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How You Can Participate Virtually in Upcoming Optical “Industry Collaborative”

A breakout session from the 2019 NECO Industry Collaborative. The event, which will be held annually going forward, is intended to bring together leaders from every sector of the eyecare industry.

August 17, 2022

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) will host the 2022 Industry Collaborative on August 29-30 at the Cambridge Innovation Center at NECO’s Beacon Street location.

The meeting is open to all virtually. However, in-person attendance is by invitation only.

NECO hosted the first-of-its-kind collaboration in November of 2019, in which leaders from every sector of the eyecare industry shared their expertise, discussed the evolving nature of optometry and the need for optometric education to adapt. Representatives from over 44 organizations gathered at NECO for panel discussions, open forums and breakout sessions.

“This event brings together diverse individuals from the industry, optometry practitioners, retail, instruments, treatment solutions, media, educators and students to openly discuss and debate current challenges and to pursue solutions that will enhance education, and ultimately, patient care,” said Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President, CEO of NECO. “We will be hosting this event annually going forward.”

Since the event in 2019, NECO, optometric educators, and the broader optometric industry, have taken steps to assess the impact of technology on optometry and how technology can improve optometric education, continuing education and the delivery of eyecare in-person and via telemedicine.

At the meeting August 29 and 30, the conversation will focus on how the pandemic has changed the optical industry’s thinking about technology, “and we will learn by seeing the world through each other’s eyes.” A moderated debate will address how the industry should deliver “progressive eyecare” and optometry.

Click HERE to find the agenda and register.

The Industry Collaborative is free to attend, but NECO says it welcomes a charitable contribution of your choice to NECO “to support our mission of changing the way people see the world.”

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