Vision Expo West 2014 Arms Attendees with Unmatched Clinical Expertise, Expanded CE offerings draw focus to core competencies of medical eyecare

June 27, 2014

Norwalk, CT (June 27, 2014) – The global healthcare landscape is changing, requiring eyecare professionals expand their scope of practice to accommodate rapid rises in disease prevalence, government healthcare mandates and more. International Vision Expo & Conference West 2014, to be held at the Las Vegas Sands Expo & Convention Center (Education: Sept. 17-20; Exhibition: Sept. 18-20), will address these changes and their impacts through 190 hours of clinically focused continuing education tracks surrounding the diagnosis, treatment and management of eye disease.

Vision Expo West offers a CE curriculum designed to prepare today’s doctors with the knowledge needed to develop their practice and enhance patient care.

“In a short period of time, the optometry profession has encountered a host of complex issues and regulations forcing changes in the ways eyecare practices are built and patient care is managed,” said Tom Loughran, group vice president for Reed Exhibitions. “The clinical programs available through Vision Expo West provide the industry’s most comprehensive educational solutions to support professionals in adapting their practice to stay abreast of these changes.”

Clinical CE highlights for 2014 include an enhanced Glaucoma program offering 23 course hours dedicated to expanding attendees’ knowledge around the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which accounts for more than 10 million physicians visits each year. And, just as the prevalence of glaucoma continues to be on the rise, so does the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure, with more and more individuals diagnosed each year. The 11-hour Systemic Disease and Neuro-Ophthalmic track will provide eyecare providers, often on the front-lines of diagnosis and management of these conditions, with the latest information, best practices in patient education, and strategies to facilitate coordinated care between optometric practices and primary care physician’s offices for improved patient outcomes.

The Vision Expo West 2014 curriculum will also include dedicated tracks on Macular Degeneration and Nutritional Supplements to arm doctors with an understanding of how to integrate the latest medical eyecare into their practice, as well as 11 hours focused on Pharmacology, and the impact of generic medications on prescribers and patients.

“As more ODs work to expand their practice, Vision Expo is the only place where doctors and their staff can obtain the knowledge they need. From learning advanced treatments to exploring ways to expand their practices such as in pediatrics or specialty contact lenses, Vision Expo has it all,” explained Mark Dunbar, OD, FAAO.

Overall, Vision Expo West boasts nearly 400 total hours of continuing education credits and 19 specialty tracks spanning the full scope of eyecare from clinical management of eye diseases and conditions to practice management and profitability and optical trends and technologies.

About the International Vision Expo & Conference

International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eye care and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eye care 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 2013, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships.


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