Welcome to the American Association of Certified Orthoptists

2019 • Our 79th 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

  • New AACO Vice President -- We are pleased to note that Laura Kirkeby, OC(c) was elected earlier this year in a special election to fill the office of Vice President starting with the 2020 term.  Laura practices at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA.  Congratulations Laura!
  • Board Elections Completed -- Results will be published soon.
  • AACO Compensation Survey -- Members of the AACO may view a summary of results of the 2018 compensation survey.  READ MORE (members only)