Singapore Optometric Association

Singapore Optometric Association
Member Registration


Singapore Optometric Association (SOA) membership programme is an initiative of the Singapore Optometric Association to provide a platform where individuals can enhance and improve their journey.

Ordinary Member

Ordinary Members shall be:

Membership of the Association shall be open to all persons engaged in the practice of Optometry, and who are of good character and repute, and who possess a recognizable qualification in the practice of Optometry acceptable to the Education Committee of the Association.

New members who provide evidence of having obtained a recognizable qualification, recognized by the Council.

Honorary Member

Any person of the Optometry profession, of the Medical profession, scientific worker and prominent lay citizens, who take a special interest in the furtherance of the objects of the Association and in the advancement of Optometry practice.

Honorary Members may attend meetings and participate in their proceedings, but do not have the right to vote or hold office.

Member’s Rights

Ordinary Members shall have all rights and privileges of membership, including the right to attend meetings and participate in their proceedings, the right to vote or to hold office.

Associate Members shall have limited rights and privileges of membership, including the right to attend meetings and participate in their proceedings, but not the right to vote or to hold office.

CPE Affiliate Member

An Optician who is registered under the current legislation and is not undertaking a recognized course in optometry, is eligible to apply for this category of membership.

Has the same priority as Ordinary and Associate members for Continuing Professional Education programs organized by the Association.

CPE Affiliate members may attend meetings (as observer), but do not have the right to vote or hold office.

CPE Affiliate members are not covered under professional indemnity insurance by the Association.

CPE Affiliate members are not allowed to list their affiliation with the Association in any form, not limited to hardcopy or digital form.

Life Member

Is open to any existing Ordinary Member, or new member that qualifies to be an Ordinary Member.

Has the same rights and privileges as Ordinary Members for the first 3 years of Life Membership.

From the 4th year of Life Membership, to opt in for Professional Indemnity insurance and optional privileges of membership.

From the 4th year of Life Membership, to pay for Professional Indemnity insurance and optional privileges of membership on a yearly basis if he/she chose to opt in.

May attend meetings and have the right to vote or hold office.


Every application for membership shall be made in writing, proposed and seconded by ordinary members, and shall contain evidence of recognizable qualifications, and a description of experiences in practice in Singapore, if any. Any person found to have made false applications will be barred from future membership.

All applications for Ordinary Membership shall be accompanied by the relevant membership fee.

The rights and privileges of each member shall be personal to himself; they shall not be transferable by his own action or by the operation of Law and no member shall be entitled to exercise any of his rights and privileges of a member unless all moneys due by him to the Association have been paid.

False Declaration: Any member who acts as proposer or seconder to any membership application that has proven to contain false information, shall be defaulted for a minimum of one year of his membership rights and privileges at the discretion of the Council.

(34th AGM on 16/8/2011)

Any member joining during the course of a year shall pay the full subscription for that year. Applicants are to provide a passport size photograph attached to the application form.

Entrance Fee

Ordinary Member$100.00


Ordinary Member$120.00Annually
Student Member$20.00Annually

1. Cheque by mail with form
2. iBank to UOB account 101-319-503-5 and record bank transfer reference number
3. PayNow to UEN number S78SS0004E and record paynow reference number

Objectives of SOA

Singapore is known for being the myopic capital in the world. Optometrists in Singapore stand at the fore front in the prevention and correction of myopia. Optometrists are also well versed in the detection, diagnosis and management of eye disorders. The Singapore Optometric Association (SOA) represents its member Optometrists in promoting and upholding the profession of Optometry.
“Optometrists are the primary eye care practitioners of the eye and visual system, who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction, dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”

Adapted from the World Council of Optometry


1. To join together in a body corporate all persons of good character engaged in the practice of the art and science of optometry.

2. To maintain, promote and protect the visual welfare of the people of Singapore.

3. To support, uphold and protect the character and status and advance the interest of the profession of optometry.

4. To foster the growth and diffusion of optometrical knowledge generally and particularly to improve the practical and theoretical knowledge of persons engaged or about to become engaged in the profession of optometry.

To promote, encourage and advance higher levels of education and training of optometrists, and to that end, to seek the establishment of a course for the training and education of optometrists in a University of Singapore.

5. To represent generally the views and interests of the profession of optometry and to establish its professional status and integrity by promoting just and honorable practice.

6. To assist in developing an informed public opinion on matters relating to optometric vision care.

7. To hold educational and professional meetings and conference between optometrist from neighboring countries.

8. To establish and provide library facilities and exchange of knowledge between members of the Association.

9. To promote friendly intercourse among members of the optometrical and other health professions.

10. To in any way co-operates with, or affiliate with, any other national or international organization of optometrist or optometrical association.