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It is only through the generous support of our Visionary Sponsors, Europa Eyewear and Cherry Optical Labs Inc., that these live events are able to take place. Along with their support, we would like to thank the following Regional Sponsors: Rochester Optical, Essilor USA, Kleargo USA, Inc., Halliday Financial and Mitsui Chemicals.

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: Wright Brothers Room
Crowne Plaza JFK Airport Hotel
138-10 135th Avenue
Jamaica, New York  11436
United States
Contact: Mary Rogan

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Wright Brothers Room

9th Floor
Crowne Plaza JFK Airport Hotel
138-10 135th Avenue
Jamaica, New York 11436


8:15 a.m. Registration


9 a.m. Everybody Loves Warby (Business Management)

David Friedfeld

Warby Parker is a fantastic retailer whose product selection, pricing, knowledge of consumers and online expertise is changing the way eyewear is being dispensed.  To strongly compete in the ever-changing optical industry, eyecare professionals should be aware of what this company is doing right.  Learn how to take a more creative approach to your marketing efforts, offer an outstanding customer service experience and company culture, and differentiate yourself from the competition.


10 a.m. Future Business Trends (Business Management)

David Friedfeld

Megatrends –– what are they? Megatrends are powerful, irreversible changes within our society that are redefining our every day lives from how we work to what we buy. To maintain the upper hand against competition, today’s eyecare professionals must be aware of these shifts and begin to integrate them into their practices. This course identifies imminent trends within the industry, business environment  and our culture that are influencing your optical practice today.


11a.m. Light and Color Perception (Dual Approved)

Robert Wallner


Noon to 12:30 p.m. break with sponsors



12:30 p.m. GEN 8 Transition Lenses (Ophthalmic Dispensing Approved)

Rachel Hettler

The new Transitions® Signature® GEN 8 lens technology incorporates a fully reinvented system, including a reinvented matrix and new photochromic dyes. This technology allows a new frontier of performance and a new opportunity for eyecare professionals to meet patient needs.



BI-LINGUAL COURSES: These last two courses will be offered bi-lingually, depending on the RSVP response.


1:30 p.m. Abbe Values and Dispersion (Ophthalmic Dispensing Approved)

Bi-lingual (English/Spanish Interpretation provided by Licensed Optician, Mauricio Salazar)

Laura Frezza      

Using the science of Light and Optics, we will define and discuss Abbe Value and its relationship to refractive index. We will provide techniques to assist in selecting the most appropriate lens material based on refractive error and its complexity. As an overview, we will discuss ways to present different lens material to patients.


2:30 p.m. Diagnosis, Diseases and Remedies (Dual Approved)

Laura Frezza and Robert Wallner

This segment will provide an overview of the ocular pathologies that are often diagnosed without remedy. We will review these conditions, how they are diagnosed and the choices that we can provide to patients. What will be interesting is to see how far the technology has come to diagnose and better offer remedies.


**Permittees and students in training for preparation education are welcome to attend complimentary.  Pre-Registration is required for all permittees and students in training due to room capacity restrictions.

 If you are licensed and receiving credits, this is a complimentary event for NYSSO Members, and $30.00 per credit for NYSSO Members.  **




It is only through the generous support of our Visionary Sponsors, Europa Eyewear and Cherry Optical Labs, Inc., that this live event can take place, along with the support of Essilor and Mitsui Chemical.



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