licensee Seminar
As a young professional, navigating through the early years of your career can be difficult. That is why we started a Young ODs Program for all optometrists 10 or less years in practice.
The Young ODs Program provides an opportunity for our younger members to connect and network, collectively share and embrace present issues facing young OD’s and optometry as a profession, and to start getting involved with the NCOS. This is done by putting together social events in different regions throughout the state.
We also provide a half-day New Licensee Luncheon and Seminar, along with free registration, at our Fall Congress in Asheville, NC.
As a member, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter containing updates from our President and Executive Director, important reminders, information on our upcoming events, legislative and third-party advocacy updates, and much more!
Our classified ads are a favorite amongst our members! Classifieds include available positions, practice opportunities, and equipment for sale.
Our online member directory is an invaluable reference tool that provides professional contact information for all of our members.
Tiered Membership Dues
Both the NCOS and AOA offer a tiered dues scale in an effort to ease the burden of membership for early career optometrists and reward long standing members.
Member Benefit Partners
The NCOS is committed to providing our members exclusive tangible benefits and discounted services to help save you money. Check out our Member Benefit Partners.
Access to Expertise
Feel confident knowing that the NCOS’s leadership and staff will support and assist with any questions, issues or concerns you have as you navigate through your career.
2017 Membership Dues Rates
Students and New Licensees