A high performance proximity sensor that integrates a front semitransparent organic photodiode (OPD) and an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is demonstrated. A 0.3-nm-thick plasma-polymerized fluorocarbon film (CF X)-modified thin silver interlayer, serving simultaneously as a semitransparent cathode for the OPD and an anode for OLED, is used to vertically connect the functional organic electronic components. A microcavity OLED is formed between a semitransparent Ag/CFX interlayer and the rear Al cathode enhancing the forward electroluminescence emission in the integrated device. The semitransparent-OPD/OLED stack is designed using an optical admittance analysis method. In the integrated sensor, the front semitransparent OPD component enables a high transmission of light emitted by the integrated OLED unit and a high absorption when light is reflected from objects, thereby to increase the signal/noise ratio. The design and fabrication flexibility of an integrated semitransparent-OPD/OLED device also has cost benefit, making it possible for application in organic proximity sensors.