The Academy’s membership is comprised of optometrists, vision scientists, and other qualified professionals who have committed themselves to the rigorous process required to achieve its prestigious designation, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO).
For more than a century, the Academy has provided Fellows access to the best minds in optometry, vision science, research, and more. Today’s Fellows welcome the opportunity to attend the Academy’s premiere event, its annual meeting. Other members include students, residents, and Candidates for Fellowship.
Each fall attendees from around the world gather for thousands of hours of continuing education and exposure to the most recent research, networking, and latest products and services. Fellows particularly value the opportunity to connect with colleagues and mentors while enjoying an exceptional level of camaraderie.
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In qualifying for and maintaining Fellowship, individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence.
Sections & Special Interest Groups
Sections and Special Interest Groups provide a forum for member discussions, professional enhancement and recognition.
Students & Residents
As a future leader, student membership in the Academy provides you with a foundation for developing skills and professional goals.