SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Vision Expo East to Offer Dynamic Opticianry Education as OptiCon@Vision Expo Returns By Staff Friday, February 24, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, announced details for its opticianary education content presented under the OptiCon @ Vision Expo umbrella during Vision Expo East 2023, taking place from March 16-19 at the Javits Center in New York City. The Show’s educational program VisionEd, together with OptiCon @ Vision Expo, opens Thursday, March 16 and the Exhibit Hall opens Friday, March 17. “OptiCon @ Vision Expo is the ideal venue for ophthalmic professionals to convene under one roof to network with colleagues and learn from the brightest minds in the industry,” said Phernell Walker, MBA, ABOM, LDO – Pure Optics, LLC and OptiCon Advisory Board co-chair. VisionEd at Vision Expo East includes over 300 hours of sessions, covering the latest business strategies and optical technology to patient care and cutting-edge innovations. OptiCon @ Vision Expo returns with an unmatched opticianary education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens professionals, allied ophthalmic professionals, optical assistants, office managers, frame buyers and lab technicians. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with OptiCon as part of VisionEd, that delivers the industry’s finest and most robust opticianary education program and thank our esteemed OptiCon Board of Advisors who work on the front line to develop such a sought-after program for our industry’s opticians,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX. OptiCon @ Vision Expo provides education covering several key areas: spectacle lens, contact lens, clinical concepts, hands-on workshops and exam review courses for both the ABO (American Board of Opticianry) and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners) Basic, Advanced and Practical Exams. OptiCon @ Vision Expo for 2023 will offer: Unlimited Continuing Education Courses, including ABO and NCLE, approved education and OptiCon General Session. 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. Returning this year is OptiCon General Session: A Conversation with Delilah, happening on Friday, March 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at The Bridge. 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. Other OptiCon @ Vision Expo program highlights include: Toast to Vision Expo East 2023 Opening Day, sponsored by the Opticians Association of America – Friday, March 17 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the OptiCon Hub. OptiCon Welcome Reception, sponsored by Europa Eyewear – Friday, March 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the OptiCon Hub. The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) College Bo l, powered by EssilorLuxottica. Modeled on a game show that features questions in anatomy and physiology of the eye, ophthalmic dispensing, ophthalmic fabrication, contact lenses and optcs. The NFOS will award $500 to the first-place winner – Saturday, March 18 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at The Bridge. Champagne Toast in celebration of College Bowl Winners – Saturday, March 18 from 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in the OptiCon Hub. Click here for more information about education at Vision Expo East, including courses and topics. If you are interested in attending, register here.