Paraoptometric Week 2019

Paraoptometric Week
Sept. 16-20, 2019

Paraoptometric Week, Sept. 16-20, sponsored by Alcon, is an annual opportunity to recognize paraoptometrics for the value they contribute to the success of optometric practices. As the only formal observance in the nation specifically intended to honor optometric practice staff, Paraoptometric Week drives recognition of paraoptometry as a profession that hinges on the strength of paraoptometric members as well as the support of doctors of optometry and other care providers.

Observed annually during the third week of September by AOA's Paraoptometric Resource Center (PRC), Paraoptometric Week gives doctors of optometry a chance to not only show appreciation but also enroll staff as AOA associate members and encourage them on a path toward paraoptometric certification.  

Here, access AOA Focus articles and resources that detail not only how far paraoptometrics have come in their education but also how this crucial skillset optimizes the modern optometric practice. Thank you for supporting and valuing your staff.

A profession of their own

A profession of their own

In 1978, optometric staff and doctors breathed purpose into a disparate group of office workers, assistants and technicians and defined a bourgeoning profession. Forty years later, paraoptometric professionals are integral to the delivery of quality eye care.



Team effort

Team effort

Behind every doctor of optometry is a team of employees who keep the practice running smoothly-at least that's what every practice works toward. Having a good team is linked to the reduction in burnout among doctors of optometry.



3 ways to honor staff for Paraoptometric Week

3 ways to honor staff for Paraoptometric Week

Paraoptometric Week, Sept. 16-20, is the only formal observance dedicated to honor optometric practice staff, so make the most of it. Reinforce the value paraoptometric staff bring to your practice with these three suggestions.




Melanie Jenkins, CPO

From small-town to big deal

Honoring optometric staff this Paraoptometric Week, which drives recognition of paraoptometry as a profession that hinges on the strength of paraoptometric members as well as the support of doctors of optometry and other care providers.

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