Opticians Get Star Treatment at Vision Expo

Not only has the popular opticianry conference OptiCon joined forces with Vision Expo, but it begins the partnership with a full line-up of special programming, fun events, pop up talks, and celebrity appearances during Vision Expo East next week.
It will all go down at the ABO-NCLE OptiCon@Vision Expo Hub, a space designed exclusively for opticians and contact lens technicians. The Hub, located between the Galleria and Eyewear + Accessories Pavilions at booth #G1164, will also provide attendees with access to representatives and resources from ABO & NCLE, NAO, OAA, NFOS, and vendor partners.

In addition to free amenities including food and beverages, giveaways, and more, the OptiCon Hub will host daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17. TV personality and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey will be in the Hub from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and Sunday, March 18, from 12:30 to 1:30, for attendee photo ops. Pop Up Talks will take place throughout each day of the Show in an intimate and interactive setting and will focus on a variety of topics, including sessions from the eyewear designer and deejay duo Coco and Breezy and style expert Joy Gibb.

The full OptiCon Hub schedule of events can be found below, and online here.

In addition to more than 75 hours of educational content developed by the OptiCon Advisory Board and just steps away from the exhibit hall, opticians and contact lens technicians can now take ABO & NCLE review courses and sit for exams at Vision Expo East (sitting for exams requires a separate exam registration and fee).
Attendees can also join their colleagues for an opening night party on Friday, March 16, from 7:30–9 p.m. at Stitch Bar & Lounge to meet and mingle with eyecare professionals celebrating OptiCon @ Vision Expo.

Here are some highlights of the action planned for the OptiCon Hub:
Friday, March 16
  • 11 a.m.: Scott Shapiro, STATE Optical
    “Telling the story”
  • 1 p.m.: Phernell Walker, ABOM, NCLEC, Pure Optics
    "Optical Geek is Chic: Lens Tech Meets Fashion"
  • 2 p.m.: Coco and Breezy Dotson, Coco and Breezy Eyewear
    "How to Nurture Your Entrepreneurial Spirit"
  • 3 p.m.: Laurie Pierce, LDO, FNAO, ABOM, Hillsborough Community College
    "My Top 3 Dispensing Tips"
  • 4:30 p.m.: Celebrity appearance and photo op with Cynthia Bailey of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
    Sponsored by Eye Candy 
  • 4:30 p.m.: Happy Hour 
Saturday, March 17
  • 11 a.m.: Erinn Morgan, Eyecare Business 
    "Spring's 5 Biggest Eyewear Fashion Trends"
  • 1 p.m.: Scot Morris, O.D., Morris Education & Consulting Associates
    "The CL Tech Talk"
  • 2 p.m.: Michael Vitale, ABOM, LDO, NCLEC, The Vision Council
    "Spectacle Lens Update - What's New?"
  • 3 p.m.: Joy Gibb, ABOC, Daynes Eye and Lasik
    "Style On Site with Joy"
  • 4:30 p.m.: Happy Hour 
Sunday, March 18
  • 12:30 p.m.: Celebrity appearance and photo op with Cynthia Bailey of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
    Sponsored by Eye Candy

“Vision Expo is proud to have partnered with ABO & NCLE and its affiliates to bring the industry’s premier Opticianry and Contact Lens Technician education program to the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas,” says Mitch Barkley, The Vision Council vice president of Trade Shows and Meetings. “We are excited to introduce the OptiCon Hub as the centerpiece of this partnership and offer a dedicated space for Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians to network and learn at the Show.”

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