AOA Celebrates Paraoptometric Recognition Week

American Optometric Association Prepares to Celebrate Paraoptometric Recognition Week

ST. LOUIS, August 30, 2016 -- The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated September 18-24, 2016 as Paraoptometric Recognition Week. Now in its fourteenth year, the recognition week is designed to honor paraoptometrics for their dedication to the patients they serve and to the profession of optometry.
Paraoptometrics are key members of the eye care delivery team in optometric offices all across the country. Their role is even more critical to providing the best patient care possible in today's health care environment.

The AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center suggests a variety of ways to celebrate the week and encourages doctors to be creative in planning their festivities.  Paraoptometric Recognition Week promotional kits include a poster, table top tent, handouts for ODs with tips for staff recognition, information about AOA associate member enrollment and staff certification, and more. Materials can be accessed at

New Jersey paraoptometric, Linda Rodgriguez, CPO, summarized the important role of staff for a successful practice by stating, "Paraoptometrics are an essential part of the eye-care team. The potential of a well-trained optometric staff is of utmost importance and the formula to achieve a successful optometric practice. Optometrists who recognize their paraoptometric staff for their dedication, knowledge and professionalism are rewarded with satisfied patients and practice growth."

To learn more about paraoptometry and the benefits of certification, visit or call 800.365.2219, ext. 4108.

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):
The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898.  Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being.  Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit