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Clinical Care and Practice Advancement

AOA Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines



    Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines (OCPGs) are recommendations for patient care which are developed through a formal process. They combine the best available current scientific evidence and research with expert clinical opinion to recommend appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with various eye and vision conditions.

    Each of the optometric practice guidelines has been developed by a consensus panel of optometrists who were selected for their knowledge and experience in that area. The guidelines have gone through extensive review processes within AOA and represent a broad consensus on guidelines for current optometric care.

    The following OCPGs are currently available:

    1. Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination (CPG1)
      1994 | 2nd Edition 2005
    2. Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination (CPG2)
      1994 | 2nd Edition 2002 | Reviewed 2007
    3. Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus (CPG3)
      1993 | 2nd Edition 1998 | 3rd Edition 2002 | Revised 2009
    4. Care of Patient with Amblyopia (CPG4)
      1994 | Revised 1998 | Reviewed 2004
    5. Care of the Patient with Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (CPG5)
      1994 | Revised 1998 | Reviewed 2001
    6. Care of the Patient with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (CPG6)
      1994 | Revised 1999 | Reviewed 2004
    7. Care of the Patient with Anterior Uveitis (CPG7)
      1994 | Revised 1999 | Reviewed 2004
    8. Care of the Adult Patient with Cataract (CPG8)
      1995 | Revised 1999 | Reviewed 2004
    9. Care of the Patient with Open Angle Glaucoma (CPG9)
      1995 | 2nd Edition 2002 | Revised 2010
    10. Care of the Patient with Ocular Surface Disorders (CPG10)
      1995 | 2nd Edition 2002 | Revised 2003 | Revised 2010
    11. Care of the Patient with Conjunctivitis (CPG11)
      1995 | 2nd Edition 2002 | Reviewed 2007
    12. Care of the Patient with Strabismus: Esotropia and Exotropia (CPG12)
      1995 | Revised 1999 | Revised 2010
    13. Care of the Patient with Retinal Detachment and Peripheral Vitreoretinal Disease (CPG13)
      1995 | Revised 1999 | Reviewed 2004
    14. Care of the Patient with Visual Impairment (Low Vision Rehabilitation) (CPG14)
      1997 | 2nd Edition 2007
    15. Care of the Patient with Myopia (CPG15)
      1997 | Reviewed 2006
    16. Care of the Patient with Hyperopia (CPG16)
      1997 | Revised 2008
    17. Care of the Patient with Presbyopia (CPG17)
      1998 | Revised 2010
    18. Care of the Patient with Accommodative and Vergence Dysfunction (CPG18)
      1998 | Revised 2010
    19. Care of the Contact Lens Patient (CPG19)
      2000 | 2nd Edition 2006
    20. Care of the Patient with Learning Related Vision Problems (CPG20)
      2000 | Revised 2008