Vision: The American Optometric Association is the acknowledged leader and recognized authority for eye and vision care in the world. 

Mission: Advocate for the profession and serve doctors of optometry in meeting the eye care needs of the public. 

About the AOA 

The American Optometric Association (AOA), founded in 1898, is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students. 

Doctors of optometry take a leading role in patient care with respect to eye and vision care, as well as general health and well-being. As primary health care providers, doctors of optometry have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye. 

Doctors of optometry provide more than two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. Find a doctor of optometry near you for more information on eye health and vision topics. 

AOA entities 

The AOA has developed AOA-related entities to provide the best resources to meet the needs of doctors of optometry. These entities include: 

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