Our Organization


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.

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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 Allied Ophthalmic Personnel
A Tradition of Ophthalmic Representation
Since 1972, ATPO and its members have dedicated themselves to the success of Allied Ophthalmic 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/IJCAHPO Alliance
ATPO unifies. IJCAHPO certifies.

In early 1999, ATPO and the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) forged a new working partnership that offers a variety of enhanced benefits for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel. This strategic alliance between ATPO and IJCAHPO was overwhelmingly approved by the members of ATPO and by the IJCAHPO Board of Directors in 1999.

The alliance between IJCAHPO and ATPO provides the ophthalmic community with the most up-to-date and highest level of service available. Because the IJCAHPO/ATPO alliance has historical significance, both organizations are dedicated to making this alliance a successful partnership and a model of unparalleled leadership in health care.

Organizational Affiliates
  • IJCAHPO - International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
  • ICA - International Council of Accreditation
  • COPS - Cleveland Ophthalmic Personnel Society
  • MOPS - Michigan Ophthalmic Personnel Society

Local Chapter

Kentucky Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (KATPO)
Website: www.katpo.org
ATPO office: 800-482-4858
Established in 1994 - First Chapter of ATPO