From earning accolades to promoting the profession, discover what your colleagues are up to.

Advocacy from academia

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the AOA thanks optometric educators for the impact they make on students and the profession and for preparing the doctors of tomorrow.

Mississippi doctor of optometry honored with 2021 InfantSEE® Award

The AOA InfantSEE® and Children’s Vision Committee recognizes Sarah Fratesi, O.D., for raising awareness around children’s eye health and vision care in her Mississippi community. Inspired by a challenge from a former U.S. president, Dr. Fratesi has been an InfantSEE provider since 2005.

Candidates announce bids for 2021 Board of Trustees elections

Optometry’s Meeting®, June 24-26, in Denver, Colorado, is taking shape now, and so is the AOA Board of Trustees—familiarize yourself with the doctors seeking to represent members.

Congratulations to AOA’s 2021 award winners

The winners will be honored at a ceremony during the 2021 Optometry’s Meeting®.

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Women make giant strides

Women may outnumber men in optometry schools today, but it wasn’t always that way. Learn more about female doctors of optometry who made a difference, in honor of Women’s History Month.

New Year’s a poignant reminder of challenges before and still to come

As 2020 concludes, the AOA’s Board of Trustees reflects on a year of unparalleled challenges and tireless resiliency as 2021 begins with promise.

C. Clayton Powell, O.D., trailblazer for diversity within optometry, dies

The Atlanta doctor of optometry and civil rights advocate fought to open doors for Black students interested in the profession, including helping to found the National Optometric Association.

National Optometry Hall of Fame inductee James A. Boucher, O.D., passes away Sept. 20

James A. Boucher, O.D., 83, founded his practice in Laramie, Wyoming, and served the community for five decades. Dr. Boucher specialized in cornea and contact lenses practice.

Irving Bennett, O.D., leaves legacy of pioneering optometry and historical perspective

The Pennsylvania doctor of optometry practiced for 46 years in Beaver Falls. But Dr. Bennett’s vision had an impact there and beyond.

How paraoptometric certification launches opportunity

Janet Millis, CPOT, AOA’s 2020 Paraoptometric of the Year, has found professional fulfilment through paraoptometric certification.