OptiCon@Vision Expo General Session with Rebecca Alexander - Climbing Ever Higher: An Inspirational Story About True Vision (Lunch Included)

OptiCon@Vision Expo General Session with Rebecca Alexander - Climbing Ever Higher: An Inspirational Story About True Vision (Lunch Included)

September 19, 2019, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Sands Convention Center - 503-V

Sponsored by Essilor. Complimentary Lunch will be served at 12:15pm. As Ophthalmic professionals, we are dedicated to the art of enhancing, protecting and preserving vision. In cases of profound loss of vision, we are also presented with the added challenges of providing patient care associated with physical and emotional stress. Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, extreme athlete, activist, and author of the memoir "Not Fade Away". Born with Usher's Syndrome type III, a disease that leads to loss of both vision and hearing, Rebecca shares with us her personal story of "senses lost and found", and her ability to cope with the physical, psychosocial, and philosophical challenges that we all face. No one would blame Rebecca Alexander if she gave up on life. Rebecca has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a teenager. She was told that by age 30, she'd be completely blind. Despite these difficulties, Rebecca refused to lose her drive and zest for life and rose above and beyond every challenge she faced. Day after day, challenge after challenge, Rebecca stresses how important it is to be grateful for every sound, every sight and every sense. Now, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, Rebecca is a psychotherapist with two master's degrees from Columbia University. She is a Lululemon Athletica ambassador who teaches cycling/spin and HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. Participating in the 600-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS Lifecycle ride, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro (which was highlighted in the documentary "SIGHT – The Story of Vision"), swimming from Alcatraz to shore in the San Francisco bay, skydiving, bungee jumping, and regularly competing in the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) races for extreme athletes are among her extraordinary feats. Consistently upbeat, Rebecca gives encouragement and inspiration to others who are facing their own challenges, whether physical or emotional, and whether in interpersonal relationships or in the workplace. As eye care professionals, Rebecca's story of hope, courage and perseverance serves as an inspiration to all of us.


  • Rebecca Alexander




  • Blair Wong




    Blair Wong is a licensed optician and the founding Chair of the Eye Health Technology Department at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, a...


  1. ABO Yes
  2. AOA Paraoptometric Commission No
  3. COPE No
  4. Florida State Board of Opticianry No
  5. Florida State Board of Opticianry – Technical No
  6. Florida State Board of Optometry No
  7. NCLE Yes
  8. New York State Opticians-Dispensing-Advanced No
  9. New York State Opticians - Contact Lenses - Advanced No
  10. New York State Opticians - Contact Lenses - Basic No
  11. New York State Opticians-Contact Lenses-Intermediate No
  12. New York State Opticians-Dispensing-Basic No
  13. New York State Opticians-Dispensing-Intermediate No
  14. Orals No
  15. Therapeutic No
  16. TQ-CEE No


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    OptiCon - General Session

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