2017 Conference Highlights

Wednesday, June 21

Education: In the Pipeline Series

10:30-11:30am and 12:30-3pm

We kick off Optometry's Meeting with our forward-looking In the Pipeline series. You will get a peek into the future of eye care from stem cell technologies to wearable devices, from topical medications for presbyopia to robotics and telemedicine. It will help position you and your practice for the future of eye care.

In the Pipeline: Thinking Outside the Box- What's New in Optometry Part 1      10:30-11:30am

In the Pipeline: Thinking Outside the Box- What's New in Optometry Part 2      12:30-1:30pm

In the Pipeline: Disruptive Technology      1:30-3:00pm

OD Talks: Virtual and Augmented Reality


See what all the hype is about as the popular OD Talks—inspired by the well-known TED Talks—return. We are entering a future in which we navigate the digital world primarily through sight, the same way we do the natural world. Featured speakers will help us understand how new, non-optometric technologies will affect the optometric world and our patients.  James Blaha, CEO and Founder of Vivid Vision, will bring us up to speed on Virtual Reality and Vision Therapy. Kyle Sandberg, O.D., professor at Rosenberg School of Optometry, will present the Virtual Reality technology being used for optometric education (BIO, anatomy). Margo Adams Larsen, Ph.D., Research Director of Virtually Better, Inc., will discuss uses of virtual and augmented reality in medical procedures and identify applications to your practice. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this accredited CE event!

Optometry's Meeting® Opening General Session

Opening Reception 4:30-5:30pm

Opening General Session 5:30-8pm Dara Torres

Long recognized for hosting diverse, compelling and internationally renowned keynote speakers and luminaries, Optometry's Meeting proudly welcomes an Olympic icon to the Opening General Session stage whose career spanned the better part of three decades.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres, considered one of the greatest female competitive swimmers of all-time, delivers an inspirational message about pursuing goals, no matter the obstacles in the way. Competing in an unprecedented five Olympic Games, Torres became the oldest swimmer ever to compete in the Olympics during the 2008 Summer Games at the age of 41, and her attempt at the  2012 London Olympics inspired many older athletes to re-enter competition. Torres, named one of the "Top Female Athletes of the Decade" by Sports Illustrated and a 2009 ESPY award winner, is also an author, fitness enthusiast and regular TV personality.

Among the most anticipated events of the year, the Opening General Session also will feature the 2017 AOA Annual Awards Ceremony and messages from optometric leaders.

Opening General Session Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

Thursday, June 22

House of Delegates, Optometry's Voice

Thursday, June 22, 7-11am

Friday, June 23, No Sessions

Saturday, June 24, 8:30am-4:30pm

The House of Delegates is the legislative and policymaking body of the AOA and has helped lead the advancement of optometry for over a century. Delegates representing members of the affiliated associations gather to discuss and vote on the business matters of the association.

HODOn 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 afternoon Session begins with 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.

AOA on Capitol Hill

US Capitol

Join the AOA on Capitol Hill as Congress and the White House are considering a new direction in health care. With Optometry's Meeting in Washington, D.C. this year—just as major changes to Obamacare, Medicare, and other health programs are being considered—every AOA doctor and student can help ensure that optometry is heard loud and clear by U.S. Senators, House members and the Trump administration.

Coordinating closely with state associations, the AOA will provide advance issue briefings and on-the-ground support throughout Optometry's Meeting for every doctor and student who wants to advocate for the profession, fight back against out-of-control vision plans, shape how optometric care is recognized in federal law and regulation, and strengthen the AOA's network of contacts in Congress and government agencies.

To immediately reserve your slot for AOA on Capitol Hill or to get more information, please contact AOA-PAC Coordinator Tess Milliorn in the AOA Washington Office at 1.800.365.2219 / TMilliorn@aoa.org.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting


Join your colleagues as the AOA Board of Trustees performs the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Visit our Solution Center to see the latest and greatest products and services that optometry has to offer and learn what's new from industry leaders. The Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents will be there to entertain you, so get your photo taken with George, Abe and Teddy.

National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2017 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. The 2017 inductees are Paul E. Berman, O.D., John E. Casto, O.D., and James D. Sandefur, O.D.

Sponsored in part by the Optometric Association of Louisiana and the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians

Essilor Optometry Student Bowl™ XXVI


College rivalries take center stage as 24 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the 26th Annual Essilor Optometry Student Bowl™. 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. Second- and third-place winners take home $750 and $500 respectively. 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-students, ODs, guests, and optometric staff. Attend the reception that immediately follows with great food, drinks, and warm camaraderie. Students and students' guests 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.

Sponsored by Essilor

Click here to relive the excitement of the 2016 competition!

Friday, June 23

Exhibit Hall Special Events

Join us for a tasting in the Hall. Snack, mingle, repeat!

Join us and recharge in the Hall! Recharge your phone and refuel your body with a Red Bull or Vitamin Water and a candy bar or bag of trail mix. Have a snack and hang out with your colleagues and exhibitors. Start your Friday night festivities off right or take a refreshing break before continuing your education at CE After Dark.

Schools & Colleges of Optometry Alumni Receptions


Reconnect with classmates and make new friends at the schools and colleges of optometry alumni receptions. These are always a Friday evening highlight at Optometry's Meeting. Check here to see if your school is hosting a reception, and make your plans to attend.

Saturday, June 24

Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk5K


Come stretch your legs and lungs at the fifth annual Optometry Cares 5K Run/Walk! Race entry fee of $30 includes a race packet, chip-timed bib, technical T-shirt, finisher's medal, and awards to top age-division finishers.

Race packet pickup will be  in AOA Central in the Exhibit Hall near the Optometry Cares kiosk, Friday, June 23 between 10am and 5pm. Participants must appear in person to pick up their race packet.

Registration Required. $30 fee

Sponsored in part by The Vision Council and Transitions

Hackathon III-Future of Interprofessional Patient Education


Hackathon lll-Future of Interprofessional Patient Education is coming to Optometry's Meeting! A hackathon consists of teams passionately "hacking" apart an issue, searching for a digital solution to a real-world problem or challenge. There's a running clock, a competitive atmosphere and participants thriving under pressure. At the end, teams must deliver and present a technological solution that works.

Thomas Wong, O.D., director of new technologies at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry and facilitator of the interprofessional hackathon said that the goal is to design a tool to educate patients and parents about the importance of vision in the learning process, while fostering a community and culture of innovation. Teams will include experts in the field: doctors of optometry, members of the National Association of School Nurses, researchers, optometric faculty and deans. If you are interested in participating in the event, contact Dr. Wong at tawong@sunyopt.edu

A Celebration of Optometry

8-11pmAndy Grammer

Come and let your hair down at 'A Celebration of Optometry,' sponsored by HOYA, as pop sensation Andy Grammer performs his chart-topping hits, including the triple-platinum anthem, "Honey, I'm Good." and his platinum singles, "Keep Your Head Up,"and "Fine By Me,"

The first male pop star Fresh Eyesin a decade since John Mayer to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, Grammer has taken the music world by storm. His album, Magazines or Novels, features "Honey, I'm Good," which became one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem, "Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)." His current single, "Fresh Eyes," is Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio, and certified gold.   Grammer has made over 30 national TV appearances, and has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Florence + the Machine and more. He is currently working on his new album, set to debut in 2017.  

Join colleagues to recognize the 2017-18 AOA and AOSA Board of Trustees, and expect an evening for the ages to bring Optometry's Meeting to a close. Doors open at 7:30pm. Reception, DJ and dancing after the entertainment.

Sponsored by HOYA

Sunday, June 25

Continuing Education


Conclude your Optometry's Meeting with four hours of CE on Sunday taught by the lecture team of Ron Melton, OD, and Randall Thomas, OD. Drs. Melton and Thomas have lectured nationally and internationally on ocular disease and pharmacology at more than 800 continuing medical education meetings.