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Over 200 hours of accredited CE make Optometry’s Meeting® a must-attend event

May 25, 2012

Continuing education (CE) is always a prime reason to attend Optometry’s Meeting®, and 2012 brings you many new topics and formats from which to choose.

When you join us in Chicago this June 27 through July 1, you’ll find more than 200 hours of continuing education being offered — including more than 20 hours available at no charge.

So whatever your CE needs, you’ll have multiple opportunities to boost your knowledge and learn the very latest innovations — from laser therapy to 3-D.

In addition, we are making CE participation easier than ever through online course evaluations and credit certificates.

NEW on-site registration

This year, attendees have the opportunity to obtain CE registration materials in advance or pick them up on-site. Watch for an email arriving this month with complete information.

Don’t forget that if you’ve registered for an All-Access Pass, you can bypass pre-registration for individual CE courses.

With the popularity of these passes, we are already sold out for AOA OD members — but All-Access Passes are still available for paraoptometric members and optometric staff members, so please don’t hesitate.

CE credit certificates simplified

We think effort should be rewarded without the wait — and at Optometry’s Meeting® you’ll be able to immediately receive your CE credits earned.

Just look for the special kiosks on Level 1 of the McCormick Place West Convention Center next to the CE rooms. Scan the barcode on your name badge, and your name will appear on the screen. Then a few simple steps later, you will be able to complete the session evaluation and print the necessary certificate.

The kiosks will be available from Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, June 30. Staff members will be available to assist you on-site and answer any questions.

And if you don’t get the chance to enter your evaluations during Optometry’s Meeting®, no worries — you’ll be able to access our online evaluation system until Oct. 5, 2012, at http://www.optometrysmeeting.org. Simply use your registration login to access the system, and follow the online instructions.

See the future in 3-D

Three-dimensional technology actually dates back nearly two centuries with the invention of the stereoscope — yet it has only been a novelty until the last decade. Today, 3-D seems to be everywhere: in movies, television, video games, mobile devices, and more.

Now beyond its commanding presence in the entertainment world, 3-D is making a splash in the world of optometry.

Stereoscopic technology can help diagnose and treat millions of children and adults with vision deficiencies, helping optometrists create value for both patients and society at large.

You can take a deep dive into all that 3-D technology offers by attending our 3-D Education Symposiums on Thursday and Friday.

In addition, we will hold a complimentary Saturday 3-D Symposium (D201) where you’ll hear how to make your practice “3-D Ready!” This no-cost course is open to all attendees, so registering early to reserve your seat is recommended.
Our Opening General Session sponsored by Essilor— HOLLYWOOD COMES TO CHICAGO!— offers an insider’s perspective on how 3-D is transforming the worlds of entertainment, optical science and health.

Presented in partnership with Essilor and the International 3D Society, this “behind-the-scenes” event, with special guest speakers, will give you a peek into current 3-D projects before they’re released to the general public.

The opportunity to interact

The Optometry’s Meeting® Exhibit Hall is a vital part of our conference, with more than 200 exhibitors presenting the latest equipment, services and technical developments.

Visiting the Exhibit Hall expands both your competence and your connections, because you can network with numerous specialists offering breakthrough solutions certain to benefit your practice.

The AOA and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) gratefully acknowledge the support of the companies and organizations participating in the 2012 exhibition, and we hope you will applaud them for making this meeting possible.

Please note these Exhibit Hall hours:

  • Thursday, June 28 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception sponsored by Shamir — including your own commemorative Shamir wine glass.
  • Friday, June 29 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with your $10 Marchon lunch coupon. Exhibit Hall Happy Hour 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. hosted by the AOA.

Exchange ideas and business cards

Optometry’s Meeting® is filled with events where you can make contacts with like-minded professionals and build valuable relationships. Just some of the highlights include:

  • Optometry’s Meeting® Welcome Hour, sponsored by the AOA and CooperVision, provides a casual atmosphere to connect with old friends and meet new ones.
  • Incoming Presidential Celebration honoring Ronald Hopping, O.D., MPH. Sponsored by Alcon, Optos, and Vision Source, this event lays down the beats with our own house band, the “Eye Docs of Rock.” Come get the party started at this high-energy evening of music and dance, featuring special “guest” performances from celebrity eye care professionals.
  • A Celebration of Optometry, sponsored by HOYA, recognizes the AOA Board of Trustees and the AOSA Executive Council in a world-class setting: The Field Museum. This renowned natural history institution is home to more than 20 million specimens – including “Sue,” the world’s largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex. As you view the museum’s more than 35 fascinating exhibitions, you’ll be entertained by dueling pianos and fueled by “Taste of Chicago” themed appetizers and desserts (but don’t you dare feed Sue!). This gala evening is a memorable conclusion to Optometry’s Meeting® — but with limited space available, advance registration is required.

Visualize your future

Whether you are looking for employment, job candidates or potential partners, you have a unique opportunity to find the perfect match at Optometry’s Career Center®, sponsored by Marchon and Optos.

This event provides a wealth of resources including career information, qualified candidates, and different modes of practice.

Top-notch education, entertainment, and enlightenment is waiting for you at Optometry’s Meeting® in Chicago.

Register today at www.optometrysmeeting.org.

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