Paraoptometric Resources

Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist doctors of optometry in providing their highest level of eye and vision care to the public. There is a great distinction between ophthalmic technicians or assistants and paraoptometrics. Paraoptometrics are exclusively trained to assist doctors of optometry which includes opticians, contact lens professions and optical assistants. The American Optometric Association and its Education Center prioritize serving the needs of all paraoptometrics.  

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Mission statement

The American Optometric Association Education 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.

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