SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Show Organizers Share Details on OptiCon Educational Program Planned for Vision Expo West 2022 By Staff Friday, July 22, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, have shared details on the OptiCon @ Vision Expo program planned for Vision Expo West 2022, taking place September 14-17 at The Venetian Expo in Las Vegas. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon @ Vision Expo, opens Wednesday, September 14, and the Exhibit Hall opens Thursday, September 15. To register for Vision Expo West, click here. “We are delighted to partner again with OptiCon to bring this premier education program to the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX. Tina Palumbo, OptiCon advisory board co-chair, ABO-NCLE public board member, remarked, “We are pleased to welcome back OptiCon @ Vision Expo West participants for a chance to get a world class education, connect with their peers and experience great networking opportunities." OptiCon @ Vision Expo offers an unmatched education program and Exhibit Hall experience for opticians, contact lens professionals, allied ophthalmic professionals, optical assistants and office managers, frame buyers and lab technicians. The OptiCon @ Vision Expo education package includes: Unlimited continuing education courses, including American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and National Contact Lens Examiners Board (NCLE) approved education. Access to the OptiCon general session, featuring radio personality and author, Delilah. Free Exhibit Hall access, including the OptiCon @ Vision Expo Hub. Tailored special events including a welcome event and peer networking. Access to ABO and NCLE exam review courses and exams. Access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon @ Vision Expo hotel. Vision Expo’s all-new education program includes more than 320 hours of education, ranging from the latest business strategies and optical technology to patient care and cutting-edge innovations. The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE) board of directors, which includes the OptiCon advisory board members, is debuting a new educational program at OptiCon @ Vision Expo West 2022 designed specifically for opticians, contact lens professionals, allied ophthalmic professionals, optical assistants, and office managers, frame buyers and lab technicians. OptiCon’s education program covers six key subjects including: optical technology; allied health; contact lens; practice management; business solutions; and ABO and NCLE basic and advanced exam review courses. New this year, both the ABO and the NCLE Practical Exam Review Courses will be available for those attendees considering taking those exams. The OptiCon Hub will host networking, social events and access to representatives and resources from the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE), Opticians Association of America (OAA), National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS), Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) and vendor partners. The OptiCon General Session: A Conversation with Delilah, will take place on Thursday, September 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the EyeMax Theater. Sponsored by EssilorLuxottica, Eyes of Faith Optical and OneSight, the general session will feature an exclusive conversation with radio personality and author, Delilah. Each attendee who pre-registers for the session will receive a copy of Delilah’s latest book, One Heart at a Time. “We are so excited to welcome the number one listened-to woman in radio, Delilah, as the general session speaker for OptiCon @ Vision Expo West,” said Jim and Amy Schneider, co-founders of Eyes of Faith Optical. “Delilah will share stories of hope with her passion to make an impactful difference in the lives of those less fortunate at Point Hope and beyond.” “We are super excited to partner with Eyes of Faith to bring radio personality Delilah’s personal story to the optical community,” said Judith B. Lew LDO, ABOC, professional development director – opticianry, EssilorLuxottica. “Her story is heartfelt, inspirational and reminds us that each one of us can truly make a difference in people’s lives.” Registrants that qualify for the OptiCon package will also receive free exhibit hall access, including access to the OptiCon @ Vision Expo Hub, tailored special events, and discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon @ Vision Expo hotel. Register now for OptiCon @ Vision Expo and save 20 percent. Take advantage of unlimited education for only $299 and experience everything OptiCon @ Vision Expo has to offer. For information about OptiCon @ Vision Expo and registration details click here.