The Ghana Optometric Association (GOA) was formed in 1998 as the governing body for the Optometry profession and practise in Ghana. The association was formally inaugurated in the year 2000 by Rev. Prof. Ayitey of the University of Ghana Medical School at the British Council, Accra.
The association had all its initial members being alumni of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology since it was the only one running such program in the country at that time.
Subsequently, the University of Cape Coast began an Optometry program in 2002 and has fed the association with graduate OD members.
From the year 2009, all Optometrists wanting to be members were required to write a professional exam conducted by the Ghana Optometry Association (GOA).
Upon successfully passing this entry examination, the prospective candidates were issued membership certificates for practise and admitted into the association.
Due to the varied certification of various Optometry professional in the country, and the need to formalise a standard and acceptable international model of certification, in 2010 GOA together with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology's Faculty of Distance Learning rolled out a two year program to offer all members of GOA who did not have the Doctor of Optometry degree to enrol for it.
By the close of 2012, the OD certificate became the standard for practise in Ghana.
Any optometry professional with a different certificate would need to acquire the OD from a recognised institution before formalise his or her practise license.
Again in 2013, an overriding governing body was legislated by the Ghana government to oversee and regulate the activities of all health professional.
GOA, was thus enshrined into the ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL, as the (OPTOMETRY) PROFESSION SPECIFIC COMMITTEE (PSC).
Subsequently, all practise certification and regulations are issued by the council with direct recommendation from the PSC.
The association runs a national secretariat located at Tesano, Accra with an administrator managing the day to day activities and operations. it also has the country devided into zones for easy dessermination and mnagement. there are currently eight (8) zones
Current active membership stands at 350