As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission - expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.
Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, and The Vision Care Institute™, a Johnson & Johnson company, created InfantSEE®, a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide.
Volunteers In Service In Our Nation (VISION USA) is a program that provides basic eye health and vision services free of charge to low-income, uninsured individuals and their families. VISION USA is provided by participating AOA member optometrists who donate their services.
Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief was created by the American Optometric Association in 2005 to provide immediate financial aid to optometrists who have experienced the effects of a catastrophic event. Our goal is to be financially prepared to assist in the wake of the next disaster, so we donate the proceeds from our annual gala to this entity.