EyecareForum USA 2022

November 17-18, 2022

Hyatt Regency, Austin, USA

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to our first ever EyecareForum in 2022.

The two-day event will offer eyecare providers and suppliers within the industry a highly concentrated networking platform, enabling six months of work to be completed in two days. Delegates will benefit from introductions to innovative suppliers within the industry, and with the tailor made one-on-one meetings, effective conversations can happen in a time efficient environment. Highly topical conference content and a program of social engagements completes the package. The eyecare providers will be a carefully curated group, and since it’s invitation-only, attendance at EyecareForum USA ensures you’re mixing with precisely the right people.


Access to some of the best eyecare providers and suppliers in the region, showcasing the industry’s most innovative products and services.

Hear from thought leaders and best-in-class practitioners.

Tailor your own program of one-to-one meetings to ensure that the suppliers sitting opposite you tick all the boxes on your list of business aspirations. 

Our content will encourage constructive dialogue – with presentations that address current and pressing issues, their complexities and solutions.

Cut to the chase – our invitation-only policy means you’ll only meet with the decision makers.

Network with your peers in a luxury location, through first-class social events, designed to develop and strengthen relationships.



Benjamin Chudner, OD

CMO, AEG Vision


Rupe Hansra, OD

Vice President Clinical Operations, Visionworks


Richard Edlow, OD



Jim Muñiz

National Director of Training & Development, DigitalOptometrics


Howard Fried, OD

President, DigitalOptometrics


Market overview - Spectrum of consolidation

Benjamin S Chudner, OD, FAAO is the Chief Medical Officer for AEG Vision, a private equity backed company based in Dallas, Texas with over 280 locations throughout the US. A 1997 graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Dr. Chudner completed a residency in ocular disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

He practiced for over 13 years in the Pacific Northwest, owning his own private practice for 10 years before joining Bausch + Lomb to manage their learning and development department. After moving to professional strategy for B+L, he joined LensCrafters in 2015 and managed eyecare operations for approximately 180 locations in the US and Canada.

He was promoted to Senior Clinical Director for Luxottica in 2016, overseeing eyecare for over 2300 locations across LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical. In June of 2018, he joined AEG Vision as the Vice President, Eyecare, and in 2020 Dr. Chudner was named Chief Medical Officer. He currently manages over 500 doctors and oversees clinical strategy and operations.

'The Practice CEO'

Dr. Hansra has a 25 year career of expertise in national level vision care strategy & operations for some of the most well-known optical companies in the United States and Canada. The majority of his career has been spent transforming clinical ODs into Practice CEO’s. He believes that the ultimate goal of a Practice CEO is to create a culture of self-directed behavior to deliver breakthrough results with and through people. In essence, it comes down to talent & culture to drive the experience & results. Doctor leadership is the lynchpin to running a wildly successful practice.

Dr. Hansra is also a multi-location practice owner, licensed in 4 states, and advises on clinical strategy at Visionworks.

How to navigate flattening labor supply, increasing demand & PE consolidation

Dr. Edlow was, most recently, Senior Advisor to EyeCare Services Partners, a consolidator of vertically integrated eye care platforms including Katzen Eye Group, encompassing 150+ Providers and 50+ locations throughout the US Mid-Atlantic Region, California, Illinois and Colorado. He recently retired from clinical care and his partnership in Catonsville Eye Group in the Baltimore market.

Dr. Edlow frequently writes and lectures on EYECONOMICS: business and market issues surrounding the eye care profession, market trends and workforce issues. He previously served as Chair of the AOA’s Information & Data Committee for over 15 years compiling the American Optometric Association’s State of the Profession Report. He has served on a variety of boards & committees including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Integrated Ophthalmic-Managed Eyecare Delivery (IOMED) Committee. He was one of the early developers of comprehensive managed eye care programs in the United States.

Dr. Edlow currently serves as a board member for Building STEPs, a non-profit Baltimore based organization that equips the City’s brightest students with the tools to propel them to college and career success in science, technology and education. He received his degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and his Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is past-president of the Maryland Optometric Association and the Association’s Optometrist of the Year in 1992.

Panel Discussion: Tele-Optometry

Jim Muñiz is the National Director of Training and Development at DigitalOptometrics, LLC, an optical software technology company based in Lake Success, N.Y. The company has developed a comprehensive eye health and vision analysis system that is operated remotely by licensed Optometrists. The system remotely replicates a comprehensive eye exam performed by an in-person Optometrist but with added benefits to the patient, optical provider and licensed Optometrist.

Panel Discussion: Tele-Optometry

Howard Fried has more than 20 years experience in the optical industry experience, including a career as a licensed Doctor of Optometry and as a business executive focusing on vision care and eye health services. Fried has owned and operated optical retail stores and a commercial optical manufacturing laboratory.

Currently Founder and President of DigitalOptometrics LLC, an optical software technology company based in Lake Success, N.Y. The company has developed a comprehensive eye health and vision analysis system that is operated remotely by licensed Optometrists. The system remotely replicates a comprehensive eye exam performed by an in-person Optometrist but with added benefits to the patient, optical provider and licensed Optometrist.

Howard Fried has an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and a degree in Optometry from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the New York State Optometric Association.



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