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Looking for CE? 6 reasons Optometry’s Meeting® is the education destination

Doctors of optometry, paraoptometrics and students come together at Optometry’s Meeting® to engage in practical education, including panel discussions and hands-on labs.

“Optometry’s Meeting continues to embrace the practical approach to ensuring that all optometrists can take something back to implement in their practice.”

Education that's engaging, relatable and practical-that's the mantra for Optometry's Meeting® 2018 continuing education (CE), offering everything from the latest clinical courses to cutting-edge procedures certification.

Earn up to 40 hours of CE credits across five days when Optometry's Meeting convenes in Denver, Colorado, June 20-24, and return to your practice, brimming with industry best practices in clinical care, practice management, staff training and more. Open the CE catalogue today to start charting your course at Optometry's Meeting-there's something for everyone.

"Optometry's Meeting continues to embrace the practical approach to ensuring that all optometrists can take something back to implement in their practice," says Marc Bloomenstein, O.D., AOA CE Subcommittee chair.

6 can't-miss CE opportunities

So, what's the hype about CE at Optometry's Meeting? Take a look at these six CE highlights, topics and workshops:

  1. Practical evidence-based guidance. Learn the latest recommendations from AOA's evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on pediatric and diabetes care. Presented by AOA's guideline development group, these courses translate the nationally renowned guidelines-Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination and Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus-into everyday diagnosis, management and treatment recommendations.

  2. Engaging TBI information. As the military and sporting world tackles concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including the NFL's highly publicized head-injury discussion, learn optometry's role in this equation from the Miami Dolphins' own doctor of optometry and viewpoints from a former military contractor.

  3. Surgical, advanced procedures certification. This year, Optometry's Meeting offers two separate workshops devoted to advanced surgical procedures and laser surgery, including suture techniques, injections, radiofrequency surgery, biopsy, YAG capsulotomy, laser peripheral iridotomy, gonioscopy and laser lenses, and laser trabeculoplasty. The advanced surgical procedures two-day course and laser surgery two-day course both offer 8 hours of lecture and 8 hours of lab rotation, for certification, but space is limited and course registration is required.

  4. Certifications available in CPR/AED. Many states require doctors to periodically obtain and refresh CPR/AED certifications, so Optometry's Meeting has you covered. Available to doctors and paraoptometric staff, this 3.5-hour course offers adult and infant CPR certification and AED training from the American Red Cross. No need to jostle your after-hours schedule for the next course opening in your area; just sign up for one of two sessions available while you're here.

  5. Relatable courses back by popular demand. As always, Optometry's Meeting offers the CE courses that fit your schedule, learning preference and needs with attendee-favorite options including CE After Dark, Pardon the Objection Series and the e-poster session.

  6. Military Appreciation Course. Led by Naval Aerospace Institute Medical Officer Kyle Dohm, O.D., this course centers around computerized color vision testing, pioneered by co-speaker Terrace Waggoner, O.D. Learn the advantages of testing color vision using some of the new, innovative 'computerized' color vision tests on the market.

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA president-elect, says AOA's goal is to offer the very best CE in the profession, featuring the latest and most relevant topics. That's why Optometry's Meeting is offering forward-looking CE, including laser and surgical procedures courses with wet labs.

"Our profession is still evolving, and the definition of 'doctor of optometry' is also evolving as more states pass scope expansion," Dr. Pierce says. "It only makes sense for the AOA to offer CE courses that teach the latest technologies and advances in eye care as we equip our members with everything they need to offer their patients the very best in eye care."

Early-bird registration open, now through April 1

The earlier you register, the more you save: Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, now through April 1, and AOA-member doctors can save 20 percent off on-site registration fees. But the savings don't end there: Students, educators, life members and others also receive significant discounts throughout early-bird registration.

One low registration price grants members access to the latest CE, the Exhibit Hall and other popular events, including the Opening General Session, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision, on June 20; the AOA House of Delegates; the Essilor Optometry Student BowlTM XXVII, sponsored by Essilor; and A Celebration of Optometry, sponsored by Hoya Vision Care.

"I encourage all optometrists to attend Optometry's Meeting in Denver to expand their knowledge base with top-notch CE courses and workshops, and take advantage of the networking opportunities afforded by our profession's premier meeting," says Paul Hodge, O.D., AOA Meetings Center chair.

Online registration is fast, easy and preferred-simply click here to register today. However, you may phone your registration to customer service at 484.398.0856, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

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February 22, 2018

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