2019 Conference Highlights

Wednesday, June 19

AOA Block Party


AOA Block Party It's an AOA and AOSA homecoming! To welcome you to our hometown, we're throwing a block party at our house! Hop on a shuttle at America's Center to join the fun and festivities at AOA's St. Louis headquarters. Catch up with colleagues, meet new friends and enjoy entertainment for the whole family.

Hungry? No worries-we have food trucks with some of St. Louis' finest cuisine. Not to brag, but our food trucks are some of the best in the world and have the awards to prove it.

Thirsty? We've got you covered. Our craft beer, spirits, adult slushy and family-friendly beverage trucks will quench your thirst.

What's a party without live music and rockin' tunes? No party of ours for sure, because we have the hottest band in St. Louis. Get ready to jam out as Griffin and the Gargoyles rock your Optometry's Meeting socks off! 

Test your abilities on some of our inflatable yard games, human foosball, rock climbing wall and much more! This party will be one to remember, so strike a pose in our photo booth! For your ticket to attend this festive FREE event, please sign up when you register.


Thursday, June 20

House of Delegates, Optometry's Voice

Thursday, June 20, 8:30am-2:30pm

Friday, June 21, 10am-12pm

Saturday, June 22, 7:30-11:30am

House of DelegatesThe House of Delegates is optometry's preeminent assembly of leaders and decision-makers leading the advancement of our profession. Delegates representing members of the affiliated associations gather to discuss and vote on the business matters of the association. Sessions are scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, the opening session begins with a colorful parade as the flags of the states, the District of Columbia, the Armed Forces Optometric Society and the American Optometric Student Association are presented. Industry supporters are recognized, reports are delivered, awards are presented and proposed amendments and resolutions are considered. The Saturday session includes a procession for the incoming president. Following the president's inauguration speech, the nominations, elections and installation of the AOA Board of Trustees conclude the annual meeting.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting


Join your colleagues as the AOA Board of Trustees performs the ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday at 3pm. The Exhibit Hall will be open exclusively from 3-7pm so that you may network with exhibitors and other professionals and stay abreast of the latest advances in products and services to grow your business and improve patient care.

The Exhibit Hall will be open on Thursday and Friday only, so please plan accordingly. The hall will be open longer on Thursday and Friday so you'll have more time to learn about the latest industry innovations and connect with the experts and your colleagues. Optometry's Meeting has built some free time into our Exhibit Hall schedule that does not compete with continuing education, plus this year there will be CE for credit in the hall! We will offer five one-hour courses for credit in our new education theater. The hall will be closed Saturday, so you can spend your day in CE. Click here for the Exhibit Hall schedule.

Ribbon Cutting Sponsored by EyePromise

Ribbon Cutting

National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2019 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. Congratulations to the 2019 inductees: Murray Fingeret, O.D., Donald Jarnagin, O.D., and Glen T. Steele, O.D.

A special thank you to Zeiss Meditec, Allergan, Heidelberg Engineering, Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, Review of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, College of Optometrists in Vision Development and SECO International

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXVIII powered by Essilor


 College rivalries take center stage as 25 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the 28th Annual AOSA Optometry Student BowlTM powered by Essilor. 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.

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The equally celebrated Spirit Award honors the school with the most energy, best costumes and flashiest entrance-students ramp up for the must-attend event by putting together costumes, props and signs to cheer on their champion.  

Everyone is invited to the Student Bowl and the reception that immediately follows. Keep the energy flowing and party with your peers at the reception while you enjoy great food, drinks and warm camaraderie.   Students will be automatically registered for this event. All others may attend the Student Bowl without registering but must register to receive a free drink ticket for the reception.

Click here to relive the excitement of the 2018 competition!

Sponsored by Essilor

Friday, June 21

Schools & Colleges of Optometry Alumni Receptions


Reconnect with classmates and make new friends at the schools and colleges of optometry alumni receptions, always a Friday evening highlight at Optometry's Meeting. The alumni and friends' receptions are a great place to socialize, make connections and build your professional network. Click here to see if your school is hosting a reception, and make your plans to attend.

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Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk


Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation is bringing its 5K Run/Walk home to St. Louis! Join us at the Gateway Arch grounds in downtown St. Louis at 6am on Saturday, June 22 for a 5K to remember. Click here for a map of the race course. Race entry fee of $30 guarantees you a performance blend T-shirt and 5K medal. Awards will be presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners. Check in at the packet pickup table located in AOA Central in the Exhibit Hall near the Optometry Cares kiosk on Friday, June 21 from 9am-5pm.

Sign up for the race when you register to attend Optometry's Meeting. Registration Required. $30 fee

Presented by MyEyeDr.

A Celebration of Optometry at Cardinals Nation


Time 1:15-6pm

Ballpark VillageThis party will be a home run! We have an all-inclusive, world-class dining and entertainment venue reserved for our Celebration of Optometry. Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village is a mix of sports and nightlife sure to create lasting memories.



There is a waitlist for the Celebration of Optometry at Cardinals Nation. We are adding the names in the order they are received. Please come to the Info Desk near Registration in the Plaza Lobby at America's Center to add your name to the waitlist. We will ask people who can't use their ticket to turn it in at the Info Desk near Registration at America's Center. We will contact people on the waitlist as tickets are turned in. On Saturday morning, June 22, people will exchange their ticket for a wristband to get into Cardinals Nation. If all wristbands are not distributed one hour after the event begins, we will distribute the remaining wristbands to people on the waitlist.

To qualify for a ticket, you must be registered as Full Conference, Exhibits & Events, or Saturday One-day pass. Adult guests must be registered as Exhibits & Events. Children's registration includes exhibits and events.

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