Latest News Registration Opens for Vision Expo West 2014 By Staff Monday, June 9, 2014 12:15 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Online registration is now open for International Vision Expo West 2014, scheduled to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas from Sept. 17 to 20 (Education: Sept. 17-20, Exhibition: Sept. 18-20). This year’s Vision Expo West will feature 350 hours of continuing education and 190,000 square feet of exhibition space, according to show organizers. "Vision Expo West promises to deliver absolutely anything and everything," said Tom Loughran, group vice president for Reed Exhibitions. "Coming off a milestone anniversary year in 2013, we continue to learn from and build upon our successes; and this year is already exceeding expectations. “The education opportunities are expanding, we're welcoming new affiliate partners and we're adding new events all designed to optimize the attendee and exhibitor experience with a keen focus on helping improve business outcomes through networking and hands-on learning." Vision Expo West will expand its four-day curriculum with its Spotlight Series conducted during extended morning and lunchtime hours. The series will feature Vision Expo's first State of the Industry Address delivered by The Vision Council, a Ritz Carlton Leadership Center session on service delivery, a breaking news Healthcare Reform update and a new customer experience course delivered by renowned speaker Scott Deming. New education highlights include the latest in dispensary, imaging, surgical and wearable technologies, a Global Contact Lens Forum, a Spectacle Lens Expert Track and crowd sourced learning to enhance the profession's most comprehensive continuing education program. More than 400 companies are scheduled to exhibit, showcasing the latest products, trends and comprehensive solutions. In addition to the happenings on the exhibit floor, community is a central theme with more than 30 co-located education programs and networking parties scheduled. A current list is available on the website under Show Info. Attendees who register by Aug. 21 will benefit from early bird pricing: a $25 discount on registration fees. Customizable education packages are available with a la carte options and total office pricing for practice groups. To learn more or to register, visit www.VisionExpoWest.com. As the industry gears up for the 26th annual Vision Expo West, management recently released audit data for Vision Expo East from the March conference. The exhibition and conference achieved the highest attendance in its history with more than 23,600 visitors representing 90 countries and all 50 United States. The audit includes a comparative analysis of qualified attendance numbers over a six-year period and a breakdown by practice type, job title, state, country and continent for 2014. "2014 is poised to be the most successful year in the history of International Vision Expo & Conference," said Deborah Castor, vice president of shows for The Vision Council. "As we head into Las Vegas, we're building upon the excitement and energy experienced in New York. The industry is at a momentous turning point as medical and product innovations abound. The continued growth of International Vision Expo & Conference proves that this is the event at which eyecare professionals can see, learn and do it all." The full third-party audit report for Vision Expo East 2014 is available online at www.VisionExpoEast.com.