Registration is Now Open for the Optical Lab Division Meeting

Registration is Now Open for the Optical Lab Division Meeting

Annual meeting ‘brings it all together for labs’

Alexandria, VA (July 1, 2013) - Online registration for the 2013 Optical Lab Division meeting - the complete lab event - is now open. The annual event will once again be held in conjunction with the continuing education and exhibits at International Vision Expo West, Oct. 2-5, in the newly renovated Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

We have created a highly relevant program for labs based on feedback from our members, said Susie Lesher, chair of The Vision Council's Optical Lab Division. There is no other place to receive top-notch, lab-centric education while networking with hundreds of your peers. When you combine those two things with International Vision Expo West's huge exhibit hall and extensive conference program offerings, you can't go wrong. The Optical Lab Division meeting continues to be the best place for labs to get business done.

Educational programming at this year's Optical Lab Division meeting will begin on Wednesday, October 2 in the afternoon. The Optical Lab Division's programming committee, headed by Drake McLean of Dietz-McLean Optical, has brought together thought-leaders, specialized experts and panelists to tackle five trending industry topics of importance to labs:

  • Making Eyewear to the Standard
  • The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Lab Businesses
  • The Influences of ECP Buying Groups on Optometrists' Lab Selection
  • Legal and Regulatory Updates
  • Redos in the Lab

This year our committee selected the theme ‘Bringing it All Together for You,' which is absolutely appropriate for the meeting, said Drake McLean, program chair for the Optical Lab Division. Over the course of four days, you have access to networking opportunities, timely education topics, special industry events, and hands-on exhibits - all of which has been carefully designed with lab professionals in mind. It's a must attend event for lab owners and members of their team.

There is no cost to attend the Optical Lab Division meeting for members of The Vision Council. Members who register receive complimentary access to all breakfasts, lunches, special events and educational programming. Non-members can register for lab education at $50 per session (per person).

The 14th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Oct. 2 from 6:30-9:30p.m. at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. The names of this year's Hall of Fame inductees and Directors' Choice Award recipient will be announced in July. Each year the banquet brings together optical industry professionals - new and veteran - to celebrate the rich heritage of this strong and diverse industry. Tickets are free to members of The Vision Council and can be purchased by non-members. Ticket reservations can be made online at thevisioncouncil.org/labmeeting.
For more information and to register for the Optical Lab Division meeting, visit thevisioncouncil.org/labmeeting.

About The Vision Council
Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses. Learn more at www.thevisioncouncil.org or like us on Facebook.

About the Optical Lab Division
In 2011, The Vision Council and the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) announced their joint affiliation, naming OLA the new Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council, and combining the activities of both associations to benefit their respective members. The Optical Lab Division provides information, publications, education, and programs to help members operate and improve their business and their lab operations. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/OLA.