FAQs

GENERAL

When will registration for SECO 2018 open?

Registration will be open October 18, 2017.

When will SECO 2018 be held?

SECO 2018 will be held February 28 – March 4, 2018.

Where will SECO 2018 be held?

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591

How can I contact SECO with Conference-related questions not covered by this FAQ?

For more information about SECO 2018 contact info@secostaff.com

Does SECO help with disability-related accommodations? 

In compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the Meeting. Please submit requests no later than February 8, 2018 to Shawn Smith at ssmith@secostaff.com or call 770-451-8206. Flying to SECO? The TSA Cares program can simplify travel for attendees with special needs. Click here for more information on this program.

Does SECO have a mobile app?

Yes! The SECO 2018 mobile app will be available for download in early 2018 at the Apple App Store and the Google Play stores. Just search for SECO 2018.

What is SECO University?

SECO University is SECO’s online Education Resource Center for optometric and ophthalmic continuing education. Drawing on more than a decade of providing online CE to the optometric community, SECO University gives eye care professionals like you the opportunity to learn online at your convenience without sacrificing quality. All for just $299 for a full 12-month membership, or FREE for SECO Attendees registered at the All-Inclusive level for OD’s and $199 for Ophthalmic Professionals.

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What are the Exhibit Hall hours?

Thursday, March 1       12:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, March 2            10:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 3       10:45 AM – 5:00 PM

 

EDUCATION

Which day of the Conference can I earn the most CE?

OD’s can earn up to 10 credit hours on Saturday, March 3 and OP’s can earn up to 9 credit hours on Thursday, March 1, Friday, March 2, or Saturday, March 3. Additional credit hours may be available each day in the Presentation Theater course offerings on a first come, first serve basis.

If a course is repeated, will it be the same material?

Repeated courses are generally the same material, but sometimes a different lecturer.

Where and when can I access course handouts?

Course handouts will be available for download on our website attendseco.com and on the SECO 2018 Mobile App as they become available beginning February 9, 2018.

What are the rules for receiving CE credit?

Attendees are allowed a 5-10 minute break during each course. If they are any later than 10, they will not receive credit. Speakers are also allowed to end their lecture 10 minutes early. 50 minutes constitutes an hour.

How will I receive a verification of my attendance for my continuing education credits?

During SECO 2018, you will be able to log on to our website (or follow the link via the SECO 2018 App) to receive your verification of attendance within hours of the course.

How can I participate in the Presentation Theater courses?

Presentation Theater courses are located within the Exhibit Hall and participation is granted on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a spot to participate but you can receive credit for attending official CE courses and your Verification of Attendance will include your participation.

What are Team-Centered courses?

Team-Centered courses are offered to an audience that is comprised of Doctors and Ophthalmic professionals.

How many Special Sessions are offered?

There are a total of five Special Sessions totaling 10 hours of CE.

What is the Symposia Series?

They Symposia Series is a series of free, non-accredited courses presented by industry supporters. Free meals are served at each Symposia. While registration is encouraged, walk up participants will be admitted as long as space permits.

Free Lunch Symposia for Optometrists

We regret that meals cannot be provided to healthcare professionals licensed in the states of Massachusetts, Minnesota or Vermont, or who are affiliated with any state or federal institution that prohibits the acceptance of meals at industry-supported events.

  • Thursday, March 1; 12:00-1:00PM – Amphitheater A3 – Presentations by Alcon, and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • Friday, March 2; 12:00-1:00PM – Amphitheater A3 – Presentations by Allergan, and Bausch + Lomb
  • Saturday, March 3; 11:30AM-12:00PM – Amphitheater A3 – Presentations by Shire

 

Free Lunch Symposium for Ophthalmic Professionals

Participants are registered to win $100 cash!

  • Thursday, March 1; 11:00AM-12:00PM – Room 411 – Presentations by CooperVision

Free Lunch Symposium for Students 

Participants are registered to win one of our $1,000 scholarships, courtesy of SECO International!

  • Saturday, March 3; 12:00-1:15PM – Room 411 – Presentations by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Alcon and CooperVision

 

OTHER

How does the support from Sponsors, Champions and Exhibitors improve my experience at SECO?

The support from the optometric industry through partnerships, sponsorships and exhibiting allows SECO to offer a more expansive, exciting meeting for all of our attendees. Thanks to their support, SECO is able to offer you a comprehensive education program at a lower price.

What is outboarding and what do I do if I witness it? 

Outboarding is a deceitful practice when a company that should be a sponsor of an event instead decides to host their own competing event without the consent of the original event organizer.  This steals money and time from official sponsors of the event and confuses attendees by making it appear that they are supporting the official event. If you hear of an outboarding event, please contact the Show Management at 770-451-8206 or exhibits@secostaff.com. If you observe this activity during SECO 2018, please inform any of the SECO volunteers or the show office in A307.

Will there be other optometric meetings being held in conjunction with SECO 2018?

Yes.

Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS)

Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta Downtown

Registration: www.afos2020.org

College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

Dates: Sunday, Mar. 4

Location: The Omni at CNN Center

Registration: www.covd.org

Essilor Management Development Program

Dates: Wednesday, February 28-Thursday, Friday March 1

Location: OMNI Hotel at CNN Center

Registration: Members of this program should contact their organizers to receive a code to receive a discount on registration to attend SECO 2018.

Energeyes Meeting

Dates: Sunday, March 4

Location: OMNI Hotel at CNN Center

Registration: Members of this program should contact their organizers to receive a code to receive a discount on registration to attend SECO 2018.

Society of National Associated Pearle Professionals (SNAPP)

Dates: Wednesday, February 28-Friday, March 2

Location: OMNI Hotel at CNN Center

Registration: Members of this program should contact their organizers to receive a code to receive a discount on registration to attend SECO 2018.