AdvocacyThe RIOA serves as an advocate for the optometric profession before State and Federal bodies and regulators.  Our 3rd Party Committee works to educate and inform the state's insurers on the high value and importance optometric care plays within the healthcare system. 

The RIOA's mission is simple: Help optometrists practice optometry, ensuring Rhode Islanders have access to comprehensive and first-class eye care.

Throughout its long history, the RIOA and its active and engaged members have garnered a number of legislative and regulatory victories that have favorably impacted the profession.  These efforts have further resulted in major increases in the quality of eye and vision care for the citizens of the State of Rhode Island.