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American Academy of Optometry

Seeks to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice. Fosters research and the dissemination of knowledge in both basic and applied vision science.


The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is a professional organization of optometrists, vision scientists, and optometric students in more than 40 countries. The mission of AAO is to promote the art, science, and research of vision care by supporting research and educational programs in optometry and related sciences.

2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, Florida 32803
(321) 710-3937

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Organizational membership

AAO has more than 8,000 members around the world.


AAO provides continuing education to member and nonmember optometrists and vision scientists. AAO fosters research and disseminates knowledge in vision science internationally. In addition to admitting Fellows through demonstrated competence, AAO provides earned Diplomate programs in nine fields. The sister organization of AAO is the American Optometric Foundation.


Annual meeting in October/November every year.


Newsletter: Published twice a year Eye-Mail Monthly®: Email newsletter available to members and nonmembers Student Eye-Mail® Optometry and Vision Science: Monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal Annual Report President’s Calling: Monthly communication from the President


Helen Viksnins MEd, FAAO, CAE, Senior Director, Programs

Education programs

Healthy Vision

Last updated: July 1, 2019