SECO 2019 Registration Opens with 33% More Continuing Education Offerings, Weekend Hours and Flexible Pricing Packages

SECO commences annual call for nominations to recognize outstanding optometry professionals



Kate Blom-Lowery


ATLANTA, GA — October 18, 2018 — SECO International is pleased to announce that SECO, the world’s leading conference providing the ophthalmic industry outstanding educational opportunities since 1924, has opened registration for the 2019 industry event. With the kickoff of the registration cycle, the optometry community is encouraged to recognize outstanding optometric professionals within SECO member states with the annual call for nominations to award SECO Optometrist of the Year, SECO Paraoptometric of the Year, and SECO Young Optometrist of the Year.

When SECO 2019 stages February 20-24, attendees with have access to 50 continuing education credits over the course of the 5 days—30 of those over the weekend. The event will feature a full array of industry-leading continuing education geared to professionals in all areas: Optometrists; Ophthalmologists; Optometric Students/Residents; Opticians; Opticianry Students/Residents Paraoptometrics; Ophthalmic Medical Technicians; and Optical Administrators. SECO offers more than 400 hours of continuing education, a 33% increase over previous years.

SECO 2019 newly enhanced world-class continuing education program offers more joint courses, expanded CE credits, and exciting new course formats. The range of topics will provide attendees with the latest and best practices and procedures for both treating patients and running a successful practice. Highlights include; 70+ joint courses for doctors and allied healthcare professionals, more advanced learning for allied healthcare professionals, and hands-on Learning Labs on critical topics and special sessions with cutting edge speakers including Glaucoma and MIGs with Dr. Ike Ahmed, MD.

“As we make the move to New Orleans with an eye towards reenergizing SECO, education remains the cornerstone of the event offering,” said Emilio Balius, O.D, President of SECO International, LLC. “Prior to my SECO service, I truly valued the opportunity to learn the latest treatment protocols, obtain continuing education credits and participate in expert led sessions to gain insights needed to grow my practice. It’s our goal to provide the optometric community with the most robust education to ensure attendees have access to the most up-to-date content to enhance their personal and professional development.”

As registration opens, SECO issues its annual call for nominations to recognize outstanding optometry professionals. Optometric professionals are encouraged to identify and recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions and dedication to optometry. SECO International will accept award nominations in three prestigious award categories: Optometrist of the South, Paraoptometric of the South, and Young Optometrist of the South. Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2018. Selected honorees will be recognized during the SECO House of Delegates meeting at SECO 2019, Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers with an award nomination recognizing your work, passion and dedication. We look forward to honoring this year’s outstanding nominees and award winners as the community gathers for this year’s event,” commented Dr. Balius.

For specific nomination requirements and information about the nomination categories and to submit SECO 2019 award nominations contact Bonny Fripp at

New registration packages will provide attendees the luxury of customizing individual conference experience. Packages include Optometrist, Allied Healthcare Professionals, faculty, students and group discounts. These new flexible options are designed to fit any budget and afford attendees the opportunity to invest in their profession. For more information and to register for the world’s largest continuing education conference for ophthalmic professionals set for February 20-24, 2019 in New Orleans, visit


About SECO International

The annual SECO meeting is produced by SECO International, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc. A nonprofit association founded in 1923, SECO boasts an approximate global membership of 25,000. The annual SECO Congress regularly attracts more than 6,000 national and international eye care professionals, vendors, and allied ophthalmic personnel. SECO International is widely acknowledged as the largest optometric educational meeting in the world.