5 reasons to attend Optometry’s Meeting®


Optometry’s Meeting® offers world-class learning, networking and business opportunities that will strengthen your practice and enhance your patient care in one unforgettable experience.

The 125th Annual AOA Congress and 54th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting, June 15-18 in Chicago is where the leaders in optometry, along with renowned, contemporary optometric education (CE) and professional Development and innovative practical solutions come together, all of which have a single goal: to advance our profession together.

Visit Optometry’s Meeting for the nearly 150 CE and professional development courses available for physicians, paraoptometry and optometry students, and stay in the exhibition hall for the experiential CE opportunities, vendor and industry connections, influential AOSA and AOA+ programs for students and the unique entertainment that makes #OM2022 an educational destination.


If Optometry’s Meeting is in your future, don’t hesitate to register even longer. Early registration rates allow AOA member physicians to save 20% or more on site fees when they arrive in Chicago for our profession’s premier event. And the savings don’t end there — optometry students, paraoptometry, educators, and others all receive significant discounts when registering with early bird pricing.

Sign up soon because Early bird pricing is only available through Friday, April 1st.

What to expect: Optometry’s Meeting 2022

Optometry’s Meeting returns to its leadership-focused program for 2022 with influential advocacy and networking opportunities combined with the advanced education that continues to advance our profession. Here’s what you can expect from our Chicago meeting:

1. Modern CE and professional development.

AOA’s educational choices truly set the Optometry’s Meeting apart from other industry or professional conferences with over 200 hours of credits for physicians, students and paraoptometry – in topics ranging from modern surgical and laser procedures to systemic diseases, functional vision, billing and coding and more . Consider the Saturday Surgical Program with back-to-back courses designed to strengthen in-office surgical interventions by physicians and staff; one of more than 7 hands-on learning workshops on topics ranging from pediatrics to laser procedures; or book experiential CE opportunities in iconic Chicago destinations such as: B. an architectural tour along the Chicago River or an improvisation workshop at the Second City Comedy Club. Or take foundational courses that fit into other areas of education offered beyond Optometry’s Meeting.

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2. The exhibition hall.

Experience the next generation of vision in the expansive exhibition hall – complete with the ideas, people and products that reflect the most progressive perspectives. Connect with industry leaders about business opportunities, practice solutions and product offerings at this industry showcase that can advance your career and position your practice for continued success. This year, Educational Theater returns to the Exhibition Hall with at least five educational courses, covering a variety of topics so you can make the most of your time on site.


3. Chicago-style entertainment.

Enjoy unique Chicago-inspired entertainment options to open and close Optometry’s Meeting. Join colleagues for opening night at the Optometry’s Meeting, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision, with the annual AOA and AOSA awards ceremony, followed by a reception at Chicago’s famed Museum of Science & Industry (MSI) in Jackson Park. The Western Hemisphere’s largest science museum boasts the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair. MSI offers attendees an exclusive opportunity to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres alongside truly exceptional exhibits. Then, don your cocktail attire to end the Optometry’s Meeting with an alfresco Celebration of Optometry on McCormick Place’s Lakeside Terrace, where attendees will enjoy a Blues Brothers-themed evening.

4. Powerful AOSA, AOA+ programming for optometry students.

Optometry’s Meeting offers future physicians an engaging experience that combines the fun, professional camaraderie you know from school with the opportunity to boost your career. Students are invited to participate in the first-ever AOSA Student Welcome Mixer on Thursday, June 16, which will offer students the opportunity to mingle over live entertainment, food and refreshments. Then join the AOA+ program with events, sessions and courses designed to build the careers of future physicians. Connect with practicing optometry physicians at the AOA+ Leadership Link; Find out about opportunities to expand your education and eventual practice at the AOA+ Residency and State Affiliate Summit; Join AOA+ pop-up sessions on exciting topics ranging from advocacy and practice management to overcoming student debt and more; and build your leadership skills and professional networking through the AOA+ Leadership Society. And don’t forget the renowned AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXXI powered by EssilorLuxottica and EssilorLuxottica Live! Students Party.

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5. Development of paraoptometric skills and training opportunities.

Providing relevant, impactful educational and collaborative opportunities for all levels of paraoptometry, the Optometry’s Meeting not only equips staff for a successful career, but also helps the practice meet the primary eye health needs of the community. Paraoptometry can choose from over 50 CE and professional development courses, offering 35 hours of paraoptometric-specific learning and 31 hours in an integrated, physician-paraoptometric framework. Additionally, employees can benefit from live, in-person CPO and CPOA review courses, as well as foundational training courses that can help hone skills. Paraoptometrics may also participate in special networking events such as the Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration sponsored by Alcon and the Paraoptometric Idea Exchange.


Would you like to know more about the Optometry Meeting? Access the 2022 Conference Preview for full event descriptions, agendas and more, or watch the social talks on #OM2022 and see what all the fuss is about.


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