Paraoptometric Resources and Certification

Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist doctors of optometry in providing their highest level of vision care to patients. The Paraoptometric Resource Center is the nation's largest organization serving the needs of optometric assistants and technicians.

Optometric staff training

Mission statement

The American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Resource Center seeks to ensure that the education and training for all paraoptometrics are consistent with and reflects the growth of the paraoptometric profession. Front office procedures, chair-side assisting, pre-testing, contact lens instruction, frame styling, and fitting, billing/coding, office manager and vision therapy are just a few of the many duties paraoptometrics perform while working directly with a doctor of optometry.

Commission on Paraoptometric Certification

Who we are and what we do

  • A volunteer commission of the AOA, comprised of certified paraoptometric and doctors of optometry, that promotes certification of optometric staff through education and testing.
  • Identifies core competencies required for each of its four certification designations.
  • Coordinates areas of development for the testing program, using designated volunteers.
  • Develops programs to promote the value of the paraoptometric to the optometric community. Promotes the value of paraoptometric certification to optometric educators and students.
  • Promotes to the public the important roles that certified paraoptometrics may perform in an optometric practice.

Contact information

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