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Denver AAO

on December 15th, 2006 | Filed under Optoblog

Academy is always great. It’s the best meeting, but then again, I’ve never been to SECO, ARVO, or even the national AOA. There is some cool news coming out of CIBA. They now have a quarterly replacement SiHy lens for extreme powers and fitting parameters that they call O2Optix Custom. The toric and pediatric aphake versions are supposed to follow next year.

Jimmy Bartlett began his lecture by saying, “Thank you all for being in this room. I can tell you all must be into drugs…”
What a comedian.

I also attended the famous Drs. Melton and Thomas’s lecture. I can’t get enough of them. They are my idols. Drug reps shouldn’t even bother coming to my office. It’s Melton and Thomas that they need to convince. They’re the ones that write the eye doctor drug bible.

There is an Indian Health Service recruitment booth this year at AAO. Usually the IHS just spends the money for that at SECO. The other recruiter I noticed was Wal*Mart. IHS is better in my opinion as long as you are willing to live in remote areas.

I did sign up for InfantSee. I’ll have to make another post about why. I haven’t changed my mind. It’s more about marketing than socialism.

I’m sorry my AAO report is lame. The days are packed with CE and the nights are filled with finding a good place to eat and relaxing. The next on is in Tampa in October. I won’t be going because it’s too far away from me and it’s during a pretty busy time. I think I’ll hit the Utah AOA in June in Park City. I won’t be going to the national AOA in 2007 because Boston is too far away. Anytime they have these things in San Diego or Denver I’ll go. I wish they would think about Salt Lake City, Portland, or Seattle for a change.

By the way, if you are in Denver and stay at the Downtown La Quinta motel on the first level, you might experience what I did one night at 3 AM. I heard a horn honk just outside my door, so I grabbed my glasses and gun and dashed to look out the peep hole. (Okay, I didn’t really grab a gun, but I’m just emphasizing that I was in ready/alert mode quickly.) I see his black car pull into the space just next to mine. Some guy gets out and pounds on our door (right as I was staring at him through the peep hole, kind of startling), and then he knocks on the other two doors next to us. Then he starts yelling “Call the Poh-leece. Call the Poh-leece.”

I didn’t call the police, because I wasn’t aware of any danger (other than possibly him). Plus, he could have just gone around the corner and used the office phone himself. Also, as soon as he said it, he got back in his car and left. weird. It was over almost as soon as it started.

I guess the moral of the story is…make sure you stay at the convention hotel?

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