AACO is pleased to announce the annual conference education CE co-sponsor,
Illinois College of Optometry (ICO)

ICO is committed to providing lifelong education to optometrists. AACO in partnership with ICO is pleased to provide the AACO Annual Conference as an opportunity to enhance your knowledge base and improve the efficiently of your practice, allowing you to serve your patients better, become a more successful doctor, and thereby strengthen the profession.

The AACO Annual Conference provides:
  • 22 Hours of COPE approved CE / also approved by Florida CE Broker
  • 6 hours of the CE is eligible for CEE/TQ administrated by ICO
  • All Continuing Education at this event is Co-Sponsored by ICO, which is approved and accepted for most state license associations (letter of co-sponsorship will be provided for attendees)



Catch some rays and earn CE hours in a beautiful setting from some of the most well-respected instructors in the profession. Featuring 18 hours COPE CE/ Florida Broker CE (6 hours are also CCE/TQ administered by ICO), the opportunities to enhance your practice and your career are endless.




Meet your continuing education requirements in a variety of topic areas, including OCT, punctal occlusion, peripheral retinal pathology, and myopia management. Learn from experts and stay on the leading edge of patient centered care.




Stay up to date on emerging products and services to support your practice from leading eye care brands, many offering special AACO pricing. AACO exhibitors specialize in pharmaceuticals, eye care, diagnostic tools, surgical equipment, and practice management.





When your goal is to provide exceptional patient care, interactive workshops are the most effective tool for real-time learning. Practice your technique during hands-on training and receive personalized, comprehensive instruction.




Dine, golf, shop, and relax. Everything you need for a special vacation is here. Rosen Shingle Creek features world-class greens, fine-dining and tropical swimming pools for the ultimate luxurious experience. Reserve now for AACO special room rates.




Golf, anyone? Shingle Creek Golf Club features challenging yet rewarding greens, by the Arnold Palmer Design Company. Start practicing your swing, sign up now and invite your friends to the AACO Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 19.




There's no better place for a getaway than Orlando, where the sun is hot, the drinks are cold, and it's always 5:00 somewhere! Enjoy happy hours, receptions and mixers, plus the main event, the Margaritaville Gala on Friday evening.





Bring the whole family! Experience all the world-class attractions Orlando has to offer, plus swimming, tennis, and a relaxing full-service spa right in the resort. We've planned morning tours for attendees to get a special look at "The City Beautiful."





It pays to belong to AACO! Your passport to savings is yours for the taking. Earn cash for things you’re already doing! Everything from reserving your room, attending CE sessions to visiting with exhibitors and attending our social events.   LEARN MORE




REGISTRATION RATES                                                                                         

Members $395.00
Non-members $495.00

Registration $75.00
Includes Friday Night Gala, receptions, and eligible for "shuttles" to Disney Springs -Universal and may join golf outing (for additional fee) on 8/19

One-day Only Conference CE Rate - Sunday Only 
$295 (members & non-members)

Golf Outing on 8/19
$75.00 per golfer


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS                                                                                                      


Thursday, August 19  
AACO Board Meeting (Closed Session) 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
AACO 1st Annual Golf Outing 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration Hours 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Welcome, Happy Hour 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 20  
Registration Hours 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spouse/Partner Shuttles to Disney Springs 12:00 pm -  4:00 pm
NEW! AACO Exhibit Fair  8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carotenoid Levels in Ocular Disease and Systemic Health  
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO    
COPE 1-Hour
10:00 am - 11:00 am
General Session
Instructor TBA
COPE 1-Hour
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsored Luncheon

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Anterior Segment Misadventures
Joe Deloach, OD, FAAO
COPE 1-Hour
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Rx Compliance:  From Rules to Robots
Joe Deloach, OD, FAAO
COPE 1-Hour
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Demystifying Medical Marijuana Course
Robert Houghteling, OD, FAAO
COPE 1-Hour
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

NEW! AACO Thought Leader Sessions (by invitation)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Opening Reception 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AACO Awards & Gala  join us for  "Margaritaville"

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 21  
Registration Hours 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spouse/Partner Shuttles to Disney Springs  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Exhibit Fair Breakfast  7:00 am - 8:00 am
General Sessions Begin  
 Mitch Ibach, OD    
 COPE 1-Hour
8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Diagnosis and Management of Peripheral Retinal Pathology
Gary Ganiban, MD
COPE 1-Hour
9:00 am - 10:00 am
OCT Practical Applications of Advanced Technologies
Mile Brujic, OD


10:30 am - 12:30 am

Sponsored Luncheon

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Diagnosis and Management of Common Eyelid Lesions
Milan Mehta, MD
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cataract Co-management (TQ)
Mateen Ali Niazee, MD & Michael Slusky, OD, FAAO
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 
Happy Hour  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free Evening to enjoy Orlando! Shuttles to Disney Springs available  
Sunday, August 22  

AACO Member Business Meeting with breakfast (members only)

Includes induction of the new AACO Board and Officers

General Session Begins

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Approaching a Chronic Red Eye
Chirag Patel, MD
COPE 1-Hour
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Anterior Uveitus
Chirag Patel, MD
COPE 2-Hours
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch & Learn: You Don't Say Nonverbal Speaks Louder 
Then Words, Improves Patient Experience Care
Naheed Ahmad, OD
COPE 1-Hour
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Combating Asymptomatic Dry Eye and Preventing 
Contact Lens Wear Dropout
Eric Brooker, OD
COPE 1-Hour
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Florida Jurisprudence (FL License Session)
Joseph Sowka, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate
COPE 2-Hour
2:15 pm - 4:15 pm 
Punctual Plugs Wet Lab
Eric Brooker, OD

2:15 pm  - 3:15 pm

Medical Errors (FL License Session)
Joseph Sowka, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate
COPE 2-Hour
4:40 pm - 6:30 pm 





Naheed Ahmad, OD You Dont Say Nonverbal Speaks Louder Than Words, Improves Patient Experience Care
Eric Brooker, OD Ins and Outs of Punctal Occlusion
Mile Brujic, OD  OCT Practical Applications of Advanced Technologies (TQ)
Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO  Carotenoid Levels in Ocular Disease and Systemic Health
Joe Deloach, OD, FAAO Rx Compliance: From Rules to Robots
Gary Ganiban, MD Diagnosis of Peripheral Retinal Pathology
  Robert Houghteling, OD, FAAO Demystifying Medical Marijuana
Milan Mehta, MD Diagnosis and Management of Common Eyelid Lesions (TQ)
Mateen Ali Niazee, MD Cataract Co-management (TQ)
Chirag Patel, MD Approaching a Chronic Red Eye
Michael Slusky, OD, FAAO

Cataract Co-management (TQ)
Joseph Sowka, OD, F.A.A.O., Diplomate

Florida Jurisprudence (FL License Session)

Medical Errors (FL Liscense Session)



GOLF OUTING                                                                                                                          


Gather for a day on the fairways with friends and colleagues for The AACO Inaugural Golf Tournament at the prestigious Shingle Creek Golf Club! Whether you’re a scratch golfer or just enjoy the putting around in the sun, there will be fun (and prizes) for everyone!


Tournament Fore-mat- 4-Person Captain's Choice, also known as a scramble! – Each golfer takes their own shot, the team chooses the best of the four, and you continue this process until the ball is holed out. – Teams start simultaneously on each hole. All teams can start and finish around the same time.

If you do not have a team, no worries! We will team you up with an awesome group!

Start Time - 12:30pm



  • 1st & 2nd & 3rd Place Awards
  • Closest to the Pin Par 3
  • Longest Drive 

Registration- The registration fee for participation is $75 and includes greens fee, cart fee, & range balls. Registration is available while registering for the AACO annual meeting.

Rental clubs ($50), shoes, golf balls, golf lessons are available at Shingle Creek Clubhouse for individual purchase. You may contact the clubhouse in advance to reserve clubs at: Toll-Free: (866) 996-9933


MEMBER REBATE                                                                                                                    


AACO Member Rebate Program
All current AACO members who register and pay to attend the AACO Annual Conference will qualify. To qualify, members will complete the following:

  • Register for an AACO meeting by the early registration deadline
  • Reserve their hotel room in the AACO room block by the deadline, using the registration link or code provided
  • Arrive on-time on the first day of the event and attend the first session (and all following CE sessions)
  • Get ‘passport book’ stamped from each exhibitor
  • Complete the assigned 10-minute vendor appointment sessions
  • Fully participate in the entire meeting (all CE sessions, Awards Gala, Members Business Meeting)

Stipend amount will be determined by how many members qualify for stipend per event (maximum amount is equal to one night hotel rate).