Connect to Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation

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.

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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.

InfantSEE ®

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.

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