What are the dates and location of Optometry’s Meeting® 2022?

Optometry’s Meeting® 2022 will take place in Chicago, Illinois, June 15-18.

Who may attend Optometry’s Meeting?

Optometry’s Meeting is open to both member and nonmember doctors of optometry, students, paraoptometric staff, educators, industry professionals, association executives, exhibitors and their guests.

How can I join the online conversation about Optometry’s Meeting?

Join us online at our Facebook page.  You can also tag us in your social media posts by utilizing the official Optometry’s Meeting hashtag, #OM2022.

Registration and Badges

What is included with my registration badge?

Inclusions are dependent on your registration type. All standard registration options, both members and nonmembers, will include access to our opening general session and exhibit hall. Additional registration for the opening event and Celebration of Optometry event on Saturday evening is required. In addition, doctors of optometry, educators, students and paraoptometrics will have access to allotted continuing education (CE) sessions. We suggest arriving at the education sessions 10 minutes before a course start time to secure your seat in the room.

Do I have to be a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) to register?

No, but you must be affiliated with the profession. However, AOA members do receive a registration discount. To become an active AOA member, please contact the AOA at memberservices@aoa.org.

Does it cost to register?

There is a cost associated with registration based upon registration type. See registration fees for Optometry's Meeting 2022.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my AOA membership?

Please contact Member Services at memberservices@aoa.org, or by phone at 314.983.4167.

Can I use a credit card or a check to register?

Registration may only be paid for with a credit card. We accept all major credit cards. Please note: We do not accept checks.

Are purchase orders and wire transfers accepted?

No, purchase orders and wire transfers are not accepted. 

When will I receive my badge?

Attendees will receive their badges upon check-in at the on-site registration desk at Optometry’s Meeting.

What are the on-site attendee registration hours?

Wednesday, June 15 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday, June 16 6 a.m. -8 p.m.
Friday, June 17 6 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Friday, June 17 6 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Where is on-site registration located?

North Building Level 3, Grand Concourse Lobby.

What is the cancellation policy for the Optometry’s Meeting conference?

No refunds will be given after the May 13 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 emailed to optometrysmeeting@aoa.org.

Hotel and Travel arrangements

How do I book a discounted hotel room?

Housing will open on Jan. 3, 2022, for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

Discounted hotels in the Optometry’s Meeting room block include the following:

Marriott Marquis Chicago at McCormick Place
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place
Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place 

Which hotel is the headquarters hotel for Optometry’s Meeting?

Marriott Marquis Chicago at McCormick Place Convention Center is Optometry's Meeting 2022 headquarters hotel. 

Exhibit Hall information

What are the exhibit hall hours?

Thursday, June 16 Ribbon-cutting at 3:45 p.m., Exhibit Hall open is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. CT.
Friday, June 17 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CT.
Saturday, June 18 9 a.m.-noon CT.

Continuing Education

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 experiential CE offerings. All other courses are based on first come, first served seat availability. When possible, we suggest arriving at your course of choice 10 minutes prior to the start time in order to secure your seating.

What is the best way to access course handouts?

Course handouts will be available for this event. Details on where to locate and how to access these documents will be shared closer to the event.

How do you receive CE 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 CE credit.

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

How is CE attendance verified?

Credit claiming and attendance verification details will be outlined closer to the event.

What is CE in the exhibit hall?

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

How many CE hours are being offered?

Optometry’s Meeting is offering a minimum of 209 credit hours, covering a variety of progressive topics. Doctors can earn up to 34 credit hours over the course of four days. There is a potential for a few more courses to be added to the CE  grid, so refer back to this section for the most accurate information leading up to the event.

CE after Dark: CE courses will be offered in the evenings throughout the event. Refer to the CE grid to see the course schedule.

Experiential CE: A unique opportunity to earn CE credits and see some of Chicago’s claim to fame.

Future locations and additional questions

What are Optometry’s Meeting future dates?

June 21-25, 2023
Downtown Washington, D.C.
Walter E Washington Convention Center 

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

June 15-28, 2025 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis Convention Center 

Does Optometry’s Meeting have a room for nursing mothers?

McCormick Place installed three private nursing pods called Mamava Lactation Suites.

These pods are located in the:

  • Lakeside Center, Level 2, by the gift shop
  • North/South Level 2.5 across from Starbucks
  • West Level 1 near the main information desk on Indiana Avenue

Please download the Mamava mobile app to unlock the suites. Additionally, some event organizers will provide more nursing mother suites and stations based on need.

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 registration desk. At the end of the conference, the items will be turned over to the convention center. Optometry’s Meeting is not responsible for any items lost during the conference.

What are my options on-site for food and beverages?

In addition to social events in the exhibit hall and throughout the convention center,  McCormick Place and local hotels have a wide variety of dining options on-site. For a complete list of available dining facilities, please visit their website.

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 17, from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Chicago at McCormick Place.

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