The Academy of Ophthalmic Education

Providers of Continuing Education Seminars and Trade Shows to the Ophthalmic Community.

The Academy of Ophthalmic Education (AOE) has been conducting continuing education seminars on both land and sea since 1996. AOE provides officially approved lectures for Opticians, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Optometric and Ophthalmic Assistants. Optifair Canada is a division of AOE and operates the largest industry trade show simultaneously and concurrently during AOE’s seminars. AOE is t

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We are only 1 day away from the MBA in a Day Webinar! Don't miss your chance to register by 9pm EST tonight. The webinar will be tomorrow from 11:00am - 5:45pm EST and on Sunday at the same time. Our faculty of amazing speakers are excited to see you join us as we discuss business development and ways to improve your practice!
Register through the link below:

Dr. Michael Kling
Dr. Ken Lawenda
Randy Marks
Dr. Wes McCann
Dr. Jessilin Quint
Dr. Trevor Miranda
Dr. Aaron Neufeld
Dr. Maria Sampalis
Dr. Kerry Salsberg
Dr. Harbir Sian
Dr. Alan Ulsifer


Join is this weekend for the MBA in a Day webinar. We have a large list of renowned speakers, Dr. Maria Sampalis ( Sampalis Masganas) being one of them! You will not want to miss this informative business development webinar with 10.5 COPE-accredited hours. Register before Friday at 9pm EST below:


Don't miss out on our Global Dry Eye Symposium Webinar this weekend! Registration closes tonight at 9:30pm EDT. We are excited to discuss the latest in Dry Eye treatment with you. You will not want to miss the panel discussion on both days of the event. We have some of the best industry experts talking about Dry Eye complications and treatments! Dr. Mark Eltis, Optometrist is one of the greatest clinical OD's who will be presenting and will be on the panel discussion. Enjoy this wonderful clip featuring Dr. Mark Eltis himself!

Register via the link below:

We would also like to thank our sponsors of the event: Alcon, Aequus Eye Care, Clarion Medical Technologies and I-Med Pharma! We greatly appreciate your support and help with providing the best service to our members.


Are you ready for the upcoming Global Dry Eye Symposium in 2 days! Register before Friday September 9th at 9:30pm EST to secure your spot. You will not want to miss any of our fantastic speakers' content and their panel discussion on the most talked about treatments and innovations related to Dry Eye today. We hope to see you with us at this highly anticipated webinar. Register via the link below:


We are extremely excited to announce our upcoming Dry Eye Symposium. There will be an abundance of quality content to absorb and learn from the 20 trained and speciality speakers we have. This will be hosted via Zoom Webinar platform and a 2 day event. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. The program and registration can be accessed on our website, through the link below:


Attention all Opticians! Join us on Sunday August 21, 2022 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm EDT for a 3 hour live interactive webinar. AOE will donate the net proceeds of our webinar to the Seneca College opticianry students at risk during these difficult times.

Our webinar is accredited by the College of Opticians of Ontario (1 PG and 2 EG/CL/RF hours) and by NACOR (1 RF and 2 EC hours). Topics include ‘Personal Space and Financial Management’ by Dr. Jonathan Shapiro and ‘Ocular Surface Testing’ and ‘Ocular Motility and Vision Testing’ by Lynn Lawrence. Plus, you will receive 2 free hours of accredited courses on AOE On-Demand (you get to select your courses from our library of over 100 courses).

Register here for only $59 plus tax CA$.


We are excited for the next upcoming Optometry Webinar on May 29th! However, all ECP's are welcomed to join us. Just under 2 weeks away! Register today (for only $79 CAD plus HST) to secure your spot! There will be 4 COPE accredited hours by some of the best Optometrists in the industry!

You can register by clicking the link below:


We are excited for our next Optician's webinar and hope you can join us on May 15th! We are offering 3 PG + 2 FREE hours On-Demand. 🎉 Topics include: Practice Management by Dr. Shapiro and Social Media Content by a fellow Optician, Trudi Charest. Register now for only $39 CAD + HST through the link below:


Join us for the highly anticipated Global Cataract and Refractive Symposium, taking place on April 30th – May 1st, 2022. 12 of the world’s most renowned Ophthalmologists will be present and teaching at this event. The chair of this event is none other than Dr. Raymond Stein. We hope to see you there. Between the two days you will be collecting 7 COPE approved hours, 1.5 non-COPE hours +2 FREE AOE On-Demand hours. Register now through to secure your spot!


Eyecare and the dispensing of eyeglasses and contact lenses falls under the umbrella of health care services. As such, your care and safety are of paramount concern to your Optician.

While restrictions on masking are easing in most settings, the provincial government still requires health care settings such as optical dispensaries to continue the use of appropriate face coverings. Follow the link to download a resource for your dispensary:


The war in Ukraine is a threat to the lives and well-being of the country's citizens including the 7.5 million children.

The Academy of Ophthalmic Education is offering 20% off the price new subscriptions to our video on-demand portal, AOE On-Demand.
For every new subscriber we receive, AOE will donate $50 (for Optometry subscribers) and $30 (for Opticianry/Optometric Assistant subscribers) to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society is a non-profit humanitarian and charitable association of Ukraine. It operates in disaster management, health care, tracing service, youth activities/volunteers, and activities related to the protection of human dignity.

Our sister not-for-profit will be donating for every premium membership they receive. More details can be found at

Let's all do our part to help the Ukrainian people live with the safety and dignity they deserve.


Optometrists! Join us Sunday March 27, 2022 for 5 COPE approved hours, featuring Dr. Alison Bozung, OD, FAAO; Dr. Mark Dunbar, OD, FAAO and Dr. Jessica Steen, OD, FAAO, Dipl-ABO. Topics include "Case Files from Bascom Palmer", "Real World Applications of Deep Learning in Ocular Disease" and "The Eye ER: Nothing’s Off Limits". Register now at


Join us on Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:00 am for 3 CE hours accredited by the College of Opticians of Ontario, NACOR and the Canadian Association of Optometrists PLUS 2 Free Hours of Courses on AOE On-Demand. Featuring Rebecca Johnson, Dr. Wynn Nguyen-Le and Mary Schmidt. $39 CAD. Register here:


We are halfway into day 1 of the Global Retina Summit and our presenters have already imparted some outstanding lessons! Dr. Pelino and Dr. Pizzimenti just covered B-Scan and A-Scan Echnograms. Special thanks to Aspire Vision Eyewear for providing the free frames and Apple AirPods draw!


Save the date for our Global Refractive Surgery Summit 2022! Saturday April 30, 2022 to Sunday May 1, 2022. Outstanding lineup of speakers. Registration coming soon!


Take steps to protect yourself and those working in your practice from the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. Consider asking patients who are sick to reschedule when they are feeling better and use proper PPE and sanitization protocols. Visit our FAQ page for more information on staying safe:


Our sister Not-for-Profit CSehp is excited to announce their 2022 gift card giveaway! They are giving the first 100 Canadian eye care professionals* a FREE $5 digital gift card to either Starbucks or Tim Horton's for completing a home and/or auto insurance quote. Anyone who submits a quote before February 28, 2022 will be automatically entered into a draw for a $100 Amazon digital gift card! Conditions apply.

To enter and view the rules & conditions, please visit:

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The Academy of Ophthalmic Education

We are pleased to start our Optometry CE for 2022 with a premium webinar, The Global Retina Summit 2022. Saturday Feb 26 to Sun 27, 2022 with 12 COPE-Approved Hours. Learn from 11 renowned experts in posterior segment disease including an informative interactive live panel discussion 'Ask the Experts' feature. Featuring Dr. Roya Attar, Dr. Steven Ferrucci, Dr. Brendan Girschek; Dr. Jessica Haynes, Dr. Carolyn Majcher, Dr. Barbara Mihalik, Dr. Carlo Pelino, Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti, Dr. Kimberley Poirier-schmidt, Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary and Dr. John Randolph. Full topics and registeration can be found here:

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Optometrists! We are happy to share two new free courses on AOE On-Demand. Create your account free at


New year, new free courses! Opticians, we are happy to share two new free courses on AOE On-Demand. Create your account free at


30 new hours of Optometry and Opticianry CE have been added to AOE On-Demand! We are excited to welcome Dr. Erin C. Jenewein, Dr. Jacqueline Theis, Dr. Roshni Echharam, Aleem Israel, Rebecca Johnson, Wendy Buchannan, Dr. Stephen Byrnes and Dr. Francois Piuze to our on-demand collection as well as new content from Dr. Solomon Gould, Dr. Roya Attar, Dr. Jonathan Shapiro, Dr. Adrianna Cotovio, Dr. Manveen Bedi, Dr. Langis Michaud, Dr. Harbir Sian, Dr. Barbara Caffery, Dr. Shalu Pal, Dr. Trisha Beal, Dr. Beth Lennox, Dr. Marcella LaBelle and Albert Mo. Have you created your free account yet?


All of us at AOE hope you had a safe and enjoyable New Years! For 2022, we are starting off our CE with a webinar for Opticians and Optometric Assistants. Sunday February 6, 2022 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST. 3 Hours Accredited by the College of Opticians of Ontario, NACOR and the Canadian Association of Optometrists PLUS 2 Free Hours of Courses on AOE On-Demand. Featuring Dr. Roya Attar, Jason Carruthers AND Dr. Adriana Cotovio. Register here:


Mark your calendar next year for Saturday February 26 and Sunday 27, 2022 ( 11:00 am - 5:45 pm EST) for our annual Retina Summit Webinar! 12 COPE-Approved Hours. Featuring Dr. Roya Attar, Dr. Steven Ferrucci, Dr. Jessica Haynes, Dr. Michelle Lee, Dr. Barbara Mihalik, Dr. Carlo Pelino, Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti, Dr. Kimberley P. Poirier-Schmidt and Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary.


All of us at AOE wanted to say thank you to all our faculty & speakers, our educational advisory committee and everyone who has continued to support us through the pandemic. It's been close to two years since our last live event but thanks to everyone, we continue to provided high calibre CE through our live webinars and video on-demand options. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Join us for the final Optometry webinar of the year: Business Wrap-Up 2021! Sunday December 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am eastern. 5 COPE-Approved Hours, 1.5 Non-COPE Hour Plus 2 FREE Hours of COPE-Approved Courses on AOE On-Demand. Featuring Dr. Trisha Beal, Dr. Solomon Gould, Aleem Israel, Jackie Joachim, Dr. Beth Lennox, Dr. Aaron Neufeld, Dr. Jessilin Quint, Dr. Kerry Salsberg and Dr. Steven Vargo. Everything from lean practises, working in a group, buying and selling, and much more! Register here:


We are pleased to share some of the early feedback from our Global Glaucoma Symposium this past weekend. Our thanks go out to all the outstanding speakers, Dr. Fahmy for his wonderful moderation and to our attending doctors. Looking forward to our next summit dedicated to Refractive & Cataract Surgery - Apr 30 - May 1, 2022.


We are excited to invite you to the Global Glaucoma Symposium Webinar this Saturday November 20, 2021 to Sunday November 21, 2021. Received 9.5 COPE-Approved Hours Plus 2 FREE Hours of COPE-Approved Courses on AOE On-Demand. Featuring Dr. John Berdahl, Dr. Paul Ajamian, Dr. Andre Ali-Ridha, Dr. Michael Chaglasian, Dr. Mark Eltis, Dr. Ahmad Fahmy, Dr. Baseer Khan, Dr. Aaron L**h, Dr. Dan Samaha, Dr. Justin Schweitzer And Dr. Walter Whitley. Register here:

Timeline photos 11/12/2021

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WCO has received word from many of our members regarding the significant economic hardships they have faced in their practices over the past year. In light of this and in keeping with the spirit of our mission to support our profession worldwide, WCO has made the decision to waive the fees for the first 1000 registrants for the program ‘Eyes Around the World – A Global Day of Learning’.

Learn More & Register Here:

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For those who have already registered, WCO will be processing refunds, which you should receive within 5-10 days.


Register Today!
On November 20, WCO will live-stream a variety of lectures for practicing clinicians & optometric educators across 3 time zones for a full day of continuing education!

Visit to learn more & register for “Eyes Around the World: A Global Day of Learning.”

World Council of Optometry


The 2021 Global Glaucoma Symposium faculty is a team of highly respected, internationally recognized ophthalmic physicians committed to teaching, mentoring and clinical research. The 2021 AOE Glaucoma Symposium presents a fantastic opportunity to teach a global audience of providers involved in the identification and treatment of glaucoma and the latest advancements in treating this vision-threatening disease. We will deliver the highest-level educational content through the review of pertinent clinical studies, challenging case presentations and panel discussions featuring debate on approach to treatment.

Register here:


Dear Minister Elliott, Ms Martin and Mr Dicerni,

A link to my letter published in yesterday's Toronto Star:

It's difficult for caucus MPPs to make any reasonable decision on this matter when the MOH negotiation team and associated bureaucracy aren't being transparent with them, nor are they representing the government well by disrespecting the optometric profession. That is what the negotiation team did when they forced our representatives (the OAO - Ontario Association of Optometrists) to look at blank computer screens on the second day of negotiations, promising to return every few hours from 9 am-7 pm all day, and then not returning with anything. This cost the OAO upwards of $12k in mediation fees - money wasted by the MOH-OHIP negotiation team's unpreparedness and unprofessionalism. Shortly thereafter, the Minister of Health broke a non-disclosure agreement by making an offer public (essentially the same offer that was rejected in December/2020).

Optometrists and patients are being held hostage by this negotiation team, and the Minister and Premier need to make this team understand that their actions are unprofessional, disrespectful and are resulting in a delay in the resolution of this crisis - and to contact the OAO today to return to the table with a more realistic and reasonable offer that will build a sustainable eye care funding model for Ontario.

Dr Peter Rozanec, OD
Optometrist, Mississauga

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Richmond Hill, ON

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Wednesday 8am - 5pm
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