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Students

To be eligible for this category, you must be enrolled as an optometry student at one of the official 23 schools of optometry in the United States and Canada.

Optometry Students benefit from many programs available at International Vision Expo:

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Registration ($75 value)
  • FREE Continuing Education (unlimited)
  • Student Courses and Lunch ($10 each or all 3 for $25)
  • FREE Networking Events

Free Exhibit Hall Registration

Optometry students receive FREE admission to the Exhibit Hall at International Vision Expo West, a $75 value, when they select "Student-Optometry" as their title during online registration.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, October 3: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday, October 4: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, October 5: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Tips:

  • While we encourage you to visit all exhibitors, you can identify student friendly exhibitors for Vision Expo West by locating this icon Student Friendly on the exhibitor list in My Show Planner.
  • Avoid visiting exhibitors in packs as it can be intimidating to sales reps.
  • When you arrive at a booth, ask if there is anyone who works with student programs who you can talk to.
  • Be mindful that the sales reps are here to conduct business. If a sales rep is assisting another person, please do not interrupt as it could be one of their current or prospective customers.
  • Be respectful of exhibitors' time and try to keep conversations brief if their booth seems busy.
  • Be sure to thank the exhibitors for taking time to speak with you.

More Education Options – How to Attend any of the 325+ hours of Continuing Education

EducationStudents may sit in on any class at International Vision Expo as long as the course is not sold out. Arrive at the course you wish to attend prior to the course's start time. If the course is not sold out you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.

Continuing Education Hours

Wednesday, October 2: 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Thursday, October 3: 8:30am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Friday, October 4: 8:30am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Saturday, October 5: 8:30am – 5:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)

Student Schedule of Education & Events

Friday, October 4

6:00pm – 8:00pm
ODs on Facebook Party co-hosted with Dr. Alan Glazier
Session: S101
Location: LAVO (In the Palazzo)
Vision Expo has teamed with Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, to host an event open to all ophthalmic professionals currently in the social network or looking to begin. Here's your chance to grab a drink and make that in-person connection. Follow Vision Expo at www.facebook.com/visionexpo and join the ODs on Facebook group at http://on.fb.me/ODsonFacebook

LAVO

9:00pm – 1:00am
Marchon Party
Paris Hotel

Please join the Marchon Team for a night of cocktails, laser light show and dancing, with a special performance by Haute Chile, one of the most renowned show bands in the nation. Admission is free. Express line pass or Vision Expo West attendee badge is required to enter the party. Express line passes available at the The Marchon booth.

Marchon

Saturday, October 5

9:00am – 10:00am
Student Education: The Student Expo Experience Session I (you must participate in both Part I and Part II)
Moderator: Ryan Parker, OD
Session: S201
Location: Medical & Scientific Theater, Booth 4121
Get ready for hands-on learning! Dr. Ryan Parker will provide a base of information of products you'll need in your future practice and how vendor relations and trade shows will help your future purchasing process. Divide and conquer! The class will divide into groups and will be provided a scenario of what your practice set-up is like along with a category that you will need to research for your practice. Your group will have from 10:00am – 2:00pm to compare several product options in the exhibit hall and decide which is best for your practice's needs.

Sponsored by: VSP

Comments from Vision Expo West about the Vision Expo Business Experience

After attending several conferences, student CE can get quite monotonous with the usual lecture, PowerPoint slides, etc. I, however, had my best CE experience yet at VEE! The student program was perfectly tailored for us. Even more, the real-world practice management prompts were insightful and thought-provoking. Usually, I find the exhibit hall intimidating because I never know what to say to exhibitors since I'm not a purchaser yet, but this CE program allowed me to engage with exhibitors like never before. There was great value in this CE and think it's a great addition to the student program. P.S. - I've never used social media so much like I did with VEE...this was a fun extra with this course!

Excellent opportunity. Loved it!! So much better than sitting in classes all day :)

This was awesome - will definitely keep this exercise in mind as I go out and decide on what products I want in my office. I thought I would feel nervous/uncomfortable, but forcing us to get our feet wet was AWESOME - and it was fun and easy!

See what Jen Diamond from PCO had to say about her experience on OptometryStudents.com

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Optometry Student Lunch
Session: S202
Location: Medical & Scientific Theater, Booth 4121
Join us for this lunch where you will get to network with students from across the country.

Attendees will hear a short presentation on the US Optical Market Overview from Steve Kodey, Senior Director of Industry Research for The Vision Council

This presentation will give attendees an overview of the US eyewear and eye care market on a product-by-product basis. Using several different research programs from The Vision Council, we examine consumer usage and opinion of various forms of vision correction. We also examine sales trends and activity for Rx eyeglasses, contact lenses, plano sunglasses, OTC reading glasses and refractive surgery. Special emphasis is placed on key drivers and growth markets, such as digital surfacing/free form lenses and online eyewear sales. Finally, using a variety of general economic (and optical-specific) indicators, we examine where the industry is heading over the next couple years and how doctors and industry professionals can prepare for the future.

Sponsored by: Alcon

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Student Education:  The Student Expo Experience Session II (you must participate in both Part I and Part II)
Moderator: Ryan Parker, OD
Session: S203
Location: Medical & Scientific Theater, Booth 4121
Once your group has had the chance to complete the task, all groups will come back together to discuss what you learned to help you prepare for the decisions you will be making in your career post-graduation.

Sponsored by: VSP

Kuhunaville Poolside Lanai Bar8:00pm – 10:00pm
Optometry Student Party
Session: S204
Location: Kuhunaville Poolside Lanai Bar

Students are invited to a fun Las Vegas bar to mix and mingle with peers before heading out on the town.

Register for these education courses and events during your conference registration process. For the most up to date information on other free events taking place at Vision Expo West, be sure to check out Show Specials on the Vision Expo West website. If you have any questions, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.

Mentor Program

International Vision Expo's Mentor Program was developed to give Optometry students like you a unique opportunity to connect with a seasoned OD mentor at Vision Expo West offering guidance and advice on how to navigate our Las Vegas event.

Prior to the show, you and your OD mentor will have the opportunity to contact each other, share questions that will better prepare you for your experience at Vision Expo as well as schedule a time to meet at the conference if you'd like.

If you would like to participate in the Mentor Program, check this option during your online registration process. You will be contacted closer to Vision Expo West once a match has been made for you. The deadline to register for this program is September 6, 2013.

Rewards Program

Here's a program to give you spending money while in Las Vegas. For each event or sponsors' booth you attend that's listed on the passport, you will be entered for the chance to win one of five $25 gift cards. Winners will be drawn at the optometry student party Saturday night, along with 3 - $100 gift cards. There will be over 12 chances to win, starting with the ODs on Facebook Party Friday night.

Passport

Hotel Information and Travel Discounts

Travel

FlamingoEnjoy your time at International Vision Expo West in one of the premier hotels Las Vegas has to offer! International Vision Expo has worked with a number of hotels to provide you reduced rates. Book your hotel here. The hotel reservation deadline is August 29, 2013. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.

For discounts on travel (airfare, shuttles), visit the travel and entertainment section on our website.

Stretch Your Dollar Further (Free Vision Expo Events and Las Vegas Discounts)

For discounts on travel (airfare, shuttles); entertainment (dining, coupons, nightlife) or for more information on Vision Expo parties, visit the travel and entertainment section on our website.

How to Register

To register as an Optometry Student for Vision Expo West:

  1. Click on the Registration button at the top right corner of the page
  2. Fill in your information and when you get to the Demographic Information page, choose "STUDENT". On the next page, choose "STUDENT-OPTOMETRY".
  3. Continue filling in the fields and make sure to register for the events and student education that you want to attend.
    Note: Information about the courses and events are on this page.
  4. Once you have chosen which courses and events you will be attending, you can either add another registrant or complete your registration.

If you have any issues, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.

Career and Practice Planning Resources

New O.D.

newODBridging the Gap Between Optometry's Classroom and Exam Room
New OD, produced by Optometric Management, is the career and practice-planning resource that offers students and recent optometry school grads the valuable information they need to make the right career moves; run a successful practice by mastering the business of eyecare; tap into optometry's hottest opportunities; and more. Visit them online at www.optometricmanagement.com.

Vision Jobs

Vision JobsVision Jobs is a custom-designed tool to help connect qualified talent with the universe of eyecare professionals and industry recruiters year-round. Vision Jobs is powered by Local Eye Site.

Testimonials

Mary Kim Hoang
Western University of Health Sciences, Class of 2015

I had a great time at Vision Expo West and it showed to be a wonderful learning experience. The group projects were very insightful in showing us that all of our questions can be answered under one roof. I like that we have the potential to shop around, giving corporate companies the motivation to come up with the best products and services alongside their competitors.

Yujia "Gia" Huang
SUNY, Class of 2013

"I have attended Vision Expo West every year since I've entered optometry school. What I've noticed is that in the beginning, I wandered around to all the different booths and learned about all the different equipment and companies without really knowing the big picture of how everything is used. However, it supplied me with little puzzle pieces of information that fall into place as I learned more in school. In the following years, the trade shows and information I garnered from the booths helped solidify what I learned in school and helped supplement information. It also provided me with more advanced knowledge that some of my colleagues and fellow students did not know of yet. It gave me a leg up in learning about new treatment or new methods within my field."

Rebecca Lee
University of California, Berkeley College of Optometry

But the moment I stepped into the warmth of Jacob Javits Center from the New York cold, I was struck by the electric buzz and the raw energy radiating from the show floor. Polished businessmen strolled by, conversing rapidly in French. Impeccably dressed sales representatives enthusiastically showcased their new products. Eager opticians and optometrists traversed the exhibition halls exploring cutting-edge equipment or trendy eyewear. This place was a jungle gym for anyone immersed in the world of eyecare. It finally hit me that optometry was so much more than “Which is better, 1 or 2?” Optometry was medicine, politics, business, fashion, art, technology, scientific research, advertising, and media - See more at: http://www.optometrystudents.com/why-vision-expo-east-is-my-favorite-trade-show/#sthash.yaVGKVoW.dpuf

About Your Speakers

Ryan Parker, OD

Dr Parker graduated from the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma in 2004.  While in school he was honored to be elected as President of The American Optometric Student Association and greatly enjoyed his time serving the national student association.  He opened Parker Family Vision Center in 2007 after being involved in two partnerships.  Dr. Parker practices full scope optometry.  He is proud to be among a select group of Optometrists in the state of Oklahoma that have completed the training to become licensed to perform PRK eye surgery.  Dr. Parker has been actively involved in sports his entire life and has merged his passion for sports and eye care by specializing in sports vision training.  He is president and co-founder of iSport Vision Performance which is a national sports vision training company.  Dr. Parker also lectures nationwide for Essilor of North America. He has lectured on practice management topics at many of the schools and colleges of Optometry.  He has presented numerous lectures to opticians and optometric physicians on a variety of spectacle lens related topics and has also co-starred in an Essilor educational no glare video.

Steve Kodey, The Vision Council

Steve Kodey is the Senior Director of Industry Research for The Vision Council. As part of The Vision Council "Members Services" team, Steve is responsible for the administration and implementation of the association's core research programs. These programs include VisionWatch (consumer based market survey), ECP retail surveys, The Vision Council shipments program (wholesale market activity), I.O.T.A. (international trade activity in lenses and frames), and the Eyewear and Accessories Benchmarking Study (financial and operating ratios). Steve is also responsible for providing research support services to other Vision Council departments, divisions and committees often dealing in research involving public awareness of vision care and trade show activity and behaviors. 

Prior to coming on board with The Vision Council in February of 2005, Steve was the Manager of Economic and Market Research at the Printing Industries of America in Alexandria, VA for five years. He has a B.A. in Economics from The Richard Stockton College of NJ and is working toward his M.S. in Survey Methodology from The University of Maryland.

Students benefit from many programs available at International Vision Expo:

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Registration ($75 value)
  • FREE Continuing Education (unlimited)

Free Exhibit Hall Registration

Students receive FREE admission to the Exhibit Hall at International Vision Expo West, a $75 value, when they select one of the following student categories as their title during online registration. (Options are: Student – Optician, Student – Pre-Optometry, Student – Fashion, Student – Other)

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, October 3: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday, October 4: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, October 5: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Tips:

  • While we encourage you to visit all exhibitors, you can identify student friendly exhibitors for Vision Expo West by locating this icon Student Friendly on the exhibitor list in My Show Planner.
  • Avoid visiting exhibitors in packs as it can be intimidating to sales reps.
  • When you arrive at a booth, ask if there is anyone who works with student programs who you can talk to.
  • Be mindful that the sales reps are here to conduct business. If a sales rep is assisting another person, please do not interrupt as it could be one of their current or prospective customers.
  • Be respectful of exhibitors' time and try to keep conversations brief if their booth seems busy.
  • Be sure to thank the exhibitors for taking time to speak with you.

FREE Education

EducationStudents may sit in on any class at International Vision Expo as long as the course is not sold out. Arrive at the course you wish to attend prior to the course's start time. If the course is not sold out you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.

Continuing Education Hours

Wednesday, October 2: 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Thursday, October 3: 8:30am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Friday, October 4: 8:30am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Saturday, October 5: 8:30am – 5:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)

FREE Events 

Friday, October 4

6:00pm – 8:00pm
ODs on Facebook Party co-hosted with Dr. Alan Glazier
Location:LAVO (In the Palazzo)

Vision Expo has teamed with Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, to host an event open to all ophthalmic professionals currently in the social network or looking to beginHere's your chance to grab a drink and make that in-person connection. Follow Vision Expo at www.facebook.com/visionexpo and join the ODs on Facebook group at http://on.fb.me/ODsonFacebook.

LAVO

9:00pm – 1:00am
Marchon Party
Paris Hotel

Please join the Marchon Team for a night of cocktails, laser light show and dancing, with a special performance by Haute Chile, one of the most renowned show bands in the nation. Admission is free. Express line pass or Vision Expo West attendee badge is required to enter the party. Express line passes available at the The Marchon booth.

Marchon

Registration is not required for these events. For the most up to date information on free events taking place at Vision Expo West, be sure to check out Show Specials on the Vision Expo West website. If you have any questions, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.

Hotel Information and Travel Discounts

Travel

FlamingoEnjoy your time at International Vision Expo West in one of the premier hotels Las Vegas has to offer! International Vision Expo has worked with a number of hotels to provide you reduced rates. Book your hotel here. The hotel reservation deadline is August 29, 2013. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.

For discounts on travel (airfare, shuttles), visit the travel and entertainment section on our website.

Stretch Your Dollar Further (Free Vision Expo Events and Las Vegas Discounts)

For discounts on travel (airfare, shuttles); entertainment (dining, coupons, nightlife) or for more information on Vision Expo parties, visit the travel and entertainment section on our website.

How to Register

To register as a Student for Vision Expo West:

  1. Click on the Registration button at the top right corner of the page
  2. Fill in your information and when you get to the Demographic Information page, choose STUDENT. On the next page, choose the category that applies to you: STUDENT – OPTICIAN, STUDENT – Pre-OPTOMETRY, STUDENT – FASHION, or STUDENT – OTHER.
  3. Continue filling in the fields.
  4. Once you have completed the requested information, you can either add another registrant or complete your registration.

If you have any issues, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.

Students from all over the country attend International Vision Expo. To help you connect with others from your school, we have listed other current students who are participating in this year's event. Please check back often for updates to this list. We look forwarding to seeing you at Vision Expo West.

American Career College

Marco Ayala
Brian Carrillo
Tamesha Hairston
Rodrigo Hernandez
Andrea Jaramillo
Chanrithya Mao
Alfredo Mata
Steven Scott
Connie Sotomayor
Jim Su
Ana Torres
Brian Torres
Claudia Torres
Courtney Wright-Olson

California State University of Long Beach

Michael Guerret

Hodges University

Stephanie Sharp

Indiana University

Cassie Baker
Julie Shalhoub

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

Sundeep Kaur
Linda Nguyen

Lambert Optical

David Lambert

Miami Dade College

Alejandro Delgado

Midwestern University

Trisha Fournier

New England College of Optometry

Maggie Dong

Ohio State College of Optometry

Joseph Razzano

Summit Career College

Pamela Brooker

Summit College

Caralynda Pete
Blessing Uyovbievbo

Texas A&M University

Hendry Renaldo

UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

Linh Phan

Western University College of Optometry

Shaun Brennan

Western University of Health Sciences

Emily Hardy
Liza Smith
Jean Sugimoto
Pratik Vyas
Annie Williams