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About the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology

The Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is a professional association of ophthalmologists in Minnesota representing over 200 EyeMD’s throughout the state. With roots going back to 1910, the MAO was incorporated to encourage research in ophthalmology, benefit its members through education, and promote the services of ophthalmology to the public. Nearly 100 years later, the MAO sponsors eight scientific programs a year; acts as a resource for socioeconomic, legislative, and regulatory affairs pertaining to ophthalmic care in Minnesota; provides a state wide communications network; and, sponsors multiple free vision screening services to the public.

The Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is a non-profit organization formed in 1911 for the encouragement and cultivation of the study of, and research in, the branch of medical science known as "ophthalmology."

Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.'s) are medical doctors who specialize in eye and vision care. In diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye exams, prescribe corrective lenses, prescribe and administer medicines, and perform surgery.  Ophthalmologists are the only eye care providers that are medical school graduates.

The MAO maintains several on-going programs designed:

  • to ensure that Minnesota citizens have easy access to the best eye health care medical science can provide
  • to articulate that ophthalmologists are the only medical school-trained primary eye care providers, providing for every ophthalmological need for Minnesota families at fair professional fees
  • to promote a public service plan to educate the citizens about self-care practices that will help ensure a healthy lifestyle.

The MAO provides its members with opportunities to maintain and upgrade their ophthalmic skills and knowledge through regular continuing medical education and scientific programs.
Current membership is approximately 320 Eye M.D.'s


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The Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is an association of eye physicians and surgeons.

The mission of the Academy is to promote high-quality eye care for all Minnesotans.