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 24

Optometry's Meeting® Opens with Exclusive Pharmacology Courses

12:30 – 3:30PM

Pharmacology in Your Practice with Dr. Jimmy Bartlett 12:30 – 3:30PM We kick off Optometry’s Meeting® with two innovative pharmacology courses taught by Dr. Jimmy Bartlett. All registered CE attendees will have an opportunity to attend these exclusive courses presented by a top-rated speaker in the field.

  • How to Get Comfortable with Prescription Oral Medications 12:30 – 1:30PM
    Are you still having some difficulty integrating oral pharmaceuticals into your practice? Intimidated by potential side effects? This course reviews the principal medications used by optometrists for oral therapy, questions that should be asked before prescribing, and appropriate follow-up protocols to monitor patient response and to manage any developing side effects.

  • Are You Practicing 21st-Century Therapeutics? 1:30 – 3:30PM
    Move your practice into the 21st century by adhering to these new guidelines and treatment protocols. This course challenges all attendees to provide the very best contemporary pharmacologic treatment for every patient cared for in today's primary care optometric practice. Recent FDA approved medications and treatment protocols sanctioned by the AOA Clinical Practice Guidelines and the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Preferred Practice Patterns will be emphasized.

INTRODUCING! OD Talks:

A Look into the Future Featuring Top Futurists in the Industry

3:30 – 5:00PM

What will optometry look like in the future? Rapid-fire OD Talks by futurists in the industry will give you a sneak peek into what optometry could look like in 10-15 years. Futurists Rob Foster, David Friedfield, and Bryan Wolynski, OD, will give us insight into how our industry could change, including the borderless office, 3D printing, and technology for the blind and visually impaired. This event will be for CE credit for those registered for CE, but everyone is invited and encouraged to hear these thought-provoking talks!

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

5:30 – 7:00PM

Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session is one of the most anticipated events every year. Join your colleagues and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. for the presentation of the AOA's annual awards and to hear Rob O’Neill share the lessons he learned as the Team Leader of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

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Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

CONTACT LENS AND CORNEA SECTION RECOGNITION EVENT

7:30 – 9:00PM

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 25

BLAST FROM THE PAST (REMINISCE-IN)

3:00 – 4:30PM

Come reminisce with fellow optometric history buffs at the “Blast from the Past.” Join Optometry Cares® and the Optometric Historical Society for refreshments and lively discussion with Lester Caplan, OD, MEd. He will speak about his time as the first Optometric Consultant to the Director of the Indian Health Service, the Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“APPY” HOUR IN AOA CENTRAL

3:45 – 4:45PM

Have you ever said, “There’s an app for that”? If so, you’ll want to arrive early for the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and network with other optometry techies to share and find some of the most fun and useful 21st century tools. Be sure to bring your smart phone or device!

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 4pm – 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.

NATIONAL OPTOMETRY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

7:00 – 8:00PM

Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2015 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™ XXIV AND RECEPTION

7:30 – 11:00PM

College rivalries take center stage as 23 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the 24th Annual Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™. 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, ODs, 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, June 26

COLLEAGUE TO COLLEAGUE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE AOA BOARD

9:00 – 10:00AM

Everyone is invited to attend this open forum with the AOA Board of Trustees. Ask the questions you always wanted, and board members will be available to answer your queries. Don't miss this lively discussion session on a wide range of topics. NEW THIS YEAR — This event will be for CE credit for those registered for CE, but all attendees are encouraged to join the conversation!

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 for this free event.

TASTE OF SEATTLE EXPERIENCE IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

3:00 – 5:00PM

Want a taste of Seattle? The Emerald City is known for its fresh cuisine and what better way to roam the Hall but with scrumptious morsels leading the way. There are three concession areas in each Hall, for a total of six. Each concession area will offer something delightful, from smoked salmon kabobs to Beecher’s mac and cheese. You don’t want to miss this tasty experience!

Saturday, June 27

OPTOMETRY CARES® 5K RUN/WALK

6:00 – 7:30AM

Come stretch your legs and lungs at the third annual Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk! This event had nearly 500 participants last year, so don’t miss your chance to run next to the picturesque mountain and water skyline of Seattle. Race entry fee of $30 includes a race packet, chip-timed bib, technical T-shirt, and awards to top age-division finishers.

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Registration Required

Sponsored by The Vision Council

A CELEBRATION OF OPTOMETRY

8:00 – 10:30PM

HOYA returns as the generous sponsor of the Celebration of Optometry on Saturday night. Join your colleagues in the Grand Ballroom at the Washington State Convention Center to recognize the 2015-2016 AOA and AOSA boards of trustees. Enjoy the final evening of Optometry's Meeting® with entertainment by comedian and actor Sinbad and artist in action Brian Olsen.

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Sponsored by HOYA