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Our Mission: To empower the optometric profession in providing awareness and access to health and vision care for the public.

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The American Optometric Association (AOA) has always supported charitable efforts relating to eye health and vision care. In 2006, AOA formally created Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation to further the profession and increase access. With our strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership, and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage InfantSEE®, administer Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, provide scholarship grants for educational assistance and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession.

Our Programs


Change Healthcare Cyberattacks Recognized by OFDR

If you’ve been impacted by the cyberattacks, learn how to apply for a grant.

New 'Golden Opportunity Award'

New 'Golden Opportunity Award' Offers Unprecedented Opportunity for Optometrists