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Section on Ophthalmology.
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The Section on Ophthalmology (SOOp), founded in 1987, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, chil-
dren and adolescents by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to
ophthalmologic conditions in children.


Membership in the Section is open to physicians boarded by the American Board of Ophthalmology who devote
50% of their practice to the care of infants, children, and adolescents under the age of 15.

The SOOp is also open to Candidate Members, Post Residency Training Members, Senior Members,
International Members, and Orthoptists.

For more information on Section Membership visit Section on Ophthalmology Membership Criteria.


The Section is active in fostering cooperation on children's eye health issues, both academic and political, with
the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as well as the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology
and Strabismus (AAPOS). SOOp acts as an expert resource for the AAP by developing policies in areas such as
retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy, and establishing guidelines for ophthalmologic examinations
in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. For a detailed list of recent section activities, you may be
interested in reviewing our Semi-Annual AAP Section on Ophthalmology Report to the American Academy of
Ophthalmology (AAO) Council

Educational Opportunities

At the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) on an annual basis the Section proposes educational topics that
would be of interest to the general pediatrician. In addition, SOOp co-sponsors a booth on the NCE exhibit floor
with the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and the AAO to further educate
attendees about pediatric ophthalmology.

The Section also provides education for pediatric ophthalmologists and orthoptists. There is an agreement in place
with the AAO whereby AAPOS and the AAP Section on Ophthalmology co-sponsor the Pediatric Ophthalmology
Subspecialty Day program
that is held in conjunction with the AAO Annual Meeting each year. In addition, on an
annual basis, the Section sponsors an educational workshop at the AAPOS meeting. Also at the AAPOS meeting,
on a biennual basis, the Section sponsors a lectureship honoring Leonard Apt, MD, FAAP, who was the
first fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, having completed residency training in both pediatrics and
ophthalmology. Lastly, and most recently, the Section has forged a partnership with the American Association of
Certified Orthoptists (AACO) to offer a joint symposium at their annual meeting. The Section plans to partner with
AACO on a symposium biennially.


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