For years the American Optometric Association (AOA) has been supporting charitable efforts relating to eye health and vision care. For this reason alone, it was evident that the AOA should have its own foundation. Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation is committed to the mission – expand eye care awareness, education and research and access to eye health and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.
With our strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE®, administer Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, provide scholarship grants for educational assistance and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession.
Established in 2006, Optometry Cares is incorporated as a Not For Profit and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to Optometry Cares are considered charitable contributions under IRC section 170 and tax deductible as provided by law.