2017 Paraoptometric Highlights

Education Highlights

There are 26 courses designed just for optometric staff at Optometry's Meeting. These courses are listed in the daily education grids; the course numbers begin with a P. In addition, the OD education program will be open to Optometric Staff again in 2017. Optometric staff may take any course on the OD program (except OD workshops) for no additional fee! The integration of the programs offers more choices for the advanced optometric staff. New this year−15 joint OD-Paraoptometric courses. Attend with your whole team!

Special Events

Thursday, June 22

Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon


Don't miss this annual tradition of honoring two outstanding paraoptometrics and one state association who make the entire profession proud! The Paraoptometric of the Year, The Community Service and Bridgeway awardees will be announced at this luncheon. Be sure to register for this function in order to receive your luncheon ticket. Open to all Paraoptometric attendees and their guests. Not for educational credit.

Advance registration is required for this free, fun, delicious event..

Sponsored by Alcon

Para Awards Dinner

Para Awards


Friday, June 23

Free Symposium with Breakfast for Optometric Staff—Powering your Practice with Social Media & DAILIES®


Speakers: Tanner Rhodes and Carla Mack, O.D. Advance registration is required for this free event. Not for educational credit.

Sponsored by Alcon.

Para Breakfast

Para Breakfast

Paraoptometric Idea Exchange

3-4:30pmPara Idea

Got questions? Looking for solutions? Ideas and suggestions?  Be sure to join us for an open forum where you and your peers will have time to discuss challenges and opportunities. Paraoptometrics are invited to attend this free symposium, then continue your conversations at the Paraoptometric Networking Social. Be sure to register and attend this function to receive a chance to win a gift basket. Not for educational credit. 

Advance registration is required for this free, informative event.

Paraoptometric Networking Social


Meet up with your paraoptometric friends, paraoptometric leadership and AOA staff for a fun networking social  and get an early start on your Friday night! Get to know some new faces and learn about your colleagues while you enjoy some light snacks and drinks. Make dinner plans with your friends or just enjoy a relaxing break before continuing your education at CE After Dark.

Advance registration is required for this free, fun event. Not for educational credit.

Para networking

Haven't registered for Optometry's Meeting yet?

Click here to download a Travel Justification Toolkit to use to approach your employer to attend Optometry's Meeting.

Not an AOA associate member yet?

AOA doctors may now enroll (non-OD) optometric staff as associate members. There is no charge to the member OD or to optometric staff.. Associate member benefits include reduced fees for Optometry's Meeting. Click here to see more associate member benefits. Click here to enroll staff.