Welcome to the American Association of Certified Orthoptists

2019 • Our 79th Year

Orthoptics is a well-established profession within the specialty of ophthalmology. For more than 75 years, orthoptists have provided care to patients in the United states pertaining to evaluation and treatment of disorders of the visual system, particularly involving binocular vision and eye movement. Orthoptists help to detect and manage conditions such as amblyopia and diplopia, and they administer orthoptic exercises.

The American Association of Certified Orthoptists was established in 1940 and provides services to its members through continuing education, information sharing, public policy development, networking and public education.

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Welcome to the AACO Website!

The Association's leadership and administrative teams have spent many months developing and updating our new website which we hope will be easy to to use while offering some new features.  Online meeting registration and dues payments are available, as well as an online membership directory and events calendar.  In the near future, we may be implementing discussion forums and other ways in which AACO members can connect with each other.

Please keep in mind that some of the old website content needs to be updated.  Some links on these pages may be broken.  We are getting to these pages as quickly as possible, and we greatly appreciate your patience as we work through the task list.  Thank you, as always, for your membership and participation in the American Association of Certified Orthoptists.

Membership in the AACO

The AACO is a close network of orthoptists and orthoptic students across North America and other countries, working together to promote both the profession and the individual member. Indeed, AACO members come from the United States and 12 other nations.

Membership benefits include:

  • Billing for orthoptic services information & support
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Professional publications
  • Voice in setting policies for our professional organizations
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Information, such as employment opportunities and news about the profession
  • And much more!
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News of Interest for Orthoptists

  • Three AACO offices recently were up for election; winners were announced at the National Meeting.  Congratulations to:  Alicia Baird (Treasurer); Pamela Huston (Representative to the AOC); and Sarah Whitecross (Representative to JCAHPO).  CLICK HERE to see info about the candidates.

  • The 2019 dues notices were sent out earlier this year.  If you haven't yet paid current dues consider paying online now. The deadline for payment is June 30.

  • Plans are coming together for the 2019 National meeting.  Abstract submissions will be accepted starting around April 1.  CLICK HERE for details.