American Academy of Ophthalmology
|Headquarters||655 Beach Street
San Francisco, California
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is a professional medical association of ophthalmologists. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and its membership includes more than 90 percent of practicing ophthalmologists in the United States as well as over 7,000 members abroad.
The AAO's stated mission is "to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists ... to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care".
The academy has its origins in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AAOO), founded in 1896 as a medical association of both ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists. The AAO was founded when the AAOO split in 1979 and divided into separate academies for each specialty. Like most medical associations, the AAO collects dues, provides continuing education and seminars for its members, including its four-day annual meeting. Outside the medical community it promotes public health information. Also, like most other medical associations, the AAO takes public policy stances on issues through lobbying (carried out by its Washington, D.C.-based Governmental Affairs Division).
- "About the Academy". American Academy of Ophthalmology. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
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