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House of Delegates, Optometry's Voice

To quote Article V of the AOA Bylaws, "A meeting of the House of Delegates shall be called a congress."

The House of Delegates is the legislative and policymaking body of the AOA and is the supreme authority of the association. It is composed of delegates representing members of the affiliated associations. Entrance to the AOA House of Delegates' Chamber is limited to delegates and other persons presenting proper credentials; however, by virtue of their membership, all members of the AOA are entitled to observe all sessions, other than non-public sessions, of the House of Delegates.

Each year, the opening session of the House begins with a colorful parade as the colors of the sovereign states of our great nation, the District of Columbia, the Armed Forces Optometric Society, and the American Optometric Student Association are presented. This is the venue in which affiliate leaders gather to discuss and vote on the business matters of the association. The Saturday afternoon session begins with a procession for the incoming president, followed by his inauguration speech. The nominations and elections for the AOA Board of Trustees conclude the annual meeting.

The AOA House of Delegates will be in session at the following times:

Thursday, June 26 8:00am - 12:00pm 1:25pm - 3:40pm
Friday. June 27 No Sessions
Saturday, June28 8:30am - 12:00pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Wednesday, June 25

Education

12:30 - 4:30pm

New this year! Continuing education will begin Wednesday afternoon and continue through Saturday, adding a half day of additional options for attendees.

Opening General Session - New Day and Time!

5:00 - 6:30pm

Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session is one of the most anticipated events every year. This year will be no different - except the Opening General Session will be held Wednesday evening instead of the traditional Thursday morning. Join your colleagues and Essilor for the presentation of the AOA's annual awards and one of the most inspiring life stories in the history of sports!

Clearly one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is an Olympic gold medalist, network TV skating commentator, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist, and cancer and brain tumor survivor. His remarkable courage, determination, and dignity have made him a champion in the truest sense of the word. His clarity about living the life he's been given has inspired audiences across the country.

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Sponsored by Essilor

Contact Lens and Cornea Section Recognition Event

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join the CLCS Thursday evening for the 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 2014 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 26

Free Symposium with Breakfast for Optometric Staff - A New Standard for Color Lenses: Introducing AIR OPTIX® Colors Contact Lenses

7:00am - 8:00am

What happens when you combine beautiful FreshLook® 3-in-1 color technology with AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses? You set a new standard in color. New AIR OPTIX® Colors contact lenses are now part of the most complete family of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Come learn how to grow your practice. You'll never look at the color contact lens market the same. Open to Optometric Staff/Paraoptometrics only. Speaker: Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO

Sponsored by Alcon

Registration Required

Practice Pathways

8:00am - 12:00pm

This two-part series for optometrists and students will give you the facts you need to successfully buy or sell a practice. You'll learn the process of transferring practice ownership from doctors who have been there, principles of winning relationships and leadership, the importance of communication, and hands-on tools to retain patients. The series will cover practical knowledge, legal, financial, and tax aspects.

PART I: Principles of Practice Transfer   Part II: Preparing for Your Transition
8:00am - 10:00am 10:00am - 12:00pm
Presented by: Chad Fleming, OD Roundtable Discussion with Healthcare
Professional Funding
(2-hour COPE approved) (not for COPE credit)

Optometry's Career Center® Networking Event

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for this one-hour career networking event hosted by AOAExcelTM. This event will provide job seekers and employers a unique forum to access the perfect job opportunity or the perfect candidate, career information on different modes of practice, and insights into what both employers and job candidates need to know. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Hosted by: AOAExcel™

Free Symposium with Lunch - New Daily Disposable Contact Lenses for Your Presbyopic and Astigmatic Patients

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Alcon is proud to announce two innovations in contact lenses designed to enhance patients' lives through improved vision. DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus® Multifocal contact lenses and DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus® Toric contact lenses feature a unique combination of moisturizing agents, which are gradually released throughout the wearing period. The impact of this on the pre-corneal tear film will be discussed. Open to Optometrists and Optometric Staff. Speaker: Kristopher May, OD, FAAO

Sponsored by Alcon

Registration Required

Free Symposium with Lunch - Therapeutic Considerations for Management of Patients With Chronic Dry Eye and Patients With Allergic Conjunctivitis

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Don't miss this Allergan sponsored event featuring Dr. Jill Autry and Dr. Milton Hom. These leading experts in the field of ocular disease will guide you through Allergan Eye Care therapeutic options for patients with chronic dry eye, and allergic conjunctivitis. Open to Optometrists and Optometric Staff. Speakers: Dr. Jill Autry and Dr. Milton Hom

Sponsored by Allergan

Registration Required

Free Symposium with Lunch - Good and Bad Blue Light - Selective Filtration with Crizal® PrevenciaTM No-Glare Lenses

12:00pm - 1:00pm

The interest in protection against blue light has increased exponentially, especially over the last year, due to its direct relationship with overall health and well being. However, blue light can also be harmful to the eyes. This educational event will explore the role of light, specifically blue light, including its link to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the need to adopt new technologies in optics, such as Crizal® PrevenciaTM No-Glare lenses that selectively deflect the most harmful band of blue light as well as UV, while allowing beneficial visible light to pass through. Speaker: Dr. Kirk Smick

Sponsored by Essilor

Registration Required

AOA Branding Style "Product & Technology Exchange Sessions"

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Make money while you learn!  Every optometrist who attends a one-hour session will receive $50.  Be sure to take advantage of this new opportunity! Not for CE credit

                2:00pm - 2:30pm                                            Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. - Meet the new Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. Professional Team - Speakers: Millicent Knight, OD, and Laura Angelini, President of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
2:30pm - 3:00pm Sponsored by Kemin - Eye Health & Nutrition: After AREDS2 - Speaker: Kim Reed, OD     

                           

Blast from the Past (Reminisce-In)

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Come reminisce with fellow optometric history buffs at the Blast from the Past. Join Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation and the Optometric Historical Society for refreshments and Dr. Irving Bennett's presentation: "Historical Highlights."

Pennsylvania's own Irving Bennett, O.D., former President of the Optometric Historical Society, AOA's Optometrist of the Year (1972), member of the National Optometric Hall of Fame (2004), and recipient of the AOA's Distinguished Services Award (1996) will be presenting on a range of historical topics. Highlights will include the Optometrist Cyrus Bass vs. the AMA lawsuit, the inside story on how optometry got into Medicare, and other notable events from the last 60 years of optometry.  Dr. Bennett is a frequent contributor to the OHS journal Hindsight and has served as editor of the Journal of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Management, and The Pennsylvania Optometrist, and was the originator of Optifair. All attendees are encouraged to attend this important presentation. 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening/Reception and Ribbon-Cutting

4:00pm - 7:30pm

The opening of the Exhibit Hall is a great time to catch up with colleagues and visit with exhibitors. The Exhibit Hall provides optometric professionals with the latest and greatest technologies and solutions optometry has to offer. Expect to find everything you need to succeed: the latest pharmaceutical research, the latest trends in contact lenses and frames, and the newest office equipment and services available.

Join your collegues for passed hors d'oeuvres and enjoy drink specials:

  • Domestic Beer – $2.00
  • Imported Beer –  $2.50
  • Glass of Wine – $3.75

Optometry Cares® Major Donor Reception

5:00pm - 7:00pm

This is an invitation only reception for major donors and supporters of Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation. Please consider making a donation as you register.

National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2014 into the National Optometry Hall of Fame during an hors d'oeuvres reception. Congratulate the luminaries of the optometric profession, celebrate their accomplishments, and listen to their stories.

Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™ XXIII and Reception

7:30pm - 11:00pm

You won't want to miss optometry's own "Jeopardy"-style quiz show. Contestants, students from all the schools and colleges of optometry, answer optometry-related questions while their classmates energetically cheer them on. 

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 27

Free Symposium with Breakfast  - Patient Treatment Possibilities To Reduce IOP in Patients With Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension

7:00am - 8:00am

Join us to hear about the Management of Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension. Speaker: Dr. Leo P. Semes

Sponsored by Alcon

Registration Required

Free Symposium with Breakfast  - 2nd Generation Hybrids: Exceptional Vision - Easy to Fit - Exclusive to the Independent ECP

7:00am - 8:00am

Join Dr. Jennifer Redfern to learn more about the newest hybrid contact lens technology.

  • Exceed your presbyopic and astigmatic patients' expectations with Duette Progressive and Duette HD
  • Give your irregular cornea patients a healthy lens and hassle-free wear with UltraHealth
  • Fit hybrids with fewer follow-up visits than torics, multifocals or sclerals
  • Differentiate your practice and retain more patients with lenses available exclusively through the independent ECP 

Sponsored by Synergeyes

Registration Required

New Event!    Colleague to Colleague: A Conversation with the AOA Board

9:00am - 10:00am

All AOA members are invited to attend this open forum with the AOA Board of Trustees. Ask the questions you always wanted, and board members will personally answer your queries. Don't miss this lively discussion session on a wide range of topics.

Free Symposium with Lunch - A New Standard for Color Lenses: Introducing AIR OPTIX® Colors Contact Lenses

12:00pm - 1:00pm

What happens when you combine beautiful FreshLook® 3-in-1 color technology with AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses? You set a new standard in color. New AIR OPTIX® Colors contact lenses are now part of the most complete family of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Come learn how to grow your practice. You'll never look at the color contact lens market the same. Open to Optometrists and Optometric Staff. Speaker: To Be Announced

Sponsored by Alcon

Registration Required

Free Symposium with Lunch - Open-angle Glaucoma: Managing IOP in Clinical Practice

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Dr. Mark Dunbar, a renowned expert in ocular disease, will lead a discussion regarding monotherapy therapeutic considerations for lowering intraocular pressure. Open to Optometrists and Optometric Staff. Speaker: Dr. Mark Dunbar

Sponsored by Allergan

Registration Required

Free Symposium with Lunch - Why UV Protection Means Business

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Having a conversation with each and every patient about their knowledge of and strategy for ocular UV protection can be an important contributor to practice growth.  It generates good will and loyalty around the "heart" - showing patients you care, the "mind" - teaching them something they didn't know, and the "wallet" for you - loyalty, referrals and even potentially growth in your dispensary.  Come hear some key statistics and see some captivating and compelling ways to communicate this important feature to your patients.   Speaker: Dr. Christina Schnider

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Registration Required

Vision Rehabilitation Section Member Forum

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the AOA's Vision Rehabilitation Section (VRS) Member Forum co-hosted with the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) VRS. This year's theme is "Vision Rehabilitation Pearls from Pennsylvania." The forum will provide an intimate venue of optometric speakers, providing an open exchange with members.

Co-Hosted by Pennsylvania Optometric Association

AOA Branding Style "Product & Technology Exchange Sessions"

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Make money while you learn!  Every optometrist who attends a one-hour session will receive $50.  Be sure to take advantage of this new opportunity! Not for CE credit  

4:00pm - 4:30pm                    Sponsored by Alcon - A Prodrug NSAID for Cataract Surgery:Potency Precisely Where You Need It - Speaker: Walt Whitley, OD
4:30pm - 5:00pm  Sponsored by Alcon - Inflammation and Steroids:Rethinking an Important Choice -Speaker: Paul Karpecki, OD

       


Saturday, June 28

Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk

6:00am

Stretch your legs and lungs at the official Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk. This event sold out last year, so don't miss your chance to run next to the famous "Rocky" steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum! 

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Presented by The Vision Council

Registration Required

AOA Branding Style "Product and Technology Sessions"

10:00am - 11:00am

Make money while you learn!  Every optometrist who attends a one-hour session will receive $50.  Be sure to take advantage of this new opportunity! Not for CE credit

10:00am - 10:30am                    Sponsored by Bio-Tissue - New Technologies for Successfully Treating Ocular Surface Inflammation - Speaker: Walter Whitley, OD and Derek Cunningham, OD
10:30am - 11:00am  Sponsored by RETILAB - FIT - Functional Integrity Testing - Speakers: Carlos E. Mendoza-Santiesteban, MD and Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD

       

A Celebration of Optometry

8:00pm - 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 Pennsylvania Convention Center to recognize the 2014-2015 AOA and AOSA boards of trustees. Enjoy the final evening of Optometry's Meeting® with a dessert reception and entertainment by celebrated comedian and actor Martin Short.  Short has won fans and accolades in television, film, and theater since his breakout season on Saturday Night Live almost 30 years ago. This promises to be an unforgettable performance you won't want to miss!

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Sponsored by HOYA