Education Highlights

Optometry's Meeting offers five days of education starting Wednesday, June 20 at 11am and ending Sunday, June 24 at 12pm. Earn up to 40 hours of CE credits during Optometry's Meeting.

For details and course schedule, see the 2018 Education Grids.

Engaging, Relatable, Practical New Courses for 2018!

Practical evidence-based guidance. Learn the latest recommendations from AOA's evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on pediatric and diabetes care. Presented by AOA's guideline development group, these courses translate the nationally renowned guidelines-Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination and Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus-into everyday diagnosis, management and treatment recommendations. 

Engaging Traumatic Brain Injuries information. As the military and sporting world tackles concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including the NFL's highly publicized head-injury discussion, learn optometry's role in this equation from the Miami Dolphins' own doctor of optometry and viewpoints from a former military contractor. The treatment of TBI-related vision disorders can be one of the more challenging aspects of optometric practices, notes the AOA's Brain Injury Electronic Resource Manual Vol. 1A: Traumatic Brain Injury Visual Dysfunction Diagnosis. "Optometrists need to know how to identify the signs and symptoms of TBI and be able to make an appropriate treatment plan or referral to best manage the patient," says Andrew Morgenstern, O.D., optometric subject matter expert for the Department of Defense at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Earn up to five hours of CE credits in brain injury education.

Surgical, advanced procedures certification. This year, Optometry's Meeting offers two separate workshops devoted to advanced surgical procedures and laser surgery, including suture techniques, injections, radiofrequency surgery, biopsy, YAG capsulotomy, laser peripheral iridotomy, gonioscopy and laser lenses, and laser trabeculoplasty. This advanced procedures program, offered by Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, covers the training needs of optometric physicians pursuing credentials for advanced technical skills. The advanced surgical procedures two-day course and laser surgery two-day course both offer 8 hours of lecture and 8 hours of lab rotation, for certification. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Certifications available in CPR/AED. Many states require doctors to periodically obtain and refresh CPR/AED certifications, so Optometry's Meeting has you covered. Available to doctors, students and paraoptometric staff, this 3.5-hour course offers adult and infant CPR certification and AED training from the American Red Cross. No need to jostle your after-hours schedule for the next course opening in your area; just sign up for one of two sessions available while you're here. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Military Appreciation Course. Led by Naval Aerospace Institute Medical Officer Kyle Dohm, O.D., this course centers around computerized color vision testing, pioneered by co-speaker Terrace Waggoner, O.D. Learn the advantages of testing color vision using some of the new, innovative 'computerized' color vision tests on the market.

NEW this year! Students and paraoptometrics may take all OD workshops except the surgery workshops. Students receive a special student rate for most workshops. Space is limited and advance registration is required for all workshops.

Back in 2018 by Popular Demand

CE After Dark!
Get an additional seven hours of CE in the evening. Casual dress. Friday, June 22, 5pm-midnight.

Pardon the Objection Series
The Pardon the Objection Series is a rapid-fire, fast-paced discussion and lively debate by a panel of respected experts. Sub-topics of the course will be limited to ten minutes. At the end of ten minutes, the discussion will move to the next topic.

ePoster Sessions
The Scientific Poster Sessions have gone digital! With state-of-the-art technology, you will be able to see presentations with 3D models, animations and videos. Optometric professionals will present interesting cases and unique research and conduct extended discussions of their research. Preview session of all posters: Thursday, June 21, 4-7pm. CE credit available: Friday, June 22, 9-10am, 12-1pm. 3-4pm and 4-5pm.

Best of 2018 Poster Session - Current Research that You Should Incorporate into Your Mode of Practice Now!
This is a fast-paced, dynamic course that features the most clinically relevant, timely research chosen as AOA's Best of 2018 Poster Session by the poster committee members. The course will feature AOA's Best of 2018 top five poster authors. Friday 10am-12pm

Education in the Round
Instead of the typical theater seating, the audience is arranged in a circle around the speakers with large flat screen TVs strategically placed for attendees to see the presentation. The series facilitates lively discussion and interactive presentations.