Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Payment must accompany registration to avoid late charge. Please makes checks payable to Arkansas Optometric Association.
  • Registration is only available as a complete package.
  • A refund of registration minus $50 will be issued if request is received by September 22, 2023.
  • Cancellation charges after September 22, 2023 will be reviewed by the Executive Committee to determine if any refund will be granted.

OD & Para Registration

before 9/22/23

9/23/23 - 10/15/23

after 10/22/23

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Para (works for AOA member)




Para (non-member)





Fall Convention


October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Registered students shall attend:

  • Membership Meeting on Friday
  • Exhibit Hall
  • At least one class

Please pick up your registration at the registration desk outside of Brodie Payne AB.

See registration desk for travel grant information.

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Handouts out have been emailed to all attendees.

Registered attendees may access them online here.

Or use the convention app!


OD Schedule

Friday, October 20, 2023 (8 hours CE)

7:00 AM-12:00 PM: Registration (location: outside Payne Brodie)

8:00 AM-9:40AM: Diabetic Retinal Disasters: A Roadmap to Prevention by Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D. & Roya Attar, O.D. (COPE: 85055-TD) This lecture will review basic demographic and pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy and provide practical recommendations to manage diabetic patients. Case examples of diabetic retinal disaster cases will be presented for better appreciation of this disease. (2 hours) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

8:30AM-10:00AM: ArOA Board Meeting

9:40AM - 10:30AM Exhibit Hall & Break (Location: Brodie Payne CD)

10:30AM-11:20AM AMD Alphabet by Roya Attar, O.D. (COPE: 86648-TD) Diagnosis, unraveling the complexity behind a myriad of diagnostic tools and approaches that might initially appear as an overwhelming "alphabet soup." Participants will enhance their diagnostic skills and acumen in navigating AMD diagnosis effectively, contributing to improved patient care and outcomes. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

11:30AM-12:30PM ArOA Membership Meeting & Lunch for ArOA Members Only

12:30PM-1:20PM Image-In That! Scanning for Retinal Disease by Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D. (COPE: 83882-TD)

The advances in Imaging technologies for eye care have significantly changed how we manage eye disease. The development of optical coherence tomography and its application in eye care is an excellent example of this. This lecture delves in using OCT cross-sectional and thickness map analysis as investigational tools in evaluating a variety of vitreoretinal diseases. Morphologic changes in the vitreous and retina, including the optic nerve as well as the choroid, is examined in different phases of many conditions, including but not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery, and vein occlusion, peripheral retina, and glaucoma. Comparisons to OCTA and other imaging techniques are made as well. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

1:20PM-1:40PM Exhibit Hall & Break (Location: Brodie Payne CD)

1:40PM-2:30PM Watch Out for White Dot Syndromes by Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D. & Roya Attar, O.D. (COPE:87355-TD ) The spectrum of posterior-segment autoimmune and inflammatory disorders can be challenging both with respect to diagnosis and management. This lecture reviews a group of conditions collectively named white-dot-syndrome. Clinical features and management of each condition is reviewed. Additionally, some of the masquerading conditions are discussed as well.

(1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

2:40PM-3:30PM Rapid Fire Retina Round by Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D. & Roya Attar, O.D. (COPE: 86677-TD) This grand round style presentation will highlight challenging retinal cases and conditions that is sure to capture the audience’s interest. The lecture is presented by a panel of optometrists with special interest in diagnosis and management of retinal disease. After each case or condition is briefly introduced, the panel will discuss and debate the differential diagnosis, and management of each condition in a collaboration and encourage audience participation. Topics discussed include retinal degenerative, infectious, and inflammatory conditions, retinal degenerative and pigmented chorioretinal lesions.(1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

3:30PM-4:00PM Exhibit Hall & Break (Location: Brodie Payne CD)

4:00PM-4:50PM Interventional Glaucoma - Update And Discussion by Austin Bell, M.D. (State Board Approved)

Topics covered will include gold standards, updates in glaucoma studies, new options for IOP lowering interventions, and clinical management decisions & tips. Question and answer session will be moderated with Drs. Stephanie Moss and Alex Bell. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Pane AB)

5:00PM - 5:50 PM Arkansas Jurisprudence by the Arkansas State Board of Optometry (AR State Board approved) This course meets the requirement for jurisprudence education. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas



Starburst Speech Bubble

Saturday, October 21, 2023 (4 hours CE)

7:00am-9:00am Registration (Location: )

7:00am-7:50am How's & Why's of SLT by Joseph Shetler, O.D. (COPE ID: 85214-LP) This course is designed to review the role SLT plays in glaucoma management. The course will review Laser trabeculoplasty indications as well as contraindications The acting mechanism of SLT will be explored. After laying the ground work for when and why to use SLT the participants will be educated about pre and post op concerns as well as the best practice techniques for doing the procedure. The course includes actual video presentation of SLT procedures performed by optometrist. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

8:00am-8:50am YAG Capsulotomy by Joseph Shetler, O.D. (COPE ID: 85013-LP) This course is an introductory course to the use of the yag laser for posterior lens opacification. The course reviews the necessity of the procedure, and walks the participant through both pre and post-operative care as well as the procedure itself. The benefits as well as risk are reviewed in detail. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

9:00am-9:50am Optometric Role in Pre & Post Op Cataract Surgery by Joseph Shetler, O.D. (COPE ID: 85048-PO) This course provides a brief history of cataract surgery. The optometrist role in achieving the best possible outcome for the patient is discussed in terms of pre and post op care. The importance of communication between all parties is also explored. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)

10:00am-10:50am "What Business are we in?" by Joseph Shetler, O.D. (COPE ID: 85281-PM) This course is designed to challenge the participants to visualize the world of optometry through the “patient’s eyes.” The optometrist, rightfully so, focuses on the patient’s health, specifically ocular health and vision while the patient sees the event as an experience. This course helps to blend these perspectives to give the patient a more positive experience while still accomplishing the goals of quality ocular healthcare. (1 hour) (Location: Brodie Payne AB)


OD Schedule



Starburst Speech Bubble

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Handouts out have been emailed to all attendees.

Registered attendees may access them online here.

Or use the convention app!

Para Schedule

Friday, October 20, 2023

7am-12pm Registration

8am - 9am: You Deserve a Medal for Handling Patient Complaints There are days when you would rather be elsewhere because of complaints. Yet, there is a way to welcome the complaint, turn the negative around and learn from each complaint encounter. This course offers tips on how to troubleshoot patient complaints and the best ways to handle conflict through protocol. We will round out with strategies to solve complaints with positive results. CPC 1 hr

9am-10am: Dispensing to the elderly: A glimpse into the Aging Eye When assisting the elderly, ECPs can do a lot to help enhance their visual experience and improve the quality of life by providing optical solutions to their subjective complaints. The process begins by understanding the milestones and trip stone these patients have endured over time. And a little empathy goes a long way. This course also examines the top eye disorders the aging eye experiences and what we can offer to ease their visual discomfort. CPC 1 hr

10am-10:30am: Exhibit Hall

10:30am-11:30am: The Chronicles of Digital Devices and their Relationship to CVS and DES Once known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), Digital Eye Strain (DES) has taken the forefront in today's world. CVS symptoms manifested using one computer station for an extended period. DES is a result of overusing computers, laptops, tablets, and other digital devices. Overuse can cause eye strain, headaches, and neck discomfort to name a few. This course looks at lens options, ergonomic recommendations, and useful tips we can share with our patients/customers. CPC 1 hr

Meet the Speaker

Jackie O'Keefe, ABOC

AJackie O'Keefe, ABOC is licensed in Virginia and has been in the Optical industry since 1981. Jackie has written, published and presented numerous CPC/ABO courses on a variety of optical topics. She is on Transitions Optical Speakers Bureaus and a course preparer for Quantum Optical.

11:30am-1pm: Lunch on your own + Exhibit Hall

1pm-2pm: Who Wants to be a Millionaire? This course is a direct take-off of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Two teams will go head-to-head by taking turns answering optical related questions. When questions are answered correctly, the team gets 1 point. When questions are answered incorrectly, the moderator will clarify the correct answer. There are 10 rounds to this interactive game. The team who has the most points wins the round. Each round is worth $100,000.00 (fake money). There are 6 optical categories; Ophthalmic Lenses, Frames, Add Ons, Ocular Disorders/Diseases, Refractive Errors, and Optical Acronyms. CPC 1 hr

2pm-2:30pm Exhibit Hall

2:30pm-4:30pm: Ask, Share, Learn - Optical Round Table The goal of this interactive course is to allow the attendees to direct the discussion and present what is most challenging in their own practices and to share their success stories. Whether the assistance you desire is help with patient objections, time management, optical concepts, or a plethora of other topics, bring your questions and your success stories. CPC 2 hr

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Para Speaker

Jackie O'Keefe, ABOC

AJackie O'Keefe, ABOC is licensed in Virginia and has been in the Optical industry since 1981. Jackie has written, published and presented numerous CPC/ABO courses on a variety of optical topics. She is on Transitions Optical Speakers Bureaus and a course preparer for Quantum Optical.


Roya Attar, OD, MBA, DHA, FAAO

Roya Attar is an Associate Professor and Director of Optometric Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. As the first optometrist hired by the Department of Ophthalmology at the state's only medical school, she has made significant contributions to patient care, education, and leadership. In her current role, Dr. Attar provides comprehensive clinical care, lectures ophthalmology residents, and manages the department's optical services. With a Master's in Business Administration and a second Doctorate in Health Administration, her expertise extends beyond optometry. As a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Dr. Attar chairs the AAO Retina Special Interest Group and serves on the AOA Leadership Development Committee.

Austin Bell, M.D.

Dr. Bell specializes in cataract and glaucoma surgery. He is board certified and has received advanced training in medical and surgical glaucoma management. He is particularly interested in innovations in cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgical techniques and procedures. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Bell attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as a Chancellor’s Scholar where he received his Bachelor in Science in Biology and graduated with honors. He received his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D.

Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary is a highly regarded optometric physician at the Charles Retina Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. His clinical practice is primarily in diagnosing and managing posterior segment disease. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the immediate past Chair of the Retina Special Interest Group of the AAO, and the president and fellow of the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). He is board certified by the American Board of Optometry (ABO) and serves on the Board of Directors of ABO. He has received numerous awards including Tennessee Optometrist of the Year and the American Diabetes Association’s National Achievement of Distinction. Dr. Rafieetary has several professional publications and lectures frequently on topics relating to diagnosis and management of posterior Segment diseases.

Joseph L. Shetler, O.D.

Dr. Joseph Shetler currently serves as an associate professor at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry where he teaches practice management, health systems, and gerontology courses as well as supervision of students in the clinic. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Shetler was the senior partner in a multi doc, multi-location practice in western Nebraska and South Dakota. Dr. Shetler served in this area for 25 years. Dr. Shetler has played an integral role in providing laser education and scope expansion as a member of NSUCO’S advanced procedures and laser team. Dr. Shetler is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and is currently the clinic chief of on-campus clinical facilities.

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Info for Exhibitors

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall is located at The Graduate in Brodie Payne CD. There are 30 booths available.

Exhibitor Info

When: October 20, 2023 9:40am-3:00pm

Set up: Friday, October 20, 7:30am-9:30am

Dismantle: Friday, October 20, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: The Graduate Hotel, 70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Room: Brodie Payne CD

Exhibits will be table top. One 6-foot table and 2 chairs.

Exhibit Hours: Open 9:40am-4:00pm

Specific exhibit hall times:

9:40am-10:30am - ODs

10:00am-10:30am - Paras

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Paras

1:20pm - 1:40pm - ODs

2:00pm - 2:45pm - Paras

3:30pm - 4:00pm ODs

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Exhibitor Map

Booth #1 MacuHealth

Booth #2 Optos

Booth #3 Vision Care Direct

Booth #4 OCuSOFT

Booth #5 Alcon

Booth #6 UAMS Jones Eye Institute

Booth #7 Johnson & Johnson Vision

Booth #8 My Medical Supply

Booth #9 ZEISS

Booth #10 Midland Optical

Booth #11 NIDEK

Booth #12 Essilor

Booth #13 Allergan an Abbvie Company

Booth #14 rxotulsa

Booth #15 CooperVision

Booth #16 MaximEyes by First Insight

Booth #17 Premier Ophthalmic Services

Booth #18 VSP Vision

Booth #19 Virtual Vision Health

Booth #20 Bausch & Lomb

Booth #21 VISIONIX

Booth #22 Viatris Eye Care

Booth #23 Nassau/OOGP

Booth #24 Sun Ophthalmics

Booth #25 PECAA

Booth #26 VisionSouth Medical

Booth #27 Neurolens

Booth #28 GSRx

Booth #29 Stephens, LLC

Booth #30 Europa Eyewear

Fall Convention

October 20-21, 2023

Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Optometric Association Industry Partnership Program was created to provide year-long collaboration between the association and industries. Industry Partnership funding supports non-educational expenses for the Arkansas Optometric Association. No industry funding will be used towards expenses related to any continuing education, including but not limited to, speaker honoraria, travel or related expenses, course development or filing fees.

2023 partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners