The Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO®)

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.

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Membership in ATPO gives you discounts on meetings, products, and access to a vast network of dedicated eye care professionals. Join and discover the benefits!

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There is a Career in Sight for You!

The Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO®) and the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) have released a new online video that introduces ophthalmic assisting careers and highlights the benefits and rewards of working as part of the ophthalmic health care team. The video includes key aspects of daily work, an overview of relevant certifications, paths to certification (academic and on-the-job training), and information about relevant professional associations. It also features vignettes from AOP at various career levels who speak about the importance of the profession.

Regional Network

Regional Network

The Regional Mentor Network consists of ATPO members who are available in different regions of the United States to answer your questions about ATPO.

Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program

Help us promote careers in ophthalmology by generating awareness in your community. Learn more about this program and how to become an Ambassador.