About the SAOA & memberships

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The South African Optometric Association is a professional association, registered as a non-profit company,  which  represents the professions of optometry and dispensing opticianry in South Africa.


The driving force of  the SAOA is  the interests of its members which are accommodated by way of advocacy programmes , professional development, the promotion of high ethical standards and support of its membership.


The SAOA is recognised as the official home of  the optometrist  in SA; in essence, the hub of knowledge, information   and reference source for all optometry  related matters including the ‘Find an Optometrist facility’ i.e. The official mouthpiece on behalf of SAOA members


 SAOA comprises a team of full time and part time individuals with a varying range of expertise and experience dedicated only to accommodating the needs of  members and the professions

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A menu of services and benefits are available to SAOA members across the spectrum of environments in which optometrists and dispensing opticians provide their professional services and encompasses all practice modalities.  Such benefits include:

Protect Rights to Practice

In a changing, somewhat turbulent environment, SAOA is the one and only voice to ensure that the optometrist is recognized as a force and that the rights and interests of optometrists are considered by legislators and policy makers. Success is based on the power of the collective.


To ensure that our members are kept updated re developments within the profession of optometry and industry as a whole, SAOA has introduced a spectrum of mechanisms to educate and inform members in the form of publications, newsletters, meetings and an annual conference.     

Indemnity Insurance

SAOA membership automatically includes extensive cover in the event of a complaint being lodged against the practitioner for alleged professional negligence, public liability, HPCSA related matters, Consumer Protection Act, criminal acts, etc.

Member Hotline - Advice and Guidance

SAOA boasts a pool of expertise encompassing clinical, ethics, legal, practice management, etc. available to provide assistance and advice to members in various situations encountered in optometry practice


Programmes are instituted to address perceptions of relevant stakeholders including the public on a deliberate, planned and sustained basis. This includes initiatives to promote ‘Feet through the door’.  

News and Views

- Regular updates via News Flashes and website postings - view recent editions here

- Access to wide variety of online Journal subscriptions.

- World Council of Optometry and African Council of Optometry Platform

Preferential Rates

SAOA members enjoy significantly reduced rates for attendances at seminars and conferences as well as for practice materials.


In addition, arrangements are made for preferential rates for SAOA members across a wide spectrum of services ranging from banking to car hire.



Full Practising Member

1st year Employed (Public)

1st year Employed (Private)

Non-resident /Non-practising 

Employed Optometrists - Public

Employed Optometrists - Private

Dispensing Opticians

Senior Member 65+ (Practice & Employed)

Part Time Optometrists


Full Senior 70+ (New)

1st Year Self Employed



R 5 252,00

R 1 122,00

R 2 022,00

R 1 150,00

R 1 573,00

R 3 062,00

R 1 622,00

R 422,00

R 2 822,00

R 1 430,00

R 0,00

R 3 062,00

R 772,00












R 0,00




Through regular electronic Newsflashes we keep our members up to date on news related to the optometry industry. View our recent past editions by clicking the links below. 

25 November - Nomination Notice, Membership Fees, Indemnity Insurance, etc.- view here

12 November - Revised SAOA Procedural Codes, Indemnity Insurance, etc.- view here

6 November - Indemnity Insurance, Tribute, Therapeutics, Memorandum, etc.- view here

22 October - Award for Cape Town Clinic, New OHS Directive for Workplaces, Farewell, etc.- view here

8 October - Forthcoming Events, WTP Study, COVID-19 Ministerial Committee, etc.- view here

29 September - SAOA Statement, Survey Results, Eye Care Awareness Month, etc.- view here

18 September - Eye Care Awareness Month Survey, HMI, Retrenchments, etc.- view here

11 September - Private Practice Committee, CMS, NHI Bill, etc.- view here

1 September - National Women's Month, Tribute to Heads of Departments, etc.- view here

28 August - National Women's Month, Online Prescription Eyewear, Illegally Operating, etc.- view here

25 August - National Women's Month, SAOA Statements, Essential Services, etc.- view here

14 August - National Women's Month, Eye Sense, Employment Equity, etc.- view here

30 July - Essential Services, Farewell, Medical Schemes, etc.- view here

27 July - Mandela Day, COVID info, POPIA, HPCSA|PPN, etc.- view here

16 July - Online Eye Exams, PSCSA|PPN Update, Eye Care Awareness Month, etc. - view here

13 July - Academic Excellence, Memberships, PBODO, SAOA/SECO Partnership, etc. - view here

29 June - Farewell to Stalwart, Cataract Awareness, Codes for PPE, Pharma Permits, etc. - view here

22 June - Live CPD Webinars, Driver Certificate Screening, Covid-19 - Vulnerable Employees - view here

15 June - Pharmaceutical Permits, Member Benefits, SECO, Covid-19 - view here