Education Highlights

Optometrist

FREE! Global Contact Lens Forum

This informative and highly attended ‘meeting within a meeting’ provides attendees with up to the moment information and insight about what is happening in the world of contact lenses. Providing both a clinical and business perspective, practitioners can expect to leave with new outlooks that will have immediate impact on their contact lens practice. Don’t miss the state of the contact lens industry which will have a panel comprised of the heads of professional relations from the major contact lens and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The topic of discussion will be “Future Trends in Contact Lenses and Ocular Surface Disease, where have we been and where are we going? Other illuminating sessions, presented by some of the most highly renowned contact lens experts, will highlight the management of the complex contact lens patient as well as how to successfully establish and develop a contact lens specialty practice.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Bausch & Lomb, Coopervision, Johnson & Johnson Vision and Synergeyes
The Global Contact Lens Forum Is Co-Directed By: Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO and Louise Sclafani, OD

FREE! Ocular Surface Disease and Wellness Symposium

This Symposium teaches you how to take your ocular practice to the next level delivering a totally integrated health care model for patient diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface diseases. Learn and gain expertise in recognizing dry eye diseases and clinical aspects of ocular surface from diagnosis through treatment resulting in expanded quality and consistency of patient care for today’s thriving practices.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Allergan, Topcon, Shire
Media Partner : Primary Care Optometry News

FREE! Vision Series

This format invites you to grab a bite to eat or drink and continue learning over breakfast or lunch. Take a break from the exhibit hall or formal classroom as industry leaders address the latest clinical innovations in a relaxed and collaborative learning environment. Then put theory into practice by heading back into the exhibit hall to connect and build on your classroom learning.

Supported by: Bausch & Lomb, Novartis, Shire, Regeneron, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Topcon

NEW! Opticon @ Vision Expo

OptiCon @ Vision Expo is designed to provide your staff with the highest quality and most affordable opportunity to learn, source and network with peers. Now bigger and better than ever, your staff will have access to a comprehensive package that includes quality education, tailored special events including a general session and welcome party, as well as access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon hotel.

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NEW! Attract and Retain Customers

As the saying goes, patient in the exam chair, customer after the refraction.  Learn how to not only compete but stand out as a premier provider of eyecare and eyewear.  Understand how your current and potential patients make their decisions on where to shop for everything from healthcare to footwear.  Position your practice to get noticed and attract the customers you want.

NEW! Ocular Aesthetics Track

Ocular Aesthetics will add new dimensions to your practice. A maturing population of patients put an emphasis on well-being and a desire to look young. Learn how to implement an ocular aesthetics model into your practice with dedicated education, demonstrations and networking.

NEW! ODs on Facebook After Dark

This new evening lecture series is devoted to providing a deeper understanding of cutting edge clinical topics for eye care providers (in 15 minutes or less). Our mission is to increase access to novel concepts and great ideas in eye care by presenting the world’s leading clinical eye care experts in compact, compelling sessions.

NEW! Supporting the Practice Experience

Patient satisfaction and practice success go hand-in-hand. This series of courses will help you learn innovative ways to grow your business as well as techniques to enhance the practice experience and build patient loyalty.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: VSP Optics Group and Eyefinity

NEW! Scleral Lens Track

Scleral lenses are life changing for patients and practitioners alike and are gaining popularity for both normal and diseased eyes. The track provides a comprehensive discussion of the fitting and evaluation of scleral lenses. Topics include various lens designs, overall fitting philosophy, and the comprehensive fitting process, as well as scleral lens modifications, problem solving, lens ordering, and more. Attendees will come away with a thorough understanding of the scleral lens fitting process and advanced problem solving techniques.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Bausch & Lomb

Owner’s and Manager’s Essentials Program

Reflecting today’s biggest business challenges, this seven-hour program for doctors and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optometry, including strategies doctors need to grow business. It will address six business critical areas: marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your practice, measuring financial success, building a great staff, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Business Solutions Highlights

What business issues keep you up at night? The Business Solutions Track is designed to help you rest easy with more than 100 hours of education tied to five key areas: Leadership; Customer Experience; Human Resources; Data; and Profitability & Growth. Immerse yourself in this actionable, business-focused content, and return home with solutions you can implement immediately.

Optician

NEW! Opticon @ Vision Expo

OptiCon @ Vision Expo brings the industry’s premier Optician and Contact Lens Technician education program to the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas.

Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians will have access to a comprehensive $249 package that includes:

  • Up to 15 hours of ABO & NCLE approved continuing education including an exclusive General Session
  • Exhibit Hall access
  • 2 Lunch vouchers
  • Tailored special events including a welcome party and peer networking
  • Access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon hotel
  • Please Note: Additional continuing education hours may be purchased at an additional rate.

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ENDORSED BY: The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners, National Academy of Opticianry, National Federation of Opticianry Schools, and the Opticians Association of America

NEW! Attract and Retain Customers

As the saying goes, patient in the exam chair, customer after the refraction.  Learn how to not only compete but stand out as a premier provider of eyecare and eyewear.  Understand how your current and potential patients make their decisions on where to shop for everything from healthcare to footwear.  Position your practice to get noticed and attract the customers you want.

NEW! Clinical Concepts for Opticians and Technicians

Designed for opticians, assistants and technicians, this education series will address key areas including eye disease, pharmacology, history taking, and refraction. These sessions not only expand your knowledge, they increase the value you and your staff bring to your patients and practice.

NEW! Supporting the Practice Experience

Patient satisfaction and practice success go hand-in-hand. This series of courses will help you learn innovative ways to grow your business as well as techniques to enhance the practice experience and build patient loyalty.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: VSP

Spectacle Lens Expert Track

This track is designed for ECPs with a baseline knowledge of lenses. With more lenses, materials and designs than ever before, customization offers endless opportunities to provide the most optimized vision for every need. ODs, Opticians and Technicians will learn together how these new offerings can protect patients from blue light, UV and digital eye strain, and assure the best possible outcomes with doctor-driven prescribing and Optician-reinforced recommending.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Dispensing Essentials

This diverse track covers core competencies for Opticians and Technicians in four key areas: clinical, technical, fashion and sales. The program is also recommended as a staff cross-training tool.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Retail Program

The Retail Program will deliver key strategies to keep you competitive in today's retail landscape. These courses will help your business stand out among the myriad of eyecare and eyewear options available to today's customer.

Owner’s and Manager’s Essentials Program

Reflecting today’s biggest business challenges, this seven-hour program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow business. It will address six business-critical areas: marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your business, measuring financial success, building a great team, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Business Solutions Highlights

What business issues keep you up at night? The Business Solutions Track is designed to help you rest easy with more than 100 hours of education tied to five key areas: Leadership; Customer Experience; Human Resources; Data; and Profitability & Growth. Immerse yourself in this actionable, business-focused content, and return home with solutions you can implement immediately.

Office/Practice Manager

NEW! Attract and Retain Customers

As the saying goes, patient in the exam chair, customer after the refraction.  Learn how to not only compete but stand out as a premier provider of eyecare and eyewear.  Understand how your current and potential patients make their decisions on where to shop for everything from healthcare to footwear.  Position your practice to get noticed and attract the customers you want

NEW! Supporting the Practice Experience

Patient satisfaction and practice success go hand-in-hand. This series of courses will help you learn innovative ways to grow your business as well as techniques to enhance the practice experience and build patient loyalty.

Owner’s and Manager’s Essentials Program

Reflecting today’s biggest business challenges, this seven-hour program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow business. It will address six business-critical areas: marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your business, measuring financial success, building a great team, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Business Solutions Highlights

What business issues keep you up at night? The Business Solutions Track is designed to help you rest easy with more than 100 hours of education tied to five key areas: Leadership; Customer Experience; Human Resources; Data; and Profitability & Growth. Immerse yourself in this actionable, business-focused content, and return home with solutions you can implement immediately.

Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

NEW! Clinical Concepts for Opticians and Technicians

Designed for opticians, assistants and technicians, this education series will address key areas including eye disease, pharmacology, history taking, and refraction. These sessions not only expand your knowledge, they increase the value you and your staff bring to your patients and practice.

Optical/Retail Buyer

NEW! Attract and Retain Customers

As the saying goes, patient in the exam chair, customer after the refraction.  Learn how to not only compete but stand out as a premier provider of eyecare and eyewear.  Understand how your current and potential patients make their decisions on where to shop for everything from healthcare to footwear.  Position your practice to get noticed and attract the customers you want.

Retail Program

The Retail Program will deliver key strategies to keep you competitive in today's retail landscape. These courses will help your business stand out among the myriad of eyecare and eyewear options available to today's customer.

Owner’s and Manager’s Essentials Program

Reflecting today’s biggest business challenges, this seven-hour program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow business. It will address six business-critical areas: marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your business, measuring financial success, building a great team, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: Essilor

Young Professionals

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CE Recommendations from Quy Nguyen, OD, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry:

21B2 – How To Compete In a Digitally Connected World

The digital world has transformed everything in our lives. Talks like this help me learn from some of the best on how to stay relevant and leverage the internet to be successful.

10L1 – State of the CL Industry – Future Trends in Contact Lenses and Ocular Surface, Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going

I love going to these sorts of talks to keep up to date with what's happening in the industry and learn more about the trends. All of this helps me so I can think about how to best position myself to benefit from them.

24B6 – DISC – The Science of Communicating and Connecting with People

In my work in career development, how effectively you communicate is extremely important when it comes to sales, building rapport, winning an interview, or just how people perceive you.  This course will give you a different perspective and appreciation for how you communicate, and how you can more effectively communicate with others - the ultimate life skill!

CE Recommendations from Brianna Branch, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019:

12C2 – Macular and Retinal Holes Refer or Not

Unsure of what to do when a patient walks into your Primary Care office complaining of decreased vision, and suddenly you see a retinal hole? This course will guide you in the right direction and will give you the best prognosis for your patients.

10C1 – ODs on Facebook After Dark: The Eye Disease Forum

Do you ever scroll through your Facebook late at night and get astounded by the complex cases that fellow Optometrists deal with on a day to day basis? If so, you’ll totally want to attend this course and see how each case was eventually managed. We learn the best when we learn together!

23C2 – The Greatest Anterior Segment Disease and Medical Management of Contact Lens Complications Course—Ever! and 25C2: The Greatest Posterior Segment Disease Course—Ever!

I mean these all say it in the title. Who wouldn’t want to attend the BEST COURSE EVER! and come find out what makes this course the greatest ever!  

31L1 – PEDS in CLS - “I Can Wear Contacts, Too!”

There is a huge trend toward fitting kids into contact lenses nowadays. The success stories are booming!  Come find out the best way to manage a childhood contact lens wear, and myopia control.  

CE Recommendations from Bimal Patel, OD, Owner of Focus – Refined Eye Care, Houston, TX:

33L1 - Myopia Control, Strategies Science, Success

Not very many people do this, so it is a great way to differentiate yourself from other practices. It helps me offer more options to patients to get rid of their nearsightedness. Greater than 80% of my patients are nearsighted or myopic!

CE Recommendations from Kristin O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, Optometric Insights:

13L1 - Medically Necessary Contact Lenses: Why it makes $ense in Private Practice

I highly recommend this course because for the last 5 years, medically necessary contacts have been in many schools' curriculums but if you don't know the ins and outs of what patients qualify and how to bill it, you're doing your business a huge disservice.

CE Recommendations from Jordan Edwards, ABOC, Frame Buyer, EyeCare Partners.

25B1 - Coordinating Special Events and Trunk Shows

When done correctly, these types of events can generate a lot of revenue in one day! Whether you are considering planning your first event, or you would like tips to make your events more effective, this class would be very beneficial!

32B1 - Visual Merchandising Tactics:

Frequently overlooked, visual merchandising is a great way to help keep prescriptions from walking out the door.

22B6 - Building Loyalty with Millennials:

Millennials may not be the largest percentage of your patient demographic, but they are the largest and most influential group of consumers in the United States. Understanding how to build and retain patients in this generation is key to future success.

41O1 - Eyewear Fitting, Measuring, and Adjusting

These three aspects of the patient experience are crucial and should not be overlooked. Style is important, but ultimately the way they fit, feel, and perform will determine a patient's satisfaction.


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