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Registration Now Open for Optometry’s Meeting 2023

Travel grants are available as a part of AOA+, a program designed for optometry students, faculty and new doctors that offers access, resources and tools.

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Registration Now Open for Optometry’s Meeting 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — The American Optometric Association (AOA) and American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) share that registration is now open for Optometry’s Meeting, June 21-24, under the banner “Voice Your Vision” in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

As the profession’s premier annual event, Optometry’s Meeting aligns optometric and industry professionals for four days of progressive continuing education and professional development alongside impactful networking opportunities, business solutions and this year’s unique focus on professional advocacy in our nation’s capital.

For the first time since 2017, the annual meeting of the AOA and AOSA will also play host to both the AOA+ experience and the AOA’s single-largest annual advocacy event, AOA on Capitol Hill, only blocks away from the halls of Congress. As optometry’s advocates engage our nation’s leaders to advocate for the quality care that doctors of optometry provide, our profession’s leaders also will convene for the 126th Annual AOA Congress and 55th Annual AOSA Conference.

To register and book housing, click here. Registration is open to both members and nonmembers. Special members-only pricing is available.

“Against the backdrop of our nation’s capital, Optometry’s Meeting will provide opportunities for groundbreaking discovery and collaboration,” says AOA President Ronald L. Benner, O.D. “Designed for, and by members, attendees can expect world-class learning, impactful networking sessions, dynamic events and more. With a historic number of colleagues and students anticipated, this year’s event offers endless opportunities to unify our voice for vision.”

AOA+ Experience and Travel Grants

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Like no other industry opportunity, AOA+ is a unique experience for optometry students and faculty, as well as new doctors, to take their professional involvement to the next level. Reimagined to offer an immersive experience in career development, skill building, networking and advocacy, AOA+ at Optometry’s Meeting is the starting point to the AOA’s year-round program to help the profession’s future find success in optometry.

The AOA and AOSA are committed to helping optometry students, faculty and new doctors up to five years post-graduation attend Optometry’s Meeting with over 3,000 AOA+ travel grants available.

AOA+ travel grants will be available only through March 1. To learn more and secure a travel grant, click here.

AOA on Capitol Hill

Optometry’s single-largest annual advocacy experience and the foundation of AOA’s federal advocacy efforts, AOA on Capitol Hill directly connects the profession’s leaders with our nation’s policymakers. AOA on Capitol Hill is a key reason why the AOA is consistently recognized as one of the most effective, respected advocacy organizations in the nation’s capital.  

AOA on Capitol Hill participation is open to advocacy-minded members with sessions intended to prepare attendees to increasingly join the ongoing advocacy fight for optometry’s future. Those sessions include Capitol Hill Briefings to learn more about the AOA’s federal advocacy, an AOA+ Rally in support of the critical primary eye health and vision care that optometry provides, and an AOA+ Advocacy Workshop to learn what it takes to join optometry’s ongoing advocacy for our patients and profession.

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Additionally, attendees may have the opportunity, in close coordination with their state associations, to participate in meetings with their federal legislators.

To learn more about AOA on Capitol Hill, click here.

Expert-Led Continuing Education
Optometry’s Meeting provides leading-edge CE and professional development. With over 190 credit hours of education available for doctors, paraoptometrics and optometry students, Optometry’s Meeting delivers education that supports every member of your care team.

Doctors can earn up to 37 credits and paraoptometrics can earn up to 31 credits across four days with industry-recognized speakers on a range of contemporary topics, including in-office surgical procedures, billing and coding, systemic disease, functional vision, practice management and more. Attendees can attend any of 13 hands-on workshops, integrated doctor-staff education or take steps to earn a paraoptometric micro-credential in optometric surgical assisting.

To learn more about education at Optometry’s Meeting, view the 2023 Education Schedule.

Optometry’s Meeting takes place June 21-24 in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information on Optometry’s Meeting, visit here or download the 2023 Conference Preview, and follow along on social media Facebook and Twitter.

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