American Orthoptic Council (AOC)

3914 Nakoma Road, Madison, WI 53711
Phone:  608.233.5383  Email:  [email protected]


The American Orthoptic Council (AOC) was founded in 1935 with the main purpose of establishing standards for orthoptists in the United States. Besides examining and certifying individual orthoptists, the AOC is also responsible for setting and monitoring standards for the education of orthoptists, and reviews and grants accreditation to orthoptic programs in the United States; see listing of Orthoptic Fellowship Programs below.

The AOC establishes guidelines for the Orthoptic profession, the educational institutions and ethical conduct of certified orthoptists. It approves, encourages and helps to provide continuing education courses, workshops and symposia which are required of Orthoptists to maintain their certification.   

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There are twenty-four members of the AOC: 12 orthoptists and 12 ophthalmologists. Members are representatives from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPO&S), the American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), the Canadian Orthoptic Council (COC) and the Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS).

The twelve Orthoptist members that serve on the AOC include:

  • President of the AACO

  • Vice President of the AACO

  • Two AACO Elected Representatives

  • AACO Representative to the International Orthoptic Association [IOA]

  • AACO Representative to Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology [JCAHPO]

  • Representative of The Canadian Orthoptic Society [TCOS]

  • AACO Appointed Chair of the Education Committee

  • Orthoptist Member Representing AAP

  • Three Orthoptist Members Representing AAPOS

The expanded long-range planning and educational efforts of the American Orthoptic Council, working together with representatives from the sponsoring organizations, promotes the recognition, nationally and internationally, of this small, highly specialized post graduate profession of Orthoptists.  

Scientific Journal Publication of AOJ, Inc

The American Orthoptic Journal [AOJ: 1943-2018] served as forum for referred, published articles and symposia by orthoptists and ophthalmologists. All past issues are now available on line with a subscription to the new Journal of Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility [JBVOM] published by Taylor & Francis as a new publication of AOJ, Inc. [2018-] with four on line issues and one print edition each year.  

  • CLICK HERE for more details the journal with subscription and discount information

Contact the American Orthoptic Council at: 608 233-5383 or [email protected]

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