An international event showcasing the best in education, eye care and eye wear

Taking place from 19-21 July at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, O=MEGA19 combines the most credentialed and largest annual optometry conference in the Southern Hemisphere with the largest eye care and eyewear show in Australia.

ODMA and Optometry Victoria are delighted to announce that Bausch & Lomb will be the Platinum sponsor for O=MEGA19. 

As the first official event of the merging of Optical Victoria and Optical South Australia, the biggest line-up of world-class speakers will be participating, with keynotes Danica J. Marrelli, OD, FAAO, AAO Diplomate (Glaucoma) and Dr. Jordan Keith already confirmed.

Danica Marrelli is currently a clinical professor at UHCO, where she serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and staffs the glaucoma, retina, and general eye disease clinics; and is the secretary of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Keith is at the Eye Care Center, a group optometry private practice in the Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association, and serves as Chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association Education Committee.

OV CEO Pete Haydon said:
‘The clinical conference at O=MEGA19 will be the strongest presented in Australia for many years. We’ve been very eager to get Dr Marrelli here for some time – her reputation is superb, and Dr Keith also comes highly recommended. We think they’ll be wonderful keynotes. We’ll now look to compliment these two speakers with the amazing talent we have available locally to produce a program worthy of this inaugural version of O=MEGA.’

The take-up by the industry in confirming their position in the exhibition has also been immense with 85% of stands sold. The nation’s most comprehensive exhibition of optical equipment, frames, sunglasses and lenses is Australia’s key buying fair and the only one owned by the Australian optical industry.

All the major equipment and lens companies are already confirmed to exhibit such as BOC Ophthalmic Instruments, Optimed, Designs For Vision, Hoya Lens Australia, ZEISS, Essilor, J & J and Contact Lens Centre Australia; and have been joined by frame and sunglass brands including Maui Jim, Eyes Right Optical, OptiqueLine and Frames Etcetera. The list is growing by the day.

Finola Carey ODMA CEO said: 
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bausch & Lomb on board as Platinum sponsor in a first ever sponsorship forus.  We also welcome Alcon as Diamond sponsor joining all our loyal exhibitors of many years. It heralds a new era of  unity in the industry with every facet of optics united under the one roof andworking together for the good of the industry” 

Presented by ODMA and Optometry Victoria, this is an international event showcasing the best in education, eye care and eye wear where visitors will also have the chance to network and earn CPD points.