SECO annual meeting kicks off in New Orleans

The in-person event is scheduled for March 9-13 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with a SECO 2022 LIVE CE virtual meeting available to online attendees.

The Southeastern Congress of Optometry (SECO) conference kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event runs from March 9-13, 2022 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with a virtual platform available to online attendees.

For over 40 years, the conference – typically held in Georgia – has been a leading source of education and training for the optometric profession, offering a variety of COPE, ABO and NCLE -approved continuing education (CE) courses and hands-on training for all specialties. The not-for-profit organization features a community-oriented atmosphere, where attendees can connect with likeminded professionals and expand their networks.

Select speakers presenting to full classrooms onsite in New Orleans will be streaming live through the SECO 2022 LIVE CE platform for accredited education for the virtual attendee.

Health and safety

To comply with the City of New Orleans' requirements, the organizers of the event have listed the various health measures they'll use to ensure the safety and comfort of their attendees.

When you register for the event, you'll be required to purchase cancellation/refund insurance. This insurance will allow you to cancel up until March 9, 2022.

If you're sick, do not attend the in-person sessions. You may visit CDC.gov for more information on COVID-related symptoms.

On March 7, all attendees received an email with a link to download and print their event badge. Having your printed or digital badge ready and allowing extra time upon arrival will help expedite the event's registration. Due to the New Orleans COVID-19 requirements, SECO is required to check vaccination or test results upon entry to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center each day. An entry wristband will be provided to each attendee for the duration of the day, and the color will change each day.

Packing a face mask or two is encouraged.

Food

Aside from having numerous award-winning restaurants, New Orleans also has plenty of famous chefs and food festivals. From French cuisine to American favorites, the area has something for everyone, so be sure to check out these fan favorites during your stay:

· Fried Chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House

· Barbecue Shrimp at Pascal’s Manale

· Beignets at Cafe du Monde

· Po-Boys at Parkway

· Oysters at Acme Oyster House