General Information

We hope you can join us in Atlanta in Feb!  


AFOS SECO 20232023 AFOS Annual Meeting at SECO February 27-28!!

The AFOS SECO meeting is an all inclusive package for AFOS members and Federal Service Optometrists on Feb 27th and Feb 28th in Atlanta, GA.

Those registered for SECO through this AFOS bundled program will attend the AFOS meeting starting the afternoon of Monday, Feb 27 and running all day Tuesday, Feb 28 at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta.  The remainder of the SECO program will be held from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center. 
SECO early bird rate is $761/$866 regular.  AFOS members will have 55+ hours of CE available for both meetings at more than a 25% discount!!

AFOS Meeting includes:

  • 11+ Hours of excellent COPE approved CE including Service Chiefs' Breakout Sessions

  • Receive great savings on the combined AFOS/SECO program!!
  • AFOS 2023 Business Meeting

  • Newest technology and innovations in the AFOS Exhibit Hall

  • Service Camaraderie

  • Fantastic city and fun event!

  • Fantastic hotel and location!!  Hotel room block at government rate.

  • Your registration also includes membership to SECO University. A premier online CE platform valued at $295.

    SECO University

Register HERE


Registration Rates for AFOS and SECO Bundled Package

Early Bird Rate - Now through January 17, 2023

$565 AFOS Members in good standing* (SECO meeting alone is $761)

$765 Federal Service OD Non-member rate

Regular or Onsite Rate - January 18 to February 27, 2023

$665 AFOS Members in good standing* (SECO meeting alone is $866)

$865 Federal Service OD Non-member rate

Current Residents

$25 Current AFOS Resident Members in good standing*

$75 Non-member rate


$20 Current Student Members in good standing*

$50 Non-member rate

Non OD/Guest for Luncheon & Reception


AFOS Meeting Only

$200 AFOS Members in good standing* ~ Early Bird Rate

$250 AFOS Members in good standing* ~ Regular or Onsite Rate


$375 Federal Service OD Non-member rate ~ Early Bird Rate

$425 Federal Service OD Non-member rate ~ Regular or Onsite Rate

Meeting Information

Meeting Dress Requirements

* Air Force:  Service Dress for both meetings. Civilian clothes are authorized on travel days.

  • Air Force members traveling in a Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) status are not required to wear their uniform.

* Army: ASUs or AGSUs for both meetings. Civilian attire is appropriate for day of arrival and departure for Army members.

  • Class A – day 1 of both meetings; presenting lectures and/or posters; formal events (i.e. receiving award(s), induction into the Academy, etc…)
  • Class B – all other days of attendance except travel days and noted above
  • Army members traveling in a Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) status are not required to wear their uniform.
* Navy:  Khaki’s or Service Dress Blues for both meetings (sweater or Eisenhower jacket is authorized with Blues unless presenting). Civilian clothes are authorized on travel days.
* PHS/IHS:  Service dress blues for both meetings. Business casual approved for travel days.
  • USPHS members traveling in a Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) status are not required to wear their uniform.
* VA:  Business professional 
* Civil Service & GS:  Business professional


Event Agenda

Monday, February 27th:  

AFOS Special Events

1330 – 1900 ~ Registration and packet pick-up for attendees

AFOS Continuing Education Program ~ 4 hours of CE

1400 – 1500 ~ Continuing Education (1 hr)

1500 – 1600 ~ Exhibit Hall Opening

1600 – 1650 ~ AFOS Grand Rounds (1 hr)

1650 – 1720 ~ Exhibit Hall & Networking Break

1720 – 1900 ~ Continuing Education (2 hr)

1900 – 2030 ~ Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 28th:

0700 – 0900 ~ Registration and packet pick-up for attendees

AFOS Continuing Education Program ~ 8 hours of CE

0700 – 0800 ~ Breakfast and Exhibit Hall

0800 – 0940 ~ VCE Optometry Update (2 hr)

0940 – 1000 ~ Exhibit Hall & Networking Break

1000 – 1050 ~ Continuing Education (1 hr)

1050 - 1130 ~ Exhibit Hall & Networking Break

1130 – 1240 ~ AFOS Annual Business Meeting and Membership Luncheon

1240 – 1420 ~ Service Break-out Education (2 hr)

1420 – 1500 ~ Exhibit Hall & Networking Break

1500 – 1550 ~ Keratoconus Updates for all practitioners (1 hr)

1550 - 1620 ~ Exhibit Hall & NetworkingBreak

1620 – 1800 ~ Prevention of Medical Errors in Eyecare (2 hr)

1800 – 1930 ~ Closing Reception with Exhibitor Spotlight and Raffle giveaways

March 1st – 5th ~ SECO at the Georgia World Congress Center (Wednesday to Sunday – 44+ hours CE)


Event Speakers


Dr. Mike Pattison

Dr. Michael Pattison



Mike Pattison was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan and attended St. Clair Community College receiving an Associate’s Degree , the University of Michigan receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and later the Hartford Graduate Center where he received a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management. He obtained his Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry in 1981 and entered the Navy that year.  While in the Navy, Mike also completed the Executive Medicine Program at the Naval Post-Graduate School and graduated from the Naval War College.  During his 30 year career, Mike was stationed in the Philippines, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and retired in Maryland.   His military positions have included Commanding Officer at the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Integrated Service Chief during the Walter Reed Consolidation, Navy Specialty Leader, Executive Agent for the DoD Optical Fabrication Enterprise, Command of the Tri-Service Optician School and served as a member of Navy Medicine Executive Steering Committee and the initial Inter-Service Training Realignment Organization which was active in the consolidation of military health care training.  Since retiring from the Navy, Mike has worked as an Occupational Vision Optometry as part of the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program at the Army Public Health Center in Maryland before moving to his current position as the Readiness and Operations Optometry Program Manager at the Vision Center of Excellence.  In addition, he has been very active in the Armed Forces Optometry Society serving in all Board positions except Vice President and serving as the Active Executive Director from April 2011 to May 2012.  Mike currently lives in Maryland with his wife Julie.

COL Scott McClellan

COL Scott McClellan

Colonel Scott F. McClellan was born and raised in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He matriculated at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Minor in Psychology. He obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in 2000 and completed a Transitional Year Internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in the summer of 2001. He served as a flight surgeon in the Vilseck Health Clinic and later as Brigade Surgeon for the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany. He deployed to Kosovo in November 2002 as the Multi-National Brigade East (MNBE) Deputy Surgeon. From 2003-2006, he completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and a Residency in Aerospace and Preventive Medicine at the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute on Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida. He reported to Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as the 3rd Aviation Brigade Surgeon in the summer of 2006 and later deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 07-09 from May 2007 to July 2008. He completed an Ophthalmology Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center from 2009-2012. After serving a year as a staff Ophthalmologist in Fort Polk, Louisiana and completing his Intermediate Level Education-Common Core (ILE-CC) Course in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he became fellowship trained in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland from 2013-2014. He served two years as the Chief of Surgery and later as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. From 2016-2019, he was the Chief and Chairman of the Ophthalmology Service within the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center-Uniformed Services University's Department of Surgery in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as the Director, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Root Cause Analysis Event Support and Engagement Team (RESET) at the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) in Falls Church, VA from 2019-2021. He graduated from the Army War College Distance Education Program (AWCDEP) in July 2021 and recently transitioned to the role of Branch Chief, Vision Center of Excellence (VCE), Defense Health Agency (DHA) Research & Engineering in August 2021.


AFOS Grand Rounds


Exhibit Hall

Bausch and Lomb

Bausch and Lomb logo

The Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products group is dedicated to delivering innovative products, education, and training for eye care professionals in the customized contact lens category. With Alden Optical and Unilens as part of the Specialty Vision Products family, eye care professionals will have the support they need to help patients with challenging visual conditions.

The vision of Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products is to improve access to specialty lenses by educating practitioners on the finer points of advanced technology lenses, including those designed for irregular corneas as well as those for presbyopes.




Haag Streit Logo

Haag-Streit USA is a leading provider of medical equipment for optometrists. Our experience is the foundation for developing, designing, and producing unparalleled medical instruments and equipment. From slit lamps to perimeters, digital imaging to exam chairs, we set the standard for precision mechanics and innovative technology.






Marco Ophthalmic is the government's most complete source of diagnositc equipment used in government hospitals and healthcare facilities. We provide a high quality line of products for ophthalmology and optometry.


Oasis Medical

Oasis Medical





Walmart Health and Wellness


Whether you’re an experienced doctor or a new graduate looking for a community practice to launch a great career, take your profession to the next level at Walmart. As a Salaried Optometrist (Full Time and Part time opportunities available), you’ll concentrate on patient care – while enjoying all the stability, salary, and benefits that come with working for the world’s largest retailer.




Ritz Carlton Atlanta

Ritz Carlton Atlanta

We are excited to return to the Ritz Carlton Atlanta!  We have secured a government rate room block for the week of the AFOS and SECO meeting.  Join us in this spectacular hotel 0.5 miles away.

Once registered, you will receive an email with the link to register for your discounted hotel room.  If you are waiting on funding and would like to reserve a room before the block fills up, please contact Dr. Wright.