Benefits and Services

NCOS Members receive exclusive benefits and services including:
Legislative and Third-Party Advocacy, News and Alerts
Continuing Education
Spring and Fall Congress Registration Discounts (up to $440/yr.)
Local District Societies

Basic Listing on Think About Your Eyes Website ($250/yr. value)
AOA Membership
SECO Membership
Third Party Center
Networking
Leadership Opportunities
Professional Recognition
Practice Listing on NC Eyes Find a Doctor Search
Young ODs Program
Newsletters
Classifieds
Member Directory
Tiered Membership Dues
Member Benefit Partners
Access to Expertise


Legislative and Third-Party Advocacy, News and Alerts

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 and third party issues and the impact they have on your profession.

Continuing Education
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 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 a different location each year in NC in the fall, providing excellent getaway destinations with your significant other or family.

Local District Societies
As an 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/yr. 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. regular price). 

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!

AOA Membership
Membership with the NCOS means that you will also be a member of the American Optometric Association (depending on membership type). Together we provide outstanding resources and support to optometrists at both the state and national level. And, according to the AOA's annual Income from Optometry Report, AOA members earn an average of 7% more than their non-member peers!

SECO Membership
As an NCOS Member, you will also be considered a member of the Southern Council of Optometrists. SECO members receive a $50 registration discount for the annual SECO Congress. You can also enroll in SECO University, optometry's largest and most comprehensive educational resource center for optometric education online. When you enroll, 50% of your annual subscription rate goes directly to the society to help support its mission.

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.

Networking
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.

Leadership Opportunities
At NCOS, we offer a number of leadership roles that allow our members to grow professionally including, but not limited to, serving as an Officer, Trustee, Committee Chair, District Officer, or Young OD Regional Representative.

We also have a Leadership Program for members in their 2nd - 10th year of licensure. The purpose of the Leadership Program is to create more avenues for young ODs to engage and experience the significant role NCOS plays in the profession through active participation. The program identifies future leaders and provides valuable learning experiences through group sessions, individual activities, and a group project.

Professional Recognition
Being an NCOS and AOA member demonstrates to your patients that you are in good standing within the professional optometric community. The Award for Clinical Excellence, Optometrist of the Year, and Young Optometrist of the Year 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
As a young professional, navigating through the early years of your career can be difficult. That is why we have 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.

Newsletters
As a member, you will receive an e-newsletter every two weeks and a printed newsletter twice a year containing updates from our President and Executive Director, legislative and third-party news, important reminders, information on our upcoming events and much more!

Classifieds
Our classified ads are a favorite among our members! Classifieds include available positions, practice opportunities, and equipment for sale.

Member Directory
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.



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