Information for the Public


Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry are entitled to use the designation FAAO. The designation—FAAO—means they are recognized by their colleagues as knowledgeable and experienced professionals who have met the high standards of professional competence in a broad range of issues related to eye care. Each candidate for Fellowship must continue to maintain the highest of professional standards.

Each clinical practice candidate has lectured, completed a residency or has submitted written presentations and is examined by a panel of leading doctors of optometry, who review the presentations and the candidate’s professional credentials.

For further reading, download the FAAO informational brochure! Consumer Guide provides more than 400 web pages of detailed information on eye health and vision correction options. Topics include eyeglasses, laser eye surgery, contact lenses, eye problems and diseases, computer vision syndrome, low vision, eye exams, and nutrition. Articles are reviewed by eyecare professionals on the AllAboutVision advisory board.

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NetWellness Consumer Health Information

The NetWellness center is a non-profit comprehensive consumer health web site that provides high quality information. Eye and Vision care questions are answered by Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry who are faculty at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. The three universities supporting NetWellness are:

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Position Papers

The American Academy of Optometry's Sections and SIGs are encouraged to submit papers on specific topics: