Education, policies & procedures

Course registration and attendance

To adhere to state and local public health orders regarding COVID-19 and room capacity restrictions, Optometry's Meeting® attendees will need to pre-select the individual education courses they intend to be present for, including any hybrid education courses. This pre-selection can be done upon registration.

Optometric staff and students may take any course on the doctor program for no additional fee unless otherwise noted. There are also specific courses designed for optometric staff. 

A name badge is required to attend each course. Course auditing is not permitted, so attendees will not be able to enter the course for no credit.

Participants are required to be in a course 50 minutes for every one hour of education 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 (CE) credit.

Course approvals

Doctor of optometry courses will be COPE or AOA credit* approved unless otherwise noted on the CE grids.

All Optometric Staff courses will be approved by the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for CE credit and are acceptable for certification renewal requirements. 

*AOA credit satisfies most state boards' CE requirements and is respected by many organizations within the practice of optometry; however, it is advised that attendees verify their state board requirements prior to selecting courses to attend. If you practice in a state that requires board approval of courses, e.g., Texas or South Dakota, then please confirm course approval with your state board prior to registration.

Course handouts

Handouts are available during credit claiming and on the mobile app.  

Obtaining your CE credits

You can claim your credits on the Optometry's Meeting mobile app or online. Information will be published when the 2021 app is available to download.

CE with examination

No CEE/TQ courses are being offered at Optometry's Meeting® 2021.

Session Recording

Select CE sessions will be recorded and will be available for AOA members to view on EyeLearn® after the meeting. Please note, personal audio and/or video recording of any presentation is not permitted.