International Vision Expo and Conference East promises to deliver all the latest products, trends and information on medical eye care, fashion, lens technology, and business solutions at its annual meeting here in March.
Kirk L. Smick, OD, FAAO, chairman of the conference advisory board, noted that International Vision Expo has become the one continuing education venue in the United States where all educational courses are open to all members of the eye-care profession.
"It is not uncommon to find ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians sitting next to each other in several different courses," Dr. Smick said. "This is truly a unique opportunity to 'expand your field of vision' through education and networking in the profession."
Highlights of the event include several free keynote activities:
Visionomics-Become the CEO of Your Practice: Manage the People, Process, and Expenses
Friday, 5 to 6 p.m.
Obama Health Care Reform
Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m.
Learn the latest on health-care reform as it is dissected by Bill Applegate, senior policy advisor at Bryan Cave LLP. Attendees will learn the status of reform, major points of interest to the optical community, and what preparations they should be making.
Other highlights • Optical Boot Camp training sessions
The popular Optical Boot Camp new dispenser immersion programs return in the forms of "Immersion Training for New Dispensers" (Optical Boot Camp Level 1) and "Top Gun" (Optical Boot Camp Level 2).
• Allied Health Personnel education
Do you need to renew your licensure for JCAHPO or learn how to become a high-performance ophthalmic technician? Vision Expo offers continuing education courses that have been submitted to JCAHPO for accreditation.
• Ocular Surface Society of Optometry debut
Join top educators for a comprehensive dry eye diagnosis and management seminar that will cover all aspects of diagnosis and treatment strategies.
• Optometric Retina Society
In these exclusive courses, learn about the diagnosis and management of retinal disorders.
• Lunch with the Experts roundtable
Have lunch with members of International Vision Expo's conference advisory board to discuss critical topics in an intimate roundtable environment
• Frame Buyer's Certificate Program
Maximize your dispensary's profit potential. Upon completion of eight Frame Buyer continuing education hours, you will be awarded a Frame Buyer's Certificate. Hours may be combined over multiple years.
• Diabetes education
Learn the latest on diabetes care and management.
• Student session
A 2-hour presentation for optometry students who are thinking about what they will do after they graduate.
Keep pace with the future of e-technology software and the Internet.
• Boot Camp workshops
Frame adjusting and repair, taking accurate spectacle measurements, and basic lensometry.