• 48th Annual Convention & CE Program, July 6-10, 2016

    The National Optometric Association presents... "Contemporary Issues in Optometry" at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago IL during July 5-10, 2016. The NOA will offer 14hrs of COPE approved CE, over 30 exhibitors, several networking and non-ce educational events including meals and entertainment for the entire family.

    Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Lenoard Messner, FAAO who is the Vice President for Patient Care Services of the Illinois College of Optometry and serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute. With over 102,000 annual patient visits, the Illinois Eye Institute is the largest provider of eye care in the Chicago metropolitan region and is affiliated with the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Advocate Health Systems and Mount Sinai Health Systems.

    Dr. Messner holds the rank of Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, and has clinical privileges in the areas of vitreoretinal and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves as the chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry. He is the author and co-author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters on retina-vitreous and neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and abroad. His areas of research include: optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetic macular edema, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and visual-motor abnormalities with traumatic brain injury.

    See you in Chicago!

  • ***Early Bird Registration Ends April 30th, 2016**

    Register For The 2016 Convention

  • Accommodations

    Reserve a hotel room for the National Optometric Association Annual Convention at a special rate

    Palmer House Hilton
    17 East Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL 60603, US

    We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event. We look forward to seeing you.

  • Schedule of Events

    NOA Schedule

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    12:00 pm -5:00 pm


    6th Floor Registration Desk

    9:00 am-3:00 pm

    Community Service Event (Off-Site)Supported by VSP & HOYA

    Chicago Area

    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Board Meeting

    ICO campus

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm


    6th Floor Registration Desk

    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

    NOF Scholarship Golf Tournament (Pre-Registration Required)

    [7:00 am in Hotel Lobby]

    10:00 am - 11:30 pm

     Architechture Boat Tour (Pre-Registration Required)

    [9:15 am in Hotel Lobby]

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Johnson & Johnson Lunch Presentation

     Monroe Room

    2:00 pm- 3:30 pm

    NOA Business Meeting I (Members Only)

     Spire Parlor

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

      Regional Meetings

     Spire Parlor

    4:30 pm- 6:30 pm

    "Multicultural Millennial Matters" presented by Transitions Optical Inc. Everyone Welcome

     Monroe Room

    7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

    President’s Welcome Reception/Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

     Adams Room

    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

     After Hours Focus Discussion (Details at Registration Desk)

    Hospitality Suite

    Friday, July 8, 2016

    6:00 am - 6:45 am

    Zumba Fitness Class


    7:00 am - 8:00 am

    HOYA Breakfast Presentation

    Adams Room

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm


    6th Floor Registration Desk 

    8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Course 1 (2hr) CEE - Contemporary Issues in Low Vision, Parres Wright, OD [SPIRE PARLOR]

    NOSA Track
    Business Meeting #1
    Poster Talk [Water Tower Parlor]

    9:00am Breakfast Meeting

    10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Course 2 (1hr) - Optobesity: Clinical Implications & Impact on Minority Populations, Greg Wolfe, OD

    NOSA Track
    Corporate Presentations

    11:00 am-11:30 am

    Exhibit Hall Break [EXHIBIT HALL= Adams Room]

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Alcon Lunch Presentation [MONROE ROOM]

     Associates Lunch 11:30am- 12:30 pm Including Guests, Spouses, Children

    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Course 3 (2hr) – The Care and Handling of Ocular Prosthetics, Sunny Sanders, OD

    NOSA Track
    Exhibit Hall=Adams Room
    1:30pm – 2:30 pm
    Corporate Presentations 2:45pm-4:00pm Corporate Speed Netting [Water Tower Parlor]

    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Course 4 (2hr) –Pre and Post-Operative Care, Angel Novel Simmons, OD

    4:00 pm-5:00 pm

    Schools & Colleges of Optometry Rep Meeting Reception

    Millennium Parlor 

    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Coffee/Snack Break Value “Provided By” Signage             


    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    NOA/NOSA Joint Panel Discussion –"Finances & You" presented by PECAA

    Water Tower Parlor 

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    NOA/NOSA Speed-Netting  

    Monroe Room 

    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    After Hours Focus Discussion (See Details at Registration Desk)  

    Hospitality Suite 

    9:30 pm - 11:30

    NOSA Social Event supported by HOYA

    Monrore Room

    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    6:00 am - 7:00 am

    Dr. Will Kelley’s Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk       

    [Meet in Lobby 5:45 am]

    7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Eye Opener Breakfast Presentation: "Communication Pathways with CDC and FDA" presented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Spire Parlor 

    7:00 am - 1:00 pm


    6th Floor Registration Desk 

    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Viewing

    NOSA Track
    NOSA Executive Board Members Only 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Attend NOA CE Session 10 8:00 am-12:00pm

    VSP Leadership Institute
    (Invitation Only) 8:00am-12:00pm Millennium Parlor

    8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Course 5 (2hr) - CEE-Optical Coherence Tomography OCT for Macular Disease, Leonard Messner, OD

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Course 6 (2hr) CEE-Mind Bending Neuro-ophthalmic Grand Rounds, Leonard Messner, OD [Spire Parlor]


    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    NOSA Award Luncheon (Everyone, Including Exhibitors)

    Monroe Room 

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Course 7 (1hr) Non-Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathies, Leonard Messner, OD

    NOSA Track
    Board Review [Water Tower Parlor]
    Business Meeting #2 [Water tower Parlor]

    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Course 8 (2hr) How Optometrists Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes, G. Kent Mangelson

    3:00 pm

    ***Exhibit Hall Closes***

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    NOA Business Meeting II (Members Only)

    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Installation Banquet   

    Empire Room 

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Prayer Breakfast

    Crystal Room 

    Food Provided - Note: All schedules subject to change

    NOSA Schedule

    Thursday, July 9

    10:00 am - 11:30 pm

    Architechture Boat Tour- (Pre-Registration Required)

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Johnson & Johnson Lunch Presentation

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    President's Welcome Reception

    Friday, July 10

    6:00 am - 6:45 am


    7:00 am - 8 8:00 am

    HOYA Breakfast Presentation

    8:00 am - 10:00 am

    NOSA Business Meeting #1 (School presentations)


    Exhibit Hall

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Poster Talks

    11:00 am - 11:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall

    12:30 pm – 12:30 pm                

    Alcon Lunch Presentation

    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Corporate Presentations

    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    Speed Netting

    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    NOA/NOSA Joint Panel Discussion: "Finances & You"

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    NOA/NOSA Speed-Netting

    9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    NOSA Social Event sponsored by HOYA

    Saturday, July 11

    7:00 am

    Opener Breakfast Presentation: Communication Pathways with CDC and FDA

    8:00 am - 12:00 am

    Attend NOA CE

    8:00 am - 12:00 am

    VSP Leadership Institute

    10:00 am - 11:30 am

    New presentations: Financial planning, professionalism, leadership            

    11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Exhibit Hall Wrap Up/Final Raffle

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    NOSA Award Luncheon

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Board Review

    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    NOSA Business Meeting #2

    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


    Exhibitor’s Schedule

    Thursday, July 7

    2:00 pm - 5 :00 pm

    Exhibitor Set Up

    7:00 pm -9:00 pm

    President's Welcome Reception/Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

    Friday, July 8

    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open/CE Classes in Session

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Exhibitor Lunch (Adams Room)

    4:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Exhibit hall Coffe/Snack Break

    Saturday, July 9

    12:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open/CE Classes in Session

    12:30 am – 1:30 pm

    NOSA Award Luncheon

    3:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall closes

  • FAQ

    How do I obtain course handouts?

    All OD and optometry student course handouts are available online at www.nationaloptometricassociation.com

    Prior to an event, How do I get CE credits?

    To get course credit, ARBO numbers should be entered or scanned at the entrance of all CE courses, prior to the start of each session. Each session that you participate in will have an evaluation sheet to be completed, in order for you to obtain CE credit for the course. Be sure to take the following steps to ensure the proper recording of your CE credits after the conference: Keep a record of your course numbers for the sessions you attended Complete an evaluation for every course you attended Visit www.arbo.org to obtain a copy of your transcript; allow 3-6 weeks for records to reflect course credits earned Reporting CE credits to the designated state board(s) for license renewal and to ARBO is the participant's responsibility. All CE accreditation records will remain on file at the NOA main office for approximately one year.

    What does my registration include?

    A full registration includes tickets to the following events: City tour, Presidents Welcome Reception, Continuing Education, Exhibit Luncheon , Business Meetings, Network Session, Awards Banquet, Prayer Breakfast, and Fun Run* as well as a souvenir bag complete with many goodies! CE ONLY participants will receive continental breakfast and allowed to visit the exhibit hall.

    Once I arrive?

    Once you arrive, please check in with the hotel front desk.

    Will my family and children enjoy the conference?

    All NOA events are family friendly. Visit our website to learn about area attractions during the day.

    What is the Fun Run?

    The Fun Run/Walk is a tribute. All proceeds benefit the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) scholarship fund. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 am to proceed to the course and begin at 6:00 am.

    Is it too late to invite a guest?

    Guest are always welcomed with at least one Full- Registration. Individual tickets can be purchased onsite. You can register you guest online as well as onsite. Extra single event tickets for your guest may also be purchased online as well as onsite.

    What do I bring to wear?

    Most of our events are designed for business- casual attire. The Award's Banquet is a semi- formal event. The City Tour would require comfortable shoes and don't forget your tennis shoes for the Fun Run!

    What is the Refund Policy?

    Full refunds are granted, if submitted by June 1st . After June 1st, partial refunds are granted until the refund cut off date of June 24th. NO REFUNDS ISSUED after June 24th. ALL refunds will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

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