The 126th annual American Optometric Association Optometry’s Meeting will convene in Washington, DC from June 21 to June 24, 2023.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) Optometry’s Meeting will convene its 126th annual congress from Wednesday, June 21 to Saturday, June 24, 2023, in Washington, DC, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The meeting provides opportunity for optometric continuing education and professional development, with networking and business opportunities among colleagues, industry professionals, and the profession's leaders.
Robert Layman, OD, AOA president, and Easy Anyama, American Optometric Student Association president, invite students, doctors, and paraoptometric staff to voice their opinions at this meeting.
In addition to the educational agenda, on the evening before the meeting kicks off, the participants are invited to watch the Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in the Washington Nationals Family Picnic area. This area provides an all-inclusive experience 2 hours before game time and a seat for the game.
Registration is available at here.
The AOA offers 136 continuing education and professional development courses with over 190 hours of credits available for doctors, paraoptometric staff, and optometry students. The following shows the comprehensive list of offerings from which to choose.
All times listed are in Eastern time.
In addition to the cutting-edge education courses and workshops available, attendees can participate in a number of social/politically oriented events.
AOA+ Rally and Affiliate Connections
Doctors and optometry students will gather in the convention center as the AOA+ Rally kicks off with a rally supporting critical primary eye health and vision care. Members of Congress will speak about the importance of advocating for the profession and attendee involvement. A social and networking follow. A badge is required for this event, which is scheduled for 5-7 pm in the convention center.
The AOA Experience and Opening Reception
This event, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision, from 7-10 pm at the convention center, kicks off the convention. After the AOA Experience, from 8:30-10 pm participants can network with colleagues, AOA leadership, AOSA and state associations, and industry partners. This event is for registered attendees and guests; a badge is required to attend.
AOA on Capitol Hill
This event combines the AOA’s annual federal advocacy event with AOA on Capitol Hill for opportunities to connect with members of Congress. Capitol Hill Briefings will take place at the convention center on Wednesday, June 21, 1-2:30 pm and Thursday, June 22, 7:30-9 am.
Eye Care Square Ribbon Cutting
Supported by EyePromise and held on Thursday from 2-3 pm inExhibit Hall D at the convention center, the Eye Care Square features industry leaders and vendors that can help give practitioners a leg-up in practice. The hall will be open Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24.
This event, planned for 5:30-7:30 pm at theMarriott Marquis Washington, D.C., provides the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, make new friends, and celebrate the attendees’ alma maters.
Paraoptometric Awards Luncheon Celebration
The luncheon is supported by Essilor Luxottica and will run from 11 am-12 pm.
AOA House of Delegates
The event is planned for Thursday June 22, Friday June 23, and Saturday June 24 at theMarriott Marquis Washington, D.C. Optometry's leaders will discuss developments affecting the profession, deliberate and govern the association, hear updates from the AOA Board of Trustees, and recognize and celebrate achievements. All members are invited to attend each session, including Saturday's election and installation ceremony for the incoming 2023-2024 AOA.
AOA Awards and National Optometry Hall of Fame Reception
The AOA Awards recognition, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision,will honor the 2023 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 among others. The time is to be determined.
Celebration of Optometry
This event, which is set for 7-11 pm in The Anthem, facilitates networking, entertainment, and a few surprises and is for all registered attendees and guests; a badge will be required to attend. Transportation, along with food and beverage will be provided.