Privacy Statement

ARVO respects the privacy of its members and website visitors and adheres to all applicable federal laws and the EU GDPR.

Information collected by ARVO

The ARVO website collects data to better serve members and other users of our website. ARVO captures individual information, including contact information and demographics for the purpose of doing business with ARVO including, membership, store purchases, education and research, event attendance, subscriptions and other services. To gain access to members-only areas and personalized features on the website, users must create an ARVO account and provide individual information. If the user selects to opt-in, information submitted online may be used for other ARVO marketing uses, such as email and mail notifications of upcoming events that match the interests provided us. This information is submitted voluntarily.

When you become an ARVO member, we collect information about you including (but not limited to) your name, your employer’s name, your work address (including your country location), and your email address. We may also collect your personal email address, a personal mailing address and a mobile phone number. We ask members to voluntarily provide additional information in their membership profile, such as information about their educational background, number of years in practice, professional role, etc. ARVO members may edit their profile at any time to change, add or remove personal information.

ARVO processes your personal information for membership administration, in order to deliver customized member benefits to you and to inform you of ARVO-related events, content and other benefits or opportunities associated with your membership and your professional role. ARVO may also use this information to better understand our members’ needs and interests allowing us to tailor products and services to meet member needs.

ARVO relies on fulfillment of contract as the lawful basis under GDPR Article 6 for processing members’ personal information.

Credit card account information
ARVO does not capture credit card account information online from purchases. Credit card payments are processed directly through a certified processor (i.e. Items with auto-renew are encrypted directly with the processor. ARVO does not store credit card information for our members or others that make purchase through us.

IP addresses & cookies
The ARVO website uses IP addresses for analytical purposes. The IP addresses are used to identify geo-location. This information is used for market research by ARVO and online advertisers. Users can opt out of geo-location identification through their browser settings.

Cookies are digital packets of information that websites send to visitor computers to better understand information about website usage, login information, order information, visitors and other personalizations. In order to use the members-only areas of or personalized features on the ARVO website, your browser must be set to accept cookies. also uses cookies to track anonymous data for the purposes of traffic analysis and advertising. Third party vendors, such as Google, display ARVO advertising on their sites by using cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to Users may opt out of Google’s use of cookies at any time by visiting the Google Advertising Opt-out page.

How to manage cookies
Cookies help you to get the most out of many websites, including the ARVO site. If you do disable our cookies you may find that certain sections of the ARVO website, do not work. For example, you may have difficulties logging in or viewing articles.

How to enable and disable cookies using your browser
Most browsers allow you to manage cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the ‘Settings’, ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser. The links below are provided to help you find the settings for some common browsers.

You can enjoy many of ARVO’s services without giving us your personal data. Some of the information on our website is available to those who are not ARVO members. Also, you can enter only the minimal amount of information (specify) to your ARVO profile if you wish, and you can edit your profile at any time. Some personal information is necessary so that ARVO can supply you with the services you have purchased or requested, and to authenticate you so that we know it is you and not someone else. You may manage your ARVO subscriptions and you may opt-out of receiving marketing communications at any time. View ARVO's Cookie Policy in more detail.

Disclosures to Third Parties

ARVO does not reveal your personal data to third-parties for their independent use except when:

  • We have your opt-in consent to share the information;
  • We need to share your information to provide the product or service you requested; or
  • We need to send the information to companies working on behalf of ARVO to provide a product or service.
  • The information is provided to our agents, vendors or service providers which perform functions on our behalf.
  • To comply with the law, enforce an agreement we have with you, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others.
  • To address disputes, claims, or to persons demonstrating legal authority to act on your behalf.
  • To address emergencies or acts of God.
  • Through the ARVO Member Directory.

Companies that receive personal information from ARVO in order to execute the businesses of ARVO may use personal information only for that purpose.

Transferring personal data from the EU to the US

ARVO has its headquarters in the United States. Information we collect from you will be processed in the United States. The United States has not sought nor received a finding of “adequacy” from the European Union under Article 45 of the GDPR. ARVO relies on derogations for specific situations as set forth in Article 49 of the GDPR. In particular, ARVO collects and transfers to the U.S. personal data only: with your consent; to perform a contract with you; or to fulfill a compelling legitimate interest of ARVO in a manner that does not outweigh your rights and freedoms. ARVO endeavors to apply suitable safeguards to protect the privacy and security of your personal data and to use it only consistent with your relationship with ARVO and the practices described in this Privacy Notice. ARVO also enters into data processing agreements and model clauses with its vendors whenever feasible and appropriate.

The rights you have regarding your personal data

You have certain individual rights regarding the personal data that ARVO collects and processes about you through the website.

You have the right to access or receive certain information about the personal data that ARVO processes about you. You also have the right to have your personal data rectified, to object to the processing of your personal data or to ask us to restrict processing or delete your personal data. Please note, however, that your rights are subject to exceptions or derogations. Specifically, we may need to further process and retain your personal data to perform a contract with you or your company, organization or hospital, or to comply with legal obligations. Lastly, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a competent supervisory authority. You may access or receive information about your personal data by contacting us at

Links to non-ARVO sites

ARVO is not responsible for content and privacy concerns in non-ARVO sites. For further information, please email ARVO with any comments, questions or concerns about the ARVO privacy policy or its implementation.

Data storage and retention

ARVO is committed to protecting the security of your Personally Identifiable Information. We use commercially reasonable security technologies and procedures to protect your Personally Identifiable Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. After you have submitted your information online to ARVO, we recommend that you end your browser session before leaving your computer. In spite of these protections, ARVO cannot guarantee the security of any data submitted over the Internet. After your information reaches ARVO, however, it is stored on servers (or in the case of information received from you in person, in writing or over the phone, in physical storage areas) protected by procedures and technology designed to block reasonably foreseeable intrusions by unauthorized third parties.

Changes and updates to the Privacy Policy

By using the ARVO website, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Notice and/or any other agreement that we might have with you. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use this Site or any ARVO benefits or services. You agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use, or any other agreement we have with you, will be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland. You also agree to abide by any limitation on damages contained in any agreement we may have with you.

As our organization, membership and benefits change from time to time, this Privacy Policy is expected to change as well. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason, without notice to you, other than the posting of the amended Privacy Policy at this Site. We may e-mail periodic reminders of our notices and terms and conditions and will e-mail ARVO members of material changes thereto, but you should check our Site frequently to see the current Privacy Policy that is in effect and any changes that may have been made to it. The provisions contained herein supersede all previous notices or statements regarding our privacy practices and the terms and conditions that govern the use of this Site.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at +1 240-221-2900 or

Last updated May 2018.


The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) provides this website as a service to ARVO members. The information and hyperlinks are provided as a convenience for ARVO members and should not be construed as an endorsement of a particular idea, product, service or firm. ARVO does not conduct any testing or offer certification of any idea, product, service or firm. ARVO disclaims responsibility for damages of any kind to persons or property resulting from any idea, product, service or firm referred to in information provided at this site, or via links to other sites.

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ARVO Funding Guide Disclaimer

Users of ARVO’s Funding Guide (the “Guide”) should check the funding organization’s website for current information. Deadlines and eligibility should be confirmed with a funding organization’s staff prior to preparing an application. ARVO hereby disclaims all responsibility and liability for completeness and accuracy of the Guide.

Use of this Guide is entirely voluntary, and at the user’s own risk. ARVO has not independently researched or verified information about any funding organization, or the policies or priorities thereof, which may or may not be consistent with ARVO policies and priorities.

ARVO provides the Guide without any representations or warranties, and the responsibility to verify eligibility, funding priorities, and other such relevant information is solely the obligation of the individual researcher, not ARVO. ARVO has no control over, and shall bear no responsibility in connection with, the truth or accuracy of any information provided, or the qualifications of a funding opportunity.

If a researcher finds an appropriate funding opportunity in the Guide, the researcher, not ARVO, shall be responsible for arranging all aspects of any dealings, contracts, or engagements regarding the funding. Visit the Funding Guide