You may have noticed it. When we refer to our doctor we sometimes call him Christopher P. Olson, OD, FAAO. But what’s that FAAO part all about and why is it part of his professional name?
The letters stand for Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. FAAO credentials behind an optometrist, scientist or other qualified person’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for Fellowship have been met. For optometrists this involves presenting written and oral case studies and posters, being evaluated through interviews and clinical assessment, and meeting the highest educational and licensure standards. It is a discipline that only 20 Iowa optometrists (currently seeing patients) have successfully completed.
According to the AAO website, “Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the professional’s knowledge base through ongoing Fellowship and exchange.”
So those letters, FAAO, are yet another way of assuring you that Dr. Olson is committed to maintaining high professional standards through lifelong education and improvement. All with the goal of providing the best professional eye health care he can for his patients.