Take your career to new heights with paraoptometric programming at Optometry’s Meeting 2022 that emphasizes quality, comprehensive education and professional development alongside influential networking experiences.
Optometry’s Meeting delivers relevant, impactful education and collaborative opportunities for all levels of paraoptometrics, not only equipping you for a successful career but also helping your practice meet the primary eye health care needs of your patients, now and into the future. From courses that range from foundational paraoptometric skills to assisting on advanced procedures, Optometry’s Meeting intersects peerless continuing education and professional development with engaging entertainment, vendor connections, and the networking and relationships that makes the paraoptometric field so great.
So, what’s in store for #OM2022 in Chicago? Take a look.
Opening Night Awards Ceremony at the McCormick Place Convention Center
Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center
Supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision
The AOA and AOSA annually recognize members for their exemplary service in the optometric profession. During this kickoff event, members will be honored with the awards of Optometrist of the Year, Young Optometrist of the Year, Paraoptometric of the Year, Educator of the Year, Student of the Year and Distinguished Service for their significant contributions to the profession and their communities.
Opening Night at Optometry’s Meeting
Wednesday, June 15, 7-10 p.m.
Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago
Supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision
Link up with your colleagues and embrace your inner scientist at this year’s kickoff event at the extraordinary Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere stuns in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair. Explore a World War II submarine or marvel up close at a 40-foot tornado over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres—all while making memorable connections with industry peers.
Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration
Thursday, June 16, noon to 1 p.m.
Supported by Alcon
Don’t miss this annual celebration of AOA associate-member paraoptometrics, honored for their outstanding and significant contributions to the profession. Open to all paraoptometric staff, the luncheon provides a short message from our supporter, Alcon, and the awards ceremony.
Paraoptometric Idea Exchange
Thursday, June 16, 1-3 p.m.
Join us for this open forum where you and your paraoptometric peers will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for optometric staff. This is your chance to network and share information on local issues, educational opportunities and ideas on how to grow AOA associate membership.
Thursday, June 16, 3:45-6 p.m.
Friday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Optometry's Meeting offers a renowned Exhibit Hall, featuring industry leaders and vendors that can help give you a leg up in practice. Take a break from your CE schedule and join us in the Hall to visit with our exhibitors and sponsors, find business and practice solutions, and grow your networking connections. Or consider attending the Education Theater in the Exhibit Hall with at least five courses covering a variety of subjects. Come see what all the buzz is about in the Exhibit Hall.
AOA Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Thursday, June 16, 8-10 p.m.
Come celebrate and congratulate your colleagues during the AOA Awards and National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. During the event, sponsored by Essilor, we will honor the 2022 National Hall of Fame inductees, the Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE Award recipient, and our Advocacy Awards recipients, including the Media, Federal, State and Payer Awards.
Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation Run/Walk
Saturday, June 18, at 6 a.m.
The AOA Foundation is bringing its annual run/walk to Chicago! This year, we have added a 1-mile option if you want to participate but don’t want to commit to a full 5K. We hope you will join us for either a 3.1-mile or 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, June 18, at 6 a.m. An entry fee of $30 guarantees you a performance-blend T-shirt and medal. Awards will be presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners.
Check-in at the packet pickup on Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for your swag. Sign up for the run/walk 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 $30 donation to Optometry Cares, get a T-shirt with the race packet swag but sleep in on race day.
Celebration of Optometry
Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
McCormick Place Lakeside Terrace
Join your colleagues on the McCormick Place Lakeside Fountain Terrace overlooking Lake Michigan to recognize the 2021-2022 AOA and AOSA Boards of Trustees. Expect an evening to remember—in Chicago’s Blues Brothers style. Doors opens at 6:45 p.m., as we conclude our annual conference with food and live entertainment.