Awards & Recognition

Paraoptometric Appreciation Month

September marks Paraoptometric Appreciation Month as an opportunity to recognize paraoptometrics for the value they contribute to the success of an optometric practice. It is the only formal observance in the nation specifically intended to honor optometric practice staff. Recognition of paraoptometry as a profession hinges on the strength of paraoptometric members and support of doctors of optometry and other health care providers. Doctors are encouraged to be creative in planning their recognition of staff. 

Paraoptometric of the Year Award

The paraoptometric of the year award is presented every year at the OAOP Vision Summit in the spring. The winner will receive a plaque and $200 check from the OAOP during the annual awards banquet. 

The nominations are open to all staff of OAOP members and does not require a certification to be nominated. If you would like to nominate a paraoptometric, please email