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...]

Optical Trade Shows

Trade Shows  AOA - Optometry's Meeting  California Optical Laboratories Associations International Vision Expo East International Vision Expo West Monterey Symposium Midwest Vision Congress & Expo Optical Laboratories Association (OLA)  Optometry's Meeting Optowest SECO International, LLC International Trade … [Read more...]

International Schools of Optometry

There are many schools of optometry in the world. Listed are some of the International Schools of Optometry Australia Queensland University of Technology, School of Optometry - Brisbane | 61 7 3864 2000 |  University of Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne | 03 9349 7400 University of New South Wales, School of Optometry - Sydney | … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Optical Trade Show

How many times have you been to a Trade Show and not been prepared? No business cards? Hotel room 20 miles away? It happens, but below is some Helpful Hints on preparing for a Trade Show. Pre-Plan Pre-register- Registering in advance saves you money. It will also insure you get the classes you want. Many trade shows offer bungled … [Read more...]

Top 13 Reasons to Attend Optical State Trade Shows

Opto- West is coming up, I am very excited to be attending this show. It will be held at the Hyatt Grand Champion Resort in Indian Wells, CA, April 2-5th.  (www.optowest.com). It is always nice that an State trade show is located in a wonderful location. I've been to the Resort- it's great, the rooms are large, the staff nice and their is a ton of … [Read more...]

Optical Education and Trade Shows

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Optical Glossary

20/20 -the expression for normal eyesight (or 6/6 in countries where metric measurements are used). This notation is expressed as a fraction. The numerator (1st number) refers to the distance you were from the test chart, which is usually 20 feet (6 meters). The denominator (2nd number) denotes the distance at which a person with normal eyesight … [Read more...]