With just over a month until its Las Vegas show, International Vision Expo West’s Continuing Education (CE) sessions are filling up fast. Held Oct. 2-5, 2013 (Education: Oct. 2-5, Exhibition: Oct. 3-5) at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Vision Expo West offers more than 350 hours of CE for every role and experience level, focused on three core competencies: disease diagnosis, treatment and management, clinical application of products, and healthy business solutions.

The 2013 CE Program has expanded to include several new specialty tracks, covering information for all eyecare professionals (ECPs) in five key segments: Clinical, Business Solutions, Optical Technology, Contact Lens and Allied Health. New offerings include a Special Nutrition Program (9-hours), Spectacle Lens Specialist Track (6-hours), New Government Regulations & Healthcare Update (11-hours), Guided Practice Modules (6-hours), Patient Wellness (10-hours), Chief eXperience Officer (CXO) Certificate Program (4-hours) and Sunwear (4-hours).

While early registration numbers indicate a strong interest in all-things business, courses within Vision Expo’s Clinical and Optical Technology segments are proving to be in high-demand for ECPs. Among the top 10 trending sessions, in terms of registration, are:

41C1: Melton and Thomas Treatment Guidelines (Clinical segment)
22C1: The Greatest Anterior Segment Disease and Medical Management of Contact Lenses Course – Ever (Clinical segment)
32C1: Glaucoma Treatment with Q&A (Clinical segment; Special Glaucoma Program)
31O2: Reducing Redo’s (Optical Technology segment)
33O2: Presenting and Selling Freeform Lenses (Optical Technology segment)
22B4: Five Ways to Increase Profits (Business Solutions segment)
21O2: How Important are the Measurements You Take? (Optical Technology segment; Spectacle Lens Specialist Track)
24B4: Profiting with Vision Care Plans (Business Solutions segment; Visionomics)
41B2: Winning Over the Upset Patient (Business Solutions segment)
“Our Melton and Thomas sessions are always well-attended but courses in our Special Glaucoma Program and Spectacle Lens Specialist Track are getting really strong numbers for their inaugural roll out at West,” said Kirk Smick, OD, FAAO, chairman of International Vision Expo’s Conference Advisory Board. “We’ve also noted a lot of interest in all three levels of our Optical Boot Camp Program, which speaks volumes for the demand for basic staff training and cross training. I think what’s important to note is that Vision Expo’s CE Program offers something for everyone; from ophthalmologists to laboratory technicians to practice managers and optical buyers. It’s one of the reasons that more optometrists and opticians continue to choose International Vision Expo for their continuing education over any other conference.”

International Vision Expo leads the field with the highest standards in CE. The 2013 program has been endorsed by Arizona Optometric Association (AZOA) and the Nevada Optometric Association (NOA). For more information about the CE Program at International Vision Expo West, including CE Highlights, a digital copy of the CE brochure and links to register, please visit www.visionexpowest.com/Continuing-Education.