American Board of Optometry Founding Partners

The American Board of Optometry was founded by the following organizations:

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health. Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves more than 49,0000 members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometrics and technicians. Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care.

The American Optometric Student Association, founded in 1968, serves to improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry and lifelong commitment to the American Optometric Association and state affiliates, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students.

Founded in 1922, the American Academy of Optometry is committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. The letters "FAAO" (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist, scientist or other qualified person’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for Fellowship have been met. All members of the Academy, whether or not they see patients, are dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education or research.

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting, advancing and achieving excellence in optometric education. Since 1941, ASCO has achieved this vision by representing the interests of institutions of optometric education, enhancing the efforts of these institutions as they prepare highly qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry and serving the public’s eye and vision needs

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Learning through Clinical Care Student Case Contest

May 1, 2024 - May 31, 2024
ABO is sponsoring our first student case contest! Cases may be submitted between May 1 and May 31, 2024. All...
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Optometry’s Meeting

Jun 18, 2024 - Jun 20, 2024
ABO will host our annual board of directors meeting on Tuesday, June 18 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The...
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Webinar: Contact Lens Management of Presbyopia

Jul 25, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Join us on Thursday, July 25th when Susan Resnick, OD, presents a course on Contact Lens Management of Presbyopia. Dr....
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