Frequently Asked Questions

CONTINUING EDUCATON

What is the best way to access course handouts?
Course handouts can be accessed on our mobile app, Optometry’s Meeting®, and through the Continuing Education grids found on our website. All course documents are available prior to the start of the class.
How do you receive continuing education credit?

Participants are required to be in a course 50 minutes for every one hour of education, including ePoster sessions for credit. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a one-hour course or 20 minutes late for a two-hour course, you will not be allowed to enter the room.

Participants must remain in the session room until the completion of the course. Should it be necessary to leave the room at any time, you must return within 10 minutes. If you do not return within 10 minutes, the course monitor is directed not to allow you back in the course, and you will not receive continuing education credit.

For a full description of all continuing education policies and procedures, please visit our website.

How is continuing education attendance verified?

Verification codes will be given to attendees at the conclusion of each course and will then be required for proof of attendance during the credit claiming process. Verification will then appear in the attendee’s profile.

What is continuing education in the exhibit hall?

This year there will be six courses offered in exhibit hall Education Theatre. Courses will be offered on Thursday and Friday and will cover a variety of subject matter, so stop by and see what all the buzz is about!

How many Continuing Education hours are being offered?
Optometry’s Meeting is offering 234 credit hours, covering a variety of progressive topics! Doctors can earn up to 39 credit hours over the course of four days.

CE after Dark: Continuing education courses will go until 10pm on Friday, January 26th. CE on the Water: A unique opportunity to earn CE credits while touring the historical Washington monuments by way of riverboat on the Potomac River. For more information, visit our website.

What are the Optometry’s Meeting Poster Sessions?For the second year in a row, you can receive up to three hours of COPE credit for participating. There are (3) one-hour ePoster sessions for COPE credit: Thursday 6-7pm, Friday 9-10am and 12-1pm. You must be in the session for at least 50 minutes to received credit. Please note the preview session on Thursday 5-6pm is not for credit.

ACCOMMODATIONS

How do I book a discounted hotel room?
Housing is currently open for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. To book your hotel room directly with our housing agency and to ensure you are in the Optometry’s Meeting® room block, visit our website.

Discounted hotels in the Optometry’s Meeting room block include the following:
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Residence Inn National Harbor
Hampton Inn and Suites National Harbor
Westin National Harbor
AC Hotel by Marriott

Which hotel is the headquarters hotel for Optometry’s Meeting?
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA
1-301-965-4000

ONSITE

Does Optometry's Meeting have a room for nursing mothers to use?
The Gaylord National Resort does offer a lactation and privacy room onsite. The room is located on the lobby level of the hotel and you can access it by seeing any member of the hotel’s Front Desk staff.
Does Optometry’s Meeting help with disability-related accommodations?
The Gaylord National has approximately 80 ADA rooms at their property. For specific room types and requests, please contact the hotel directly at 1-301-965-4000.
Does Optometry’s Meeting have a Lost and Found location?
Yes, all lost and found items that have been turned in can be retrieved at the information booth. Optometry’s Meeting is not responsible for any items lost during the conference.
What are my options on-site for Food & Beverage?
In addition to social events in the exhibit hall and throughout the convention center, the Gaylord National has a wide variety of dining options onsite. For a full list of available dining facilities, please visit their website.

DATES/LOCATIONS

When will Optometry’s Meeting 2020 be held?
June 24-28, 2020
Where will Optometry’s Meeting 2020 be held?
The Opening Event for Optometry’s Meeting® will take place at Union Square on Capitol Hill. Continuing education courses/workshops and other social networking events will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center
Where will Optometry’s Meeting 2020 be held?
June 24-28, 2020
National Harbor, MD | Washington, DC
Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center


June 23-27, 2021
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center

June 15-19, 2022
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place

June 21-25, 2023
Downtown Washington, DC
Walter E Washington Convention Center

June 19-23, 2024
Nashville, TN
Music City Center

NETWORKING

Who is Optometry’s Meeting for?
Optometry’s Meeting® offers unique networking events and continuing education opportunities for optometrists, paraoptometrics, practice administrators, and students.
What are the Alumni Receptions and when and where will they be held?
The alumni receptions offered at Optometry's Meeting are a fun and unique way to reconnect and network with former classmates. All alumni receptions will be held on Friday, June 26 from 5-6:30pm at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center.
How do I follow and participate with Optometry's Meeting on Social Media?
Be sure to look for and use #OM2020, the Optometry’s Meeting hashtag, on all of your social media posts. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: Optometry’s Meeting Twitter: Optometrysmtg
Who is attending Optometry's Meeting?
Find out who is attending Optometry’s Meeting with our mobile app. Attendees can create optional profiles as a means to network and socialize while onsite.
What are the exhibit hall hours?
Thursday, June 25 from 3:30-7pm
Friday, June 26 from 8:30am-5pm.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

When does registration open for will Optometry’s Meeting?
Registration opens January 2, 2020. To pre-register for the conference, please click the link.
Where do I go to register for Optometry's Meeting online?
Registration for Optometry’s Meeting 20/20 starts on January 2nd. To pre-register, please visit our website: http://www.optometrysmeeting.org/attend/registration-opening-soon
Does Optometry's Meeting require pre-registration of courses?
There are a select few courses that do require prior registration: O.D. and paraoptometric workshops, as well as, Continuing Education on the Water. All other courses are based on first come, first served seat availability. When possible, we suggest arriving to your course of choice 10 minutes prior to the start time in order to secure your seating.
How do I make more than one registration?
Multiple registrations are able to be made through our online registration process. Icons prompting for additional registrations can be found on our online form. For questions or concerns, please contact Expo Logic customer service at 484.398.0856 (M-F, 9am-5pm Eastern).
I have questions about my registration. Whom should I call?
For questions or concerns about your registration, please contact Expo Logic customer service at 484.398.0856 (M-F, 9am-5pm Eastern).
What are the registration options for guests and children?
Guests and children are more than welcome to attend Optometry's Meeting and can do so by registering for their appropriate rate through our online registration process. Registration opening January 2nd.
When will I receive my badge?
Attendees will receive their badges upon check-in at the onsite registration desk at Optometry's Meeting.
What is the cancellation policy for the Optometry's Meeting conference?
A refund of registration fees, less a $50 per person administrative charge, will be granted if your written request is postmarked on or prior to May 15, 2020. No refunds will be given after the May 15 deadline. All refunds will be issued in the same form as your original payment.

Cancellation requests will not be processed by phone. Request for refund should be mailed or emailed to:

Optometry’s Meeting 2020
c/o Expo Logic
553 Foundry Rd,
East Norriton, PA 19428
Email: Customersupport@expologic.com
Fax: 888.268.6093
Phone: 484.398.0856

GENERAL

Why should I become a member of the American Optometric Association?
The AOA and your state affiliate association are the only organizations that advocate for you at the federal and state levels, resulting in: Maximized patient access
Advanced scope of practice
Fair and reasonable reimbursement
A unified voice for the profession

For more information and to join the AOA, please visit our website.

How does the support from sponsors, partners and exhibitors improve my experience at Optometry's Meeting?
The AOA fosters an environment of innovation and creates value for members every day. Yet new collaborations such as Optometry's Meeting would not be possible without the sponsorship of corporations.

While there are many ophthalmic companies, we hope you take note of those actively supporting the AOA to ensure a bright future for the profession of optometry. With their help the AOA is striving to improve access to patient care, promote organizational innovation, and ensure that members are on the path to success.

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