Vision Expo Announces Plans to Reimagine the Show’s Continuing Education Offerings

Online Education

The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, co-owners of Vision Expo, are reimagining the Show’s continuing education offerings with the launch of VisionEd Direct, a new virtual continuing education platform offering on-demand accredited courses, and plans for a new education area to debut at Vision Expo East 2021.

Built on the Quantum Optical platform, one of the premier sources for continuing education in the ophthalmic field, VisionEd Direct launches today with 10 hours of accredited education, including five hours of Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) courses and five hours of American Board of Opticianry (ABO) courses. Visit the platform at

“Vision Expo has always been committed to delivering the highest caliber of education,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President of Vision Expo at Reed Exhibitions. “We are doubling down on our efforts to offer the best in education throughout the year with the launch of an on-demand platform, which is more relevant and important than ever before in the new COVID-19 reality we are adapting to. We are proud to offer VisionED Direct as a cutting-edge virtual option for the community to continue learning in between in-person events.”

VisionEd Direct courses are available on-demand and feature top educators from across the industry. The courses are priced at $15 per credit hour. As part of Vision Expo’s commitment to students, the courses are being offered to current students on a complimentary basis.

The easy-to-navigate VisionEd Direct platform features automatic grading, a virtual notepad for seamless note-taking, and electronic reporting of instant certificates. Furthermore, the platform stores all accreditation documentation as well as test history for easy access at any time.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have worked diligently to keep the community connected and engaged. VisionEd Direct is the latest in a number of virtual offerings that we and our partners at Reed Exhibitions have rolled out to meet the demand for quality virtual programming and education during this challenging time for the optometric and optical communities,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council. “With an on-demand format featuring the same world-class educators typically present at Vision Expo each year, VisionEd Direct offers users access to an exceptional educational experience consistent with what they have come to expect from Vision Expo.”

“Quantum Optical is pleased to join forces with Vision Expo on this innovative new venture,” said Michael Della Pesca, President at Quantum Optical. “As an industry leader in continuing education for eye care professionals, Vision Expo’s extensive resources will be the perfect complement to Quantum Optical’s cutting edge educational platform, enabling thousands of eyecare providers to access premium educational materials easily, quickly, and affordably.”

The COPE accredited course offerings available on VisionEd Direct include:

  • Cases From Your Phone – Avoiding Perils of Telemedicine, taught by Marc Bloomenstein, OD
  • New Glaucoma Medications, taught by Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – An Era of Change For Optometry, taught by Jay Haynie, OD, FAAO
  • Red Eyes – It’s just conjunctivitis…Or Is It? taught by Josh Johnston, OD, FAAO
  • Oral Pharmaceuticals in Anterior Segment Disease, taught by Blair Lonsberry, OD, MS, MEd

The ABO accredited course offerings on VisionEd Direct include:

  • Frame Board Management – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, taught by Jackie O’Keefe Lincoln, ABOC
  • Extraordinary Customer Service Models, taught by Joy Gibb, ABOC
  • Patient Communication and Sales Strategies, taught by Val Manso
  • Digital Eye Strain – What Every Optician and Technician Needs to Know, taught by Michael Vitale, ABOM, LDO, NCLEC
  • Innovations in Lens and Frame Technology, taught by Phernell Walker, MBA, ABOM

Complete course descriptions can be found at

Additionally, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions plan to debut VisionEd, a rebranded, in-person education area dedicated to seminars, workshops and presentations, at Vision Expo East 2021, set to take place May 25–28, 2021 at the Javits Center in New York City. VisionEd is where attendees will hone their craft in courses led by renowned experts in clinical research, business, fashion, and marketing. Additional details on VisionEd at Vison Expo East 2021 will be announced soon.

For more information on Vision Expo, visit and follow Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and LinkedIn. Click here to pre-register for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place from May 25–28 in New York City.


About Vision Expo
Vision Expo East in New York City and West in Las Vegas are trade-only conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear presented by co-owners Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council. Vision Expo is the complete event for ophthalmic professionals, where eyecare meets eyewear, and education, fashion, and innovation mingle. In the Vision Expo Exhibit Hall, eyecare providers can discover trends, interact with new technologies, and access innovative products and services. The Vision Expo education program is driven by the profession, offering content of the highest quality and relevance to enhance overall patient care. For more information, click here and follow Vision Expo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.   

About The Vision Council
As the vision care leader in enabling better vision for better lives, The Vision Council positions its members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. Furthermore, through a partnership with Think About Your Eyes, The Vision Council supports consumer education around eyewear and eyecare.

About Quantum Optical
Quantum Optical develops and administers live and online educational programs for ECPs. The company has created a proven, proprietary system that has been delivering effective training and continuing education to thousands of ophthalmic professionals since 1997. Quantum has earned its reputation as a state-of-the-art e-learning provider by leveraging exceptional authors and offering premium content on an easy-to-use, reliable platform.

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