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:
- 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
- Complimentary access to previous meeting session recordings
- Optometry & Vision Science, a monthly journal containing papers on the clinical and basic science aspects of optometry and vision science
- Optometry & Vision Science Announces Preview, a monthly email preview
- Eye-Mail® Monthly and science-based news alerts
- Eye-Mail® News Brief, a weekly email featuring optometry related news items
- Professional Camaraderie