Take your career to new heights with paraoptometric programming at Optometry’s Meeting that emphasizes quality, comprehensive education and professional development alongside influential networking experiences. See highlights from our 2022 meeting below.

Paraoptometrics collaborating at Optometry's Meeting

Looking for information about our 2023 meeting? Check back later as we confirm our schedule for Optometry's Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 21-24, 2023. In the meantime, check out these highlights from #OM2022 in Chicago.

Optometry’s Meeting delivers relevant, impactful education and collaborative opportunities for all levels of paraoptometrics, not only equipping you for a successful career but also helping your practice meet the primary eye health care needs of your patients, now and into the future. From courses that range from foundational paraoptometric skills to assisting on advanced procedures, Optometry’s Meeting intersects peerless continuing education and professional development with engaging entertainment, vendor connections, and the networking and relationships that makes the paraoptometric field so great.

Opening Night Awards Ceremony at the McCormick Place Convention Center

McCormick Place Convention Center
Supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision 

The AOA and AOSA annually recognize members for their exemplary service in the optometric profession. During this kickoff event, members will be honored with the awards of 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. Please note: Attendees must attend the Opening Night Awards Ceremony to gain a wristband for transportation and admittance to the Opening Night at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Opening Night at Optometry’s Meeting

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

Link up with your colleagues and embrace your inner scientist at this year’s kickoff event at the extraordinary Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere stuns in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair. Explore a World War II submarine or marvel up close at a 40-foot tornado over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres—all while making memorable connections with industry peers. Please note: Attendees must attend the Opening Night Awards Ceremony to gain a wristband for transportation and admittance to the Opening Night at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Paraoptometric CE, professional development

Optometry’s Meeting offers 50+ continuing education (CE) and professional development courses for paraoptometrics with 35 hours available in paraoptometric-specific learning and 31 hours 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.

Consult the CE grids and Education Highlights.

Experiential CE

NEW! Consider experiential CE in The Windy City with a riverboat excursion down the Chicago River. Forming a length of 156 miles altogether, the Chicago River is a system of waterways and canals that run throughout the city, including the Chicago Loop city center. Throughout the 2-hour tour, award-winning Docents will present on the city's famed architecture, including more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges and historic sites in Chicago.

Paraoptometrics don't have to attend CE to participate in the tour; however, they must be fully registered attendees of Optometry's Meeting. A shuttle transport is available from the convention center to the boat launch and back. Space is limited so register soon to reserve your seat.

Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration

Supported by Alcon

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, the luncheon provides a short message from our supporter, Alcon, and the awards ceremony.

Paraoptometric Idea Exchange

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.

Exhibit Hall

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

AOA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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 2022 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.

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation Run/Walk

Meet at McCormick Square no later than 5:15 a.m. CT to be escorted to the starting line.
Course: Lakefront Trail

Optometry CaresThe AOA Foundation is bringing its annual run/walk to Chicago! This year, we have added a 1-mile option if you want to participate but don’t want to commit to a full 5K. We hope you will join us for either a 3.1-mile or 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, June 18, at 6 a.m. An entry fee of $30 guarantees you a performance-blend T-shirt and medal. Awards will be presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners.

Check-in at the packet pickup on Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for your swag. Sign up for the run/walk when you register to attend Optometry’s Meeting.

The start/finish is about a 15-minute walk from McCormick Square to the Lakefront Trail starting line. Staff will escort the group through the convention center, so please meet at McCormick Square no later than 5:15 a.m. CT.

  • Meet at McCormick Square no later than 5:15 a.m. CT to be escorted to the starting line.
  • The run/walk will start promptly at 6 a.m. CT.
  • Please be prepared for weather changes.
  • Water and restrooms are located near the Start/Finish. If you need water during the race, please come prepared.
  • There will be mile markers for the 1-mile and 5K turn-around points.
  • Results for the in-person race will be posted online.
  • We would love to see your pictures/videos! Use the hashtag #IRunforOC.

You also can sign up to “count sheep instead of steps” if you want to make a $30 donation to Optometry Cares, get a T-shirt with the race packet swag but sleep in on race day.

Special thanks to our Run/Walk supporters:

Allergan AbbVie CompanyNeurolens


Celebration of Optometry

McCormick Place Lakeside Terrace

Join your colleagues on the McCormick Place Lakeside Fountain Terrace overlooking Lake Michigan to recognize the 2021-2022 AOA and AOSA Boards of Trustees. Expect an evening to remember—with a Chicago’s Blues Brothers theme. Doors opens at 6:45 p.m., as we conclude our annual conference with food and live entertainment. Cocktail attire requested. 

Thank you to our 2022 Industry Supporters