ATPO's Mission is to provide, expand, and support scientific and educational opportunities for allied health personnel in ophthalmology, and to act as an advocate for its members and the profession.

What is ATPO?

  • The professional membership organization of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP)
  • An organization of high standards and professional ethics
  • Dedicated to quality vision care under the direction of an ophthalmologist
ATPO's Goals

  • Advocate for the profession
  • Set standards and encourage certification
  • Offer continuing education
  • Discuss issues confronting the profession
  • Provide national and international channels of communication among members
  • Enhance the image of ophthalmic medical personnel
    A Tradition of Ophthalmic Representation
    For over 40 years, ATPO and its members have dedicated themselves to the success of ophthalmic medical personnel. ATPO represents a diverse group of AOP, including (but not limited to) ophthalmic assistants, technicians, technologists, surgical and keratorefractive techs, photographers, nurses, and orthoptists.
    Growing through Partnership: ATPO/JCAHPO Alliance
    In early 1999, ATPO and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO®) forged a new working partnership that offers a variety of enhanced benefits for allied health personnel. This strategic alliance between ATPO and JCAHPO was overwhelmingly approved by the members of ATPO in August, 1999, and by the JCAHPO Board of Directors in October, 1999.
    Organizational Affiliations
    ATPO is a representative of the following ophthalmic organizations:
    • JCAHPO - Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
    • ICA - International Council of Accreditation
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