Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT

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Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa 
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


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With 12 miles of breathtaking Atlantic beachfront, Hilton Head Island is located on the Intra-coastal Waterway and encompasses vast sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, and moss-drapped forests of live oaks, magnolias, pines and palmettos. A jewel on the Southern Coast. 

Nestled among nature, you will find the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Resort amenities include: beach access; three pools; award winning golf and tennis at the Port Royal Golf & Raquet Club; Heavenly Spa; five on-site dining options; Westin Family Kids Club; Westin Work Out and how could we forget those heavenly beds in every room. 



Attendees of the GOA will receive 20% off retail rates or lowest published pricing for greens fees. More Information

ADDITIONAL RESORT ACTIVITIES: If you would like additional information on Resort Activies you may use the following links:
Spa, Fitness, Tennis, Pools and Beach Rentals 
Westin Family Kids Club



OUR GROUP BLOCK IS SOLD OUT AT THE WESTIN... However if you are needing reservations we have secured an Overflow Block at the neighboring Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa with comparable rates to those we had at the Westin.  

You may book reservations online using the following link: BOOK RESERVATIONS ONLINE

Group Room Block Cut-Off: May 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m. 

It is not guaranteed that rooms will be available to this date should our block and the hotel sell out prior to said date. We encourage making reservations early!


Vanessa Grosso
Georgia Optometric Association
770-961-9866 ext-1

June 13-16, 2019
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Hilton Head Island, SC 
In Collaboration With 

FUN, SUN & CE- Our Annual Conference is specially designed to fit all attending OD's needs.

We are proud to offer some of the best continuing education in the Southeast. This year being no exception! Working in collaboration with our friends at Southern College of Optometry we welcome Dr. Christopher Borgman and Dr. Shaleen Ragha to our speaker circuit. They join Dr. Katherine Mastrota, Dr. Aaron Bronner and Mr. Aubrey Villines to round out our speaking schedule. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with vendors, network with longtime friends and meet new colleagues. We even plan our schedule to include some downtime to enjoy everything the resort & island has to offer.  See our full schedule below.    Meeting Brochure


The GOA is excited to bring this, the first ever, Young OD option to the GOA Annual Meeting. 

Can't get the time off during the week? Expense of the full conference not in your budget? Or maybe you just want a fun weekend getaway. Either way, the GOA has you covered!

Specially designed for our young ODs that have been in practice for 6 years or less, your discounted registration* will include the five hours of continuing education that is offered on Saturday (only), which does include Jurisprudence. You will have your afternoon free to enjoy the beach, pool, sightsee, etc. then the GOA will take you out for a night on the town coordinating a group excursion for a fun happy hour and fabulous meal featuring local cuisine. Transportation will be provided and spouses, partners or guests are welcome! See discounted rates under fees.

*The discounted rate applies only to the program as designed, if you plan on attending additional CE and social events, standard registration rates apply.     

EDUCATION & POLICIES -  There will be a total of 14 hours of CE offered at the GOA Annual Conference comprised of the following: 13 hours of COPE Approved CE (6 of which will also be available for continuing education with examination credit) and 1 hour of NON COPE Jurisprudence and Ethics. 

  • Vailid name badges will serve admission to the lecture hall and must be worn by attendees at all times.  
  • Entrance and exit of the lecture hall will be monitored to meet Georgia State Board Regulations and COPE Guidelines.
  • Attendees may only be absent from any class for a maximum of 10 minutes/lecture hour.  If absent more than the allotted time, attendee will be allowed to return to the lecture hall, but will not receive credit for that class.
  • OE Tracker/ARBO Cards will be scanned at the conclusion of each lecture. CE Certificates and QR Codes for use with the ARBO Mobile App will also be available.
  • FL License Holders - COPE Hours will be CE Broker Approved. 


OD Registration: (Inclusive) Registration materials; admission to lecture hall each day; admission to all social events, all meals and drink tickets. 

Spouse/Guest/Children Registration: (Inclusive) Entrance into all social events; meals related too and corresponding drink tickets for all social events only. 

Fee Paid Before May 11th/After May 10th:
$595/$650 - GOA/All AOA Members
$695/$750 - NON-GOA/NON-AOA Members
COMP - Optometric Student
$175 - Spouse/Partner/Guest/Children 21 & Up
$75 - Children 13yrs - 20yrs
FREE - Children 12 and Under  

Young OD Program: (Inclusive) Admission to lecture hall for Saturday Only; Coordinated Group Happy Hour & Dinner Excursion with transportation included. 

Fee Paid Before May 11th/After May 10th:
$250/$300 - GOA/All AOA Member in practice 6yrs or less
$300/$350 - NON-GOA/NON-AOA Members in practice 6yrs or less
$50 - Spouse/Partner/Guest

CANCELLATION POLICY:  There will be a $35.00 Administrative Fee for all cancellations.  We will issue refunds for cancellations made prior to May 16, 2019. No refunds will be issued after May 16, 2019.  Substitutions are permitted at any time, please notify the GOA Office immediately with any changes or cancellations. 


5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.                               Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                          GOA Board of Trustees Meeting (Tentative)

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.                            Registration Desk Open
11:00 a.m.                                             Buffet Lunch Opens – Sponsored by: Bausch+Lomb
11:15 a.m.                                             Welcome & Opening Remarks;  Dr. Scott Emely, GOA President
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                        Bausch and Lomb: Committed to Optometry (Informational Only)
                                                              Presented by Justin Bazan, O.D. and Sponsored by Bausch+Lomb
12:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.                          Glaucoma: What Would You Do? (2hrs) COPE/CEE #62563-GL
                                                              Lecturer: Christopher J. Borgman, O.D., FAAO; Assistant Professor, 
                                                              Southern College of Optometry
2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.                            PM Refreshment/Break Sponsored by: Maculogix
2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.                            Technology Interpretation Pitfalls in Glaucoma 
                                                              (2hrs) COPE/CEE #62602-GL
                                                              Lecturer: Shaleen Ragha, O.D. Clinical Instructor, Southern College of Optometry
4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.                            Oral Medications in Optometry: When and How to Prescribe?
                                                              (1hr) COPE #62568-OP
                                                              Lecturer: Shaleen Ragha, O.D. Clinical Instructor, Southern College of Optometry
5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.                            Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Update
                                                              (1hr) COPE #62566-NO
                                                              Lecturer: Christopher J. Borgman, O.D., FAAO; Assistant Professor,
                                                              Southern College of Optometry
6:30 p.m. -7:30pm                                 GOA Welcome Reception (Bar/Hors d'oeuvres)