Wow, I feel kind of old. 2015 will be my 5th Vision Expo East. I started going as a pre-optometry student and I must say it was a huge help to get me where I am today. The amount of networking, relationship building and education has helped mold me into a better optometrist and business person. One of the most beneficial things about Vision Expo is the unlimited access to connect, learn, and network with some of the greatest clinical minds in the profession. They are some of the most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in the ophthalmic industry.
One of the biggest opthalmic events in the world, in one of the greatest cities in the world, Vision Expo East has stood the test of time in delivering an absolute stunning experience that I relish on an annual basis. Along with the education and networking, the exhibit hall is packed with the newest technology and trends impacting our profession.
The Jacob Javits Center is easily accessible on the west side of the city, which means there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy all New York City has to offer in between exploring the exhibit hall, attending educational lectures, spending time with colleagues and making new connections.
I made about half of my connections when I was at Vision Expo East and West. At first I started small as a pre-optometry student: meeting individuals, expressing my goals and desires for optometry, and handing out business cards was all I needed to get started. Then, year after year, I started meeting more influential people. It wasn’t until my last Vision Expo that I realized the “top-dogs” are always walking the exhibit halls at these meetings, I just never knew it. Having experienced just how valuable attending these premier events in optometry have been, there is never a question as to whether I am going to attend VEE. The question is when am I going to fly into NYC? That being said, below is a photo journey of some great times over the last few Vision Expo events that I personally attended. These are certainly memories I will never forget, with colleagues and friends.
Vision Expo East 2015 Dates & Times
Education Dates and Hours
|Thursday, March 19, 2015||7:00am – 6:00pm|
|Friday, March 20, 2015||8:30am – 6:00pm|
|Saturday, March 21, 2015||8:30am – 6:00pm|
|Sunday, March 22, 2015||8:30am – 5:00pm|
Exhibition Dates and Hours
|Friday, March 20, 2105||9:30am – 6:00pm|
|Saturday, March 21, 2015||9:30am – 6:00pm|
|Sunday, March 22, 2015||9:30am – 5:00pm|
Vision Expo East 2015 Education
I will be in a few of these courses, so be sure to keep an eye out for me… Who else needs some Glaucoma CE?
The Young Professionals Club
This is a no-brainer if you are a new graduate…. Seriously, the benefits are enormous! As a Young Professionals Club (YPC) member, you receive…
International Vision Expo East benefits include:
- Free Exhibit Hall Registration (a $150 value)
- 6 Free hours of CE (a $283 value)
- Exclusive YPC Member Programs and Social Events
In my last post about the YPC, I calculated that by joining YPC you save $2,630 over 5 years, which is a 47% discount for continuing education. You can then take that money and put it towards your 6.8% interest loan and save another $1,000 in interest over 5 years. So, that’s a total savings of $3,630 thanks to Vision Expo.
Schedule of Events
Friday, March 20
- 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Young Professionals Club Member Reception
- 8:00pm – 9:00pm | ODs on Facebook Party
- 9:00pm – 1:00am | Bad Habits Concert
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock” from 9:00pm – 12:00am. You must get a wristband from a sponsors’ booth (by 6pm Friday) to attend.
Saturday, March 21
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm | YPC Lunch: Therapeutic Considerations for Management of Patients With Chronic Dry Eye
- Speaker: Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO
- Location: Room TBD, Javits Center
Join your fellow Young Professionals Club members for this lunch and learn. Space is limited. A waitlist will be started after the first 100 YPC members register.
Vision Expo Behind the Scenes
The NewGradOptometry.com film team went and filmed several videos at Vision Expo West in 2014. The influential individuals in these videos attend Vision Expo every year. Check out the videos here.
Great articles about Vision Expo
- Vision Expo East From the Perspective of 4 New Grads ODs
- The New Grad Optometrist Guide to Vision Expo West
- You Can Attend the 2014 Vision Expo East (with 6 hours of CE) for Free
- Vision Expo West – Videos Behind the Scenes
- 7 Reasons You Should Attend Vision Expo West 2014
- 4 Reasons Why I’m Attending Vision Expo West as a New Graduate
- Vision Expo West 2013: A Preview to this Stunning Trade Show
- Vision Expo East & West – See you there!