Paraoptometric Highlights

Optometry's Meeting returns in 2021 with a reimagined program that intersects optometric practice solutions and integrated, paraoptometric-specific continuing education and professional development with the influential networking experiences that sets our profession's premier conference apart. So, what's in store for #OM2021? Take a look at the paraoptometric highlights.

Safety measures and protocols will be in place for all education, programs and events throughout Optometry's Meeting.

Opening Event, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision
Thursday, June 24

Come join your friends and colleagues as we kickoff this year's Optometry's Meeting, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, with the Opening Event, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision. We're proud to welcome former NASA astronaut and epidemiologist Jerry Linenger, M.D., Ph.D., to the stage as our 2021 keynote speaker. Famed for his dramatic 5-month voyage aboard the decaying Russian space station, Mir, Dr. Linenger is instantly recognizable as a space analyst and advisor for various news outlets and documentary series. Dr. Linenger will share an especially poignant message of resiliency and recovery despite extraordinary circumstances.

NEW! Leaders Summit
Wednesday, June 23 & Saturday, June 26

Optometry's Meeting truly distinguishes itself as the place where optometry's leaders convene and so new this year, the AOA will convene its Leaders Summit volunteer work meeting concurrent to the conference schedule. This alignment of leading volunteers and advocates ensures a meeting-of-the-minds atmosphere where optometry remains foremost.

Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration, sponsored by Alcon
Thursday, June 24

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 includes a short message and awards ceremony.

Paraoptometric Idea Exchange, sponsored by EssilorLuxottica
Thursday, June 24

Join us for this open forum where you and your peers will have time to discuss challenges and opportunities. This is your chance to network and share information on local issues, education opportunities and ideas on how to grow membership.

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation 5K Run/Walk

In-person: Saturday, June 26, 6 a.m. MDT
Virtually: Anywhere, anytime, between now and Tuesday, June 29

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation is bringing its 5K Run/Walk to Denver. Join us for a 3.1-mile run or walk with a positively scenic view! A 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. Be sure to sign up for the 5K when you register your Optometry's Meeting attendance.

Your generous support helps Optometry Cares— The AOA Foundation to fulfill its mission of expanding eye care awareness, education and research to eye and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. 


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Exhibit Hall Friday, June 25 & Saturday, June 26

Optometry's Meeting returns its 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.

NEW! Enjoy the sounds of Denver in the Exhibit Hall as an eclectic ensemble of local musicians takes you on an auditory journey of The Mile High City. Musical acts include:

Celebration of Optometry, sponsored by AOAExcelSaturday, June 26

Join us as we celebrate our profession and recognize our 2021-2022 AOA and AOSA Boards of Trustees with a closing reception that offers attendees a uniquely Denver experience. We're calling it the 'Blue Bear Street Festival'-a cultural (and culinary) taste of Denver in the shadow of the Colorado Convention Center's iconic Blue Bear statute. Select from a menu of iconic Denver fare and enjoy three hours of local music, arts and culture. Here's our evening lineup: