Vision Source’s 'The Exchange' Meeting Opens Today in Tampa


KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America, opened its annual national meeting, The Exchange, today at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. In celebration of independent optometry, this year’s event theme is “Lead On.” The four-day Exchange meeting provides attendees with a unique mix of continuing medical education, optometry supplier exhibition, and peer-to-peer best practice sharing. The nearly 3,000 optometrists and staff in attendance will engage in clinical and business discussions, purchase eyecare equipment, and connect with colleagues from across the nation, according to an announcement.

This year’s Exchange meeting will address the power of leadership and will feature two keynote speakers who have been in significant leadership roles during their careers: Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and American hero and renowned airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

"In the past year, our network has experienced strong practice growth, increased member engagement, and launched innovative programs,” Vision Source president and chief executive officer Jim Greenwood said in the announcement. “The Exchange offers expanded learning opportunities, networking moments and professional development experiences that will lead Vision Source members into the year 2020.”

Spanning over 200,000-square-feet of meeting space, The Exchange hosts thousands of attendees including private practice optometrists, optometric staff and an array of leading industry vendors. Conference-goers are presented with hands-on demonstrations and special theater presentations launching the latest in optometric technology, products and equipment.

Other highlights include: free continuing education credits for doctors beginning Wednesday afternoon and an exhibit hall with more than 150 vendors offering Exchange-only pricing options for members beginning Thursday, May 2.