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NYSSO holds two annual conferences, the Downstate Conference in the New York City Metro Area and the NYSSO Annual Convention held at a location in Upstate New York.

NYSSO Downstate Conference: NYSSO’s premier event in the New York Metro Area. This one-day event draws hundreds of New Yorkers for outstanding speakers and quality opportunities to meet with vendors and sponsors. 

NYSSO Annual Convention: This two-day opticianry extravaganza brings together opticians from throughout the state, nationally and internationally recognized speakers and educators, and the top manufacturers of optical products. Held at a location central for most opticians in New York, the Annual Convention is NYSSO’s can’t-miss annual event.

NYSSO's 2021 Annual Convention will be held September 11 and 12 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. 


Meet the Speakers




Saturday September 11 -- MAIN CEC TRACK - 5 Hrs. Total

12:00pm - 1:00pm “Dry Eye Disease," Presented by Deb Kotob
One Hour, Dual CE Credit


Millions suffer from dry eye disease (DED) and its complications. It is important that we stay informed of the most prevalent eye conditions and diseases. In this course, we will learn about the etiology, symptoms and complications of tear film instability and DED. We will examine the differences between a healthy tear film layer versus disrupted tear film homeostasis. We will also review contact lens-induced dry eye – CLIDE — and ways to minimize it. This course is not about transient dry eye episodes; it's about a progressive disease of the ocular surface, brought about by the lack of tears or poor tear quality.


1:00pm - 2:00pm “Keratometry to Profilometry: Its Influence on Lens Design,” Presented by Carol Marx
One Hour, Contact Lens CE Credit


This course will cover the evolution of instruments and how we are currently using these instruments to design and refine contact lens fits.


2:00pm - 3:00pm "Sports Vision -- Their Best Game Depends on You!" Presented by Robert Wallner
One Hour, Ophthalmic Dispensing CE Credit


It is the optician’s responsibility to understand the unique visual requirements of various sports and hobbies in order to be proficient in recommending appropriate lens design options. In this course, you will learn how to become part of this very exciting segment of the optical industry.


3:00pm - 4:00pm “Nutrition and Vision,” Presented by Linda Conlin
One Hour, Dual CE Credit


To understand the biological effects of nutrients on our visual system, we must first gain knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology and learn how cells produce oxidants and subsequent oxidative damage. The effects of oxidation in the development of cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration will be explored. We will learn about how antioxidants and nutrients work and the mechanisms through which they can delay onset, and/or reduce the effects, of those diseases.


4:00pm - 5:00pm “Fitting the Whole Patient,” Presented by Carol Marx
One Hour, Contact Lens CE Credit


Review of case studies and managing patient expectations.


Reception & Dinner

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner


Sunday September 12, 2021 – Main CEC Track – 6 Hrs. Total

8:00am – 10:00am “Let’s Play Optical Jeopardy!” Presented by Deb Kotob & Linda Conlin
Two Hours, Dual CE Credits


Bring your team spirit and let's have some fun playing Optical Jeopardy. Topics: Dry Eye Disease (DED) - The Cornea - No Light No Sight - Optical Illusions - Blue Light - Free Radicals - Position of Wear (POW) - Therapeutic Contacts - Ophthalmic Lenses - Prism.


10:00am - 12:00pm “What's New WIth Myopia -- A Global and Domestic Update to Preserve Sight,” Presented by Dr. Ryan Parker
Two Hours, Dual CE Credit


This course explains philanthropic opportunities along with trends and treatment options related to the progression of myopia. The information shared will inspire and explain the important role of opticians. Understanding various lens technologies on the horizon, and why fitting is essential to lens success, may foster a renewed awareness of the optician’s expertise.


12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break With Exhibitors


1:00pm - 2:00pm "Understanding Binocular Vision -- An Optician's Role," Presented by Robert Wallner
One Hour, Ophthalmic Dispensing CE Credit


Binocularity is often taken for granted, or worse, a binocular vision dysfunction is created because of industry “accepted tolerances.” In this course, you will learn how you can become part of the solution, not part of the problem.


2:00pm - 3:00pm “Optikam -- Advanced Measuring Devices,” Presented by Joel Wolf
One Hour, Ophthalmic Dispensing CE Credit


Today, advanced technology is used to create accurate and personalized lenses. This course will explore technically advanced measuring devices and how they can improve not only the customer’s experience, but the accuracy and consistency of measurements taken within your dispensary. It will also explore the various measurements taken to create lenses and why they are necessary.


ATTENTION: NYSSO Student Members

New York State Society of Opticians, Inc. (NYSSO) is pleased to offer S.A.T. Education on Saturday, September 11 during our Annual Convention..

The first 20 NYSSO Student Members to register for Saturday Education receive a complimentary ticket to the 2021 Annual Convention Exhibit Hall & a ticket to Saturday’s Dinner Banquet!



Saturday, September 11
10: 00 AM – 1:00 PM ET,
Presented by Barb Malobabich, Sponsored by IOT America
3 Hours, Basic, O.D.

Thick or Thin: What Really Matters When It Comes to Lens Thickness

Maximum thickness for a completed pair of eyeglasses depends on many factors including center thickness, decentration, material index, base curve and digital lens design. New processing techniques such as digital lenticularization can be utilized to further control lens thickness, but there can be trade-offs. This one-hour course will explain all factors giving opticians a better understanding of the importance of each factor and how tools at their disposal can be combined to create the most ideal lens for high Rx patients.

Understanding the Importance of POW Measurements

This one-hour presentation will explain why position-of-wear measurements are important for digital lenses and how they can impact the patient’s visual experience. The most technical section of the course will explain the different types of POW measurements, how to properly take those measurements, and understanding which measurements are the most important. This course is meant to inspire confidence when taking POW measurements and inspecting compensated lenses.

Fitting Guide

This one-hour presentation will provide a guide on how to select and dispense a pair of glasses. The most technical section of the course will be explaining how to properly inspect the lenses before dispensing them to the patient, and how to take the POW measurements and understanding the importance of them. In addition to discussing proper frame and lens selection, lens fitting, and final lens inspection, this course provides troubleshooting scenarios and how to find the cause of rejection.

Break: 1:00- 2:00 pm ET

2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Mock Practical
Presented by NYSSO Leadership

Please join us for a workshop to review the fundamentals of ophthalmic dispensing and learn firsthand what your on-the-job sponsor should be training you in.

Please bring:

  • Metal frames for you to practice adjustment skills
  • Adjustment tools
  • Measurement devices including a ruler
  • A writing instrument

The course fee for this is included in your NYSSO Membership. Only NYSSO Student Members are able to attend.


ABO Exam Prep Course on Sunday, September 12 -- Open to All

New York State Society of Opticians, Inc. (NYSSO) is pleased to offer preparation education for the ABO written exam on Sunday, September 12 as part of our S.A.T. Education during our Annual Convention.


The six-hour review course is designed to prepare students for the American Board of Opticianry written exam. The course will cover:

  • ]Ophthalmic Optics
  • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Eye
  • Ophthalmic Products
  • Instrumentation
  • Dispensing Procedures
  • Laws Regulations and Standards

Presented by Professor Robert Russo through the generosity of the National Federation of Opticianry Schools.

Seating is limited. Register today! 

Course Fee: $140

Both Members and Non-Members of NYSSO are invited to attend.

Questions? Please call 518-694-4581 or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register for Convention


Thank you to our 2021 NYSSO Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Cherry Optical Lab
DeRigo REM
GDI Optical
Jobson Optical Group
Kenmark Eyewear
National Federation of Opticianry Schools
R Lab
SD Eyes/Rip Curl
Shamir Lens
US Optical
Younger Optical


Interested in being a Convention Sponsor or Exhibitor? Download the Prospectus and Registration Form.

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Due to the current and changing rise in COVID-19 cases, NYSSO will add safety procedures and protocols as mandated by CDC, state and local authorities. Your safety is the most important aspect of coming back to in-person events, as is patients maintained within our offices; same protocols will be applied. We ask that you visit our website and watch your email for the latest information about requirements for this year's NYSSO Convention.