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

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.

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.

Survey says: Doctors of optometry embrace myopia management

A survey, conducted by the AOA Research & Information Committee, provides insights on current myopia management practices by doctors of optometry and reveals an opportunity for education on the subject. The results of the survey were published by the AOA’s Health Policy Institute on Nov. 30.

The causes behind the causes

Eye care isn’t delivered in isolation—social determinants of health can influence patients’ health status. Efforts to turn the concept into constructive action are gaining traction. How might these efforts impact how doctors of optometry deliver eye and vision care?

Webinar takes on sensitive topic of human trafficking

Most states require health care providers, including doctors of optometry, to report cases of abuse of children and elderly adults. AOA members are invited to attend an important webinar on the serious subject of human trafficking.

Wash, rinse, repeat: Reminding contact lens wearers about risky hygiene

With the flu, COVID-19 and monkeypox making the rounds this fall, doctors of optometry have an opportunity to remind patients about handwashing and their overall health.

Keeping children’s vision in focus

Children’s eye health and vision care has long been a cause championed by the AOA. This always-on advocacy, magnified by recent public health conversations, is yielding greater awareness of the importance of comprehensive eye care from an early age.

How you can prepare for the monkeypox public health emergency

Doctors of optometry can play a role in detecting monkeypox—the virus recently declared a public health emergency. Be aware of the ophthalmic manifestations.