AFOS Academy 2021

November 1-2, 2021

Find all the meeting info here!

Boston, MA

AFOS Boston 2021

We are excited to be in person this fall in Boston, MA just prior to the American Academy of Optometry meeting. 


Registration is now open for the 2021 AFOS meeting November 1-2 in Boston, MA.

We have secured a special package that allows you to register for both the AFOS meeting and the American Academy of Optometry meeting (AAO) at one bundled rate.  To register go to the Academy website and choose the AFOS/AAO Bundle.

Register Today!


image.jpeg AFOS Meeting will begin the afternoon of Monday, November 1st and run through the day on Tuesday, November 2nd followed by the AAO Meeting November 3-6, 2021.
image.jpeg The 2021 AFOS Meeting will be held at the Boston Park Plaza on Nov 1-2. The AAO Meeting will be at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Nov 3-6.
  • Excellent COPE CE Targeted for Military, PHS/IHS, VA & Federal ODs, Residents, and Students
  • AFOS Awards Program
  • AFOS Grand Rounds Presentations
  • State of the Art Exhibit Hall
  • Hands on Workshops
  • Member Appreciation Reception
  • Camaraderie with fellow service colleagues 
  • Service Chief break-out sessions
  • Sponsor Showcase with great raffle prizes!


AFOS Agenda

Monday, November 1st:   AFOS Federal Service Optometry Program (5 hrs CE)

1200 – 1930 Registration and packet pick-up for attendees
1300 – 1500

Air Force TBI Workgroup Presents: Evaluating mTBI for the Primary Care OD (COPE ID: 75279-NO) by Lyndsey Ferris, OD; Tina Aldana, OD; Paul Brown, OD; Justin Holbrook, OD; Matthew Tholl, OD; Abby Wics, OD; and Robin Winslow, OD

(class limited - attend by RSVP only)

1500 – 1600

Bausch and Lomb introduces "Zenlens Specialty Lens Course" by Maria Walker, OD

(class limited - attend by RSVP only)

1500 – 1600 Exhibit Hall Opening
1600 – 1750

Glaukos presents “ An Interventional Approach to Keratoconus: the OD's role.” (COPE ID: 74596-AS) by Mitchel Ibach, OD

1750 – 1810 Exhibit Hall Break
1810 – 1900 “The Impact of Federal Service Optometry on the Profession: A Historical Perspective” (COPE ID: 74514-PB) by W. Howard McAlister, OD, MA, MPH and Jeff Weaver, OD, MBA, MS
1930 – 2100 AFOS Membership and Awards Reception

Tuesday, November 2nd:   AFOS Federal Service Optometry Program (8 hrs CE)

0700 – 0900 Registration and packet pick-up for attendees
0700 – 0800 Breakfast and Exhibit Hall Session
0800 – 0940 "AFOS Fall 2021 Grand Rounds" (COPE ID: 75258-GO) by Brittany Ellis, OD; Richard Baird, OD; Alicia Green, OD; Michael Hall, OD; Emily Thompson, OD; and Skylar Williams, OD
0940 – 1020 Exhibit Hall Break and Snack
1020 – 1200 "AFOS Service Breakout Sessions" (COPE ID:75362-PB) by Col Darren Rhoton; Col Robert Houghteling; COL Christine Watson; CAPT Robert Senko; CAPT Dawn Clary; and Dr. Jeff Joy
1200 – 1300 Exhibit Hall Break and Lunch
1300 – 1350  OCT and OCTA for diabetic retinopathy (COPE ID 74836-PS) by Kaitlyn Sapoznik, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.
1400 – 1450  Adaptive optics retinal imaging: Applications in retinal and systemic disease (COPE ID: 74837-GO) by Kaitlyn Sapoznik, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.
1450 – 1530 Exhibit Hall Break and Snack
1530 – 1710  TLC for the FLC Funny-Looking Cornea (COPE ID: 72402-CL) by Mari Fujimoto, O.D., F.A.A.O.
1710 – 1900 AFOS Exhibitor Spotlight, Closing Reception, and Raffle! ~ All invited



Air Force TBI Hands-On Course on Monday, Nov 1st 1-3pm

Join Air Force's Optometry TBI working group on Monday, Nov 1st from 1-3pm for a TBI hands-on workshop.The focus of the workshop will be on TBI eye evaluations for the primary care optometrist. Initially, basic TBI background information will be discussed, followed by the established DoD/DHA recommendations for screening/evaluating/assessing patients. Providers will be partnered during the last portion of the class and have the opportunity to run through procedures with trainers available to answer questions and provide feedback.

TBI Workshop

Space Limited - Reserve your spot today!

Register Here

Dr. Maria Walker presents "Specialty Contact Lens Fittings" Course on Monday, Nov 1st 3-4pm

Join Dr. Maria Walker, as she dives into Zenlens Specialty Contact Lens fittings.  The course will provide an up-to-date overview of specialty and custom contact lenses available for patients with irregular corneas and discussing industry trends toward new technologies and fitting modalities.  Space limited. Register for course today!

Bausch and Lomb logo Dr. Maria Walker Register for course here!

Maria K Walker, OD, PhD is a clinician scientist who specializes in anterior segment inflammatory diseases and specialty contact lenses. She graduated from The New England College of Optometry in 2013 and completed a Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at Pacific University in Portland, OR.

In 2021, Dr. Walker completed her PhD with a dissertation entitled: “The Impact of a Scleral Lens on the Eye” at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Throughout her education and early career, Maria has won several awards including the Sheldon Wechsler contact lens residency award, the Founders’ Grant from the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, and she is a two-time recipient of the Ezell Fellowship offered through the American Optometric Foundation. In September 2021, Dr. Walker began a position as a tenure-tracked assistant professor at UHCO, where her lab focuses on research of the ocular surface and tear film.

Professional organizations:

  • Assistant Professor at University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Board member of Scleral Lens Education Society
  • Advisory board of Gas Permeable Lens Institute
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry





Dr. Mari Fujimoto

Dr. Mari Fujimoto 

Dr. Mari Fujimoto received her Doctorate of Optometry and completed her residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.  She is an Assistant Professor of Optometry where she is involved in clinical and didactic contact lens education and research.

Dr. Kaitlyn Sapoznik

Dr. Kaitlyn Sapoznik

Dr. Kaitlyn Sapoznik is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She received her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2013 and then completed an ocular disease residency at Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO). Following her residency, she completed her PhD in Vision Science at IUSO and served as an adjunct clinical lecturer. Her research uses high-resolution retinal imaging techniques including OCT, OCTA, and adaptive optics retinal imaging to better understand retinal disease with an emphasis in diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Sapoznik was awarded the Vision Impact Institute Ezell Fellowship by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation for two-consecutive years.


AAO 2021

Exhibit Hall

AFOS AAO 2021 Sponsors Logos


** Important information regarding making your Hotel Reservations **

Boston Park Plaza

We will be hosting our meeting at the iconic Boston Park Plaza and have secured a government-rate room block for our attendees.

After you register for the AFOS/AAO Meeting through the AAO website, a confirmation page will pop up with links at the bottom that will allow you to make your hotel reservation under the AFOS Room Block. You should also receive an email confirmation and at the bottom of the page there will be the same links. Make sure to choose the "AFOS Housing" link.  

If you do not receive the link in your registration receipt email or are having difficulties making your hotel reservation, please contact  Dr. Wright

**Deadline to reserve a room is October 11th!

Government Rate is $185 **

If you are on the waitlist or haven't been able to get the dates you need, please contact Dr. Wright ASAP!


For your convenience, a shuttle will be running from the hotel to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Wednesday through Saturday evening.

Boston Park Plaza