2020 Conference Highlights

Optometry Unites on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, June 24, 1-5pm

Optometry Unites on Capitol Hill Grab your spirit and enthusiasm and meet us on Capitol Hill for the opening event of Optometry's Meeting! Join fellow classmates, colleagues and industry professionals as we all rally together on Union Square in front of our nation's capital. Consider this your one stop-shop for all things Washington. There will be opportunities to book sightseeing tours as well as participate in our very own "Advocacy Central" where you can utilize information and resources to help advance the profession of optometry. Prepare to hear stories of inspiration and triumph from guest speakers who have been impacted by optometry. This is an event you won't want to miss. Help us unite on the hill and make history!


AOA on Capitol Hill

With Optometry's Meeting at National Harbor in our nation's capital this year-just as major changes to 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 (starting in early 2020); direct education ahead of Capitol Hill visits and on-the-ground support throughout Optometry's Meeting for every doctor and student who wants to advocate for the profession; fight back against  illegal online vision tests, unscrupulous internet contact lens sellers, and 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 agencies such as Health and Human Services, the Federal Drug Administration, and the Federal Trade  Commission. For information on  scheduling meetings with your members of Congress during Optometry's Meeting, please reach out to your affiliate or Tess Milliorn in the AOA Washington Office at 1.800.365.2219/TMilliorn@aoa.org



House of Delegates, Optometry's Voice

Thursday, June 25, 8:30am-2pm
Friday, June 26, 10am-2pm
Saturday, June 27, 8-11am

House of DelegatesFor more than a century, optometry's preeminent assembly of leaders and decision-makers has led the advancement of our profession. Join us as the House of  Delegates discusses the latest in optometry and essential governance updates, the latest news from the AOA Board of Trustees and the presentation of awards. All members are invited to attend each session, including the election and installation of the AOA Board of Trustees. Hear the latest in advocacy news  and accomplishments and get a glimpse at  the future of optometry from your AOA leaders.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting

Thursday, June 25, 3:30-7pm (special VIP event with industry key opinion leaders from 3-3:30pm)
Friday, June 26, 8:30am-5pm

You said you liked the Exhibit Hall schedule last year, so we're doing it again-only two days but lots of noncompete time, so you'll have time to learn about the latest innovations and products.

Optometry's Meeting has built some free time into our Exhibit Hall schedule that does not compete with continuing education, plus there will be CE for credit in the Hall again this year! We will offer five one-hour courses for credit in our education theater. We will continue with our ePoster sessions in the Hall offering COPE credit. The Hall will be closed Saturday, so you can spend your day in CE and networking with friends and colleagues.

This is where the conference networking breaks take place. Visit with our exhibitors and sponsors and your colleagues and refuel.

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National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thursday, June 25, 7-8pm

Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation will induct the Class of 2020 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.

Inductees will be announced in early spring!

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXIX powered by Essilor
Thursday, June 25, 7:30-11pm

College rivalries take center stage as 25 schools and colleges of optometry battle to be the smartest, loudest and most creative. 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. The equally celebrated Spirit Award honors the school with the most energy, best costumes  and flashiest entrance. Everyone is invited to the Student Bowl and the reception that immediately follows!


 Generously sponsored by Essilor Essilor


Schools & Colleges of Optometry Alumni Receptions

Friday, June 26, 5-6:30pm

Reconnect with classmates and make new friends at the schools and colleges of optometry alumni receptions, always a Friday evening highlight at Optometry's Meeting. The alumni and friends' receptions are a great place to socialize, make connections and build your professional network. Click here to see if your school is hosting a reception, and make your plans to attend.


Continuing Education on the Water!

Friday, June 26, 7-10pm

CE on the WaterAll aboard the Cherry Blossom! CE is taking to the water by way of 19th century Victorian riverboat. Join us for a wonderful evening of education and entertainment as you cruise along the Potomac River enjoying the gorgeous monuments that Washington has to offer.

Presented on board the boat will be the COPE approved course We the People: Optometry's Expanding Role in Population Health, providing the opportunity to earn two CE credit hours.

Prior registration is required and space is limited, so don't delay and register today!

 Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 27, 6-7:30am

Optometry Cares®— The AOA Foundation is bringing its 5K Run/Walk to National Harbor! Join us for a 3.1-mile run or walk with a beautiful view at 6am on Saturday, June 27. Race entry fee of $30 guarantees you a performance-blend T-shirt and 5K medal. Awards will be  presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners. Check in at the packet pickup on Friday, June 26, from 9am- 5pm for your swag. Sign up for the race when you register to attend Optometry's Meeting. You also can sign up to "Count sheep instead of steps" if you want to make a donation to Optometry Cares, get a T-shirt with the race packet swag but sleep in on race day.

Sign up for the race when you register to attend Optometry's Meeting. Registration required: $30 fee

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A Celebration of Optometry

Saturday, June 27, 8-11pm

CelebrationHelp us raise the roof '90s style at the Celebration of Optometry! This party will be off the hook with musical headliner Mark McGrath. Grab all your friends because this will be the event of the decade.

· Mark McGrath: host and headliner
· '90s costume contest
· DJ Cory live
· Red Hot Band
· Presentation of our new AOA
  Board of Trustees
· Firework show
· Interactive '90s entertainment
· Video arcade

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