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Registration opens today! Connect, learn and recharge at Optometry’s Meeting® in Chicago

February 8, 2012

The Chicago Theater is a legendary auditorium that hosts a variety of entertainment, including concerts, plays, dance, comedy and more. Optometry’s Meeting® 2012 will be hosted in the city of Chicago. Visit http://www.optometry smeeting.org for more information. Photo credit: © City of Chicago/GRC

From education to exhibits to networking – and of course the excitement of Chicago – there are countless reasons to attend Optometry’s Meeting® 2012. This June 27 through July 1, Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center will be home to all that’s innovative and exciting about our profession.

With so much that’s new for 2012, you’ll want to make your plans now so you don’t miss out on this must-attend event. These are just some of the highlights.

Expand your contacts

Your networking opportunities this year are better than ever, thanks to our partnerships with other premier optometry organizations. So while you meet and greet your AOA and American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) colleagues, you can also connect with old and new friends at these three concurrent conferences:

    • Illinois Optometric Association. The AOA and AOSA extend a special welcome to all of our colleagues and friends from the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) who are participating in Optometry’s Meeting® this year. We are thrilled to be in their wonderful state and appreciate their hospitality. Please be sure to thank their members for joining Optometry’s Meeting®.

  • Armed Forces Optometric Society. The AOA and AOSA extend a special welcome to all of our colleagues and friends from the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) who are meeting with us this year. We greatly appreciate their service to our military troops and their families, our Native American population and our veterans. AFOS members will be fully participating in Optometry’s Meeting®. Please be sure to thank their members for joining Optometry’s Meeting®.
  • World Council of Optometry. Advancing Optometry Worldwide, the World Council of Optometry’s international conference, will immediately precede Optometry’s Meeting® from June 24-26. This provides additional opportunities to share ideas and information with many of the WCO’s 300,000 optometrists in six world regions who will be in Chicago.

Build your knowledge

Along with such popular topics as technological advances, pharmaceutical research and eyewear trends, Optometry’s Meeting® 2012 will feature new educational events that can help you grow and sharpen your practice.

  • 3-D Theater is home to a wide range of educational programs on the science behind stereoscopic 3-D. Movies, TV, mobile devices, classrooms and signage are all increasing the use of 3-D technologies, and this is helping to identify millions of children and adults with treatable binocular vision problems.
  • Practice Pathways is a two-part course open to all attendees looking to buy, buy-in or sell a practice. You’ll discover how to be successful in each stage of the practice lifecycle, including practice entry, practice management, and development and succession planning.
  • Pardon the Optometrist is a new series of courses featuring the rapid-fire question format familiar to viewers of sports TV. Each course subtopics will be limited to 10 minutes of fast paced discussion and debate, with a rundown of upcoming subtopics displayed on a screen.

Five courses will be presented in this unique and lively style: Anterior Segment, New Technology, Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, and Student Practice Management.

Specialty courses

Optometry’s Meeting® is partnering with six innovative societies to give you the chance to increase your knowledge in specific areas of optometry. Look for these education tracks on the CE program! The participating societies include the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry, the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, the Optometric Glaucoma Society, the Optometric Retina Society, and Vision Leads Foundation.

Lunch and learn

Three brand-new lunch symposia will be offered to all attendees on Thursday. You can attend your choice of these timely and informative programs:

“Medical Management of the Presbyopic Patient” will be sponsored by Alcon. The co-presenters are Chuck Aldridge, O.D., and Melanie Denton, O.D.

Clinical Overview of Lastacraft® (alcaftadine ophthalmic solution) 0.25%” will be sponsored by Allergan. The speaker is Mark Dunbar, O.D.

“Clinical Overview of Restasis® (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05%” will be sponsored by Allergan. The speaker is Marc Bloomenstein, O.D.

And an expert forum, “Building Successful Practices Through Patient Referrals,” will be sponsored by Vistakon®. This panel discussion will be led by Lee Ball, O.D.

Interactive poster session

Optometry’s Meeting® attendees are encouraged to attend the AOA Clinical and Scientific Poster Session, offering continuing education (CE) credit on Friday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This interactive session will provide a one- or two-hour CE credit for uninterrupted viewing.

Celebration of Optometry

Scientists know her as FMNH PR 2081, but the world knows her as Sue — the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen in the world, housed in Chicago’s famed Field Museum. And our Saturday evening gala, “A Celebration of Optometry,” will take place right in Sue’s shadow.

This memorable special event recognizes the AOA and AOSA Board of Trustees.
You’ll enjoy our own “Taste of Chicago” hors d’oeuvres and be entertained by dueling pianos as you walk through the museum’s world-class natural history exhibits showcasing every corner of the globe.

Get the app

Available in March 2012, the official Optometry’s Meeting® smartphone app will enable you to view conference schedules, exhibit locations, show and company information, and your personal show calendar.

It’s sponsored by Vistakon® and Alcon.

Faster, easier booking

New for 2012, Optometry’s Meeting® is introducing a more streamlined approach to registration this February.

You will be guided through both conference registration and housing reservations step by step.

After completing your registration, you will be linked directly to the housing reservation page which offers discounted rates at three magnificent Chicago hotels that have blocked rooms for Optometry’s Meeting®:

  • The Hilton Chicago— the official headquarters hotel of Optometry’s Meeting®—located on Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
  • Hilton Palmer House — a historic grand hotel close to Millennium Park, Macy’s, and the Art Institute.
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place — connected by skybridge to McCormick Place Convention Center.

The House of Delegates and the Conference Education will all be located at McCormick Place with the majority of the evening activities taking place at the Hilton Chicago or the Hilton Palmer House.

Complimentary shuttle service is provided between McCormick Place and the Hilton Chicago and Hilton Palmer House, sponsored by Allergan and Vistakon®.

You are encouraged to choose one of these hotels for easy access to all Optometry’s Meeting® functions, plus the networking opportunities from staying where your colleagues are staying.

So you’re all set when Registration and Housing open in February, make sure you bookmark and regularly visit www.optometrysmeeting.org.

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