American Association of Certified Orthoptists

The American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), established in 1940, is the professional association for orthoptists in the United States. It is composed of a close network of orthoptists and orthoptic students, dedicated to the support of the profession and to the benefit of the individual members.

The AACO is run by orthoptists, for orthoptists. Its mission is to provide continuing education to its members, to assist members with issues relating to orthoptic practice, to improve the care of children and adults with disorders of binocular vision and ocular motility, and to promote orthoptics as a profession.

The AACO meets annually in conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to offer a scientific program for orthoptists, orthoptic students and ophthalmologists, to provide continuing education for orthoptists, and to conduct the business of the association.  

Members of the AACO are also eligible to be members of other organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the International Orthoptic Association (IOA), and The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS).  

Elected and appointed members of the AACO are eligible to sit on the American Orthoptic Council (AOC) and participate fully in all its activities.