Save the Date- Monterey Symposium

I had done a previous post on one of my favorite optical trade shows to attend- The Monterey Symposium They are now open for registration- check them out and see all the wonderful speakers (including myself- shameless plugger that I am) and events that will be happening! MONTEREY SYMPOSIUM 2009 November 20-22, 2009 The California … [Read more...]

Save The Date-ABO-NCLE-Optical Education

September 10-13, 2009 Duke Energy Convention Center- Cincinnati, OH Over 100 Hours of Continuing Education Speakers William Underwood Diane Drake Edward August Michael Della Pesca Mark Mattison-Shupnikc Michael Gzik Phyliis Rakow, Michael Ward For more information go to ABO-NCLE Questions can be emailed … [Read more...]

Good Reads for Optical Blog Readers

Cathy and I are avid readers and thought it would be a good idea to do recommended good reads for our Optical Blog readers. We thought we would start with something educational and relevant to optical. My good friend Peter Shaw-McMinn, is an author and helped write an excellent book on marketing with quotes by Dr Barressi, AOA executive director. … [Read more...]

“Get Educated” at International Vision Expo West 2009

Time flies so don't forget to mark International Vision Expo West 2009 on your calendar, it will be here before you know it! It is a great opportunity to "Get Educated". The Conference dates are September 30 - October 3, 2009 and the Exhibitor dates are October 1 - October 3, 2009 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. You can … [Read more...]

Optical Events-Monterey Symposium

If you have never been to Monterey- one of the most beautiful places in the USA, I recommend you think about going to the Monterey Symposium put on by the California Optometric Association.  The conference offers over 60 hours of continuing education for optometrists, opticians, para-optometrics and other professional staff. The date-November … [Read more...]

Anti-Reflective Lens Curriculum Introduced in Optometry Schools

The Vision Council announcement:  Anti-Reflective Lens Curriculum Introduced in Optometry Schools. The Vision Council will provide an educational grant to the Association of Practice Management Educators (APME) to design and deliver learning modules to increase the understanding and awareness of prescribing anti-reflective technologies. Recently … [Read more...]

Live From OptoWest- Good MoJo!

Have you ever walked into a place and it just feels right? Well here I am at OptoWest in Indian Wells and it just feels right. The mojo at the show, the energy is just perfect. Fact is- I'm having so much fun, keep forgetting to take the camera out.    Here is Page Yarwood resting after breaking his kneecap! He broke it by tripping over a … [Read more...]

Rocking Out at Eye Rock -Vision Expo East

This was my first Eye Rock Event- and if you go to any Vision Expo and you like to dance- Go to Eye Rock! It was a blast- the music was fantastic, everybody was dancing (even the men!) and singing and my feet hurt! Loved every minute of the show. Eye Rock, New York benefits OneSight and was sponsored by Revolution, EyeMed, Luxottica, … [Read more...]

ClearVision- Great Parties- Great Optical Swag Bags!

This is the 2nd year, that we have had the opportunity to attend parties given out by ClearVision. When they put on a party, they do it right. Unfortunately my pics didn't turn out too well. Friday nite- was the 60th anniversary party- major grazing grounds for those of us who love to eat! The food was so good! Met great people, had a lot of … [Read more...]

International Vision Expo East Report

Hi, we are back with our International Vision Expo East Report. It is always interesting to go to this show as you will certainly see the new trends and products and although some of them will take time to enter the mainstream, it is a peek into the future. I have been going to International Vision Expo East for many years but for the first time I … [Read more...]

Trade Show Trivia and Stats – Going to Vision Expo East

We leave for Vision Expo East on Thursday- and will be trying to give daily updates on what is happening at the show.  Searching for some interesting 'EyeBit's' on Trade Shows, came across this interesting article from  Flexi Display Blog (Actually for Exhibitors and has useful benefits on why attendees go to trade shows)  83% of attendees … [Read more...]

Vision Expo East – More Freebies

I recently wrote about a couple of fun events at Vision Expo East organizers suggested we let you know about some freebies. As a lot of us will be traveling on even more of a budget before it is good to take advantage of useful and free offers.  There is the free women’s symposium: Women Ask for Directions: Personalities in the Workplace at … [Read more...]

OptoWest – A Behind the Scene Look at Trade Shows

I was just honored the other day to again be asked to participate in the COA's Education and Professional Practice Committee. Being a participant for the last couple of years, I have developed a new appreciation for the planning of educational trade shows and the volunteer efforts that go into the planning.  Since OptoWest is coming up in April … [Read more...]


I find trade shows lots of work but also lots of fun. There are always parties and mixers to go to which are great for net working and seeing friends. Vision Expo East is coming up next month and here are two fun, good networking events, that I highly recommend so save the dates: The 10th Annual PLEIADES AWARD, Cocktail and Hors D'Oeuvres … [Read more...]

Vision West Sponsors Dr. Aaron Lech Seminar

          We just received this press release from Vision West about a new seminar program they will be sponsoring. The topic is intriguing, as a way of competing in today's marketplace.  Vision West has a long tradition of supporting independent eye care providers with continuing education and staff training programs. In 2009 … [Read more...]