Frequently Asked Questions

Education

SECO’s iconic special sessions are well known as the place to be to see the top thought leaders you will not see at any other optometry meeting. Make sure to add these to your schedule today.

April 29 2:30pm – 4:30pm An Eye on Neuro (Course #60)
April 30 8:00am – 10:00am Clinical Perspectives in Patient Care (Course #61)
May 1 8:00am – 10:00am Anterior Segment Advances: The Future is Now! (Course #62)

SECO will be presenting several courses approved for Kentucky ETP. You can see a listing of those courses by visiting our COURSE FINDER PAGE and clicking the KY ETP checkbox.

All CEE/TQ testing for SECO 2021 has moved online! Shortly following SECO 2021, you will receive an email with a link to complete the CEE/TQ test online. If you do not receive this email, please contact education@secostaff.com. The fee for each test will be $26.00 to be paid by debit or credit card. All passing scores of 70% or higher will be reported to University of Alabama at Birmingham and updated with Florida CE Broker.

SECO offers the opportunity to earn more continuing education credits each day–up to 54 continuing education credits over the course of the five-day conference, with 32 continuing education credits available to earn over the weekend sessions. To review please view our at-a-glance education program.

Advanced learning courses are Optometrist courses open to all attendees. It is important to note that not all courses are accredited for EVERY group. For example, not all courses are ABO/NCLE, AOA para, or JCAHPO approved.

You can download course handouts via the SECO2021 APP or at attendseco.com/handouts/

50 minutes of class time constitutes one hour of credit. Attendees are allowed a 10-minute break per a one-hour accredited course. If attendees arrive 10 minutes after the course begins or take a break longer than 10 minutes during the course, they will not receive credit. SECO is required to follow these policies mandated by accrediting agencies.

Visit attendseco.com during or after the conference and select Verification of Attendance (VOA). Please allow at least two hours after the completion of the attended course to verify your attendance. You will need your username (attendee badge ID) and password (full last name) to access VOA records via the website. Please allow up to 24 hours for your courses to show on the VOA. If you notice any errors, visit room #307 onsite, or email education@secostaff.com following the show.

If you are licensed in a state that requires CE Broker, the courses noted as eligible for credit will automatically be reported to CE Broker. You must include your CE Broker number during the registration process in order for your credit to be sent to CE Broker.

The Presentation Theater courses located within the exhibit hall (Optometry’s Marketplace) are free and participation is granted on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a spot, but you can receive credit for attending official continuing education courses and your Verification of Attendance will note your participation.

The Presentation Theater courses located within the exhibit hall (Optometry’s Marketplace) are free and participation is granted on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a spot, but you can receive credit for attending official continuing education courses and your Verification of Attendance will note your participation.

The Symposium Series is a set of free, non-accredited courses presented by industry supporters. Free meals are served at each symposium. Pre-registration is required to attend all symposiums. Once registration has reached its maximum, registration will close. A limited amount of open seats may become available onsite on a first come first serve basis. Entrance is not guaranteed but we encourage attendees to stand in the queue outside of each symposium to gain access. Learn more at https://attendseco.com/symposia-series/

For COPE: Your course attendance will automatically be reported to COPE if you provide your OE Tracker number during registration. Attendance will be reported within 30 days of the completion of the show.

For CE Broker: If you are licensed in a state that requires CE, your attendance will be automatically reported if you include your OP/OPC number during registration. Attendance will be reported within 30 days of the completion of the show.

For State Boards: You must submit your verification of attendance directly to your state board for CE credit.
For ABO, NCLE, AOA PARA

 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at education@secsotaff.com or 770/451-8206.

All SECO 2021 speakers are required to disclose relevant financial and non-financial relationships or lack thereof and must, at the beginning of their respective sessions or presentations, include a disclosure statement. The purpose of the disclosure requirement is to promote transparency in the design, development, and presentation of courses offered for SECO CE credit. The requirement provides attendees with a more complete context in which to evaluate speaker’s information. To report a speaker disclosure issue, stop by the Education Office (Georgia World Congress Center, Room 307) or email us at education@secostaff.com. All attendees will also be asked to submit feedback from each course via our Verification of Attendance (VOA) system.

Attend all five days and earn up to 34 hours of CE, or up to 20 hours over the weekend! Course fees range between $7- $30 per hour based on the package selected and the number of CE hours taken. Congress Packages include all CE hours and select events, details can be found at AttendSECO.com

Attend all five days and earn up to 42 hours of CE, or up to 31 hours over the weekend! Course fees range between $7 – $45 per hour based on the package selected and the number of CE hours taken. The Congress Packages include a variety of CE hours and select events, details can be found at AttendSECO.com.

All CEE/TQ testing for SECO 2021 has moved online! Shortly following SECO 2021, you will receive an email with a link to complete the CEE/TQ test online. If you do not receive this email, please contact education@secostaff.com. The fee for each test will be $26.00 to be paid by debit or credit card. All passing scores of 70% or higher will be reported to University of Alabama at Birmingham and updated in Florida CE Broker.

General

The Georgia World Congress Center in Building A at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA

Registration for SECO 2021 opens Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Beware of false and fraudulent housing claims. Eventsphere is the only housing provider for the SECO 2021 Congress. Fraudulent companies will present themselves as official partners of SECO and offer you a room that might not be available or guaranteed. We encourage you to use only the link from the attenseco.com website. SECO has contracted discounted rates with OMNI, our headquarter hotel in 2021. SECO has also contracted additional hotels throughout the city to offer you luxury accommodations at the best possible rates. Reservations must be made through our official housing company, Eventsphere, by April 12 (insert space after 12) in order to reserve rooms at the discounted rates. Hotels sell out quickly, so we recommend booking your room today. If you have any questions or need assistance with your hotel needs, contact Eventsphere at (866) 393-0555 or seco@eventsphere.com.

Official Hotels:

  • AC Hotel- $205 One Bedded, $225 Two Bedded
  • Aloft- $209 One Bedded, $219 Two Bedded
  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis- $237 King or Double
  • Courtyard Atlanta Downtown- $227 King or Two Queen
  • Embassy Suites- $238 King or Double
  • Glenn- $228 King
  • Hilton Garden Inn- $220 King or Two Doubles
  • Hotel Indigo- $205 King or Two Queen
  • Omni- $233 King or Double
  • The American- $206 King or Double Bedded
  • The Ritz-Carlton- $236 Deluxe King
  • Westin Peachtree Plaza- $216 King or Two Double Beds

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Due to COVID-19, there will not be any shuttle bus services offered at SECO 2021. We recommend staying at one of the hotels within walking distance of the Georgia World Congress Center. Please visit https://attendseco.com/hotel-travel/ for hotel information.

The Georgia World Congress Center provides ample parking for the event. Reserve your space online at https://gwcc.clickandpark.com and search for SECO 2021. Rates for SECO 2021 are $15 per day. Visit SECO’s travel page for MARTA, shuttle and rental car details while in Atlanta. https://attendseco.com/hotel-travel/

Yes. Location of Coat and Baggage check is in the main lobby, Andrew Young International Blvd. Coat & Baggage Check Hours: Wednesday 9:00am – 6:00pm Thursday 6:30am – 5:00pm Friday 6:30am – 5:00pm Saturday 6:30am – 5:00pm Sunday 6:30am – 2:30pm The cost to check a bag is $5 and to check a coat is $3 for SECO 2021.

Mamava mobile nursing units are located outside rooms 411 (level 4) at the Georgia World Congress Center for SECO 2021.

Yes. Children ages 18 and younger may attend SECO 2021 at no charge. SECO verifies the age of attendees registered in this category onsite. Due to space limitations and the potential for disruption in course rooms, as well as safety issues should overcrowding occur, the presence of infants and children may not attend continuing education courses. Child care services are not available at SECO 2021.

Childcare services will not be provided for SECO 2021. Due to COVID restrictions we urge attendees to find alternate accommodations for childcare services. 

Yes. The Official SECO 2021 mobile app is available on both iOS and Android. The app is a great resource to use before, during, and after the conference. Use the app to pre-plan your experience, stay up to date, and refer back to information. To download, www.attendseco.com/download

SECO is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants at its live events. We strive for full access to the activities of these events based on an awareness of participants’ needs and appropriate planning. We ask that requests for reasonable accommodations at our live events be made no later than March 28,2021, so we may best accommodate individual needs and requirements. Onsite requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited. For questions or concerns about accessibility at SECO’s live events, please contact info@secostaff.com. To make accommodations for your hotel stay, please contact our housing partner, EventSphere, at seco@eventsphere.com. For flight assistance, the TSA Cares program can simplify travel for attendees requiring special accommodations.

Yes. Lost and Found is in Room 307 at the Georgia World Congress Center. SECO is not responsible for items lost during the event.

SECO offers curated continuing education for Optometrists, Opticians, Ophthalmic Technicians, Paraoptometrics, Practice Administrators.

If you need assistance with Airline tickets contact Frosch Travel at 877-685-3715* or email seco@frosch.com. Delta is pleased to offer special discounts, please click HERE to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111* Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMUNH. *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Optometry's Marketplace™

Friday, April 30; 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday, May 1; 9:00AM-4:00PM

Visit the SECO 2021 exhibitors before, during, and after the event! Check out the companies/organizations that are exhibiting at this year’s SECO 2021 event in Atlanta, Georgia. Use the Virtual Expo to view the exhibit hall floor plan. This interactive online tool can help you plan your time in the exhibit hall in advance.

COVID-19 Safe Meeting

SECO International is in process of implement several infection control and prevention guidelines for SECO 2021 and will ensure our plans follow recommendations from public health experts and standards set by the federal, state, and local governments. We expect that safety guidelines and measures will continue to evolve and will update this page and communicate these details as they become available.

In addition to SECO’s safety protocols, the Georgia World Congress Center has implemented a program of stringent processes for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention under its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. For more information, please visit: www.gwcca.org/returnplan.

Omni Hotel- The health and safety of our guests and associates has always been, and always will be, our top priority. In an effort to Stay A Part of Safety, we have updated our already thorough cleaning guidelines and implemented additional processes and procedures to ensure your health, safety and comfort. Within each of our individual hotels and resorts, guests can expect to see the following standards implemented. These protocols will allow our associates to provide exceptional service in a safe environment. All processes and procedures listed below follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and each individual Omni location will adhere to local and/or federal mandates. Protocols and guidelines from these authorities are expected to evolve, and as such, so will our below processes and procedures. Similarly, these guidelines meet or exceed the “Stay Safe” initiative set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

To learn more: https://www.omnihotels.com/-/media/files/omni-safe-and-clean-standards

ACVB– Atlanta is open and ready to host your event! Meetings and conventions held in Georgia are asked to follow 21 specific requirements outlined on pages 50-52 in Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order. To learn more about the Meet Safe protocols, visit www.DiscoverAtlanta.com/neweventsolutions

Registration

Yes, if you would like to attend both in-person and virtual, you must first register online for in-person and select your courses no later than April 16, 2021.  After you have completed your online registration, please email your request to info@secostaff.com and include the virtual courses (identified by course number) you wish to attend.

Yes, you may switch your registration type. If you would like to change from in-person to virtual it may be done at any time by emailing your request to info@secostaff.com. Please note that the livestreamed/virtual courses are limited; you may not be able to take the same courses.  For a list of  the virtual sessions offered, please visit https://attendseco.com/virtual-meeting/. If you would like to switch from virtual to in-person, the deadline is April 27th to email  your request to info@secostaff.com and it is important to note that in-person courses may be sold out due to seating capacity.

You may register for SECO 2021 online at www.attendseco.com/registration. If you require a hard copy registration form, please email your request to info@secostaff.com.

Early Registration Deadline: March 15, 2021
Regular Registration: March 16, 2021 through event

Please visit https://attendseco.com/register/ for a full list of conference packages and pricing.

Doctor’s Registration
Course fees range between $15 – $75 per hour based on the package selected and the number of CE hours taken. Congress, Premium and Summit Packages include a variety of CE hours and select events, details can be found at AttendSECO.com. Attend all five days and earn up to 36 hours of CE, or up to 20 hours over the weekend!
Allied Healhcare Professionals, Opticians, Paraoptometrics, Technicians and Practice Administrators Registration
Course fees range between $7 – $45 per hour based on the package selected and the number of CE hours taken. The Congress Packages include a variety of CE hours and select events, details can be found at AttendSECO.com. Attend all five days and earn up to 34 hours of CE, or up to 20 hours over the weekend!

You can register https://attendseco.com/register/.

If you require a hard copy registration form, please email info@secostaff.com

 

To make changes to your registration you can:

  • Access your registration dashboard via the SECO 2021 APP
  • Visit the Registration Desk (located Building A, Registration Hall of the Georgia World Congress Center)
  • Visit SECO’s online registration

When you register online, you will be given the option to ‘Add Another’ or ‘Finish’. Click on ‘Add Another’ and repeat the registration process for the new registrant(s). When you are finished entering the registration(s), click on ‘Finish’ to continue to the payment page and complete your session.

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please call SECO Customer Service (844) 353-2916 to request a confirmation letter.

You can reach out to our Registration Customer Service Center at (844) 353-2916 or via email info@secostaff.com

Residents and Students will need to provide appropriate credentials in order to gain entry to the Show floor and affiliated sessions at SECO 2021. Residents can provide a letter from their Resident Director. Students can provide a copy of their Student ID or an acceptance letter for their school. These items can be uploaded on your ConnectME Dashboard.

SECO International, LLC is dedicated to providing continuing education for optometrists and eye care professionals. It is the responsibility of the attendee to obtain any travel documentation needed to attend the Congress. To that end, SECO will provide an introduction letter and a confirmation letter upon request to aid in obtaining the necessary paperwork to travel to the United States. The introduction letter outlines the dates and important information related to registering for the Congress. The confirmation letter states the attendee has registered to attend the Congress. Only registrants may request a confirmation letter, and they must provide the contact information of the agency issuing the travel documents. SECO will release information letters directly to the government agency issuing the travel documents. SECO International will provide updated information concerning the registrant to the agency upon request. To request an introduction letter and confirmation, please email info@secostaff.com

To qualify for the Faculty registration discount rate of $375 for OD, or $225 for AHP (Optician), an attendee must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited Optometric University or College. An ID for proof is required to process registration.

The Build-A-Package and Congress packages have the option to add a Spouse/Guest package and gives access to SECO’s Optometry Marketplace. Guests are not eligible to earn continuing education credits.

Children age 18 and younger may attend SECO 2021 at no charge. SECO verifies the ages of attendees registered in this category on-site. Children may not attend continuing education courses.

We are taking extra precautions beyond those mandated by government and local authorities, including daily temperature checks and face masks required of all persons entering the building, without exception. We are also adding health and safety measures and eliminating as many contact/touchpoints as possible during the Congress. This year, all attendees will complete a CDC questionnaire before printing your badge at home or downloading it to your mobile device. An email will be sent to all registrants at least 72 hours prior to the Congress. We will still have a registration team on-site ready to assist, and badges can be printed on-site if needed.

The cancellation policy for SECO 2021 is as follows:
If you did not purchase the optional cancellation insurance, you must submit a Cancellation Request Form no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and email it to info@secostaff.com. All approved cancellations will receive a credit rollover for SECO 2022. All requests will be processed after SECO 2021 and you will receive notification of your credit rollover within 60 days of processing if approved. Credit rollovers are valid for SECO 2022 continuing education only. Please note the following:

Credit rollovers will not be granted for unused hours.
Credit rollovers can be transferred to another person from the same company.
Credit rollover will expire if not used by SECO 2022.
Credit rollovers will not be granted for no shows.

Use the mobile app to search for people you know by name or organization. (Note: This option in the mobile app is opt-in only and includes only those who indicated that they wished to be listed as an attendee when registering.)

Students may attend SECO 2021 at no charge. To qualify, students must be enrolled at an accredited University or College. An ID or proof is required to process registration.

Other

The leading companies in the optometric industry support SECO international year-round by sponsoring, partnering and exhibiting. Their goal is to provide optometric professionals with the tools to achieve the highest levels of clinical knowledge and performance.

As the owners and producers of SECO 2021, we work diligently to protect our exhibitor’s commitment to and investment in both the trade show and the industry by taking a firm stance against outboarding. Outboarding is when any non-exhibitor hosts an unofficial event anywhere in the city that attracts SECO attendees. SECO is organized so that companies in the optometry industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services, meet with industry partners and customers and examine market trends and opportunities, while participation dollars provide SECO with the funds to host this event and invest back into the industry. The integrity of the show is diminished, and the value becomes diluted when companies seek in an unofficial capacity to capitalize on SECO attendees. If you hear of an outboarding event, please contact management at (770) 451-8206 or exhibits@secostaff.com. If you observe this activity during SECO 2021, please inform any of the SECO volunteers or visit the show office (room 307).

SECO 2022:
March 9-13, 2022 in New Orleans, LA

SECO 2023:
March 1-5, 2023 in Atlanta, GA

SECO is committed to partnering with our member State Associations to provide value to association members and promote the profession of optometry. SECO International has formal relationships with 13 state optometric associations and five schools of optometry. We work together on issues, concerns, and opportunities relating to optometric education. Within our 13 member states, SECO provides annual optometrist and paraoptometric grants totaling more than $45,000. Any practicing optometrist that is a member of the state association of any of these 13-member states is considered a member of the Southern Council of Optometrists and receives a $50 discount (Congress, Premium or Summit Packages) when attending the annual SECO Congress.

SECO is also proud to include the following Associate members: Armed Forces Optometric Society, Association of Optometrists (UK), Colegio de Optometristas de Costa Rica, Federacion Colombiana de Optometras (FEDOPTO), South African Optometric Association, and the Trinidad & Tobago Optometrists Association.

First aid services will be available should an attendee need medical assistance. Location will be to the right of the entrance to the Exhibit hall. For non-emergencies, dial ext. 4911 from any RED house phone to reach First Aid services or you can reach the First Aid office at 404-222-6282. If an emergency occurs, please call 911 and then call the Security Command Center by dialing ext. 4911 from any RED house phone or call 404-223-4922. Stay on the line; calls are recorded. An officer will answer immediately. Be prepared to report the location of the emergency by building, level/floor, hall, meeting room or lobby/common area.

Looking for free lunch or dinner?
The SECO Symposium Series offers several opportunities (*Symposiums are not for credit):

Wednesday, April 28
FREE OD Lunch Symposium*- 12pm – 1pm
FREE Optometrist, Opticians, Technicians, Administrators Dinner Symposium* – 11am-12pm

Thursday, April 29
FREE Opticians, Technicians, Administrators Lunch Symposium* – 12pm – 1pm
FREE OD Lunch Symposium* – 12pm – 1pm

Friday, April 30 
FREE AHP – Opticians, Paraoptometrics, Technicians, Administrators Lunch Symposium* – 11am-12pm
FREE OD Lunch Symposium* – 12pm – 1pm

Saturday, May 1
FREE OD Lunch Symposium* – 12pm – 1pm
FREE Student Symposium* 12pm – 1:15pm

SECO’s alumni receptions bring you together with your classmates-turned-colleagues, so you can reminisce about those days spent hitting the books, share family stories, and get up to date on your recent adventures. Alunmi receptions will be held April 29 at the Omni Hotel, 7pm to 11pm.

Complimentary basic wireless Internet service is offered in lobby areas of the Georgia World Congress Center. Basic service allows attendees to perform low-bandwidth functions, such as checking e-mail. Internet access is not available in the session rooms.

Follow:

@SECO_Intl on Twitter

@seco_intl on Instagram

Use #SECO2021 to connect with fellow attendees and SECO social media staff in Atlanta, to receive important event updates, and to learn about other social media activities taking place during the meeting.

SECO encourages the use of social media and blogging at the SECO Convention as a way for attendees to summarize, highlight, and promote presentations, or to share their experience in general, provided that presentation content and materials are not shared in full, and authors or presenters are referenced and cited where appropriate. Please keep in mind that presenters hold the intellectual property rights and copyrights to their materials.

Charging stations for mobile devices will be available in the common areas and throughout Optometry’s Marketplace. Please be mindful of sharing the charging stations. Do not leave your devices unattended. SECO is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

As a professional organization, the Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc./SECO International, LLC is dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free, and inclusive experience for all participants at all Association-organized events and has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of participants in any form. Participants include but are not limited to Association employees, volunteers, members, attendees, guests, staff, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, etc. An Association-organized event includes business at the Association office, SECO International Annual Congress Meeting, official social events such as receptions, membership meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, and any other event for which participants are asked to RSVP or register through the Association. Please report any incidents in which an attendee is abusive, insulting, intimidating, bothersome, or acting in an unsafe or illegal manner to SECOstaff or security immediately. The Association shall have no liability whatsoever arising out of its interpretation and enforcement of the Code of Conduct.

Recording or live streaming content delivered in the education courses at SECO 2021 is prohibited. If there is a violation of this policy, the individual will be removed from the event and no education credit or refund will be provided (if applicable). Participants are not permitted to take photos or shoot video where it is unsafe or disruptive, such as in doorways, escalators, fire exits, expo floor aisles, hallways, sidewalks, etc. Not complying with a request to move or stop capturing content could result in participant’s removal. SECO International may take pictures or record videos during the conference. In registering for the event, you grant SECO the freedom to photograph you during the meeting, and you acknowledge and agree that we may include images of yourself, intact or in part, for conference promotional activities or other related endeavors. This material may also appear on the conference website, print and digital collateral or associated social media outlets.

Virtual Attendee

Doctor- Congress Package $725.00
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management courses
SECO University 1-year subscription
Doctor- Build Your Own Package $45.00 per hour
A-la-carte select CE courses purchased by the hour
Doctor Faculty $375.00
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management Courses
SECO University 1-year subscription
Doctor Resident / Student $0
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management Courses
AHP – Congress Package $725.00
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management courses
SECO University 1-year subscription
AHP – Build Your Own Package $45.00 per hour
A-la-carte select CE courses purchased by the hour
AHP – Faculty $375.00
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management Courses
SECO University 1-year subscription
AHP – Resident / Student $0
Select CE courses
MedPRO360 Practice Management Courses

Visit the SECO 2021 exhibitors before, during, and after the event! Check out the companies/organizations that are exhibiting at this year’s SECO 2021 event in Atlanta, Georgia. Use the Virtual Expo to view the exhibit hall floor plan. This interactive online tool can help you plan your time in the exhibit hall in advance.