OptiCon @ 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


OptiCon @ Vision Expo General Session and Breakfast

Sponsored by: Essilor

Friday, March 22
7:00 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.

OptiCon @ Vision Expo Welcome Event

Sponsored By:

Friday, March 22 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Marquee | 289 10th Avenue (between 26th Street and 27th Street)

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 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.

Opticon Hub

Level 3, G1164
This dedicated show floor destination is designed specifically for Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians and Ophthalmic Allied Professionals and will host, networking, social events and access to representatives and resources from ABO & NCLE, NAO, OAA, NFOS, and vendor partners.

Friday, March 22 | 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Title: Changing the Way You Talk About Sunwear
Speaker: Bob Alexander, ABOM, NCLE-AC
Sponsored by: Hoya

NFOS Hoya College Bowl

Sponsored by: Hoya Vision Care

Saturday, March 23, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM – Reception | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - College Bowl
EYEMAX Theatre, Room 1A21

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!

Moderated by: 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.


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 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 room in your schedule to attend as many of these must see sessions as possible.

Digital Eyestrain - What Every Optician and Technician Needs to Know
Principles of Refraction for Opticians and Technicians 20/20 Vision - A Sacred Cow?
Clinical Ocular Concepts for Opticians and Technicians
Amazing Contact Lens Technologies for Today and the Future
Fitting Tips for Improving Your Success with Multifocal Soft Lenses
Analysis of Corneal Topography
Commoditization of the Eyewear: Lens Designs that Cannot be a Commodity
The DNA of Ophthalmic Lenses
Frame Dispensing of the Future
The Optical World of 3D Printing...Frames and Lenses
Every Frame Has a Story - How to Tell it & Sell It
Creating Customers for Life
Strategies for Marketing in a Digital World
How to Maximize Revenue and Profits with Vision Care Plans
Methods of Leading and Managing Your Business
It's Your Optical, So What Would You Do Next?
Mastering Lens Measurements
Ocular Dissection: Anatomy of the Eye
Beyond the Limbus: An Introduction to Scleral Lenses

ABO & NCLE Exam Review Courses & Testing

The American Board of Opticianry National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE) and the National Contact Lens Examiners Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE) Basic Exams, ABOC and NCLE Advanced Exams, On-Line Spectacle Practical Exam, and On-Line Contact Lens Practical Exam will be administered during Vision Expo East on Sunday, March 24, 2019.  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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