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Upcoming Events & Event Dates for 2017 – 2019

For all society meeting schedules, please click here. Upcoming society meetings:

Society 4 – Southwest Central
When: Thursday May 25, 2017, at 6:30 pm
Where: Table 100 in Flowood
Topic: “Astigmatism Correction” Kris May, OD
Sponsor: Alcon Surgical.
No CE provided

Summer Convention 2017, June 8 – 11, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Fall Conference 2017, Oct. 5 – 8, Hilton of Jackson

3rd Party/Practice Management 2018, January, Dates & Location TBD
Summer Convention 2018, June 7 – 10, Island House Hotel
Fall Conference 2018, Oct. 4 – 7, Hilton of Jackson

3rd Party/Practice Management 2019, January, Dates & Location TBD
Summer Convention 2019, June, Dates & Location TBD
Fall Conference 2019, Oct. 3 – 6, Hilton of Jackson

Latest News, Registration Forms, and Conference Agendas


Summer Convention 2017, June 8 – 11, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

To register online as an OD / Student, CLICK HERE – or to download the PDF form, CLICK HERE

To register online as a Para / Optician, CLICK HERE – or to download the PDF form, CLICK HERE

To register as an Exhibitor / Sponsor, CLICK HERE – or to download the PDF form, CLICK HERE

To download the Sandestin rooming rates and Housing Request Form, CLICK HERE

CONFERENCE AGENDA (Subject to change)

2017 Summer Convention Speakers

Carl Spear, O.D. (OD SPEAKER) Dr. Spear completed his undergraduate education at Western Kentucky University and is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Optometry at Birmingham.  Additionally, Dr. Spear completed a Residency in Primary Care Optometry/Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University College of Optometry, in Tahlequah Oklahoma and a Master’s in Business Administration at Auburn University.

Currently, Dr. Spear and his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear practice in a multi-location private group optometry/ophthalmology practice in the Panhandle of Florida. In addition to lecturing, writing and consulting, Dr. Spear is also active in multiple organizations. To see Dr. Spear’s full bio, use the conference app.

Joseph Childs, M.D. (OD / PARA SPEAKER) A native of Texas, Dr. Childs graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston graduating among the top ten percent of his class and was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. His Ophthalmology residency and Glaucoma Fellowship were completed at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology. While there, Dr. Childs served as Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor. Additionally, he received awards for Best Resident Research Project, Best Resident Teacher as voted by his peers and the Charles C. Barr Resident Award. To see Dr. Childs’ full bio, use the conference app.

Jay Haynie, O.D., F.A.A.O, (OD / PARA SPEAKER) Dr. Jay M. Haynie is the Executive Clinical Director of Retina and Macula Specialists with offices in Washington State.  He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry and completed a residency at American Lake Veterans Hospital in Tacoma, WA.  He has been a clinical investigator for Rainier Research and currently involved in several clinical studies as both a principle and sub-investigator.  He serves as adjunct assistant Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry in addition to directing an internship for 4th year Optometry students.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Optometric Retina Society.  He is a published author and has become a nationally recognized speaker on new technology and treatment of retina and macular disease.

Lynn E. Lawrence, CMSgt(ret), CPOT, ABOC, COA (PARA SPEAKER)

Lynn E. Lawrence is currently a national lecturer and an ophthalmic technician for Mills Eye and Facial Plastic Surgery.  Owner of SeeTheLight Consulting, LLC.  An American Optometric Association, American Board of Opticianry, and Joint Commission for Allied Healthcare Personnel in Ophthalmology approved speaker. In 2009 he retired from the USAF after 30 years of service.  During his military career he was promoted to the top 1% of the enlisted ranks to Chief Master Sergeant, and then assigned to the Army/Air Force Exchange Service Headquarters, Dallas, Texas as the Optical Program Manager.  He oversaw quality control for 133 optical stores world-wide.   He was also appointed by the Air Force Surgeon General as the Ophthalmic Career Field Manager where he oversaw 540 Optometry/Ophthalmology technicians at 90 locations around the world. He currently develops compliance materials and staff development materials.  Lynn was 1 of 4 nationally recognized technicians selected to attend the Industry sponsored 2020 Summit where industry and optometry collaborated to overcome professional hurdles within optometry.


Jerry Himes has 47 years of experience in all phases of the optical industry.  For the past 18 years she has been employed by Carl Zeiss Vision/AO Sola Optical.  She is on Carl Zeiss Vision speaker’s bureau, and currently the territory manager for Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana.  She is the director for the Optician Association of Arkansas, Secretary of the Arkansas State Board of Opticians and Chairman of the NCSORB.

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