2023 Spring Convention

Live event: April 27-29, 2023

Virtual Live: April 25 & May 2, 2023

Location: Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

General Information | OD SchedulePara ScheduleExhibitorsSpeakers | Registration | Hotel Information

Hotel Information - The host hotel is the Little Rock Marriott.  $165/night Room Block available until April 5, 2023.  Click here for reservation. Or call 877-759-6290. The Little Rock Marriott is the official host hotel for the Arkansas Optometric Association Spring Convention. A block of rooms has been reserved and the special room rate will be available until April 5, 2023, or until the block has sold out, whichever comes first. Please help to keep hotel rates reasonable for all ArOA attendees by staying in the convention hotel where ArOA has reserved room blocks at a discounted rate.

OD Schedule - A total of 20 hours of CE for ODs is offered at the 2023 Spring Convention. There will be 16 hours of live continuing education offered for doctors of optometry.  All education will be approved by the State Board of Optometry and most all will be COPE approved.  Four hours will be offered virtually.  Two hours will be offered virtually on April 25 and two hours will be offered virtually on May 2, 2023.  These hours count towards the Arkansas State Board of Optometry's definition of "online education".  You will not have to take a test to received credit.   Check the schedule to determine which classes are COPE approved.   You must be registered for OD Education to receive credit for education hours. Guests or volunteers not registered for OD Education are not eligible to receive credit for education. If you have questions, please contact the ArOA office in advance.

OD Handouts & Webinar Links - This link will be available one week prior to classes starting.  Only registered attendees will have access to this link.  Handouts and Webinar Links will also be directly emailed to attendees.  Handouts and links are only for registered attendees.

Para Schedule - Nine hours of paraoptometric education will be available.  Some classes are approved for ABO, Arkansas ABO, and CPC credit.  Please check individual classes for credential credit.  Opticians Jurisprudence will be available.  

Para Handouts - This link will be available one week prior to class.

Exhibitor Information - Exhibitors can register for convention here.

Exhibitor Contact Information - This information will be updated as exhibitors register.  

Events - check out special events here!

Golf - Join your colleagues and reps to raise money for the student scholarships!  The Annual J.C. Beane Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is on Thursday, April 27.  Register on your convention registration form.  Just playing golf?  Register here.

Doctor & Para Registration - Paras register on the same form as doctors.  If you are adding paras at a later date, please contact the association office.

OD Registration Fee: 

before 4/21/23: $525 AOA members (any affiliate) | non-members: $750

after 4/21/23: $575 AOA members (any affiliate) | $800 non-members 

Para Registration Fee: 

before 4/21/23: $130 works for ArOA member   | $230 non-member

after 4/21/23 $155 works ArOA member | $255 non-member

Student Registration - students must register by March 28, 2023.  Travel grants are available.

Click here to download paper registration packet

Hotel Information

The Little Rock Marriott is the host hotel.