The Optometric Minute

Video: Highlights from Optometry’s Meeting

June 27, 2018

Thousands of optometrists, optometry students, staff and optical industry personnel flocked to Denver last week for the American Optometric Association’s “Optometry’s Meeting 2018.”

Review of Optometric Business recorded the following highlights of the AOA events, classes and receptions, 27th Annual Essilor Optometry Student Bowl, and general networking. ROB professional editor Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD, presented “Defining the Future of Optometry,” a major research project and report, sponsored by Essilor. On the meeting’s last day, SUNY College of Optometry sponsored “Hackathon IV: Artificial Intelligence and Diabetic Management,” in which competing teams constructed strategies to incorporate AI in the treatment of diabetics.

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AOA “Optometry’s Meeting”

Optometry’s Meeting celebrates profession, House of Delegates resolves action
In his farewell address, outgoing AOA President Christopher J. Quinn, OD, delivered and characterized the state of the AOA. His assessment: The AOA is strong and growing stronger. >>READ MORE>>

New 2018-2019 AOA officers and trustees take oath of office
AOA President Samuel D. Pierce, OD, of Alabama, and other members of the AOA Board of Trustees were sworn into office Saturday, June 23, after elections during Optometry’s Meeting 2018 in Denver, Colorado. >>READ MORE>>

Essilor Optometry Student Bowl
AOA: David Hurd of Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry hoisted the coveted crystal trophy in victory Thursday night at the 27th annual Essilor Optometry Student Bowl. The “Spirit Award,” honoring the school with the most energy, greatest costumes and flashiest entrance, was captured by Southern California College of Optometry. The highly competitive, high-speed test of optometric intellect is one of the highlights of Optometry’s Meeting, drawing cheering crowds of students and alumni alike. >>READ MORE>>

(L to R) The panelists at the Review of Optometry breakfast session were Mary Anne Murphy, OD, Jason Ortman, OD, and Kristin O’Brien, OD.

“Defining the Future of Optometry”
Discussion of the ‘Future of Optometry’ Draws Overflow Crowd on Final Day of Optometry’s Meeting

A discussion of what the future may hold for eyecare professionals, especially independent ODs, was the hot ticket Saturday morning on the final day of Optometry’s Meeting here at the Colorado Convention Center. An overflow crowd of about 300 attendees gathered for the breakfast session, “Defining the Future of Optometry,” which was organized by Review of Optometric Business (ROB) in conjunction with the American Optometric Association and sponsored by Essilor. Roger Mummert, ROB’s director of content, introduced the session and acted as the moderator for the discussion. >>READ MORE>>

SUNY HACKATHON
SUNY Hackathon IV: AI and diabetic care
For the second consecutive year, Optometry’s Meeting hosted an inter-professional, brainstorming, networking and collaborative competition known as a hackathon. Titled, “Hackathon IV: Artificial Intelligence & Care of the Diabetic Patient,” the event brought together teams of residents, students, faculty, researchers and practicing doctors of optometry. >>READ MORE>>

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