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:
International Vision Expo awarded two students from each of the 23 official AOSA schools of optometry a $500 travel grant to attend either Vision Expo East 2014 in New York or Vision Expo West 2014 in Las Vegas.
Applicants submitted a 500 word essay describing how they can benefit from attending trade shows as an optometry student. 157 optometry students applied to win a travel grant. Congratulations to our winners for Vision Expo West!
Desirae Brinkley – UIWRSO
Yee Choi – IUSO
Clay Connolly – MCO
Trevor Dao – ICO
Nohade El-Zoghbi – UMSO
Daniel Geary – SCO
Julie Helmus – PUCO
Nanar Hovasapian – WUHSCO
Catherine Huang – UCB
Diyana Ivannova – IAUPR
Jonathan Le – NSUOK
Nathania Nhouyvanisvong – UAB
Michael Olma – PUCO
Sharlyn Ramirez – MCPHS
Linda Shi – SUNY
Steve Smith – MCO
David Taing – UHCO
Clare Tao – SUNY
Please note: International Vision Expo West is scheduled for September 17 - 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.
The winners for Vision Expo West are required to attend the student events on Saturday, September 20th. This includes the CE course at 9:00am, the lunch at 12:00pm and the other CE course at 2:00pm.
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, September 18: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday, September 19: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, September 20: 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 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.
Students 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, September 17: 12:15pm – 5:30pm
Thursday, September 18: 8:30am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Friday, September 19: 7:15am – 6:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Saturday, September 20: 8:30am – 5:00pm (break from 11:45am – 2:45pm)
Thursday, September 18
9:00pm – 1:00am
Bad Habits Concert
Location: Hard Rock Café
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock”.
Friday, September 19
9:00pm – 1:00am
Location: Paris Hotel
Club Marchon is the BIGGEST party in Las Vegas. Over 7,000 Vision Expo attendees come to party using the entire outdoor property at the Paris Hotel. Walk to paths to see multiple live acts, Vegas performers and bar destinations. You may get a pass to Club Marchon by visiting their booth anytime on Friday.
Saturday, September 20
9:00am – 10:00am
Student Education: The Vision Expo Experience, Part I (you must participate in both Part I and Part II)
Moderator: Ryan Parker, OD
Location: Level 1, Room 901
International Vision Expo is mixing things up. Get ready for hands-on learning! Dr. Ryan Parker will provide 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 and your group will build a plan on items you need to purchase to enhance your practice. Your group will have from 10:00am – 12:00pm to shop the exhibit hall to decide what to do with your money.
If you attended in 2013, we’re switching things up to give you a different experience!
Comments about the Vision Expo 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!
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Optometry Student Lunch
Location: Level 1, Room 901
Join us for this lunch and exciting program where you will get to network with students from across the country.
Learn tips for networking and job searching.
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Student Education: The Vision Expo Experience, Part II (you must participate in both Part I and Part II)
Moderator: Ryan Parker, OD
Location: Level 1, Room 901
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.
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Optometry Student Party
Location: Kahunaville Poolside Lanai Bar, Treasure Island
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.
Here’s a program to give you spending money while in Las Vegas. Every optometry student will receive a passport in their student packet when they get their attendee badge at the Student Registration Desk. 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 several $25 gift cards. Winners will be drawn at the optometry student party Saturday night, along with 3 - $100 gift cards. There will be over 30 chances to win.
Enjoy 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 15, 2014. 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.
In addition to the student-focused events, Vision Expo offers events and programs to help offset your expenses while at Vision Expo West. Check back often as offers are continuously added. Check back for events as they will routinely added
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.
To register as an Optometry Student for Vision Expo West:
- Click on the Registration button at the top right corner of the page
- Fill in your information and when you get to the Demographic Information page, choose “STUDENT”. On the next page, choose “STUDENT-OPTOMETRY”.
- 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.
- Once you have chosen which courses and events you will be attending, you can complete your registration.
If you have any issues, contact Client Services at 1-800-811-7151.
The AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public.
The AOSA represents more than 6,200 students attending the 23 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Each school has a unique AOSA chapter which works hard to raise thousands of dollars for community outreach and dedicates hundreds of hours in community service. Each school is represented on the AOSA Board by a Trustee and Trustee-Elect. These individuals have a deep passion for optometry and work to keep students informed about issues important to aspiring optometric physicians. These individuals act as a channel of communication between the schools and the AOSA.
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting, advancing and achieving excellence in optometric education. Since 1941, ASCO has achieved this vision by representing the interests of institutions of optometric education, enhancing the efforts of these institutions as they prepare highly qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry and serving the public’s eye and vision needs.
ASCO proudly represents all accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the fifty states and Puerto Rico. Our organization’s affiliate members include the Canadian schools of optometry, other foreign schools, allied organizations, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Once again, VEE did NOT disappoint. Whether it was the interesting CE courses, the vast amount of exhibits, the fun students’ parties, or just New York City in general, I was always so grateful for attending and was so sad to leave. There are countless opportunities to meet with other students and ODs and to reunite with colleagues and make you forgo sleep to make sure. Hunter Chapman, Southern College of Optometry, Class of 2016
I had a great time at Vision Expo East 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. Mary Kim Hoang, Western University of Health Sciences, Class of 2015
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.