AOA’s Annual Optometry’s Meeting Simplifies Attending and Obtaining CE Credits


CHICAGO—The American Optometric Association (AOA) will hold its annual Optometry’s Meeting here June 27 to July 1. The event will feature 200 hours of continuing education and over 200 exhibitors along with a number of other educational and entertaining activities.

The AOA has simplified attending classes and obtaining credits this year. For example, CE registration materials are available in advance or onsite, and participants will be able to immediately receive CE credits earned using special kiosks located next to CE rooms. In addition, the All-Access Pass enables attendees to bypass pre-registration for individual courses.

Among the topics in focus this year is three-dimensional technology. A complimentary, Essilor-sponsored Opening General Session, “Hollywood Comes to Chicago,” will provide an insider’s perspective on how 3-D is transforming the worlds of entertainment, optical science and health. There will be 3-D Education Symposiums on Thursday and Friday, and a free session on Saturday will teach attendees how to make their practice “3-D Ready!”

Receptions during the meeting will include an AOA- and CooperVision-sponsored Welcome Hour on Wednesday, June 27 and a Hoya-sponsored Celebration of Optometry recognizing the AOA Board of Trustees and the American Optometric Student Association Executive Council on Saturday, June 30. The Incoming President Celebration on Friday, June 29 honoring Ronald Hopping, OD, MPH, will feature the Eye Docs of Rock band and is being sponsored by Alcon, Optos and Vision Source.

Other events during the four-day meeting will include the National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl XXI and Reception, and various AOA and optometry schools’ receptions.

To further simplify attending the 2012 Optometry’s Meeting, a smart phone app sponsored by Vistakon and Alcon will enable attendees to instantly access information about the event.