POA 2024 Spring Congress

The opportunity for over 20 hours of continuing education, networking, exhibits, and a total solar eclipse!

April 5 - 8, 2024
Sheraton Erie Bayfront
Erie, PA

Join us for:

Total Solar Eclipse - just one reason to visit Erie
The POA is very excited to be heading to Erie for our 2024 Spring Congress, where attendees will have access to education, exhibits, networking, and a prime viewing location for the total solar eclipse. The list of local events, attractions, restaurants, parks, shops, and more goes on and on. Check out the VisitErie website for more information and to order your visitors guide.

Opening Reception / Keynote Speaker / POA Awards Ceremony
Join with doctors, staff, guests, and exhibitors as we celebrate our arrival in Erie with a reception to mix and mingle. Then, find your seats to be spellbound by our Keynote Speaker, Paul Sutter. Paul is a NASA advisor and theoretical cosmologist at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University and a guest researcher at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in NYC. He is an award-winning science communicator, having authored two books, Your Place in the Universe and How to Die in Space, and hosting several TV shows, including How the Universe Works, Space Out, and The Edge of Knowledge. He also writes and hosts his own Ask a Spaceman podcast, which has been downloaded over 7 million times. Paul is a globally recognized leader in the intersection of art and science. Paul will speak with us about all things related to the eclipse. Come ready with your questions.

Paul’s presentation will be followed by the annual POA Awards Ceremony, honoring the Optometrist of the Year, Young Optometrist of the Year, PPA of the Year, and more for their great accomplishments and dedication to the association and Optometry.

Find the Latest and Greatest in our Exhibit Hall
We will be offering a continental breakfast in the exhibit hall on Sunday morning, a coffee break mid-morning, and lunch later in the day. Stop in for a quick Danish and coffee, and say hello to our exhibitors. Walk around and see who you’ll come back to talk with over lunch. Great prizes will be awarded at the end of the lunch session, and you must be present to win.

“What Does My Association Do For Me?” – State of the Association Lunch
We invite all POA members to join us as our guests at this lunch program. Enjoy networking with your colleagues over lunch, and then engage with our Platinum Business Partners as they let you in on what’s new and hot with their companies. This will be followed by an update by 2024 POA President Dr. Jimmy Deom on what your dues dollars are doing for you relative to membership benefits and legislative efforts.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations on or before 3/22 will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be provided after that date. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Cancellations must be received in writing by the POA via mail, fax, or email to Ilene@poaeyes.org.


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