2019 Education at a Glance

Clinical Highlights

These programs will feature a deep dive into comprehensive ocular disease diagnosis, treatment and management; as well as contact lenses, therapeutics and state-of-the-art imaging technology - all designed to bolster the quality and consistency of care in your practice.

  • Anterior Segment
  • Contact Lens
  • Dry Eye/Ocular Surface Disease
  • General Optometry
  • Retina
  • Cataract and Refractive
  • Ophthalmic Lens and Dispensary
  • Glaucoma
  • Hands on Workshops
  • New Technology
  • Pediatrics, Systemic Disease and Neuro
  • Pharmacology
  • Posterior Segment and Macular Degeneration
  • Surgery

Optometrist

NEW! Myopia Track

Myopia is one of the most common conditions that Optometrists in practice see, with one-third of the population affected. This track presents opportunities for clinicians to educate patients, integrate new prevention methods and strategies to manage and slow the progression of myopia.

NEW! The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Drive Change with Roberto Monaco

Leadership is influence. Effective leaders possess the skills and knowledge to persuade others into action. They set the tone and direction for the organization, understand the impact they have on others, and effectively communicate the culture and vision for those they lead. Fortunately, leadership is not a gift bestowed upon a lucky few, but rather a skill that can be learned by anyone willing to commit the time and effort to master the skills of today's most effective leaders.

The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Change will teach you how to increase your leadership effectiveness, eliminate a negative mindset, embrace and implement change and improve your communication skills to allow you to unlock your greatest leadership potential.

NEW! Innovation Series

Differentiating your business means learning about and staying ahead of trends and introducing innovative products and services. Explore what's new and next with courses that will help you re-imagine the status-quo and move your business forward into the future.

NEW! FREE! March Madness: Case Challenges in Optometry - Optimizing Ocular Imaging

In the spirit of March Madness, panelists will compete against each other by presenting interesting cases highlighting imaging technology.  The audience decides who wins each match via attendee interactive polling technology. The competition is fierce and the stakes are high as the loser goes home and the winner advances until the final showdown. Come be a part of this unique program that captures the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as a champion gets crowned.

Unrestricted Education Grant Provided By: Optos, Optovue, Zeiss and Topcon

Thursday, March 21

March Madness: Case Challenges in Optometry – Optimizing Ocular Imaging Round 1
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Moderator : Mark Dunbar, OD
Panelists: Steven Ferrucci, OD; Jay Haynie, OD; Jerome Sherman, OD; Danica Marrelli, OD; Arthur Epstein, OD; Marc Bloomenstein, OD; Justin Bazan, OD; Jeffry Gerson, OD

March Madness: Case Challenges in Optometry – Optimizing Ocular Imaging Semifinals and Finals
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Moderator: Mark Dunbar, OD
Panelists: Steven Ferrucci, OD; Jay Haynie, OD; Jerome Sherman, OD; Danica Marrelli, OD; Arthur Epstein, OD; Marc Bloomenstein, OD; Justin Bazan, OD; Jeffry Gerson, OD

March Madness: Case Challenges in Optometry – Optimizing Ocular Imaging Workshop
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Moderator: Mark Dunbar, OD
Panelists: Steven Ferrucci, OD; Jay Haynie, OD; Jerome Sherman, OD; Danica Marrelli, OD; Arthur Epstein, OD; Marc Bloomenstein, OD; Justin Bazan, OD; Jeffry Gerson, OD

FREE! Global Contact Lens Forum

This free, informative and highly attended ‘meeting within a meeting’ provides attendees with practical, timely tips in both clinical and business processes that will take your specialty contact lens practice to the next level.  Don’t miss the panel of respected, highly successful specialty lens fitters who will provide keen insight on how to start, grow and thrive in specialty lens practice in the 21st Century.  This will be followed by grand rounds case presentations highlighting how to integrate advance technology in specialty contact lens practice.  Finally, take a logical and methodical deep dive into billing and coding in specialty contact lens practice. 

The Global Contact Lens Forum is Directed by Thomas Quinn, OD; Chris Smiley, OD

Unrestricted Education Grant Provided By: Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, CooperVision, and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Thursday, March 21.

10L1 - The Business of Specialty Contact Lenses: How to Start, Grow and Thrive in the 21st Century
7:00am – 8:00am
Moderator: Thomas Quinn, OD
Panelists: Chris Smiley, OD; Brooke Marie Messer, OD; Pam Lowe, OD; Jason Miller, OD

PROMOTIONAL BREAKFAST SYMOPSIUM  – NOT FOR CREDIT
8:00am – 9:00am 

Presented by Alcon: Creating a Better Tomorrow in Vision Care

Speaker: Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO, Alcon, Vice President Professional Affairs

Presented by Coopervision: 1 day Silicone Hydrogels: Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities

Speaker: Steven Rosinski, OD

10L2 - Effective and Efficient Use of Technology in Practice: Grand Rounds
9:15am – 11:15am
Speakers: Thomas Quinn, OD; Brooke Marie Messer, OD; Jason Miller, OD; Chris Smiley, OD; Pam Lowe, OD

10L3 - Getting Paid: Billing and Coding in Specialty Contact Lens Practice
11:30am – 12:30pm
Speaker: Chris Smiley, OD

PROMOTIONAL LUNCH SYMPOSIUM – NOT FOR CREDIT
12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Presented by Bausch & Lomb - Bausch + Lomb: Innovating for the Future
Speaker: Justin Bazan, OD

Presented by Johnson & Johnson Vision - Introducing, The Lens that Knows the Light: ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™
Speaker: Carol Alexander, OD, FAAO, Head, North America Professional Relations


FREE! Vision Series

This all-new-for-2019 format invites you to grab a bite to eat or drink and continue learning over lunch. Take a break from the exhibit hall or formal classroom as industry leaders address the latest clinical innovations in a relaxed and collaborative learning environment. Then put theory into practice by heading back into the exhibit hall to connect and build on your classroom learning.

Vision Series is Sponsored By: HOYA, Sightbox, Regeneron, Shire, Genentech, Bausch & Lomb and Carl Zeiss Meditec

Friday, March 22

20C1- Vision Series - Presented by Bausch & Lomb - Did you see that?
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Speakers: Ben Gaddie, OD; Paul Karpecki, OD; Art Epstein, OD
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

20C4- Vision Series - Presented by Regeneron - An Optometrist's Focus: Retinal Disease in Diabetes Patients and the Impact of Treatment
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Speakers: Paul Chous, OD; David Almeida, MD
Presented By:


20C5 – Vision Series – Presented by HOYA - A Breakthrough in Myopia Management
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Gosling
Presented by: 
HOYA

Saturday, March 23

30C1- Vision Series – Presented by Shire - Whose Dry Eye is it Anyway?
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Speakers: Mile Brujic, OD; Whitney Hauser, OD; Walt Whitley, OD; Kathy Mastrota, OD
Presented By:

30C2- Vision Series – Presented by Zeiss - Simplifying Disease Management with Data Integration
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Speakers: Aaron E. Lech, OD, FAAO, Danica J. Marrelli, OD, FAAO,
Diplomate, Glaucoma Section, American Academy of Optometry
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
Presented By:


30C3- Vision Series – Presented by Genentech - Diagnosis and Treatment Considerations for Diabetic Retinopathy          
    
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Speakers: Mark Dunbar, OD, David Eichenbaum, MD
Presented By:

 Sunday, March 24

40C1 – Vision Series – Presented by Sightbox – The future of optometry: Keeping your practice as healthy as your patients
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Moderator: Jamie Pulliam
Panelist: Susan Resnick, OD; Fayiz Maghoub, OD; Danielle Richardson, OD
Sightbox

FREE! Innovation Stage

Located in the Medical Pavilion, the all-new Innovation Stage features free exhibitor-sponsored content for all attendees. Learn about the latest products and services over complimentary snacks and beverages in a casual, soft-seating environment.

Innovation Stage is Sponsored By: Bausch & Lomb, Doctor Multimedia, Optovue, Transitions, Essilor and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Friday, March 22

Making Sense of Ocular Nutrition
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Jeffry Gerson
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

7 Amazing Online Marketing Techniques for Optometrists
11:45am
Speaker: Steven Marinkovich
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Doctor Multimedia

How Making Myopia Matter will Change Your Practice - Brought to you by Essilor
1:00pm
Speakers: Ryan Parker, OD; Pete Hanlin, ABOM
Lunch Provided
Presented by:
Essilor

Saturday, March 23

A New Advance in Redness Reduction: Brimonidine Tartrate 0.025%
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Paul Karpecki
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

 

New Light Management Technologies from Transitions Optical and Johnson & Johnson Vision
11:45am
Speaker: Catherine Rauscher, Dr. Zohra Fadli, Laura Askew
Lunch Provided
Presented by:
TransitionsJohnson & Johnson

Exceptional Patient Care and Profitability with OCT + new OCTA Wellness
1:00pm
Moderator: Julie Rodman, OD, MS, FAAO
Panelists: Jerry Sherman, OD, FAAO; Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO; Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Optovue

OptiCon @ Vision Expo

OptiCon @ Vision Expo is designed to provide your staff with the highest quality and most affordable opportunity to learn, source and network with peers. Now bigger and better than ever, your staff will have access to a comprehensive package that includes quality education, tailored special events including a general session and welcome party, as well as access to discounted rates at a dedicated OptiCon hotel.

Low Vision

According to the World Health Organization, 246 million people suffer with low vision which results from a variety of diseases, disorders, and injuries that affect the eye. The need for diagnosis, treatment options and patient and caregiver education is tremendous as well as rewarding. Join your peers as experts in this field share the latest on how technology and innovative products are positively impacting your ability to improve your patients’ quality of life. From devices to lens tech and artificial intelligence, low vision care can differentiate your practice and build loyalty and word of mouth referrals.

Unrestricted Education Grant Provided By : TVC (The Vision Council)

Scleral Lens Track

Scleral lens fitting is one of the fastest growing segments of specialty contact lens practice.  Their impact can be profound and life changing, both to the patient and the practice.  This tract will provide comprehensive and highly clinical information on how to select a scleral lens design for both basic and advance cases, how to assess the fit and how to solve problems that may develop.  Learn skills that will take your abilities and patient satisfaction to the next level.

Unrestricted Education Grant Provided By : Bausch & Lomb

Owner's and Manager's Essentials Program

Reflecting today's biggest business challenges, this program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optometry, including strategies doctors need to grow your business. Critical areas of focus include marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your practice, measuring financial success, building a great staff, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians & Ophthalmic Medical Professionals

OptiCon @ Vision Expo

The industry’s premier Optician, Contact Lens Technician and Opthalmic Allied Professional education program is now part of the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas. You’ll have access to the OptiCon programing that you have come to expect, along with expanded educational, sourcing and networking opportunities

OptiCon @ Vision Expo General Session and Breakfast

Sponsored by: Essilor

Friday, March 22
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Title: Climbing Ever Higher: An Inspirational Story About True Vision
Speakers: Blair Wong, Rebecca Alexander

As Ophthalmic professionals, we are dedicated to the art of enhancing, protecting and preserving vision. In cases of profound loss of vision, we are also presented with the added challenges of providing patient care associated with physical and emotional stress. Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, extreme athlete, activist, and author of the memoir "Not Fade Away". Born with Usher's Syndrome type III, a disease that leads to loss of both vision and hearing, Rebecca shares with us her personal story of "senses lost and found", and her ability to cope with the physical, psychosocial, and philosophical challenges that we all face.

NFOS Hoya College Bowl

Sponsored by: Hoya Vision Care

Saturday, March 23
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - College Bowl


Up for a Little Friendly Competition? Come cheer for your favorite Opticianry School at the NFOS College Bowl. Twelve students representing NFOS member Opticianry schools will compete in this fast-paced quiz competition. Come test your Optical knowledge and root on tomorrow’s Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians and Ophthalmic Allied professionals!

The winning student will receive a monetary prize as well as bragging rights and their name on the NFOS College Bowl trophy to proudly display at their college for one year - until the next champ is crowned!

Moderator: Robert J. Russo

The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is the international organization dedicated to the promotion of formal Opticianry education offered by accredited educational institutions. Formal education is fundamental to the credibility of the Optician as a vision care professional. NFOS member schools are located in the United States and Canada.

OptiCon @ Vision Expo Welcome Event
Friday, March 22
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Marquee
289 10th Avenue (between 26th Street and 27th Street)

Sponsored by: Europa

Join your colleagues for an exclusive opportunity to mix and mingle with eyecare professionals celebrating OptiCon @ Vision Expo. Located just a short walk from the Javits Center, the Marquee will be humming with the excitement of OptiCon @ Vision Expo’s return to New York City.  Our sponsor for the event, Europa Eyewear, looks forward to welcoming everyone to OptiCon in March.

Please note, as part of your package you are eligible for one complimentary pass to this event and will need to RSVP during the registration process. 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 22. 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.

NEW! The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Drive Change with Roberto Monaco

Leadership is influence. Effective leaders possess the skills and knowledge to persuade others into action. They set the tone and direction for the organization, understand the impact they have on others, and effectively communicate the culture and vision for those they lead. Fortunately, leadership is not a gift bestowed upon a lucky few, but rather a skill that can be learned by anyone willing to commit the time and effort to master the skills of today's most effective leaders.

The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Change will teach you how to increase your leadership effectiveness, eliminate a negative mindset, embrace and implement change and improve your communication skills to allow you to unlock your greatest leadership potential.

NEW! Innovation Series

Differentiating your business means learning about and staying ahead of trends and introducing innovative products and services. Explore what's new and next with courses that will help you re-imagine the status-quo and move your business forward into the future.

FREE! Global Contact Lens Forum

This free, informative and highly attended ‘meeting within a meeting’ provides attendees with practical, timely tips in both clinical and business processes that will take your specialty contact lens practice to the next level.  Don’t miss the panel of respected, highly successful specialty lens fitters who will provide keen insight on how to start, grow and thrive in specialty lens practice in the 21st Century.  This will be followed by grand rounds case presentations highlighting how to integrate advance technology in specialty contact lens practice.  Finally, take a logical and methodical deep dive into billing and coding in specialty contact lens practice. 

The Global Contact Lens Forum is Directed by Thomas Quinn, OD; Chris Smiley, OD

Unrestricted Education Grant Provided By: Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, CooperVision, and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Thursday, March 21

10L1 - The Business of Specialty Contact Lenses: How to Start, Grow and Thrive in the 21st Century
7:00am – 8:00am
Moderator: Thomas Quinn, OD
Panelists: Chris Smiley, OD; Brooke Marie Messer, OD; Pam Lowe, OD; Jason Miller, OD

PROMOTIONAL BREAKFAST SYMOPSIUM  – NOT FOR CREDIT
8:00am – 9:00am 

Presented by Alcon: Creating a Better Tomorrow in Vision Care
Speaker: Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO, Alcon, Vice President Professional Affairs

Presented by Coopervision: 1 day Silicone Hydrogels: Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities
Speaker: Steven Rosinski, OD

10L2 - Effective and Efficient Use of Technology in Practice: Grand Rounds
9:15am – 11:15am
Speakers: Thomas Quinn, OD; Brooke Marie Messer, OD; Jason Miller, OD; Chris Smiley, OD; Pam Lowe, OD

10L3 - Getting Paid: Billing and Coding in Specialty Contact Lens Practice
11:30am – 12:30pm
Speaker: Chris Smiley, OD

PROMOTIONAL LUNCH SYMPOSIUM – NOT FOR CREDIT
12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Presented by Bausch & Lomb - Bausch + Lomb: Innovating for the Future
Speaker: Justin Bazan, OD

Presented by Johnson & Johnson Vision - Introducing, The Lens that Knows the Light: ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™
Speaker: Carol Alexander, OD, FAAO, Head, North America Professional Relations


FREE! Innovation Stage

Located in the Medical Pavilion, the all-new Innovation Stage features free exhibitor-sponsored content for all attendees. Learn about the latest products and services over complimentary snacks and beverages in a casual, soft-seating environment.

Innovation Stage is Sponsored By: Bausch & Lomb, Doctor Multimedia, Optovue, Transitions, Essilor and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Friday, March 22

Making Sense of Ocular Nutrition
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Jeffry Gerson
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

7 Amazing Online Marketing Techniques for Optometrists
11:45am
Speaker: Steven Marinkovich
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Doctor Multimedia

How Making Myopia Matter will Change Your Practice - Brought to you by Essilor
1:00pm
Speakers: Ryan Parker, OD; Pete Hanlin, ABOM
Lunch Provided
Presented by:
Essilor

Saturday, March 23

A New Advance in Redness Reduction: Brimonidine Tartrate 0.025%
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Paul Karpecki
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

New Light Management Technologies from Transitions Optical and Johnson & Johnson Vision
11:45am
Speaker: Catherine Rauscher, Dr. Zohra Fadli, Laura Askew
Lunch Provided
Presented by:
TransitionsJohnson & Johnson

Exceptional Patient Care and Profitability with OCT + new OCTA Wellness
1:00pm
Moderator: Julie Rodman, OD, MS, FAAO
Panelists: Jerry Sherman, OD, FAAO; Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO; Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Optovue

Owner's and Manager's Essentials Program

Reflecting today's biggest business challenges, this program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow your business. Critical areas of focus include marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your practice, measuring financial success, building a great staff, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

Hands on Classes

These courses are designed to explore techniques that will expand your skill set and make you the most valuable member of the team. Explore new practice procedures that you may never have considered to enhance your patients’ needs.

Business and Practice Expertise

What business issues keep you up at night? The Business and Practice Expertise track is designed to help you rest easy with more than 31 hours of education related to five key areas: Leadership; Customer Experience; Human Resources; Data; and Profitability and Growth. Immerse yourself in this actionable, business-focused content, and return home with solutions you can implement immediately.

Contact Lens Track

Technology and innovation is changing faster and faster. Lens designs and fitting techniques are essential to maintaining your expertise as an Optician, Contact Lens Practitioner and Ophthalmic Allied Professional. This series of classes will help you flourish and excel in your practice while benefitting your patients as well.  You will discover information to propel you to the next level!

Clinical Concepts for Opticians, Contact Lens Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals

Designed for Opticians, Ophthalmic Assistants, Contact Lens Practitioners, and Allied Ophthalmic Health Professionals, this education series will address key areas of interest, including eye strain, pharmacology, history taking, and refraction. These sessions will not only expand your knowledge, but will increase the value you bring to your patients and practice.


Office/Practice Management

NEW! The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Drive Change with Roberto Monaco

Leadership is influence. Effective leaders possess the skills and knowledge to persuade others into action. They set the tone and direction for the organization, understand the impact they have on others, and effectively communicate the culture and vision for those they lead. Fortunately, leadership is not a gift bestowed upon a lucky few, but rather a skill that can be learned by anyone willing to commit the time and effort to master the skills of today's most effective leaders.

The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Change will teach you how to increase your leadership effectiveness, eliminate a negative mindset, embrace and implement change and improve your communication skills to allow you to unlock your greatest leadership potential.

NEW! Innovation Series

Differentiating your business means learning about and staying ahead of trends and introducing innovative products and services. Explore what's new and next with courses that will help you re-imagine the status-quo and move your business forward into the future.

Owner's and Manager's Essentials Program

Reflecting today's biggest business challenges, this program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow your business. Critical areas of focus include marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your practice, measuring financial success, building a great staff, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.

FREE! Innovation Stage

Located in the Medical Pavilion, the all-new Innovation Stage features free exhibitor-sponsored content for all attendees. Learn about the latest products and services over complimentary snacks and beverages in a casual, soft-seating environment.

Innovation Stage is Sponsored By: Bausch & Lomb, Doctor Multimedia, Optovue, Transitions, Essilor and Johnson & Johnson Vision

Friday, March 22

Making Sense of Ocular Nutrition
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Jeffry Gerson
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

7 Amazing Online Marketing Techniques for Optometrists
11:45am
Speaker: Steven Marinkovich
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Doctor Multimedia

How Making Myopia Matter will Change Your Practice - Brought to you by Essilor
1:00pm
Speakers: Ryan Parker, OD; Pete Hanlin, ABOM
Lunch Provided
Presented by:
Essilor

Saturday, March 23

A New Advance in Redness Reduction: Brimonidine Tartrate 0.025%
10:00am
Speaker: Dr. Paul Karpecki
Breakfast Provided
Presented By:
Bausch & Lomb

New Light Management Technologies from Transitions Optical and Johnson & Johnson Vision  
11:45am
Speakers: Laura Askew, Catherine Rauscher, Dr. Zohra Fadli

TransitionsJohnson & Johnson

Exceptional Patient Care and Profitability with OCT + new OCTA Wellness
1:00pm
Moderator: Julie Rodman, OD, MS, FAAO
Panelists: Jerry Sherman, OD, FAAO; Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO; Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Lunch Provided
Presented By:
Optovue

Optical/Retail Buyer

NEW! The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Drive Change with Roberto Monaco

Leadership is influence. Effective leaders possess the skills and knowledge to persuade others into action. They set the tone and direction for the organization, understand the impact they have on others, and effectively communicate the culture and vision for those they lead. Fortunately, leadership is not a gift bestowed upon a lucky few, but rather a skill that can be learned by anyone willing to commit the time and effort to master the skills of today's most effective leaders.

The Leadership Forum: Inspire, Transform and Change will teach you how to increase your leadership effectiveness, eliminate a negative mindset, embrace and implement change and improve your communication skills to allow you to unlock your greatest leadership potential.

NEW! Innovation Series

Differentiating your business means learning about and staying ahead of trends and introducing innovative products and services. Explore what's new and next with courses that will help you re-imagine the status-quo and move your business forward into the future.

Owner's and Manager's Essentials Program

Reflecting today's biggest business challenges, this program for owners, managers and key decision makers will focus on the business side of optical, including strategies you need to grow your business. Critical areas of focus include marketing your practice, growing and transitioning your practice, measuring financial success, building a great staff, competing in a digitally connected world, and building the ultimate optical business.




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