ABO & NCLE's Meeting Comes to Vision Expo

OptiCon @ Vision Expo brings the industry’s premier Optician and Contact Lens Technician education program to the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas.

Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians will have access to a comprehensive $249 package that includes:

  • 15 hours of ABO & NCLE approved continuing education including an exclusive General Session
  • Exhibit Hall access
  • 2 Lunch vouchers
  • Tailored special events including a welcome party and peer networking
  • Access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon hotel


Please Note: Additional continuing education hours may be purchased at an additional rate.

Host Hotel – Rates as Low as $199/Night

Extend the opportunity to network with your peers in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. This convenient hotel, located just minutes from the Javits Convention Center, is in the center of world-class shopping, dining and popular New York City attractions, including Macy’s Herald Square, the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park.
Please Note: You will receive more information on how to reserve your room during the registration process once you have selected the OptiCon package.

Event Highlights

General Session & Breakfast

Friday, March 16 | 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM | Eyemax Theater Room #1A21
Join Dr. David Fleischman, as he takes a look at how past and current leaders have profoundly impacted the eyecare profession. You’ll get a look at history and a peek into the future as you get inspired to explore the possibilities of how you can make a difference and create your own memorable past. Breakfast is included.
Please Note: This one-hour course counts as one of your 15 hours of education as part of the $249 OptiCon package


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Friday, March 16 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Stitch Bar and Lounge
Join the party at Stitch Bar & Lounge to meet and mingle with eyecare professionals celebrating OptiCon @ VisionExpo. Located in the heart of New York City’s historic Garment District at 247 West 37th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue, you’ll be in walking distance to other great hotspots afterwards like Madison Square Garden, Herald Square, Times Square, Penn Station and Port Authority. Please visit the OptiCon Hub (Booth #G1164) to exchange your ticket for a wristband. You will need this wristband to enter Stitch Bar and Lounge.

Please note: as part of your registration, you are eligible for one complimentary pass to this event. When you pick up your name badge, you will receive a ticket that must be exchanged for a wristband at the OptiCon @ Vision Expo Hub (booth #G1164) on Friday, March 16. You must have the wristband for entrance to the party. If you wish to purchase additional passes to the party, you can do so in the OptiCon @ Vision Expo Hub.


Booth #G1164
This dedicated show floor destination is designed specifically for Opticians and Contact Lens Technicians and will host pop up talks, networking, social events and access to representatives and resources from ABO & NCLE, NAO, OAA, NFOS, and vendor partners.

Celebrity Meet and Greet

View the complete OptiCon Hub schedule »
Meet Cynthia Bailey from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in the OptiCon Hub on:
Friday, March 16 from 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Sunday, March 18 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM


Take advantage of more than 75 hours of OptiCon content developed by the OptiCon Advisory Board. Educational programming will cover four key areas: Spectacle Lens, Contact Lenses, Business and Exam Review. In addition, you can select from any of the over 300 hours of education in the comprehensive Vision Expo program to make up the hours in your OptiCon package.

General Session & Breakfast

The OptiCon Advisory Board, consisting of representatives from The American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners, National Academy of Opticianry, National Federation of Opticianry Schools, and the Opticians Association of America, has selected their top education picks below. Make sure to allow time in your schedule to attend as many of these must-see sessions as possible.E


22B2 Retail Tactics: Differentiating Yourself and Your Practice
23B3 How to Respond to the 64 Million Dollar Question - Why Do Glasses Cost So Much?
24B2 Profiting from Vision Care Plans
24B3 Dynamic Dispensing
31B3 Demystify Managed Vision Care
33B1 Double Your Sales In One Week
34B1 Answering the Challenge of Online Eyewear

Contact Lenses

25O2 Eye Diseases That Opticians and Technicians Should Know About
31A1 Ocular History Taking – The Ten Most Important Pieces of Information You Need to Provide Your Doctor
31O2 No Wonder You Don’t See Well - How Eye Diseases Affect Vision
32A1 Screening for Diabetic Eye Diseases - What Every Optician and Technician Should Know
32O2 Clinical Ocular Concepts for Opticians, Technicians and Ancillary Staff
41O2 Contact Lenses: Building on the Fundamentals
44O1 Clinical Approaches to Spectacle and Contact Formulas

Spectacle Lens

12O1 Dispensing to the Generations
23O2 My Top Ten Tips for Excellence in Dispensing
25O1 Spectacle Lens Update: Everything You Need to Know
33O2 Prism Applications A to Z
33O3 The Truth About Optical Myths, Half Truths, and Falsehoods
34O1 Light Filtering Lenses
43O2 Advanced Optics- Through the Looking Glass

ABO & NCLE Exam Review Courses & Testing

ABO & NCLE is excited to offer exam review courses for the National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE) and the Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE) for both basic and advanced levels at OptiCon @ Vision Expo. All exam review courses will be taught by current National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) faculty.

The NOCE and the CLRE, as well as the ABO and NCLE Advanced Exams, the Online Spectacle Practical Exam, and the Online Contact Lens Practical Exam will be administered during Vision Expo East on Sunday, March 18, 2018. If you would like to register to sit for any of these exams at Vision Expo East, please contact ABO-NCLE directly at 703-719-5800.

ABO Basic Review Sessions

Ophthalmic Optics
Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Ophthalmic Products
Dispensing Procedures
Laws, Regulations, and Standards

ABO Advanced Review Sessions

Analyze and Interpret Visual Assessment Part 1 & Part 2
Design, Fit, and Dispense Eyewear and Other Ophthalmic Devices
Use of Ophthalmic Instrumentation

NCLE Basic Review Sessions

Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology | Refractive Errors
Instrumentation for Measurement and Observation
Diagnostic Fitting

NCLE Advanced Review Sessions

Prefit, Preparation, and Evaluation
Design, Fit and Dispense Standard and Specialty Lenses
Patient Instruction and Delivery Procedures
Routine and Emergency Follow-up Visits
Administrative Procedures

Our Partners

  • NCLE
  • NAO
  • NFS
  • OAA

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