Become a Fellow

Why Become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)?

In qualifying for and maintaining fellowship, individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence. The letters "FAAO" (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist's, scientist's or other qualified person's name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for fellowship have been met.

Fellowship is open to the following professionals who demonstrate that they meet Academy standards:

  • Optometrists who are licensed to practice at the highest level permitted by law in their jurisdiction, and
  • Scientists, educators, librarians, administrators, and editors who have accredited themselves and optometry by their contributions to optometry or vision science. 

Academy membership consists of Fellows (including Emeritus, Honorary and Life Fellows), student members, and candidates for fellowship. Although other categories of membership may have similar benefits, only Fellows may use the "FAAO" designation.

Benefits of Fellowship:

  • Prestige
    • Use of the FAAO distinction
    • Inclusion in the Academy’s online directory of Fellows, linked to AllAboutVision.com
       
  • Annual Meeting Benefits
    • Significantly discounted Academy meeting registration fees
    • Stay on top of the latest in scientific research
    • The best in Continuing Education (CE)
    • Access to over 250 exhibits
       
  • Publications
  • Professional Camaraderie
    • A place where you can learn from others and share your own experiences
    • Access to local chapters make it easy to keep in touch through social functions and study between regular Annual Meetings
    • Ability to join one or more of the Sections and Special Interest Groups devoted to various areas of focus

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