ABO & NCLE's Meeting Comes to Vision Expo


OptiCon @ Vision Expo delivers an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians and Ophthalmic Allied Professionals. This premier event is truly a place where eyecare meets eyewear and education, fashion and innovation mingle in New York City. Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians and Ophthalmic Allied Professionals will accelerate practice growth through the comprehensive $249 OptiCon package that includes:

    • 15 hours of ABO & NCLE approved continuing education
    • Exclusive Keynote Speaker Session
    • Exhibit Hall access
    • 2 Lunch vouchers
    • Tailored special events, meeting spaces, networking, parties + more

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 22 | 7:15AM – 8:1AM | Eyemax Theater Room #1A21
Celebrating the Role of the Eye Health Professional through the Inspiring Life of Rebecca Alexander

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
Join the party to meet and mingle with eyecare professionals celebrating OptiCon @ VisionExpo. Please visit the OptiCon Hub (Booth #G1164) to exchange your ticket for a wristband. You will need this wristband to enter.

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 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.



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 »


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.


Advisory Board Top Picks

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.

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 at Vision Expo East. 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.

Our Partners

  • NCLE
  • NAO
  • NFS
  • OAA

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