Optometry’s Leaders Meet in Philadelphia for Optometry’s Meeting

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PHILADELPHIA—Optometrists and optometry students, leaders of the optometric profession, convened in Philadelphia, June 25-29, for Optometry’s Meeting, hosted by the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association. See the award winners, industry executives and other dignitaries who attended the annual event in the following slideshow.

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Outgoing president Mitchell T. Munson, OD, cut the ribbon providing attendees access to the more than 200 exhibitors.

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Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of Varilux progressive lenses, accepted the AOA's Apollo Award by video.

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Honored for his extensive work toward full scope optometric care, Peter M. Agnone, Jr., OD, (r) was named 2014 Optometrist of the Year. (photo by Jacob Slaton for AOA)

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Paul C. Ajamian, OD, (r) received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipient from Mitchell T. Munson, OD. (photo by Jacob Slaton for AOA)

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M. Rob Pate, OD, (r) was named 2014 Young Optometrist of the Year.

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Gilbert E. Pierce, OD, PhD, was named 2014 Optometric Educator of the Year.

AOA Optometry's Meeting: Philadelphia 2014 »

Olympic gold figure skater and cancer survivor, Scott Hamilton, inspired the audience with his keynote speech during the Essilor-sponsored opening general session.

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Inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame were (l to r) Arol R. Augsburger, OD, of Chicago; Ron Fair, OD, of Brighton, Colo.; and Karla Zadnik, OD, Ph.D. of Worthington, Ohio.

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David Nguyen won the 23rd annual Varilux Optometry Student Bowl for the Southern California College of Optometry. (photo by Jacob Slaton for AOA)

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A hypnotist entertained optometry students at the Hoya-sponsored American Optometric Student Association awards and general session.

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Representing Optometry Cares, Jack Schaeffer, OD, (l) and T. Joel Byars, OD, (r) honored Allergan's David K. Gibson (center left) and Julian S. Gangolli (center right) for supporting Optometry Cares.

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Optometry Cares thanked its "largest financial supporter to date," Kenji Hamada, OD, whose daughter, Wesley Hamada (center) accepted the award from Jack Schaeffer, OD, (l) and T. Joel Byars, OD, (r).

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Thomas Akers, OD, (l) with Allan Barker, OD, at the Optometry Cares major donor reception.

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Representing The Vision Council and The International Vision Expo were (l to r) the Optical Lab Division's Mike Daley, Reed Exhibitions' Tom Loughran, and retiring Vision Council executive director Ed Greene.

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Think About Your Eyes' David Plogmann met with LensCrafters' Eric Anderson at the Luxottica Live! event.

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Alcon's Jim Murphy introduced Alcon Air Optix Colors with the help of celebrity spokesperson, stylist Ilaria Urbanati.

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Speaking at the "Women in Optometry" event were (l to r) Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO; Cheryl Engels, OD, MBA; editor Marjolijn Bijlefeld; April Jasper, OD, FAAO; stylist Ilaria Urbanati; and Katie Gilbert-Spear, OD, MPH.

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The American Academy of Optometry's Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO, (l) with Merck's Rachel Hollingshead at the Review of Optometry reception.

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West Coast optometrists, David Geffen, OD, of San Diego with John Rumpakis, OD, of Portland, Ore., met up in Philadelphia at the Review of Optometry reception.

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Optometry's Meeting closed with the Hoya-sponsored Celebration of Optometry event featuring famed comedian Martin Short. (photo by Jacob Slaton for AOA)