New Grads + Students

Students, register now for these exclusive benefits:

  • Free Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • Free Education (Unlimited): Arrive prior to a course’s start time and if it is not sold out, you can attend for free.
  • Vision Expo supports SOLutioN (SOLN), a student organization that promotes the future of private practice optometry and provides leadership training to its members. Click here to learn more about SOLN.

Young Professionals, find the resources you need to excel in your career:

  • Visit the NewGradOptometry + CovalentCareers booth at Vision Expo East for daily panel discussions on hot topics with industry thought leaders and network with peers and experts. 
  • Vision Expo partners with leading media resources for young professionals to bring you relevant content all year long. Visit and for year-round videos and articles on helpful career topics. Visit Defocus Media for the latest in optometric industry news, eyewear trends and discussions of the hottest topics in the eyecare profession, including a recent podcast on private equity.
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Attend our dedicated student session!

Owning Your Future

Saturday, March 23 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Room 1E16, Javits Center

How can you get there if you don't know where you want to be? Two experienced optometrists who have hired new docs, brought in partners, acquired practices and started offices from nothing help you clarify your vision and share what you need to do stand out from the rest. Learn how to lead effectively, reward yourself appropriately, and ensure that your office culture energizes you to not only improve patients' lives but also give back to those in your community.

Hear from speakers Michael Kling, OD and Carole Burns, OD

Arranged by the cooperative efforts of the NYSOA and the Career Development Center of SUNY

Introducing the CAREER ZONE!

Career Zone

Engage with these Optical Companies that are recruiting at Vision Expo East 2019!

The NEW CAREER ZONE offers students, young professionals, and experienced professionals a vehicle to meet some of the top optical retailers and ECP groups face-to-face. The Career Zone participants are here to recruit and there is no better place to get your foot in the door other than at Vision Expo East 2019! Just bring your resume, engaging questions and your Career Zone Passport.

Career Zone Passport Program:
  • Passport will print out with your badge
  • Meet and receive a stamp from each vendor listed on your passport. Drop in entry box at Career Zone
  • Drawing will be at the Corporate Optometry Panel & Cocktail Party: 4 - 5:30pm on Saturday, March 23
  • Prizes from our Career Zone vendors include:

    • $500 one winner from Vision Expo
    • $250 from National Vision
    • (2) Ray Ban Aviators from Luxottica
    • Apple Watch Series 4 from MyEyeDr
    • Ray Ban Wayfarer from MyEyeDr
    • GoPro from Vision Source
    • Designer Frames from Cohen’s Fashion Optical
    • Fitbit from Walmart
    • 1 year Subscription to Clinical & Refractive Optometry (Value: $249) from VuePoint

*You must be present at the Corporate Optometry Panel to win


Open daily, during Exhibit Hall hours!
Friday, March 22
9:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday, March, 23
9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday, March 24
9:30am - 5:00pm


National VisionNational Vision is one of the largest optical retailers in the U.S. with more than 1,000 locations. With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company operates five retail brands, offering a variety of products and services for patients’ eye care needs.
Booth #C4075

MyEyeDrAt MyEyeDr., our passion and commitment to patient-focused vision service has allowed us to extend premier eye care services to patients of all ages at our optometry offices in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast United States.
Booth #C4072

LuxotticaLuxottica: Visit the Luxottica booth to learn more about current opportunities that align with your personal and professional goals. You have a vision for the way you practice eye care. When you join the Luxottica family, your career path is yours to own. Practice your profession within a portfolio that fits your life and fulfills your vision for the future. Learn more at
Booth #C4071

Vision SourceVision Source: Vision Source® members fully own their thriving private practices. This growth has lead to a tremendous need for associate doctors to work in their practices nationwide. Our members offer competitive salaries, advanced medical and  refractive modalities, and excellent mentorship on owning your own practice. Come by the booth and discuss how we can help you open, work or buy your Next℠ private practice.
Booth #C4171

For EyesFor Eyes is a leading optical retailer in key markets across the United States, including Chicago, Florida, DC, Philadelphia, and California. For Eyes offers doctors the opportunity to provide true patient-centric service with the support of a global retailer dedicated to exceptional products and customer experience.
Booth #C4074

WalmartWalmart: Our people make the difference. That phrase started as a meeting theme in 1979 and has since been our way of thinking. We couldn’t serve our customers without the continued support of our greatest asset: our associates. We’re proud to support them, too, by offering jobs at all levels – and investing in our workforce through training and skills development so that entry-level jobs lead to career.
Booth #C4172

Cohen’s Fashion OpticalCohen’s Fashion Optical:Cohen's Fashion Optical is an optical retailer featuring fashion products from eyeglasses to accessories. As a member of our team, you’ll be a part of a retail institution that began in 1927, and contribute to the continued success of one of the country’s most highly respected and recognized names in the optical industry.
Booth #C4196

Corporate Optometry TodayCorporate Optometry Today! (distributed as an insert in PentaVision’s “Eyecare Business” and “Optometric Management” magazines) covers best practices for today's corporate eyecare professional.
Booth #C4175

Booth #C4173

Young Professionals Advisory Group

Thank you to our Young Professionals Advisory Group that provides year-round recommendations and feedback to help shape the young professional attendee experience.

  • Sloan Rajadhyksha, OD
    Sloan Rajadhyksha, OD

    Specializing in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation

  • Bianca Augustino, OD
    Bianca Augustino, OD

    Executive Director, SOLutioN

  • Brianna Branch
    Brianna Branch

    Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019

  • Andrew Dias
    Andrew C. Dias, III, ABOC-AC, FNAO, HFOAA

    Optical Manager, Metropolitan Optical

  • Jordan Edwards
    Jordan Edwards, ABOC

    Frame Buyer, EyeCare Partners

  • Quy Nguyen
    Quy Nguyen, OD

    Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry

  • Bimal Patel
    Bimal Patel, OD

    Owner of Focus – Refined Eye Care, Houston, TX

  • William To
    William To, OD, ABOC

    Optical Illusions, Founder, At Will Consulting

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