The American Optician

FALL 2017

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I nternational Vision Expo and OptiCon are excited to announce a partnership to bring the largest meeting dedicated to opticians and contact lens technicians to the biggest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas. Beginning in 2018, you'll find the OptiCon programming that you have come to expect along with expanded educational, sourcing and networking opportunities, now twice a year at Vision Expo East and West. Same Quality & Affordable Pricing The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE) has worked hard to ensure the same preferred pricing structures previously available at OptiCon shows. Now at Vision Expo, opticians and contact lens technicians have access to a comprehensive $249 8 E D U C AT I O N OptiCon @ Vision Expo! education package that includes: • 15 hours of ABO and NCLE continuing education • exhibit hall access • lunch vouchers • tailored special events including a general session, welcome party and peer networking • access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon hotel OptiCon @ Vision Expo is designed to provide you with the highest quality and most affordable opportunity to learn, source and network with your peers. In addition, you will find a new show floor destination designed specifically for opticians and contact lens technicians—the 'OptiCon Hub,' hosting pop-up talks, networking, social events and access to representatives and resources from ABO-NCLE, National Academy of Opticianry, Opticians Association of America, Contact Lens Society of America, National Federation of Opticianry Schools and your vendor partners. Educational programming will cover four key areas: spectacles, contact lenses, business and exam review. In addition to more than 75 hours of OptiCon content developed by the OptiCon Advisory Board and numerous contact lens, clinical, business, allied health and retail sessions offered through the expansive Vision Expo continuing education program, you'll be able to take ABO and NCLE exam review courses and sit for the exams at both Vision Expos. OptiCon @ Vision Expo is committed to delivering top quality and affordable opportunities for professional development for all opticians and contact lens technicians. Now bigger and better than ever, we look forward to seeing you in New York in March. Vision Expo East 2018 will be held in New York, NY (Education: March 15-18 ; Exhibition: March 16-18). For more information, visit visionexpo.com. Chris Allen is OA A's executive director.

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