American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Orlando,  FL 
United States
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Welcome to the American Academy of Optometry Foundation!

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a philanthropic organization that provides financial support for optometric research and education. The Foundation will give more than $600,000 in scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and residency awards this year. Your donations make a difference!

Enabling Excellence in Eye Care: New Foundation Initiatives

The Foundation has been hard at work developing six new programs to help fill currently unmet needs within the optometric profession, and which align with the Academy's strategic plan. Learn more about the following programs: 
  • Clinical Podcast Series
  • Research Funding 
  • OD/PhD Scholarship Program 
  • Clinical Investigator Certification 
  • Staff Training
  • "Bright Ideas" Pitch Competition

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation extends its appreciation to our corporate sponsors whose generosity allows AAOF to provide financial support through our fellowship, scholarship, grants, student and residency award programs.


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    PLEDGE PAYMENT If you have an existing pledge and wish to make a pledge payment, please contact Bob Gray, Development Director at BobG@aaoptom.org or 321-319-4871. 

    Thank you for your support of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation!

 Press Releases

  • ORLANDO, FL (October 1, 2020) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, is pleased to announce two grant recipients this year in the areas of the anterior segment and glaucoma.

    The recipient of the Allergan Foundation Grant in the area of the anterior segment is Suzanne MJ Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO. Dr. Fleiszig is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, Microbiology, and Infectious Disease & Immunity at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.

    As the principal investigator, Dr. Fleiszig has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, “Relationship between COVID-19 and the Eye.”

    Her collaborative team of co-investigators include Eva Harris, PhD; University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and Abby Kroken, PhD; University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry

    The recipient of the Allergan Foundation Grant in the area of glaucoma is Stacey S. Choi,  PhD, FAAO. Dr. Choi is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU), College of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Havener Eye Institute.

    As the principal investigator, Dr. Choi has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, “Characterization of inner retinal changes in glaucoma suspects in comparison to glaucoma patients and age-matched controls through adaptive optics retinal imaging.”

    Her collaborative team of co-investigators include Nathan Doble, PhD (College of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Havener Eye Institute, OSU.) , Mark Slabaugh, MD, and Shelly Jain, MD (both from Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Havener Eye Institute, OSU).

    These highly competitive grants are awarded to talented optometrists and/or vision scientists, who are Academy Fellows, and are currently undertaking cutting edge research in the areas of glaucoma and/or the anterior segment. This is the seventh year the Allergan Foundation has sponsored this generous grant through the AAOF.               

    The American Academy of Optometry Foundation is pleased to partner with the Allergan Foundation to recognize individuals whose work will contribute to the future of optometric care. We congratulate Drs. Fleiszig and Choi and their expert clinician-scientist teams on their grants.  Their cutting-edge research will directly improve the care we are able to provide for our patients,” said AAOF President Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO.

  • ORLANDO, FL (October 1, 2020) The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), is pleased to announce the 2020 David and Diane Goss Optometry History Fellowship recipient. Tiong Peng Yap, OD, PhD, FAAO, is a Private Practice Fellow at the IGARD Group in Singapore.

    This fellowship provides support for an individual pursuing research in optometric history. His proposal topic on the history of optometric education in Singapore, was chosen out of five very competitive proposals. Dr. Yap will receive a $1,000 fellowship to further his research.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Yap on this impressive honor.

  • ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2020) The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) in collaboration with the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, is pleased to announce Jack Phu, PhD, FAAO as the 2020 recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Phu is an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Eye Health, School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia.


    This fellowship is designed to provide support for early career optometric and vision science faculty research. This award will fund Dr. Phu’s project, “Phenotyping open-angle glaucoma subtypes to determine disease prognosis.”                                                    

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Phu on this impressive honor.


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  • New Foundation Initiatives
    The Foundation has been hard at work developing six new programs to help fill currently unmet needs and align with the American Academy of Optometry’s recent strategic plan....

  •  The Academy’s strategic plan, entitled “Inspiring Excellence in Eye Care” has five pillars, each defining a priority of the Academy. These are: Education, Research, Membership, Leadership & Legacy and Strategic Partnerships. Below is a brief description of the new programs which support these pillars by “Enabling Excellence in Eye Care.”
  • Corporate Sponsors
    The American Academy of Optometry Foundation is grateful for the support received from the following sponsors:...

  • The American Academy of Optometry Foundation extends its appreciation to our corporate sponsors whose generosity allows AAOF to provide financial support through our fellowship, scholarship, grants, student and residency award programs.
  • Our Mission Statement
    The AAOF is a philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve clinical patient care....

  • The AAOF is a philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve clinical patient care. The AAOF is organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. The goals of the AAOF are:
    • To solicit, receive and invest grants, bequests, donations, and other funds for the purpose of upholding, broadening, fostering, and promoting optometric education and research in vision and eye health;
    • To provide fellowships at the graduate level to students planning a teaching and/or research career in vision and eye health;
    • To recognize and honor achievements which further the visual welfare of humanity; and
    • To foster inter-professional and intra-professional relations and representation with organizations and groups that share common goals.
  • Contact the Foundation
    For questions regarding the American Academy of Optometry Foundation please contact:...

  • Bob Gray, MS- Development Director

    E-mail: BobG@aaoptom.org 

    Tel: 321-319-4871

    Jennifer Rubin- Grants and Awards Manager

    E-mail: JenniferR@aaoptom.org

    Tel: 321-319-4872

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