Latest News Early Bird Registration Opens for AOA’s Optometry’s Meeting Which Will Feature Martin Short By Staff Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:21 AM Martin Short. PHILADELPHIA—Early bird registration has opened for Optometry’s Meeting, which will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center here, Wednesday, June 25, through Sunday, June 29. The American Optometric Association (AOA) event is breaking with tradition and adding an extra day so attendees have more time to take advantage of all of the event’s offerings, as first reported by VMail March 24, 2014. In addition to more than 220 hours of CE, more than 200 exhibitors, and an Essilor-sponsored keynote speech by Olympic gold-medalist figure skater, Scott Hamilton, the event will also include the Hoya-sponsored Celebration of Optometry, featuring a performance by actor and comedian Martin Short. Known for his work on Saturday Night Live, particularly for his portrayal of characters Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen, Short will entertain attendees during the Celebration of Optometry on Saturday, June 28, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Celebration of Optometry will also recognize the 2014-2015 AOA and American Optometric Student Association boards of trustees.