Academy 2016 Chicago

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) is one of optometry's largest sources of scholarships, fellowships, residency support, and grants. Through private endowments, donors, and our corporate partners, last year the AOF gave more than $400,000 to optometry's youngest and brightest. Be an active participant in advancing optometry's future, support the AOF.


Donations made through registration and lecture honoraria, at the AOF booth, reception events, Silent and Live Auctions, and the annual Celebration Luncheon provide support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve clinical patient care.


Stop by to meet the 2016 William C. Ezell Fellows. Discuss cutting edge science and learn why your generous donation is so important in aiding new optometric talent to achieve great things. Bid on fantastic silent auction items and make a contribution to the AOF in support of optometry's future.


The AOF Silent Auction items will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #661. Bidding can be done electronically from anywhere. When the auction opens, you will receive an invitation to create your login to bid on fantastic items.  Thank you for your participation in advancing optometry's future.


Join the American Optometric Foundation in Anaheim as we celebrate the 2016 award recipients, and honor the contributors and sponsors who make the AOF a leading supporter of optometric education, research, and leadership. Participate in the Live Auction of special items. The celebration takes place at the Hilton Anaheim on Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. The luncheon is graciously sponsored by Essilor. To RSVP or for more information contact

Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam

Support pediatric optometric research and meet Howard the Hedgehog from Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam at Academy 2016 Anaheim.

With a few taps on your smartphone you can have Howard the Hedgehog’s story at your fingertips and help the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) raise $25,000 for pediatric optometric research.  Go to the Academy16 meeting app to download Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam.  This children’s book tells the story of Howard the Hedgehog, a young student excited to tell his classmates about his  visit to the eye doctor.  The Alcon Foundation will donate $25,000 to AOF when 2,020 Academy delegates download the book through the app November 9 – 11, 2016. 

For the first time ever, Howard the Hedgehog is making a personal appearance.  Stop by the Alcon Foundation booth (#957) for your Howard photo op and share your personal Howard encounter with parents and kids in your community.

Reading the book can inspire parents to schedule comprehensive eye exams for their children and  help prepare children for their visit to the optometrist.  Download Howard’s story and share your fun photos to raise awareness of the importance of comprehensive eye exams for children and help some of the 30 million children in the U.S. who have undetected vision problems.