Paraoptometrics

The future of the profession is unfolding in our nation’s capital at Optometry’s Meeting. Here is your unparalleled opportunity to accelerate your paraoptometric career with progressive continuing education and professional development opportunities—from chariside-assisting and micro-credentialing for optometric surgical procedures to clinical skill-building and office management training. Gain the insights you need to enhance your practice's care coordination and help shape the next era of eye care.

Paraoptometrics collaborating at Optometry's Meeting

Paraoptometric CE, professional development

Optometry’s Meeting offers dedicated continuing education (CE) and professional development courses for paraoptometrics, as well as education available in an integrated, doctor-paraoptometric setting. The AOA continues to foster the development of paraoptometrics and the necessary skills they bring to support the practice of optometry. Paraoptometric courses offered at Optometry's Meeting are accredited by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and the AOA. Topics for these courses include office-based surgical procedures, billing and coding, customer service and patient education, and pediatric care.

The AOA Experience

7-9:30 p.m., Wednesday June 21
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Make sure to join us during the AOA Experience for the official kickoff to Optometry's Meeting! You will hear from AOA and AOSA leadership, as well as a motivational and inspiring keynote to jumpstart your week in Washington, D.C. Following the AOA Experience, join us for the opportunity to network with colleagues, AOA leadership, the AOSA and state associations, as well as our industry partners.

*This event is for all fully registered attendees and guests, and a badge will be required to attend.

Paraoptometric Idea Exchange

10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 22

Join us for this open forum where you and your paraoptometric peers will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for optometric staff. This is your chance to network and share information on local issues, educational opportunities and ideas on how to grow AOA associate membership.

Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration

Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 22

Don’t miss this annual celebration of AOA associate-member paraoptometrics, honored for their outstanding and significant contributions to the profession. Open to all paraoptometric staff.

Wellbeing Activities

NEW THIS YEAR!

The AOA will offer dedicated activities and spaces that focus on you and your wellbeing. Check out our schedule below to see where you would like to participate!

  • 7-7:45 a.m., Thursday, June 22: Yoga.
  • 7-7:45 a.m., Friday, June 23: Bootcamp.
  • Dedicated space in the convention center to decompress, unwind and refresh!

*Yoga and Bootcamp events will be ticketed events, and capacity is limited!

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting

2-3 p.m., Thursday, June 22
Exhibit Hall DE, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Optometry's Meeting offers a renowned Exhibit Hall experience, featuring industry leaders and vendors that can help give you a leg-up in practice. Take a break from your CE scheduled and join us in the Exhibit Hall to visit with our vendors and sponsors, find business and practice solutions, and grow your networking connections. Or consider attending the Education Theater, located within the Hall, with at least five educational courses covering a variety of subjects. Come see what all the buzz is about in the Exhibit Hall.

The Hall will be open Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24. Learn more about the Hall, our exhibitors and access our 3D map here.

AOA Awards & National Optometry Hall of Fame Reception

Friday, June 23

Come celebrate and congratulate your colleagues during the AOA Awards and National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. During the event, we will honor the 2023 National Hall of Fame inductees, the Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr., InfantSEE Award recipient, and our Advocacy Awards recipients, including the Media, Federal, State and Payer Awards.

In addition, the AOA and AOSA annually recognize members for their exemplary service in the optometric profession. During Optometry's Meeting this year, members will be honored throughout the week with the AOA awards for Optometrist of the Year, Young Optometrist of the Year, Paraoptometric of the Year, Educator of the Year, Student of the Year and Distinguished Service for their significant contributions to the profession and their communities. Stay tuned for more information!

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation Run/Walk

6:30 a.m., Saturday, June 24
Course: To Be Announced

Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation is bringing its annual 5K run/walk to Washington, D.C.! We hope you will join us at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. A $30 entry fee guarantees you a performance-blend T-shirt and medal. Awards will be presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners. Packet pickup will take place on-site at Optometry's Meeting.

Not quite your pace? Sign up to "count sheep instead of steps" if you want to make a $30 donation to Optometry Cares and sleep in on race day, as well as receive a T-shirt and race packet swag.

2023 Optometry Cares 5K logo

Sign up for the run/walk when you register to attend Optometry’s Meeting.

Celebration of Optometry

NEW NIGHT! 7-11 p.m., Friday, June 23
Offsite location—To Be Announced!

Join your colleagues and new connections for an evening to remember! The AOA and AOSA are pulling out all the stops and creating an event that encompasses networking, entertainment and a few surprises. Make sure to join us and cheers to another amazing Optometry's Meeting. We will be sharing the location and additional details soon!

*This event is for all fully registered attendees and guests, and a badge will be required to attend. Transportation, along with food and beverage will be provided.

Pre- & Post-Optometry's Meeting Activities

Various Locations

This year, the AOA is planning several additional activities for attendees, their families and friends to join! From sporting events to food tours, exploring the history of Washington, D.C., and more. Stay tuned for more information.

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