The American Optometric Association (AOA) announced today plans to move forward with an in-person format for Optometry’s Meeting this summer, but in a new location. Rather than host the annual conference in Anaheim, CA, as originally scheduled, the meeting will now take place in Denver, CO. 

The dates will remain the same, June 24 through 26. 

The AOA chose Denver due to the health and safety protocols put in place there and accreditations received from several certifying bodies, “all of which go beyond what is required by public health experts,” AOA President William Reynolds, OD, and American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) President Alex Bennet wrote in a letter to members. “Rest assured, we will continue to work closely with the convention center, government and local health officials leading up to the event and communicate any updates accordingly,” their letter stated.

For over a year, the optometry profession has had to be nimble in the face of changing circumstances, and the AOA feels this move reflects that larger trend. “The optometry community faced the growing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 through a dedicated approach of adapting, overcoming and advancing, always delivering the highest level of safe care for patients nationwide throughout the crisis,” the AOA statement said.

The AOA statement reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to hosting an in-person event. “It’s finally time to come together, and we are taking the same approach to convene our optometry community and leaders for AOA/AOSA Optometry’s Meeting in 2021, to celebrate the incredible resilience and compassion demonstrated by our members, as well as look forward and plan for an even brighter future.”

Pre-registration is now open online. The AOA says it asks for patience as it continues to work through details and ensure a safe meeting for all.