Optometry’s Meeting Hosts and Honors the Profession’s Leaders

PHILADELPHIA—Among the highlights of the 2014 Optometry’s Meeting, sponsored by the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association, were the election of officers during the 117th AOA Congress, the 23rd annual Varilux Optometry Student Bowl, and the 5K Run/Walk sponsored by The Vision Council in support of Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation, among a host of other receptions, courses, meetings and events.

David Cockrell, OD, was sworn in as AOA president, Southern California College of Optometry won the crystal Student Bowl trophy for coming in first place, and awards were presented to leading optometrists and other eyecare professionals. Here’s just a small selection of the many happenings at Optometry’s Meeting. For more, go to www.visionmonday.com.

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Outgoing president Mitchell T. Munson, OD, cut the ribbon on the exhibition hall.

Peter M. Agnone, Jr. OD, (r) was named 2014 Optometrist of the Year.

Paul C. Ajamian, OD, (r) received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame were (l to r) Arol R. Augsburger, OD, of Chicago; Ron Fair, OD, of Brighton, Colo.; and Karla Zadnik, OD, Ph.D. of Worthington, Ohio.

Optometry Cares thanked its “largest financial supporter to date,” Kenji Hamada, OD, whose daughter, Wesley Hamada (c) accepted the award from Jack Schaeffer, OD, (l) and T. Joel Byars, OD, (r).

Olympic gold figure skater and cancer survivor, Scott Hamilton, made the keynote speech during the Essilor-sponsored opening general session.

Think About Your Eyes’ David Plogmann (l) met with LensCrafters’ Eric Anderson at the Luxottica Live! event.

Speaking at the “Women in Optometry” event were (l to r) Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO; Cheryl Engels, OD, MBA; editor Marjolijn Bijlefeld; April Jasper, OD, FAAO; stylist Ilaria Urbanati; and Katie Gilbert-Spear, OD, MPH.

The 23rd annual Varilux Optometry Student Bowl ended with a win for Southern California College of Optometry.

Optometry’s Meeting closed with the Hoya-sponsored Celebration of Optometry event featuring famed comedian Martin Short. (Photo by Jacob Slaton for AOA)