Find out how the AOA and its members are improving Americans' access to eye and vision care.

Help patients understand the hazards of vaping to the eyes

The use of tobacco products is on the decline but not so for e-cigarette (e-cig) use. A recent literature review on vaping underscores its potential hazards to the ocular surface.

Study underestimates doctors of optometry providing eye care to children

Doctors of optometry say they are underrepresented in a recent study, even though they provide the vast majority of eye care in the U.S.

As eclipse edges closer, AOA promotes safe viewing

Doctors of optometry demonstrate their expertise as excitement builds over the April 8 total solar eclipse. AOA President Ronald L. Benner, O.D., urges the public to watch the event “safely and wisely.”

Link between eye examinations and fall prevention in older adults

📽️ Comprehensive eye examinations are among the chief ways of preventing potentially deadly falls in adults 65 years and older, according to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) newly released policy statement. For many people at risk of falling, an annual eye examination could be a lifesaver, the APHA statement says.



Spread Optometry's Message

Doctors of optometry provide more than two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. Let your community know you are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye.
‘Inadequate to meet demand’: Report spotlights declining ophthalmology workforce as America’s eye health needs grow

Ophthalmology’s report paints a stark contrast between the two eye care physician workforces as the surgical specialty’s workforce adequacy plummets to second worst in coming decade.

Foresightedness on nearsightedness

With a prediction that half the world will have myopia by 2050, the AOA responds to doctors of optometry who express hesitance about jumping into the deep end of the myopia management pool. The AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section takes on doctors’ doubts and builds them a support network for clinical decision-making.

AOA president: Annual eye exams set students up for success

It is said that a message must be repeated multiple times before it sinks in with an audience. During a satellite media tour, AOA President Ronald L. Benner, O.D., used that strategy to extol the essentialness of annual back-to-school eye examinations and link them to student performance in the classroom.

Eye and the storms

Extreme weather changes due to climate change can affect eye health. Here’s how doctors of optometry can prepare.

Study: Could atropine delay or prevent myopia in children?

Change in standard of care is not yet warranted, say doctors of optometry who wrote editorial for study. Additional research is needed.

Parenthood—and how doctors of optometry can offer support

New and expecting parents have a lot on their minds. From juggling appointments and doting relatives to, of course, a newborn … it’s easy to overlook a comprehensive eye assessment. InfantSEE®, a program of Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, encourages caregivers to seek these exams with no barriers or limitations.