Welcome to the American Association of Certified Orthoptists

Our 77th 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.

Welcome to the New AACO Website!

The Association's leadership and administrative teams have spent many months developing and building a new website which will be easier to maintain and offers some new features that will be introduced over the coming months.  We hope you like it.  Available immediately will be online meeting registration and dues payments, as well as an online membership directory.  In the near future, we will implement discussion forums and other ways in which AACO members can connect with each other.

As we roll out the new site, please keep in mind that some of the old content needs to be updated.  Some links on these pages may be broken.  We are getting to these pages as quickly as possible, and we greatly appreciate your patience as we work through the task list.  In the meantime, we felt it would be beneficial to launch the new site so that the membership once again has access to a working site.  As new features are introduced, we'll make announcements.  Thank you, as always, for your membership and participation in the American Association of Certified Orthoptists.

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

  • Mark your calendar! AACO National Meeting 2018 - Saturday, October 27 - Tuesday, October 30.  More information here.

  • Spring meeting in Washington DC hosted by the Eastern Region.  Read more.

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its 2011 recommendations on screening for amblyopia in children.  Read the AAO article; 9/7/2017.
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