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The Berkeley Optometry Student Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry (SAAO) reflects the values of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) at the student level by promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. We encourage personal growth, education, and active participation within the optometric community.


Membership provides access to our interactive student meetings that are tailored towards enriching the experience of every Berkeley optometrist-in-training: cow eye dissection, research night, residency information night, clinical case workshop, ocular treasure hunt and more! In addition, we coordinate trips to AAO’s annual conference (Academy), which includes the best in optometric continuing education, the latest in scientific research, luncheons, receptions, student fellowships, and invaluable networking opportunities.


The Student Fellowship program at Academy is a great way for students to engage in cutting-edge knowledge and technology through lectures, workshops, posters and much more! The program guides students to develop their skills as an optometric or vision science professional. Click here for more details.


Please visit the Berkeley SAAO website here. More information about the AAO can be found here.