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EssilorLuxottica Eye Care welcomes students to Academy with a fun, energy-packed reception to start their time at this annual optometry conference. In Orlando, students strutted their stuff for the first ever EssilorLuxottica Fashion Show showcasing style, spunk and school spirit. To kick off Academy At Home 2020, students showcased their talents in a virtual student talent show with live voting to pick the winner.

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Academy 2023 New Orleans

October 11 – 14, 2023
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans, Louisiana
Booth #809

Alongside our exhibit hall booth presence, EssilorLuxottica Eye Care is excited to announce the return of the Student Lounge and Student Reception with brand new activities!


Wednesday, October 11 – Friday, October 13 |  Times Vary (CDT)

Exhibit Hall

Take a break from the busy convention floor at the EssilorLuxottica Eye Care Student Lounge! Relax, recharge, and mingle with EssilorLuxottica brand leaders and fellow optometry students while enjoying a variety of snacks and drinks. Make sure to mark your calendars for the activities below!

Student Lounge Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, October 11

  • 5 ­­– 7 p.m. | Student Lounge Opening, Exhibit Hall : Kick off networking with your peers and EssilorLuxottica Eye Care affiliated doctors with a refreshing custom beverage. Afterwards, pick up your Mardi Gras beads for entrance to the spectacular Student Mardi Gras Parade to the Student Welcome Reception taking place later this evening.

Thursday, October 12

  • 10 – 11 p.m. | Student Focus Hours, Exhibit Hall
  • 10 a.m.– noon | LensCrafters 40th Anniversary Breakfast Bar
  • 1 – 3:30 p.m. | Target Optical Snack Station
  • 4 – 6 p.m. | Pearle Vision Energy Café
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Student Headshots: Be on the lookout for communications directly from EssilorLuxottica Eye Care to sign up for your time slot.

Friday, October 13

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Student Lounge Open
  • 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Student Headshots


Wednesday October 11 | 7 ­– 9:30 p.m. CDT

Generations Hall

A trip to New Orleans would not be complete without a Second Line Parade and what better way to lead the way into the Student Welcome Reception than with a street parade. Following the Student Lounge opening, we invite you to don your best Mardi Gras (appropriate) party outfit or school spirit outfit and join us for what is sure to be a swingin’ good time.  

Gathering for the parade will take place from 7 – 7:15 p.m., outside of Hall E/F. Led by a full marching brass band, Mardi Gras revelers, and stilt walkers, we’ll begin the quarter mile walk to Generations Hall promptly at 7:15 p.m. Upon arrival, we’ll move into full swing with the Student Welcome Reception. While celebrating the culinary greatness that can only be experienced in New Orleans with a smorgasbord of creole and cajun flavors, you can partake in captivating New Orleans entertainment (as if the brass band wasn’t enough) including the LensCrafters Lipstick Reader, the Target Optical Tarot Card Reader, and the Pearle Vision Street Poet.


Students say that EssilorLuxottica Live! tops their list of must-attend events at AOA Optometry’s Meeting each year. Students who attend the EssilorLuxottica Eye Care education session on Thursday morning of the conference receive a wristband to attend that evening’s event.

Past years have included a silent disco at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., a bowling/arcade/video game event at Lucky Strike in Denver and a party at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis with a visit from one of the famous Clydesdale horses. What will it be next? You’ll have to attend to find out!

Sale for Sight

EssilorLuxottica Eye Care partners with OneSight to host Sale for Sight, a charity sale offering discounted prices on EssilorLuxottica brand frames (sun and optical) and apparel. Students often volunteer at the sale and are critical to its success.

Net proceeds of Sale for Sight fund future OneSight clinics (75% of net profits), student travel grants (25% of net profits from Academy sale) and Optometry Cares (25% of net profits from AOA sale). The Sale for Sight event is limited to students and invited guests. 

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