JUNE 29 - JULY 3, 2016 | BOSTON, MA

House of Delegates, Optometry's Voice

The House of Delegates is the legislative and policymaking body of the AOA and has helped lead the advancement of optometry for over a century.

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Wednesday, June 29

Optometry's Meeting® Opens with Exclusive Ocular Pharmacology Courses

10:30 – 11:30am and 12:30 - 3:30pm

Innovative Ocular Pharmacology Education Featuring Drs. Melton and Thomas   We kick off Optometry's Meeting® with four hours of education taught by the lecture team of Ron Melton, OD, and Randall Thomas, OD. Drs. Melton and Thomas have lectured nationally and internationally on ocular disease and pharmacology at more than 800 continuing medical education meetings. All registered CE attendees will want to attend these courses created exclusively for Optometry's Meeting®.

  • Treatment Options for Ocular Infection 10:30am - 11:30am
    Advances in therapeutic options and the latest trends for treating ocular infection, including topical and oral antibiotics

  • Treatment Options for Ocular Inflammation 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Current treatment strategies for ocular inflammation as well as advances in therapeutic options with steroids and NSAIDS

  • Current Trends in Medical Management 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Diagnosing and treating eye diseases as well as strategies that provide guidelines for treating patients, including combination antibiotic-steroid drugs, antivirals, allergy, and glaucoma medications

OD TALKS - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Through a Patient's Eyes

3:30 – 5:00pm

See what all the hype is about as last year's popular OD Talks - inspired by the well-known TED Talks - returns. This year three special presentations will focus on vision therapy to reorganize the brain, brain plasticity, and sight through echolocation. Featured speakers include Sue Barry, Ph.D., author of Fixing My Gaze; A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions; Clark Elliott, Ph.D., author of The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back; and Daniel Kish a blind man who learned to "see" using a form of echolocation. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this accredited CE event!

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

5:00 – 7:30pm

The Opening General Session is one of the most anticipated events every year. The reception begins at 5:00 followed by the presentation of the AOA's annual awards and a story that will put you over the moon! The keynote speaker will be astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to set foot on the moon. As a leading space exploration advocate, Col. Aldrin continues to chart a course for future space travel and is passionate about inspiring the younger generations of future explorers and innovators.

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Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

CONTACT LENS AND CORNEA SECTION RECOGNITION EVENT

8:00 – 10:00pm

Join the CLCS ceremony honoring the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Donald R. Korb Award of Excellence and the recipients of the CLCS Achievement Award, Dr. Rodger Kame Award, Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice, and the 2015 Legends Awards. This event provides fellowship of practitioners, educators, and leaders - past and present - in the field of contact lens and cornea. Attendees can meet the legends, reconnect with colleagues, and enjoy culinary delights and beverages at this event.


Thursday, June 30

EXHIBIT HALL GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON-CUTTING

4:00 – 7:00pm

Join your colleagues as the AOA Board of Trustees performs the ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday at 4pm. The Exhibit Hall will be open exclusively from 4 – 7pm so that you may network with the exhibitors and see all the latest and greatest that optometry has to offer. Be sure to thank our exhibitors for supporting the meeting and keeping registration fees down for all who attend.

Ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

NATIONAL OPTOMETRY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

7:00 – 8:00pm

Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2016 into the National Optometry Hall of Fame during an hors d’oeuvres reception. Come congratulate the luminaries of the optometric profession, celebrate their accomplishments and listen to their stories. .

VARILUX® OPTOMETRY STUDENT BOWL™ XXV AND RECEPTION

7:30 – 11:00pm

Alumni and students - be there to cheer on your college at the 25th Annual Varilux® Optometry Student BowlTM. Excitement prevails when 23 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, most spirited, and most creative. The high-speed, high-stakes test of optometric knowledge pits one champion from each school against all others, poised to buzz in with the right answer and bring home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy.

Everyone is invited — students, doctors of optometry, guests, and optometric staff. Attend the reception that immediately follows with great food, drinks, and warm camaraderie. Students and students' guests will be automatically registered for this event. All others may attend the Student BowlTM without registering but must register to receive a free drink ticket for the reception.

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Sponsored by Essilor


Friday, July 1

OPTOMETRIC EDUCATORS’ EXCHANGE

1:00 – 5:00pm

Attention optometric faculty: join your colleagues in education at the tenth annual Optometric Educators’ Exchange program (OEE). Bring your passion for your career and profession: attend the OEE to network with colleagues, share ideas, and take home concepts that you can quickly put to work in the classroom or clinic.

Registration is required, $25 fee.

BUCK-A-BEER NIGHT  IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

4:00 – 6:00pm

Buck‐A‐Beer Night is back and better than ever! Yes, it's just as it sounds...$1 per beer and snacks will be provided. This is a great opportunity to network with exhibitors and your colleagues and start your Friday night festivities off right!

SCHOOLS & COLLEGES OF OPTOMETRY ALUMNI RECEPTIONS

6:00 – 7:30pm

Reconnect with classmates and make new friends at the schools and colleges of optometry alumni receptions. These are always a Friday evening highlight at Optometry's Meeting. This year twelve schools are hosting a reception. Check here to see if your school is one of them, and make your plans to attend.


Saturday, July 2

OPTOMETRY CARES® 5K RUN/WALK

6:00 – 7:30am

Come stretch your legs and lungs at the third annual Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk!  Race entry fee of $30 includes a race packet, chip-timed bib, technical T-shirt, finisher's medal, and awards to top age-division finishers.

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Registration Required, $30 fee.

A CELEBRATION OF OPTOMETRY

7:00 – 10:00pm

Join your colleagues for the final evening of Optometry's Meeting® at the celebration before the Celebration. Mix and mingle and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at a reception from 7:00-8:00pm. At 8:00pm we will recognize the 2016-2017 AOA and AOSA boards of trustees and enjoy an evening of entertainment by "Broadway to Boston."

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Sponsored by HOYA


Sunday, July 3

Continuing Education

8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm

Conclude your Optometry's Meeting® with SEVEN hours of CE on Sunday .  Click here for course information.