American Optometric Association Celebrates Paraoptometric Recognition Week


(Press Release) ST. LOUIS – The American Optometric Association has designated Sept. 18-24, 2016, as Paraoptometric Recognition Week. Now in its 14th year, the recognition 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. "Paraoptometrics are an essential part of the eye-care team," she said. "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.