Optometry’s Meeting® full of can’t-miss events

May 27, 2012

Dr. Coble

By John Coble, O.D., Optometry’s Meeting® Executive Committee chair

You simply cannot afford to miss Optometry’s Meeting®! Now more than ever, people are trying to decide what meeting(s) they should attend. We challenge you to decide what meetings you can’t afford to miss.

Optometry’s Meeting® is the premier optometric meeting. Why? The AOA is the acknowledged leader and recognized authority for primary eye and vision care in the world.

The AOA constantly brings our members the latest in education, products, tools, and services to keep optometric practices on the frontline.

This is “optometry’s” meeting, properly titled as it encompasses many things – it’s the national meeting, a place to take the best continuing education, meet with industry leaders, catch up with colleagues, a fun-family event, and much more.
We offer something for everyone in our profession.

We are very grateful to have industry partners that continue to support Optometry’s Meeting®, keeping it the leading meeting in the industry.

Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors, our meeting will remain affordable and enjoyable, including free continuing education (CE) and many sponsored events for all to enjoy.

The Exhibit Hall will open with a fun, networking event.

On Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a wine and cheese event sponsored by Shamir.

On Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., join your colleagues for an Exhibit Hall Happy Hour.

Thousands of dollars in American Express gift cards will be raffled during hall hours, so make sure you’re present to win.
Need to grab lunch on the run? Stop by the Marchon booth (#1614) to receive a complimentary lunch coupon (good on Friday) in the Exhibit Hall.

Please do not miss AOA Central, where staff and volunteers will fill you in on the important initiatives at the AOA.
You will receive the latest commemorative pin to add to your collection.

We know in these fast-paced times it’s important to keep up on what’s happening back home. Therefore, stop by the complimentary Cyber Café in AOA Central to check-in.

We will also have Locator Kiosks available again in AOA Central and outside of the Exhibit Hall as well. You can find courses, exhibitors, colleagues, and more.

Furthermore, the McCormick Place West Convention Center has wireless internet available throughout the center for no charge!

New this year! In AOA Central you will find a few self-service, registration kiosks. You may register for the meeting or, if you are already registered, adjust your schedule by adding additional CE courses or functions/activities.

We hope you find this new resource beneficial! Assistants will be standing by to answer any questions and assist with the process.

Our exhibitors have invested significant resources for the privilege of being in the Exhibit Hall, and the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association sincerely appreciate their support.

Without exhibitor support, our registration fees and other meeting expenses would increase.

Please stop by and thank the exhibitors for their continued support of Optometry’s Meeting® and purchase some needed items for your practice.

Don’t forget to grab a messenger bag! Shamir doesn’t want you to leave the Exhibit Hall empty-handed, so they sponsored a messenger bag to hold all the valuable literature and giveaways that you collect during your Exhibit Hall visit.

Please complete the Attendee Survey you will receive via email after the meeting. You could win up to $250 in American Express gift cards just by taking five minutes to fill out our survey. Your feedback can keep Optometry’s Meeting® the best meeting in our profession!

Lastly, be sure to join us Saturday night, June 30 at A Celebration of Optometry!

Chicago’s Field Museum is ours for the night. In addition to the more than 35 museum exhibits, there will be hearty hors d’oeuvres and dueling pianos to entertain us!

This event WILL sell out so make sure you indicate you’re attending when you register for Optometry’s Meeting®. It’s free to registered attendees and guests but you MUST let us know you are coming.

A big thank you to HOYA for sponsoring this spectacular event!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago this June!

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