OptiCon Merges With Vision Expo

OptiCon and Vision Expo announced a partnership today that will bring the popular opticianry and contact lens education program to Vision Expo, the twice-yearly conference and exhibition that routinely draws more than 30,000 attendees to its shows in New York and Las Vegas.
OptiCon, a conference produced by the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners, Inc. (ABO&NCLE), will no longer have its own annual event. Instead, the ABO/NCLE will curate a section of the educational programming at Vision Expo, and the networking and other activities will fall under the auspices of Vision Expo, which will expand its networking and social programs to attract opticians.
Vision Expo and OptiCon announced the partnership at the 2017 OptiCon Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, today. OptiCon will officially join Vision Expo beginning in 2018 at Vision Expo East in New York.
 “As we head into our 10th year, OptiCon is incredibly proud to provide attendees with a program and experience that they continue to value,” say 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 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, according to a statement released today. 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 ABO&NCLE, the National Academy of Opticianry, Opticians Association of America, Contact Lens Society of America, and National Federation of Opticianry Schools.
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 can also join numerous contact lens, clinical, business, allied health and retail sessions offered through the expansive Vision Expo continuing education program.
“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,” says Melissa Ashley, Reed Exhibitions senior vice president. 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.”