Young Professionals

Students, register now for these exclusive benefits:

  • Free Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • Free Education (Unlimited): Arrive prior to a course’s start time and if it is not sold out, you can attend for free.

Vision Expo supports SOLutioN (SOLN), a student organization that promotes the future of private practice optometry and provides leadership training to its members. Vision Expo is hosting the presidents from each optometry school's private practice club, as well as the SOLN board of directors at the Show. 

Young Professionals, find the resources you need to excel in your career:

  • Learn right on the Show Floor at the new NewGradUniversity! Visit the NewGradOptometry + CovalentCareers Booth  (#23087) for several daily panel discussions on hot topics with leading industry experts.  Plus, network with peers, experts and employers and visit with the NewGradOptometry team for resources and mentoring.
  • View CE recommendations from the Young Professionals Advisory Group to help choose from the 300+ hours of CE.
  • Vision Expo partners with leading media resources for young professionals to bring you relevant content all year long. Visit Defocus Media for the latest in optometric industry news, eyewear trends and discussions of the hottest topics in the eyecare profession. Visit for year-round videos and articles on helpful career topics.  
  • What does private equity mean for new graduates and young associate doctors? Dr. Mick Kling and Jay Binkowitz discuss this hot topic in a podcast with Defocus Media. For a list of more private equity and business development events at Vision Expo West, head here.
  • Want the latest news in optometry in your inbox every Monday? Subscribe to the 20/20 Glance newsletter.

Young Professionals Advisory Group

Thank you to our Young Professionals Advisory Group that provides year-round recommendations and feedback to help shape the young professional attendee experience.

  • Bianca Augustino, OD
    Bianca Augustino, OD

    Executive Director, SOLutioN

  • Brianna Branch
    Brianna Branch

    Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019

  • Andrew Dias
    Andrew C. Dias, III, ABOC-AC, FNAO, HFOAA

    Optical Manager, Metropolitan Optical

  • Jordan Edwards
    Jordan Edwards, ABOC

    Frame Buyer, EyeCare Partners

  • Quy Nguyen
    Quy Nguyen, OD

    Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry

  • Bimal Patel
    Bimal Patel, OD

    Owner of Focus – Refined Eye Care, Houston, TX

  • William To
    William To, OD, ABOC

    Optical Illusions, Founder, At Will Consulting


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