Why Become a Fellow of the VSA?

Member Benefits


Use of the VSA distinction

Inclusion in the Academy’s online directory of Fellows

Annual Meeting Benefits

Significantly discounted Academy meeting registration fees

The best in Continuing Education

Access to over 250 exhibits

Professional Place

A place where you can learn from others & share your experience

Access to local chapters

Ability to join more of the Sections

How it works

In qualifying for and maintaining fellowship, individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence. The letters “FVSA” (Fellow of the Vision Science Academy) after an optometrist’s, scientist’s or other qualified person’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for fellowship have been met.

Fellowship is open to the following professionals who demonstrate that they meet Academy standards:

Optometrists who are licensed or accredited to practice at the highest level permitted by law in their jurisdiction, and

Scientists, educators, librarians, administrators, and editors who have accredited themselves and optometry by their contributions to optometry or vision science.
Academy membership consists of Fellows (including Emeritus, Honorary and Life Fellows), student members, and candidates for fellowship. Although other categories of membership may have similar benefits, only Fellows may use the “FVSA” designation.