Membership in the AACO

The American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO) is a close network of orthoptists and orthoptic students across North America, working together to promote both the profession and the individual member. A membership to the AACO comes with numerous benefits (See below). One does not have to be employed in the United States to be a member of the AACO. Membership is only available to orthoptists. 

AACO Member Types:

  • Active Member: for orthoptists with a valid, up to date AOC certification 
  • Associate Member: for orthoptists without a valid, up to date AOC certification and/or orthoptists certified in another country 
  • Life Membership: for retired orthoptists who were dues-paying members of the AACO for at least 20 years
  • Student Membership: for orthoptic students in AOC-accredited orthoptic programs
  • Honorary Membership: conferred upon by the membership and awarded to non-orthoptists in recognition of outstanding contribution to orthoptics.

To become an AACO member, click on the link below to access the membership application. 

 Join the AACO
Dues cycle for 2023 Starting December 1, 2022



Being a member of the AACO provides an Orthoptist with many benefits!

2023 AACO Member Benefits

  • Continuing Education at reduced prices
    • Discounted registration at the national meeting
    • New! Access to our Online Learning Center for free and discounted CE opportunities
    • New! Access to our CME tracking tool to help manage your CE for recertification
    • Self Assessment Exam
  • Professional Publications
    • Journal of Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility: distributed annually & online access
    • American Orthoptic Journal (AOJ): archived issues
    • PRISM Newsletter: distributed bi-annually
    • Straight Scoop Bulletin: e-mailed bi-monthly
    • AACO Membership Directory
  • Access to the orthoptic electronic forums
    • Join a circles group and make connections with other orthoptists
    • New! AACO Members will have access to an orthoptist only listerserv
  • Ability to participate in the organization
    • Ability to vote at national business meeting to help shape our organization’s future 
    • Opportunities to hold office or be an elected representative
    • Opportunities to serve on the AACO Executive Committee or Board of Directors.
    • Opportunities to serve on AOC
    • Volunteer opportunities to serve on committees
  • Practice Management Resources
    • Billing for Orthoptic services: information and support 
    • Free access to salary and benefit survey via Practice Management Committee
      • New! 2023 Salary Survey
  • Access to the Members Only section of the AACO website which includes:
    • Employment opportunities
    • Brochure for your office: Selecting Children’s glasses
    • Straight Scoop and PRISM archives
    • Access to the AACO Bylaws and Policy Manual
    • Pre- and Post- Academy reports
    • Fundraising contact list for offices hosting a meeting
    • Application for the AACO Honor Certificate
  • Automatic membership to the International Orthoptic Association (IOA)
    • Reduced registration to attend the IOA Congress
    • Reduced registration to attend Orthoptic meetings in IOA member countries
    • Access to the Members Only section of the IOA website:
    • Receive special offers from journal publishers
    • Access to the Orthoptic search facility containing titles and authors for international meetings (ESA, ISA, IOA) and articles in the British and Australian Orthoptic journals
    • Download transactions from the recent IOA Congress
    • Access to all IOA reports and minutes of the Annual General Meeting
    • Access to the IOA Phrasebook containing a collection of useful phrases when carrying out an orthoptic exam (translated into the languages of the IOA member countries and several other languages)
    • Access to the IOA Terminology document containing translations of over 500 orthoptic, ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology expressions (in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish)
    • Access to Orthoptic job offers posted with the IOA
    • Access to the Orthoptic World Wide Survey (OWWS)
    • Access to the International Vision Screening Survey (IVSS)
    • Ability to participate in the IOA Exchange and Volunteer Programs
    • Ability to join important IOA committees
    • Ability to network with your international orthoptic colleagues


Last Updated on Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:24 PM