Optometry teams deserve a field trip every now and then. Traveling to an optometry industry event is worth the trip if you're in the market for new inspiration, talent, or tools. Eyecare organizations and professionals organize local and global events for further education, networking, technology demos, and more.
If you're looking to upgrade your practice management or EHR solutions, events like Vision Expo East and West are great for discovering the latest in modern optometry technology. If you're hoping to bring on a new OD, get a CE certificate, or expand your practice in any way, local conference calendars are an effective way to meet professionals who you can learn from or collaborate with.
Browse through our list of the best conferences coming up in 2018 below.
5 Events Eyecare Professionals Can't Miss in 2018
Although there are many optometry and ophthalmology events occurring this year, we've compiled a few of the major national or international optometry conferences and meetings. These are a mix of educational, technology-focused, and networking events for all professionals in the eyecare industry.
World Eye and Vision Congress (Dubai)
Focusing on innovations and discoveries in eye disease, retinal disorders, field loss, ocular microbiology and more, the Congress aims to highlight emerging technologies and promote collaboration across ophthalmology and optometry. There will be researchers, pharmaceutical companies, medical professionals, and biotech companies present from around the globe. Their website has listed out the different education tracks you can receive CE credits for as well.
Vision Expo West (Las Vegas, NV)
For all ophthalmic professionals, Vision Expo provides an opportunity to showcase and experience new medical equipment, contact lenses, software solutions, therapeutics, education tracks, and luxury brands. Over 6,500 medical professionals can connect with over 12,000 eyecare professionals and buyers, so it's the perfect opportunity to network or shop.
World Congress of Optometry (Orlando, FL)
Hosted by the World Council of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry, the congress is a chance for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners to have a meeting of the minds. Their program includes workshops, a dinner, lectures, and poster presentations. You can read more about the event in this press release.
Eye and Vision Conference (Columbus, OH)
Optometrists and ophthalmologists alike can stay updated on medical device advances, retinal disorders, surgeries, and more advances around the globe. You can look through their comprehensive list of education tracks and register through this link.
Academy of Optometry 2018 (San Antonio, TX)
The American Academy of Optometry's annual educational meeting includes over 250 hours of CE choices from lectures and workshops to poster/paper showing and symposia. There are also 200 exhibits and demos for new optometry technology, so ODs can get the best of both worlds.
No matter which type of event you choose to attend, you can gather the knowledge required to take your practice to the next level.
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