American Optometric Association Prepares to Celebrate Paraoptometric Recognition Week

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Occurs in September

ST. LOUIS, August 1, 2017 -The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated September 17-23, 2017 as Paraoptometric Recognition Week. Now in its fifteenth year, the recognition week is the only formal observance in the nation specifically intended to honor optometric practice staff for their dedication to the patients they serve and to the profession of optometry.            

Paraoptometrics are key members of the eye care delivery team in optometric offices all across the country. Their role is even more critical to providing the best patient care possible in today's health care environment.

The AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center suggests a variety of ways to celebrate the week and encourages doctors to be creative in planning their festivities. Paraoptometric Recognition Week promotional materials can be downloaded and customized, and can be accessed at

New Jersey paraoptometric, Linda Rodgriguez, CPO, summarized the important role of staff for a successful practice by stating, "As demand for eye care services continues to grow, paraoptometrics will continue to be a vital part of the eye-care team. A well-trained optometric staff is of utmost importance and play a role in every successful optometric practice. Doctors of optometry who recognize their paraoptometric staff for their dedication, knowledge and professionalism are rewarded with satisfied patients and practice growth."  

To learn more about paraoptometry and the benefits of certification, visit or call 800.365.2219, ext. 4108.   

About the American Optometric Association (AOA): The American Optometric Association, founded in 1898, is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students. Doctors of optometry take a leading role in patient care with respect to eye and vision care, as well as general health and well-being. As primary health care providers, doctors of optometry have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye. Doctors of optometry provide more than two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For more information on eye health and vision topics, and to find a doctor of optometry near you, visit