From earning accolades to promoting the profession, discover what your colleagues are up to.

On a mission: An OD's story of success

Thuy Tran, O.D., shares insights on opening a practice in NYC, emphasizing clinical expertise, financial stability and networking for success, as well as her experiences volunteering to help those in need.

Intentional leadership

The AOA’s 2023 Young Optometrist of the Year is a leader—and she has been intentional in cultivating those skills. Uncover her philosophy on leadership.

Congratulations to the AOA’s 2024 award winners

The winners will be honored at a ceremony during Optometry’s Meeting® 2024.

Optometric foundation’s track record leads to $2.5 million grant for children’s eye care in Ohio

The state’s new Children’s Vision Initiative will work toward providing eye care to students throughout the state via the Ohio Optometric Foundation’s iSee program. Under the program, doctors of optometry volunteer to provide services to students who have been referred by school nurses and teachers.

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115 years of family eye care

What Natalie Noble, O.D., has learned from three previous generations of optometrists. She is the fourth generation of her family to serve Pennsylvania communities.

Honoring Charlotte Ferris’ dedication to optometry

A long-time AOA staffer, Charlotte’s dedication to the association was palpable in everything she did. The AOA sends condolences and thanks to the Ferris family for their years of service.

Representation matters in optometry

Although about 13% of the U.S. population is Black, they are woefully underrepresented in optometry. They represent about 2% of practicing doctors of optometry and a little over 3% of full-time students in optometry schools and colleges, according to studies. Black doctors of optometry seek to grow those numbers.

Remembering a true friend of optometry: Patricia Hopping

A crusader for vision and eye care in local, state and national communities, Patricia spread her love for the AOA across the country. The AOA sends condolences and thanks to the Hopping family for their years of service.

AOA’s prestigious leadership program graduates another class

Learn how you can apply or nominate a doctor of optometry for the 2024 AOA Leadership Institute.

Inspiring the next gen of contact lens leaders

Why and how future doctors can see themselves as cornea and contact lens leaders.