Welcome to the American Association of Certified Orthoptists

2021 • Our 81st Year

Orthoptics is a well-established profession within the specialty of ophthalmology. For more than 75 years, orthoptists have provided care to patients in the United states pertaining to evaluation and treatment of disorders of the visual system, particularly involving binocular vision and eye movement. Orthoptists help to detect and manage conditions such as amblyopia and diplopia, and they administer orthoptic exercises.

The American Association of Certified Orthoptists was established in 1940 and provides services to its members through continuing education, information sharing, public policy development, networking and public education.

The American Orthoptic Council is a separate organization which is responsible for setting educational standards for orthoptists and certifying individuals who complete the required training to practice as an orthoptist.  Please contact the AOC directly with questions about certification of orthoptists.

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Membership in the AACO

The AACO is a close network of orthoptists and orthoptic students across North America and other countries, working together to promote both the profession and the individual member. Indeed, AACO members come from the United States and 12 other nations.

Membership benefits include:

  • Billing for orthoptic services information & support
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Professional publications
  • Voice in setting policies for our professional organizations
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Information, such as employment opportunities and news about the profession
  • And much more!
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News of Interest for Orthoptists

  • AACO Vision Screening Committee Featured in AAP News! The AACO Vision Screening Committee contributed to the article titled “Vision loss another potential consequence of delayed care due to COVID.”  The article was written by Dr. Daniel A. Greninger, MD, FAAP and is featured on the front page of the AAP News, the official Newsmagazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics December 2021 edition. Read the article here. 

  • 2021 National Meeting recordings are available on the Learning Center now!   MORE HERE 
  • COVID-19 -- The coronavirus continues to be an evolving situation.  Like all organizations, AACO is interested in providing reliable information to its members.  CLICK HERE for resources we have assembled to help members stay informed.