Alexandria, VA – October, 2017 –Vision Expo and OptiCon® have announced a partnership to bring the industry’s premier opticianry and contact lens fitters education program to the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas. Announced today at the 2017 OptiCon Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, OptiCon will officially join Vision Expo beginning in 2018 at Vision Expo East in New York, NY (Education: March 15–18; Exhibition: March 16–18).
“As we head into our 10th year, OptiCon is incredibly proud to provide attendees with a program and experience that they continue to value,” said Jim Morris, ABO&NCLE Executive Director. “Through OptiCon’s partnership with Vision Expo, attendees will find the personalized program that they have come to expect, along with expanded educational and networking opportunities, all just steps from the industry’s most expansive show floor. The most comprehensive options for learning and sourcing will be available to OptiCon attendees twice a year at Vision Expos East and West.”
The Vision Expo and OptiCon partnership will provide attendees with a dedicated education program curated by opticians for opticians, as well as a series of special events and tailored education packages. Vision Expo will also host a new OptiCon Hub, a show floor destination designed for opticians and contact lens fitters featuring pop-up talks, networking space, social events and access to representatives and resources from The American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO&NCLE), the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO), Opticians Association of America (OAA), Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) and National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS).
Educational programming will cover four key areas: spectacle, contact lenses, business and exam review. In addition to more than 75 hours of OptiCon content, developed by the OptiCon Advisory Board, those seeking certification will benefit from the ability to take ABO&NCLE review courses and sit for the exams at both Vision Expos East and West. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join numerous contact lens, clinical, business, allied health and retail sessions offered through the expansive Vision Expo continuing education program.
“Vision Expo is thrilled to partner with ABO&NCLE and its affiliates starting in 2018,” said Melissa Ashley, Reed Exhibitions Senior Vice President. “We have always believed that the quality of our show is only as good as the education that we can bring to the eyecare providers who drive the profession forward, and we continue to raise the bar by expanding our offerings with OptiCon content. The opticianry community is a vital part of the overall eye health industry, and by combining our resources we can ensure that opticians and contact lens fitters receive the highest quality, most diverse and most affordable education programming available.”
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 2016, 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 enroll.thinkaboutyoureyes.com.
OptiCon, produced by the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners, Inc. (ABO&NCLE), is the premier education and networking event in opticianry, contact lens technology, and other allied health professions. OptiCon provides exclusive educational content, unmatched networking opportunities and a specialized focus on the ophthalmic community. Through the numerous networking and educational opportunities, attendees gain an increased knowledge base and build critical industry relationships, ultimately benefitting the consumer by providing the highest level of eyecare for healthy vision. For more information, visit www.abo-ncle.org/conference.