Academy 2012 Phoenix Pre-Academy Meetings

The Armed Forces Optometric Society

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, October 21-23, 2012

The Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS), one of the largest AOA affiliates, will convene its 44th Annual Meeting prior to Academy 2012 Phoenix. As in past years, the venue will provide opportunities to meet and interact with fellow federal service optometrists and share information and discuss current issues facing federal service optometry, to mentor and to be mentored, as well as providing continuing education for optometrists in all branches of the federal service (Departments of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Veterans Affairs, the Public Health Service and Civil Service Optometrist).

This year will include an optional social event on Sunday, October 21, which provides an opportunity to see part of Arizona and to socialize with peers. There will be service specific breakout sessions in order to meet with their service leaders, the annual business meeting, an exhibit hall specific for federal service optometrists, the President's reception, and continuing education given by some of our finest lecturers. AFOS welcomes all interested in federal service optometry to attend and join us at our conference.

For more information or to register for the conference, please go to the AFOS website.

BVPPO Section Diplomate Preparatory Course

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch included

The BVPPO Section developed an exciting new course, "Diplomate Preparatory Course" to help you accelerate your completion of the Diplomate Process!

This event consists of a full day of outstanding lectures and workshops with the most challenging topics on the BVPPO Section's Diplomate exam, presented by well recognized Academy speakers. Participants in this course will have a "jump-start" on the Diplomate pathway, by taking advantage of this specifically designed support, conveniently scheduled the day before the Annual Meeting. Nine hours of CE credit will be awarded (COPE Approval pending).

In addition, all registrants who submit their Diplomate application during Academy 2012 Phoenix will have the application fee ($100) waived!

Attaining BVPPO Diplomate status distinguishes you in your area of specialty, while increasing your expertise and skill, so take advantage of this unique opportunity! Space is limited, so register early! The early registration rate is $160 and will be $225 starting August 27. Select this course when you register for the meeting at

For updates and more information on the Diplomate Preparatory Course or on how to become a Diplomate in the BVPPO Section, visit their webpage

Schedule of topics:

  • Management of Strabismus (lecture) - Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry
  • A Sampler of Strabismus Evaluation Techniques (workshop) - Carmen Barnhardt, OD, MS, FAAO, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry and Regina Garriott, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry
  • Refractive Management of Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (lecture) - Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry and David Fitzgerald, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry
  • Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders (lecture) - Rick London, OD, MA, FAAO
  • Visual Processing Evaluation Techniques (workshop) - Eric Borsting, OS, MSEd, FAAO, FCOVD, Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry

Ocular Nutrition Society

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Ocular Nutrition Society and the Optometric Retina Society are proud to offer a joint meeting entitled: "Healthy Retina Through Nutrition."
World class speakers include:
Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO
Joseph Pizzimenti, OD, FAAO
Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO
A. Paul Chous, OD, FAAO
Kimberly Reed, OD, FAAO
Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO

Check the websites for further details: and

Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The OCRT's 9th Annual Refractive Technology symposium is held the day before Academy 2012 Phoenix. The brightest minds in cornea and lens based refractive technologies will discuss the latest innovations and trends in patient care and treatment solutions and will specially feature case studies on complicated and unusual cases. The symposium also includes presentations on the most recent research in refractive technology. The meeting is interactive, providing a unique forum to share your ideas, thoughts, and experiences with your colleagues. Eight hours of COPE approved CE will be awarded to attendees. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information, please visit the OCRT website. If you have questions about this meeting, contact Dr. David Geffen at

VOSH/International Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 28, 2012

VOSH/International will hold its Annual meeting at the Renaissance Phoenix on Oct 28, 2012; the Sunday following the American Academy of Optometry meeting. Featured speakers will detail VOSH's efforts and opportunities to expand its international eyecare endeavors. For additional information and registration please go to: