What is SECO International?

Since 1924, Optometry's Education Destination

The world's leading annual Congress, an exciting new healthcare business management meeting, twelve state member associations, six associate member associations from around the world, and the premier online Optometry education portal are just part of what has made SECO International the leader in Optometric education since 1924.

SECO provides outstanding educational opportunities for optometrists, opticians, paraoptometrists, and technicians certified under JCAHPO, NCLE, ABO, and the American Optometric Association, as well as front-office, administrative, and business staff. 

What is SECO International?

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Nominations Are Open for SECO 2018 Awards

SECO International is currently accepting nominations for its 2018 awards, recognizing significant contributions to the profession of optometry. The awards are:

OD of the South - This award may be presented annually to a practicing optometrist who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the optometric profession. The recipient must be a member of the Southern Council of Optometrists in the year in which the award is presented. The President and President-Elect of SECO International are not eligible to receive this award during their term of office. Past recipients of this award are not eligible to be nominated.

Paraoptometric of the South - This award may be presented annually to a non-optometrist who has demonstrated tremendous commitment to the optometric profession. Traditionally, this award has been given to individuals who reside in one of the Southern Council of Optometrists’ 12 states. No employee of the President or President-Elect of SECO International will be eligible to receive this award while the President or President Elect is in office. Past recipients of this award are not eligible to be nominated.

Young Optometrist of the South - This award may be presented to an Optometrist who 1) has demonstrated significant contributions to the optometric profession; and 2) has graduated from an accredited school or college of Optometry within ten years of the date when the request for nominations was made. For purposes of this award, a year will be defined as a calendar year beginning January 1 and ending on December 31.

All nominations must include the following:
1) A letter containing the nominee’s name, the name of the award for which the nominee is being submitted, the city and state of the nominee’s practice, and the reasons why the nominee should receive the award, and...
2) A copy of the nominee’s biography or curriculum vitae (CV). Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards & Resolutions Committee.

View our SECO 2017 Award Recipients!

If you have any questions, please contact Bonny Fripp at Nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2017. Please mail them to: Awards & Resolutions Committee, SECO International, LLC, 4661 North Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30338.

SECO Moves 2019 Conference to New Orleans

New venue offers opportunity to expand offerings at event

nola secoSECO International is pleased to announce that SECO, the world’s leading annual conference providing the optometry industry outstanding educational opportunities since 1924, will be moving the 2019 event to New Orleans, returning to Atlanta in 2020. This move marks the first time SECO has held a meeting outside of Atlanta since 1957. SECO 2019 will take place February 20–24 at the New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center.

“We’re excited to bring SECO to a new city and believe the move will energize the conference on all fronts, giving us the creative luxury to reimagine the event strategy to ensure the show is meeting the business and education objectives of our industry,” said Lynn Hammonds, O.D., President of SECO International, LLC. “New Orleans has a recently remodeled, world-class convention center located right on the Mississippi River that will be a terrific host location for SECO 2019.”

As a result of the move, SECO is looking to recraft the show strategy to ensure that all aspects of the event—education, exhibits and events—are in line with best practices, creating an experience that will guarantee both attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to build new relationships while strengthening existing ones. Attendees will not only benefit from show enhancements, but will also enjoy competitive hotel selections and rates, free shuttles from area hotels, and affordable travel to this centrally located state. For SECO exhibitors, this move to New Orleans’ premier convention center means lower costs and a prime location for exhibiting.

“New Orleans is thrilled to welcome the SECO community in 2019,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our world-class city, award-winning meeting facilities and rich cultural heritage make New Orleans the ideal setting for eye care professionals from around the world to come together, learn, network and do business. The entire New Orleans hospitality industry is ready to roll out the red carpet for SECO International.”

New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightlife, rich culture and food scene. Showgoers can explore Bourbon Street's live music clubs and famed French Quarter. SECO attendees can also explore famous cemeteries, visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum, or visit the National World War II Museum.

For the first opportunity to plan a stay in New Orleans for SECO 2019, save the date and attend SECO 2018 in Atlanta, February 28–March 4, where attendees will be able to locate and book accommodations for the 2019 conference. Join us at SECO 2018 to see ideas at work and see technology in progress.

The SECO team is available to answer any questions and provide support during this transition. For exhibiting inquiries, suppliers are encouraged to contact Carol Young, Senior Director of Business Development, at can contact Elizabeth Taylor DeMayo, Executive Director, at, or 770-451-8206. To assist with the transition, please visit the list of frequently asked questions at
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