Optometry’s Meeting® is perfect for learning, networking, making new discoveries

May 27, 2013
2012 Optometry’s Meeting® attendees visit AOA Central to get more information about the InfantSEE® program.

2012 Optometry’s Meeting® attendees visit AOA Central to get more information about the InfantSEE® program.

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

The outstanding lineup of speakers and exciting new specialty tracks at Optometry’s Meeting® ensures our attendees can explore new ground. We invite all of you in the optometric community to join us for a fresh focus while looking to tomorrow.

Optometry’s Meeting® is the perfect place for us to come together as a group to discuss common interests and goals, learn more about our industry and innovative products and see what is on the horizon for our future as a profession. So whether you are attending to learn, network, or discover new products and services for your practice, or all three, Optometry’s Meeting® has something for everyone.

Our collaboration extends to our industry partners who continue to support Optometry’s Meeting®. These generous sponsors help reduce the costs of Optometry’s Meeting® for attendees.

As the premier meeting in the ophthalmic industry, Optometry’s Meeting® offers an unparalleled combination of education, exhibits, and social and networking events.

Our continuing education programs aim to keep us moving into the future together. We offer more than 215 hours of in-depth, diverse educational experiences for the whole practice, from optometrists to students and staff.

Most important to note, the new inclusive registration fee structure makes it easy for attendees to take as many courses as they can fit into their schedules for one low price – and there’s no need to pre-register for continuing education sessions! Instead, course attendees can decide what to attend on-site. Arrive at sessions early as seating is first-come, first-served.

In addition to the cutting-edge education, more than 200 leading companies are exhibiting the latest in eye and vision care. Schedule time to explore all the Exhibit Hall has to offer.

On Friday and Saturday, talk to exhibitors face to face to find everyday solutions to improve practices and assist in providing quality patient care. Our exhibitors have invested significant resources for the privilege of being in the Exhibit Hall, and the AOA and AOSA sincerely appreciate their collaboration.

While in the Exhibit Hall, be sure to visit AOA Central. Stop by the Cyber Café in AOA Central to check email and surf the Web. The Locator Kiosks are available to help attendees find course information and navigate their way around the Exhibit Hall with “You are Here” technology. Extremely helpful is the ability to print out a return boarding pass or leave a message for fellow colleagues.

Many social and networking events are included in the registration fee.

On Wednesday join us for a Welcome Reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday’s highlights include the Opening General Session where the association honors the work of the AOA award recipients and welcomes keynote speaker J.R. Martinez. Join your colleagues and Essilor for an amazing life story by the Iraq war hero and New York Times bestselling author who promises to inspire us all with his message of resilience and optimism!

Also on Thursday, the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’ll provide light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while attendees network with industry colleagues and check out the latest in products and technology.

On Thursday evening, we welcome the excitement of the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. All are invited to this fierce optometric competition — students, ODs, guests, and paraoptometrics. And don’t pass up the reception immediately following with great food, drinks, and warm camaraderie.

On Saturday, enjoy the final night of Optometry’s Meeting® at “A Celebration of Optometry” aboard the USS Midway Museum sponsored by Hoya from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The celebration will be a memorable event aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.

Join us in recognizing the AOA and AOSA Board of Trustees while enjoying appetizers, a live band, interactive exhibits, ship museum, and much more. This event is free, but all attendees and guests MUST register.

Linking us together is the Optometry’s Meeting® smartphone app. Attendees can use it to create their schedule, search events by function or speaker, and stay up to date on the latest conference happenings. It includes a list of attendees, and an appointment scheduler. This customized meeting experience will make it better than ever.

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego June 26-30 and Looking to Tomorrow…Together. www.optometrysmeeting.org

One comment

  1. See you all there in San Diego, in a couple of weeks

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