Young Professionals

"Vision Expo allows me to gain valuable knowledge and skills from top industry professionals, both in the classroom and on the show floor. As a young professional, I feel like that really gives me the competitive edge to excel in my career.” - Jordan Edwards, District Manager, ABOC, The EyeDoctors (KS)

Are you a young OD, Optician, dispenser, or industry professional? If so, Vision Expo has resources and programming just for you. Vision Expo offers all young professionals access to resources that will give you an advantage to excel in your career.

For access to career resources, please contact Olivia Krise at

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Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

YPC Events

You’re invited!

You’re Invited! From ODs on Facebook to the Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” & Vision Expo Opening Night Party, Vision Expo provides plenty of opportunities to network and let loose. Stay tuned for the full events schedule.

Social Networking

Social Networking

Get all the latest Vision Expo updates by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Keep an eye out for career Q&A sessions live streamed from the Vision Expo Facebook Page and join these Facebook Groups to learn and network:

Career Center

Career Center

Covalent Careers

Visit CovalentCareers if you’re currently looking for a new optometrist job or if you’re interested in networking with hiring employers. This is the easiest way to locate and meet with hiring employers while at Vision Expo.

CovalentCareers LIVE is a tool that gives eyecare job seekers the ability to chat with optometry practices who are currently looking to hire and who will be attending Vision Expo.
The goal is to make first impressions and interviews much easier between employer and job seeker. Job seekers can start a conversation on and then meet in person at the show.

Students and new graduates can easily create a profile for free and instantly input the days you will be at Vision Expo. provides newly graduated optometrists with the resources they need to be successful in practice and in life. believes that new graduate optometrists hold the key to the future of our profession. By equipping new ODs with the proper tools and resources we can ensure that optometry continues to be an amazing profession.

Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Local Eye Site helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.




Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® is a program specifically designed for newly graduated optometrists practicing in the United States and Canada. Members gain access to many exciting resources through a dedicated Allergan sales representative. We invite current optometry students and recent graduates to register for the program. For more information about Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, please call 1-866-837-5633.


  • Monthly support calls from a dedicated Allergan sales representative
  • Immediate access to samples of REFRESH® Brand Tears
  • Allergan Eye Care prescription product samples for patients who need them
  • 3D patient counseling app for the iPad®
  • Up-to-date information about Allergan Eye Care products
  • Savings programs to help manage costs for eligible patients
  • Patient education and counseling materials
  • Invitations to speaker programs delivered by industry leaders
  • An optometry-dedicated newsletter

First Financial Group – Guardian

Guardian  will help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family’s current lifestyle, wealth and financial security. Watch this video to learn how.

Products & Services


  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Business Planning

  • Exit Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Compensation Planning

Financial Services

  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Strategies
  • Money Purchasing Plans
  • 401(k) Planning
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • 403(b) Planning
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting
  • College Planning

Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.

90 second student loan video:

Contact:  Keith L. La France, Financial Representative, (757) 373-4002 or

New OD

Bridging the Gap Between Optometry's Classroom and Exam Room
New OD, produced by Optometric Management, is the career and practice-planning resource that offers students and recent optometry school grads the valuable information they need to make the right career moves; run a successful practice by mastering the business of eyecare; tap into optometry's hottest opportunities; and more. Visit them online at or

Think About Your Eyes

Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Advisory Group Listing

Advisory Group

The Young Professionals Advisory Group provides feedback on a variety of topics to improve the attendee experience, including providing CE recommendations and leading pop-up talks for students and young professionals.

Members include:

  • Kristin O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, Optometric Insights
  • Jordan Edwards, District Manager, ABOC, The EyeDoctors
  • Margot Lanham, Sales Manager, ABOC, Ulla Eyewear
  • Quy Nguyen, OD, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry
  • Dr. Bimal Patel, Therapeutic Optometrist, Ocular Glaucoma Specialist
  • William To, OD, ABOC, Optical Illusions, Director of Digital Media, Optometric Insights, Founder, At Will Consulting
  • Brianna Branch, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019
  • Andrew C. Dias, III, ABOC-AC, FNAO, HFOAA, Optical Manager, Metropolitan Optical

Education Recommendations

Education Recommendations

Stay tuned for Continuing Education recommendations from your peers in the Young Professionals Advisory Group.

The Student Expo Experience

Students can enjoy the following benefits at Vision Expo:

  • Free Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • Unlimited Free Education
  • Events and networking opportunities

Education Courses

Education Courses

Students can attend any education course for FREE. Simply show up to the class prior to the course’s start time and, if it’s not sold out, you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.

Pop Up Talks and Panels

Pop Up Talks and Panels

In the NewGradOptometry&CovalentCareers LIVE booth, see pop up talks on the topics that keep students and young professionals up at night. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

You’re Invited!

You’re invited!

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” & Vision Expo Opening Night Party at the Hard Rock Café
Thursday, September 14 from 9:00 PM –  12:00 AM

Young Professionals Happy Hour at LAVO
Sponsored by Transitions® and Hoya
Friday, September 15th from 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Enjoy free drinks, network with Transitions Optical Change Agents and get to know fellow young professionals and emerging optical leaders.

ODs on Facebook at TAO
Friday, September 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Need Approval to Attend?

Need Approval to Attend

Our new justification toolkit just made it easier for your dean or professor to appreciate the investment made in your training and development.

Education Recommendations

Education Recommendations

Students can attend any education course for FREE. Simply show up to the class prior to the course’s start time and - if it’s not sold out - you will be permitted to attend the course at no charge. 

Intrepid Talks (19 Hours) NEW
Course recommendations from Young Professionals Club Advisory Group member Brianna Branch, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019:

Creating Memorable Patient Experiences (12B3)
We hear about practicing Optometry from the doctor’s side all the time, but how do your patients actually feel while sitting in your chair?  It’s important to ensure that your future patients have the best experience when coming to see you, and this lecture can help.

Best of OD's on Facebook: Clinical Tales from the Trenches (12C5)
Don't you just love following the interesting cases that appear 24/7 on the infamous "OD's on Facebook"? This fascinating session digs deep into the most interesting cases presented on Facebook. 

Corneal Cross-Linking in the US: What You Need to Know (23C2)  
Corneal Cross-Linking has just become FDA approved to treat keratoconus and corneal ectasia, and here you can learn how to add it into your future practice.

Not so Fast Some Cases Might Fool You (31C3)
This course follows how cases can go straight from presenting seemingly innocuous to complicated entities in a matter of minutes.  It’s essential to learn the potential pitfalls of improper diagnosis and therapy. 

Emerging Technologies to Improve Your Success with Hybrids and Sclerals (11L1)  
Want more exposure to the newest and most innovating contact lenses?  Learn not only how to fit advanced lenses, but how to do it the properly. 

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