As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation is committed to seeing its vision come to fruition – raising awareness about the importance of eye health, increasing access to vision care, and providing support to doctors of optometry and students in need.
AOA Foundation Recovery Fund
The AOA Foundation Recovery Fund has been created as part of the AOA’s broad recovery and relief plan for the COVID-19 pandemic. We are united as one profession, with colleagues committed to helping and supporting colleagues.
Archives & Museum
The Archives & Museum of Optometry (AMO) collects, preserves, and shares materials that document the history of the profession. Our collections include historical photographs, memorabilia, publications, organizational records, manuscripts, and audiovisual media that tell the story of the American Optometric Association, its members and its allies.
Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants
The Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) program focuses on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools and the medical community with special attention to the underserved children in the U.S. HEHC awards grant up to $5,000 to doctors of optometry who propose projects that increase access to eye care for underserved children.
InfantSEE ® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. AOA InfantSEE doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no-cost public health service.
National Optometry Hall of Fame
Since 1998, the National Optometry Hall of Fame has recognized and honored doctors of optometry who are luminaries of the professions — those who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the optometric profession.
Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief
Through the AOA Foundation, the Optometric Disaster Relief Fund (OFDR) offers doctors of optometry financial assistance for property damages incurred to their practices from natural disasters. Donate or request a grant.
Optometric Historical Society
Through its support of the Archives and Museum of Optometry, the Optometric Historical Society (OHS) encourages the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts and archival material that document the history of the profession, practice, and science of optometry and the optical industry.
Scholarships & grants
Optometry Cares is supporting the future of the profession by offering scholarships to optometry students. Scholarships and grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 and the annual competitive awards are available to students in their third or fourth year of optometry school.
Volunteers In Service In Our Nation ( VISION USA) is a program that highlights the charitable work being done in the optometric profession while connecting those in need to eye and vision care resources through an online network.
The 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci quipped, “the eyes, the window of the soul.” He couldn’t know the half of it. Only now, with 21st century technology, are researchers unlocking the secrets of the retina—and the brain. The search for retinal biomarkers of neurocognitive disorders is returning results, and optometry may hold a piece of the puzzle.
A Medicare vision benefit expansion was cut from the Build Back Better Act, but now advocates shift focus to avoiding nearly 10% cuts to Medicare reimbursement on Jan. 1, 2022.
Adding optometry to the list of hospital outpatient services and inpatient consults not only realizes the high level of contemporary, optometric medical eye care doctors of optometry provide, but also leverages’ communities primary eye care providers in a way that is mutually beneficial for patients, hospitals and doctors.