OptiCon @ Vision Expo

optiCon@visionexpo

OptiCon @ Vision Expo brings the industry’s premier Optician and Contact Lens Technician education program to the complete event for ophthalmic professionals; where eyecare meets eyewear and education, fashion and innovation mingle.

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


Host Hotel – Rates as Low as $199/Night

Holiday Inn New York City Times Square Extend the opportunity to network with your peers and enjoy all the excitement that the Big Apple offers when staying at the Holiday Inn New York City. Nestled in the heart of the bustling Garment District, you’ll be steps away from The Javits Center as well as the city’s must-see attractions, including Hudson Yards, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Bryant Park, Herald Square and much more!

Once you purchase the OptiCon package, you will receive details to book through this exclusive room block.

Event Highlights

OptiCon @ Vision Expo General Session: A Conversation with Delilah

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Join us for this exclusive event featuring radio personality and author, Delilah.

  • Essilor
  • Eyes of Faith
  • Essilor Foundation


OptiCon @ Vision Expo Welcome Event

Friday, March 27 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Marquee, 289 10th Avenue
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 27. 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.

NFOS Hoya College Bowl + Reception

Sponsored by: Hoya
Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Moderated by: Bob Alexander, Hoya Vision Care

Up for a Little Friendly Competition? Come cheer for your favorite Opticianry School at the NFOS College Bowl. 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!

OptiCon @ Vision Expo Hub

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

Education

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.

Friday, March 27

24B1 - Myopia = 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Speaker: Pete Hanlin, ABOM

Saturday, March 28

32O2 - Enhance Color Through Sunlenses and Address Color Vision Deficiency = 2 (9:45am – 11:45am)
Speaker: Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM

32O3 - Gas Permeable FL Patterns: Application & Removal Workshop= 2 (9:45pm – 11:45pm)
Speaker: Ledonna Buckner, FCLSA, NCLEM

33O2 - Scleral Lens Fitting and Troubleshooting= 1 (2:45pm – 4:45pm)
Speaker: Buddy Russell, COMT, FCLSA, FSLS

34B2 - Connecting the Refraction with the Patient's Prescriptions = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Laurie Pierce, ABOM, LDO, NCLC

34O1 - Advanced Ophthalmic Optics = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Phernell Walker, ABOM

34O2 - Compensated Powers (and Other Ophthalmic Conundrums) = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Pete Hanlin, ABOM

Sunday, March 29

43O1 - Ophthalmic Merchandising = 1 (9:45am – 10:45am)
Speaker: Pete Hanlin, ABOM

44O1 - Mastering Prism = 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Speaker: Phernell Walker, ABOM

ABO & NCLE Exam Review Courses & Testing

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

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 29, 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.

ABO Exam Review

Friday, March 27

22AA - ABO Advanced Exam Review - Domain I: ANALYZE AND INTERPRET VISUAL ASSESSMENT (PART 1) = 1 (8:30am – 9:30am)
Speaker: Brian Thomas, ABOM, NCLC, FNAO

23AA - ABO Advanced Exam Review - Domain I: ANALYZE AND INTERPRET VISUAL ASSESSMENT (PART 2) = 1 (9:45am – 10:45am)
Speaker: Brian Thomas, ABOM, NCLC, FNAO

24AA - ABO Advanced Exam Review - Domain III: UTILIZE OPHTHALMIC INSTRUMENTATION (PART 1) = 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Speaker: Brian Thomas, ABOM, NCLC, FNAO

25AA - ABO Advanced Exam Review - Domain II: DESIGN, FIT, AND DISPENSE EYEWEAR AND OTHER OPHTHALMIC DEVICES = 2 (2:45pm – 4:45pm)
Speaker: Brian Thomas, ABOM, NCLC, FNAO

26AA - ABO Advanced Exam Review - Domain III: UTILIZE OPHTHALMIC INSTRUMENTATION (PART 2) = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Brian Thomas, ABOM, NCLC, FNAO

Saturday, March 28

31AB - ABO Basic Exam Review - Domain II: OCULAR ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY OF THE EYE; Domain VI: LAWS, REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS = 1 (8:30am – 9:30am)
Speaker: Rebecca Soto

32AB - ABO Basic Exam Review - Domain 1: OPHTHALMIC OPTICS = 2 (9:45am – 11:45am)
Speaker: Rebecca Soto

33AB - ABO Basic Exam Review - Domain III: OPHTHALMIC PRODUCTS; Domain IV: DISPENSING PROCEDURES = 2 (2:45pm – 4:45pm)
Speaker: Rebecca Soto

34AB - ABO Basic Exam Review - Domain IV: INSTRUMENTATION = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Rebecca Soto

NCLE Exam Review

Friday, March 27

22NB - NCLE Basic Exam Review - Domain I: OCULAR ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY; Domain II: REFRACTIVE ERRORS = 1 (8:30am – 9:30am)
Speaker: Steven Idelicato

23NB - NCLE Basic Exam Review - Domain III: INSTRUMENTATION FOR MEASUREMENT AND OBSERVATION = 1 (9:45am – 10:45am)
Speaker: Steven Idelicato

24NB - NCLE Basic Exam Review - Domain IV: PREFITTING = 1 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Speaker: Steven Idelicato

25NB - NCLE Basic Exam Review - Domain VI: DISPENSING, Domain VII: FOLLOW-UP; Domain VIII: REGULATORY = 2 (2:45pm – 4:45pm)
Speaker: Steven Idelicato

26NB - NCLE Basic Exam Review - Domain V: DIAGNOSTIC FITTING = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Steven Idelicato

Saturday, March 28

31NA - NCLE Advanced Exam Review - Domain IV: ROUTINE AND EMERGENCY VISITS = 1 (8:30am – 9:30am)
Speaker: Robert Russo

32NA - NCLE Advanced Exam Review - Domain I: PREFIT, PREPERATION AND  EVALUATION = 2 (9:45am – 11:45am)
Speaker: Robert Russo

33NA - NCLE Advanced Exam Review - Domain II: DESIGN, FIT AND DISPENSE STANDARD AND SPECIALTY LENSES = 2 (2:45pm – 4:45pm)
Speaker: Robert Russo

34NA - NCLE Advanced Exam Review - Domain III: PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS; Domain V: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES = 1 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
Speaker: Robert Russo

ABO & NCLE Exams Being Offered at OptiCon @ Vision Expo East

Opticians, Contact Lens Technicians and Allied Health Professionals can now take ABO & NCLE exam review courses and sit for exams at OptiCon @ Vision Expo East. In addition to more than 75 hours of educational content developed by the OptiCon Advisory Board – and numerous other contact lens, clinical, business, allied health and retail sessions offered through the OptiCon @ Vision Expo education program, exam review courses for the National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE) and the Contact Lens Registry Exam (CLRE) will be taught by current National Federation of Opticianry Schools faculty.  Both the basic and advanced levels of the NOCE and CLRE review courses are being offered. 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 onsite on Sunday, March 29.

ABO & NCLE is very proud to announce that its ground-breaking Online Practical Examinations have now been expanded to encompass a virtual lensometer, pupilometer, frame parameter measurements, pupillary distance, slit lamp, and keratometer!

ABO & NCLE’s Virtual Practical Examinations incorporate technology that was never-before available in the Optical Community, combining virtualization of the key instruments identified above, along with “hot spot” technology, video and audio technology and interaction, item completion, and numerous other advantages in order to provide a benchmark to determine actual skills and abilities of license candidates.
For more information on registering to take an exam at OptiCon @ Vision Expo East on Sunday, March 29, 2020, please visit the ABO-NCLE website: www.abo-ncle.org.

Our Partners

  • NCLE
  • NAO
  • NFS
  • OAA

 




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