ATLANTA—SECO International has announced the dates, theme and course line-up for its 93rd annual meeting to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Feb. 24 to 28, 2016. This year’s theme, “The Big Picture: Widen Your Perspective,” refers to the new courses being offered for both optometrists and optometric staff.

Live patients will be included in the new “Pre- and Post-Op Cataract Surgery Learning Lab,” and hands-on training will be provided in “Amniotic Membranes: The New Frontier Learning Lab.” An infectious disease duo, “Beyond Ebola” and “HIV Update,” will be taught by Robert Kalayjian, MD.

Special Sessions will include “The Sky’s the Limit – Or Is It?” with corneal specialist John Berdahl, MD, and “A Fresh Look at Fields and OCTs” with Don Hood, PhD, of Columbia University. Opening remarks for “More than Meets the Eye” will be provided by Rear Admiral Michael H. Mittelman, deputy chief bureau of medicine and surgery, deputy surgeon general and optometrist.

In addition, 28 team-centered learning courses, more than ever before at SECO, will cover co-management issues, specialty contact lenses, eyecare and disease, and electronic health records, open to all continuing education attendees. The new “Make It Your Business” Practice Management Track will feature seven courses with 11 hours of team-centered learning.

SECO’s Optometric Staff Program will offer many exclusive programs for opticians, paraoptometrics, ophthalmic technicians and administrative staff this year. Both optometrists and optometric staff will have the opportunity to attend the Technology Track, which will feature three innovative technology courses, “Patient Portals,” “EHR – Changing the Workflow Paradigm” and “Integrating Instruments into EMR.”

SECO president, Stan Dickerson, OD, said, “The entire educational program will offer optometrists and optometry professionals a tremendous number of new topics from which to choose. As our profession continues to evolve and expand, it’s important that we provide our attendees with fresh perspectives and new approaches to eyecare, as well as courses like practice management that help us adapt and address challenges many of us face in our practices.”

More information is available at, and online registration will officially open Nov. 2, 2015.