Students

Optometry 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 ($150 value)
  • Free Education (unlimited)
  • Free Student Courses
  • Free lunches and networking events

$500 Optometry Student Travel Grant Program

International Vision Expo awarded one student from each of the 23 official AOSA schools of optometry a $500 travel grant to attend either Vision Expo East 2015 in New York or Vision Expo West 2015 in Las Vegas.

Applicants submitted a 500 word essay describing how they can benefit from attending trade shows as an optometry student. Congratulations to our winners for Vision Expo West!

Matthew Armentrout – SCO
Jeff Foster – UIWRSO
Lauren Hendrickson – NSUOK
Jesus Martinez – ICO
James Schweiger – AZCOPT
Ellery Vassallo – MCO

Please note: International Vision Expo West is scheduled for September 17 - 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.

The winners for Vision Expo West are required to attend the student events on Saturday, September 19th. This includes the two-part Choose Your Own Adventure Course and the Optometry Student Lunch.

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.

NOSA Students – Apply to win a Scholarship by May 31, 2015

The Vision Council will Award a $1,000 scholarship to one OD candidate at each school of optometry with an active NOSA Chapter. The scholarship will be renewable for one additional year if the recipient is still an active OD candidate meeting the stated criteria or has successfully graduated. Applicants are also automatically entered to win one of twenty-three $500 travel grants to International Vision Expo.

Applicants must be a member of their NOSA chapter.

Download the Application

How to Attend any of the 325+ hours of Education

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.

Choose Your Own Adventure - Optometry and Optician Student Education

This year’s optometry and optician student education program will let you control what you learn. Your learning experience will be based on knowledge gained while participating in the Vision Expo Education Program. You’ll be able to select and register for any ONE course (1 or 2 hours in length) and complete a brief activity related to that session, including connecting what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.

At 3:00pm on Saturday, you will attend the Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II course. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.

Check out the “How to Register” section below to guide you through the registration process.

Sponsored by: VSP

Student Schedule of Education & Events

Thursday, September 17

9:00pm – 12:00am Opening Night Party
Location: Hard Rock Café
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock”. You will need to pick up a wristband from one of the exhibiting sponsors’ booths by 6:00pm Thursday.

Friday, September 18

6:00pm – 8:00pm ODs on Facebook Party
Location: TAO
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.
9:00pm – 1:00am Club Marchon
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.

Sponsored by: MARCHON

Saturday, September 19

Anytime before 11:45am Choose Your Own Adventure: Part I (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Register for ONE course in the Vision Expo Education program (during your registration process). You can choose a course anytime on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or on Saturday morning that ends before 11:45am. After the session, you’ll connect what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.

Sponsored by: VSP
12:00pm – 1:00pm Optometry and Optician Student Lunch
Location: TBD
Join us for this lunch and exciting program where you will get to network with students from across the country.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Location: Room TBD, Sands Convention Center
Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.
Sponsored by: VSP
6:30pm – 8:30pm Optometry and Optician Student Party
Location: The Rock House (In the Venetian)
Students are invited to a fun Las Vegas bar to mix and mingle with peers before heading out on the town.
9:30pm Vegas Club Crawl
Students and Young Professionals Club members are invited to the Vegas Rockstar VIP Club Crawl. The night includes a premiere Ultra Lounge, a luxurious Limo Party Bus (with an open bar) and three of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas. Reserve your spot for $20 and International Vision Expo will cover the rest (normal cost is $99).

Rewards Program

Here’s a program to give you spending money while in Las Vegas. Every optometry and optician 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 $100 gift cards.

Hotel Information and Travel Discounts

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 or find other travel discounts. The hotel reservation deadline is August 24, 2015. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.

For other discounts on dining and entertainment, make sure to use Show Specials. Check back weekly as more deals get added.

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 that you want to attend.
    Note: Information about the courses and events are on this page.
  4. Once you have completed the RSPV page, continue to “Education” to register for your ONE course.
  5. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

*Registering as a student will require you show your Student ID to pick up your badge at the Sands Convention Center.

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

Partners

AOSA

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.


ASCO

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.


Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.


newOD

Bridging 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.optometric.com/newod or www.facebook.com/newod.


OptometryStudents.com

OptometryStudents.com hosts top notch articles, news, videos and clinical pearls which are all created by optometry student journalists from each optometry school. OptometryStudents.com allows students to become more involved in optometry and to help move the profession forward. Using relevant content, OptometryStudents.com keeps optometry students at the top of their game and attracts the most motivated and determined pre-optometry students to enter the profession.

Testimonials

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
No sooner did we traverse the gates to Vision Expo West, than we entered a world of designer frames and high-tech equipment that we had heretofore only glimpsed in magazines. Laura Goldberg, NECO, Class of 2016

Optician Students

To be eligible for this category, you must be enrolled as an optician student at one of the official 32 schools of opticianry supported by the National Federation of Opticianry Schools in the United States and Canada.

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

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • Free Education (unlimited)
  • Free Student Courses
  • Free lunches and networking events

How to Attend any of the 325+ hours of Education

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.

Choose Your Own Adventure - Optometry and Optician Student Education

This year’s optometry and optician student education program will let you control what you learn. Your learning experience will be based on knowledge gained while participating in the Vision Expo Education Program.  You’ll be able to select and register for any ONE course (1 or 2 hours in length) and complete a brief activity related to that session, including connecting what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.

At 3:00pm on Saturday, you will attend the Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II course. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.

Check out the “How to Register” section below to guide you through the registration process.

Sponsored by: VSP

Student Schedule of Education & Events

Thursday, September 17

9:00pm – 12:00am Opening Night Party
Location: Hard Rock Café
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock”. You will need to pick up a wristband from one of the exhibiting sponsors’ booths by 6:00pm Thursday.

Friday, September 18

6:00pm – 8:00pm ODs on Facebook Party
Location: TAO
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.
9:00pm – 1:00am Club Marchon
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.

Sponsored by: MARCHON

Saturday, September 19

Anytime before 11:45am Choose Your Own Adventure: Part I (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Register for ONE course in the Vision Expo Education program (during your registration process). You can choose a course anytime on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or on Saturday morning that ends before 11:45am. After the session, you’ll connect what you learned with the exhibit hall to gain additional insight and discover how Vision Expo - the people and the products - can be a comprehensive resource for you.

Sponsored by: VSP
12:00pm – 1:00pm Optometry and Optician Student Lunch
Location: TBD
Join us for this lunch and exciting program where you will get to network with students from across the country.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II (you must participate in Part I and Part II)
Location: Room TBD, Sands Convention Center
Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. A moderator will help facilitate conversations around word clouds created by you, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.
Sponsored by: VSP
6:30pm – 8:30pm Optometry and Optician Student Party
Location: The Rock House (In the Venetian)
Students are invited to a fun Las Vegas bar to mix and mingle with peers before heading out on the town.
9:30pm Vegas Club Crawl
Students and Young Professionals Club members are invited to the Vegas Rockstar VIP Club Crawl. The night includes a premiere Ultra Lounge, a luxurious Limo Party Bus (with an open bar) and three of the most exclusive clubs in Vegas. Reserve your spot for $20 and International Vision Expo will cover the rest (normal cost is $99).

Rewards Program

Here’s a program to give you spending money while in Las Vegas. Every optometry and optician 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 $100 gift cards.

Hotel Information and Travel Discounts

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 or find other travel discounts. The hotel reservation deadline is August 24, 2015. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.

For other discounts on dining and entertainment, make sure to use Show Specials. Check back weekly as more deals get added.

How to Register

To register as an Optician 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-OPTICIANRY”.
  3. Continue filling in the fields and make sure to register for the events that you want to attend.
    Note: Information about the courses and events are on this page.
  4. Once you have completed the RSPV page, continue to “Education” to register for your ONE course.
  5. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

*Registering as a student will require you show your Student ID to pick up your badge at the Sands Convention Center.

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

Partners

National Federation of Opticianry Schools

The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion of formal opticianry education offered by accredited educational institutions. Formal education is fundamental to the credibility of the Optician as a vision care professional.

The NFOS is a nonprofit organization whose members represent formal Opticianry education in the United States and Canada. One of cornerstone ideals of the NFOS is the sharing of knowledge, to that end we have developed this website for the dissemination of information for the optical community.


Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Testimonials

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
No sooner did we traverse the gates to Vision Expo West, than we entered a world of designer frames and high-tech equipment that we had heretofore only glimpsed in magazines. Laura Goldberg, NECO, Class of 2016

Other Students

Students benefit from many programs available at International Vision Expo:

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Registration (A $150 value)
  • Free Education (unlimited)

Free Exhibit Hall Registration

Students receive FREE admission to the Exhibit Hall at International Vision Expo West, a $150 value, when they select one of the following student categories as their title during online registration. (Options are: Student – Pre-Optometry, Student – Fashion, Student – Other)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Avoid visiting exhibitors in packs as it can be intimidating to sales reps.
  3. When you arrive at a booth, ask if there is anyone who works with student programs who you can talk to.
  4. 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.
  5. Be respectful of exhibitors’ time and try to keep conversations brief if their booth seems busy.
  6. Be sure to thank the exhibitors for taking time to speak with you.

Free Education

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.

Free Events

Thursday, September 17

9:00pm – 12:00am Opening Night Party
Location: Hard Rock Café
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock”. You will need to pick up a wristband from one of the exhibiting sponsors’ booths by 6:00pm Thursday.

Friday, September 18

6:00pm – 8:00pm ODs on Facebook Party
Location: TAO
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.
9:00pm – 1:00am Club Marchon
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.

Sponsored by: MARCHON

Hotel Information and Travel Discounts

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 or find other travel discounts. The hotel reservation deadline is August 24, 2015. A complimentary shuttle bus will transport guests from the listed hotels to the convention center.

For other discounts on dining and entertainment, make sure to use Show Specials. Check back weekly as more deals get added.

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 – Pre-OPTOMETRY, STUDENT – FASHION, or STUDENT – OTHER.
  3. Continue filling in the fields.
  4. Once you have completed the requested information, you can complete your registration.

*Registering as a student will require you show your Student ID to pick up your badge at the Sands Convention Center.

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

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