Optometry's Meeting® kicks off with fanfare
Just ask the Liberty Bell how a break in history makes for a remarkable occasion.
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The 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® officially started Wednesday in Philadelphia—breaking with tradition and opening a day earlier to allow attendees more time to take advantage of the conference's offerings.
Here in the city of brotherly love, Optometry's Meeting offers everything that's important in a professional conference, including more than 200 hours of all-new continuing education (CE), more than 200 innovative companies exhibiting the latest in eye and vision care, and countless networking opportunities all silhouetted against the birthplace of American freedom.
More than 250 volunteers began work in AOA committee meetings at the opening bell, while attendees participated in the opening of CE sessions that afternoon. Popular among attendees, the "Sports-Related Concussion: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Management" course featured a multidisciplinary expert panel of practitioners exploring the neuro-ophthalmic approach to concussion care and optometry's evolving role in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Later in the evening, the Optometry's Meeting Opening General Session put the conference in full swing. Sponsored by Essilor, the Opening General Session is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it didn't disappoint. Here are a few highlights of the evening:
Marianne E. Boltz, O.D., Pennsylvania Optometric Association president, welcomed attendees to Philadelphia.
President Mitchell T. Munson, O.D., presented the annual AOA awards and videos honoring the Optometrist and Young Optometrist of the Year, Optometric Educator, Paraoptometric of the Year, Apollo and Distinguished Service awards recipients.
Keynote speaker Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold-medalist figure skater, and a cancer and brain tumor survivor, shared his inspiring story, urging the crowd, "If you fall down, you get up."
"We invite you to take advantage of all that the meeting has to offer, including incredible education, exhibit hall, evening events, sightseeing [and] catching up with colleagues," Dr. Munson said during the Opening General Session.
"I hope you all have a wonderful time in Philadelphia."
Stay connected with Optometry's Meeting
No matter how far removed you may be from Philadelphia this week, you can stay connected with the latest happenings at Optometry's Meeting.
Visit aoa.org/news for up-to-date coverage throughout the conference, including daily web articles and photos.