The Archives and Museum of Optometry is an entity of Optometry Cares--The AOA Foundation. The Archives & Museum of Optometry serves as a repository of information and resources on the history of the American Optometric Association and the profession of optometry. We collect materials which help document the history of the AOA and its related organizations, optometry and related subjects, and the provision of optometric care.
The museum collections includes eyeglasses, contact lenses, instruments, and other artifacts that show the history of eyewear and the optical industry as well as methods of vision testing and care. The exhibits are open to the public. Click to see images.
Donors to the Archives & Museum play a vital role in contributing to the preservation of this history. Please note, however, that due to collection restrictions and space constraints, we are not able to accept all donations. We are also not able to provide an appraisal of materials.
Examples of materials considered for inclusion in the collection include:
At this time, we are not able to accept any additional artifacts or equipment for the museum.
The Archives & Museum of Optometry retains unconditional ownership of any donation and makes the final decision on the use or disposal of any gift. The Archives & Museum reserves the right to decide on the conditions of display, storage, and access to materials in the collection.
To inquire about donating optometric papers, photographs, and other historical items, please contact the Archives & Museum of Optometry, Optometry Cares™ – the AOA Foundation.Emily Stenberg, Heritage Services Specialist