Education Highlights

Optometry's Meeting offers five days of education starting Wednesday, June 19 at 9am and ending Sunday, June 23 at 12pm. Earn up to 43 hours of CE credits during Optometry's Meeting.

For details and course schedule, see the 2019 Education Grids. For a downloadable and printable CE schedule, click here.

Education for the Expanding Scope of Practice: Advanced Surgical and Laser Procedures Certification

Back by popular demand, Optometry's Meeting offers separate two-day workshops devoted to advanced surgical procedures and laser surgery presented by Nathan Lighhizer, O.D., and colleagues from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. These workshops cover the training needs of optometric physicians pursuing credentials for advanced technical skills.

The 16-hour Advanced Surgical Procedures course (Thursday and Friday) presents the skills necessary to perform surgery in a primary care setting, including suture techniques, injections, anesthesia, wound management and other procedures.

The 16-hour Laser Procedures Certification course (Saturday and Sunday) provides training for performing anterior segment laser procedures, including YAG capsulotomy, laser peripheral iridotomy, gonioscopy, laser trabeculoplasty and other procedures.

Both courses offer eight hours of lecture and eight hours of lab rotation. 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 the session available while you're here. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

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.

NEW in 2019—Education Theater in the Exhibit Hall

Five COPE-approved courses will be presented in the Exhibit Hall. While you're visiting the hall, drop by the theater for more CE—two hours on Thursday and three hours on Friday. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the schedule.

CE After Dark! Back by popular demand!

Get an additional seven hours of CE in the evening. Casual dress. Friday, June 21, 5pm-midnight.

ePoster Sessions—NEW in 2019: now for COPE credit

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. The preview session of all posters Thursday, June 20, 5-6pm is not for credit. COPE approved CE credit is available Thursday, June 20, 6-7pm and Friday, June 21, 9-10am, 12-1pm and 3-4pm . You must bee in the session for at least 50 minutes to receive credit.

Best of 2019 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 2019 Poster Session by the poster committee members. The course will feature AOA's Best of 2019 top five poster authors. Friday 10am-12pm