1/27 In honor of AOA's new president, Steven A. Loomis, O.D., AOA's Board of Trustees wear bow ties at Optometry's Meeting® in Seattle.
2/27 At the Opening General Session, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., former Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill delivered the keynote speech on leadership, decision making, and how to become “the best of the best.”
3/27 AOA awards were presented at the Opening General Session by AOA President David A. Cockrell to AOA members who have distinguished themselves and the profession. From left: Sen. David Heitmeier, O.D., of Louisiana, Optometrist of the Year; Tamara Petrosyan, O.D., of New Jersey, Young Optometrist of the Year; Tammy Than, O.D., of Alabama, Optometric Educator Award; Marilyn Beeson, CPOA, of Mississippi, Paraoptometric of the Year; Lee Carr III, O.D., of Oklahoma, Distinguished Service Award; and NewView Oklahoma, Inc., Apollo Award.
4/27 Three industry futurists provided a look into the future of optometry in the OD Talks.
5/27 The AOA's legislative body, the AOA House of Delegates, officially convened with the traditional fanfare and parade of state optometric associations' flags.
6/27 Mitchell T. Munson, AOA past-president and House speaker, charged the delegates after the processional: "Your collective actions will have a profound impact on the visual welfare of the citizens of this country; bear that in mind today.“
7/27 AOA MORE took the spotlight in Thursday's House of Delegates session as the Quality Improvement and Registries Committee introduced the game-changing database to state affiliates with a lively launch presentation.
8/27 AOA President David A. Cockrell, O.D., and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. President Laura Angelini perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Exhibit Hall.
9/27 Optometry's Meeting® attendees network and explore the Exhibit Hall.
10/27 InfantSEE® celebrates its 10th anniversary at a party In AOA Central.
11/27 Pete Kehoe, O.D., addresses the Paraoptometric "Voice of the Profession" Kick-off Rally, sponsored by Transitions.
12/27 Optometry's Meeting® attendees attend one of the sponsored breakfast symposiums.
13/27 Schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the 24th Annual Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™.
14/27 Nicole Rist of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University clinched the coveted crystal trophy, taking home both bragging rights and $1,000 in winnings.
15/27 Pacific University College of Optometry captured the coveted Spirit Award for their passionate display of school spirit.
16/27 Optometry's Meeting® attendees ask questions at Colleague to Colleague, an open forum with the AOA Board of Trustees.
17/27 National Optometry Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Paul C. Ajamian, O.D.; Earl L. Smith III, O.D., Ph.D.; and Kenji Hamada, O.D., with Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation President T. Joel Byars, O.D.
18/27 Optometry's Meeting® attendees benefitted from five days of continuing education.
19/27 ODs attend a hands-on workshop. There were also workshops for paraoptometrics and students.
20/27 AOSA Awards and General Session
21/27 Students enjoying the Luxottica Live! party at the Hard Rock Café.
22/27 AOA Paraoptometric award winners from left: Community Service Award winner, Evelyn Horton, CPO. AOA Paraoptometric of the Year, Marilyn Beeson, CPOA. The 2015 Bridgeway Award, Mississippi, accepted by Beverly Roberts.
23/27 AOA members support a great cause at the 2015 Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk sponsored by The Vision Council and Transitions.
24/27 Attendees visit with colleagues on the final evening of Optometry’s Meeting® at a reception before the Celebration of Optometry.
25/27 Performance artist Brian Olsen entranced the crowd with his speed-painting of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein at the Celebration of Optometry, sponsored by HOYA.
26/27 Comedian Sinbad left the audience holding their sides with laughter at the Celebration of Optometry.
27/27 John Coble, O.D., Meetings Center Executive Committee Chair, auctions two paintings created by Brian Olsen during his performance. Proceeds went to Optometry Cares® and AOA-PAC.