Vision Expo Education Positively Impacting Practices, Research Found

July 27, 2016

Education at Vision Expo West to focus on Patient Care, Customer Experience, and Profitability

Norwalk, CT (July 27, 2016) – Eyecare providers can receive the high value education they seek to improve patient care and profitability while maximizing their time away from their practices by taking advantage of the 320+ hours of education offered at International Vision Expo – to be held in Las Vegas this September at the Sands Expo & Convention Center (Education: Sept. 14-17, 2016; Exhibition: Sept. 15-17, 2016).

The Vision Expo education program – which is inclusive of every role and experience level – is positively impacting practices and ultimately patients, according to research following Vision Expo East which found that 94 percent of past attendees believe the education they received would help provide better care for their patients.  The same research found that nearly 3 in 4 will make changes based on their education experience – including implementing learnings and training staff on what was learned.

“We recognize that attendees are taking time away from the office to attend Vision Expo which is why we offer a comprehensive didactic curriculum that is rich in ocular disease and contact lens courses as well as elevated business education sessions catered to bringing back actionable solutions that can be immediately implemented,” said Mark Dunbar, OD, Co-Chair Vision Expo Conference Advisory Board.  “Our continuing education is increasingly focused on the practical elements of providing vision care while running a successful business, or those wishing to open a practice.”

Sessions for attendees to look forward to at Vision Expo West include: 

  • More than 100+ hours of education in the new Business Solutions track focusing on specific solutions to the most pressing areas of focus;
  • New sessions including:  The Best of ODs on Facebook (5 hours), Vision Series (5 hours), Corcoran Coding Academy (6 Hours), Lightning Rounds (4 Hours), Scleral Lens Track (5 hours) and CAB Chairman Top Picks (19 hours);
  • Free sessions including:  The Global Contact Lens Forum (4 hours) and Ocular Surface Disease & Wellness Symposium (3 hours);
  • Specialty programs including: Dispensing Essentials (10 Hours), Keynote Series (3 Hours), Spectacle Lens Expert Track (11 Hours), and Frame Buyers Certificate Program (15 Hours);
  • Full Scope Clinical Education and Workshops including: Glaucoma (19 hours), Contact Lens (16 hours), and New Technology (6 hours)

Industry publications have signed on as media partners for various education courses, acknowledging the relevance of the Vision Expo education program. 

“Our comprehensive and inclusive education programming combined with our extensive exhibits combine to offer a high value, impactful experience in Las Vegas,” said Ben Gaddie, OD, Co-Chair Vision Expo Conference Advisory Board.  “Vision Expo provides a unique and innovative approach to all aspects of clinical care education including refractive care, contact lenses, anterior segment disease, specialty dry eye management, glaucoma and retinal disease.  It’s why more eyecare professionals choose International Vision Expo for their education than any other conference.”

In addition to CE, the conference will offer 183,000 sq. feet of exhibit space showcasing company and product innovation; parties and events; co-located meetings such as the PERC Bi-Annual Meeting – featuring custom continuing education (CE); and press conferences announcing the launch/preview of new products.  Exhibitors are encouraged to share their news with Vision Expo for assistance with show promotion. 

Attendees can view the education schedule online. 

Attendees who register by Thursday, August 18th will benefit from early bird pricing: a $25 discount on registration fees. Customizable education packages are available with a la carte options and total office pricing offers discounts for practice groups.  Select from 12 unique Total Office Packages, distribute the hours among your group.  Comprehensive education for you or a co-worker, or bring the entire staff, with rates starting as low as $29/hour. To learn more about Vision Expo, or to register, visit:

About the International Vision Expo & Conference
International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2015, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships.  International Vision Expo & Conference is a proud supporter of Think About Your Eyes, 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. Keep this vital campaign going!  Sign up at


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