NEW YORK—From recognizing men and women as major players in optical to celebrating company anniversaries and products, New York City was a busy place to be during Vision Expo East’s festivities. Here’s a look at some of the major parties that took place around town during Vision Expo East. Look for more show coverage and photos in Vision Expo Attendees Are Back…And So Is the Show’s Energy. To read all of the Digital Editions of the Show Dailies, go to the Issue Archives page on

Zyloware’s Chris (l) and Jamie Shyer welcomed attendees to a reception at New York’s Marquee Club to celebrate a very special milestone—100 years in the optical business.

Guests at the party and across the country received a custom edition of ZMAIL which pointed people to a special retrospective and modern look at Zyloware.

A packed house of colleagues, partners and customers from over the years joined the party to salute the company’s 100-year anniversary.

It was a night of nostalgia, respect and a lot of goodwill toward the Zyloware company and the Shyer family and their team during the company’s 100 th anniversary celebration in NYC. (L to R) Bonnie Shyer chatted with Jobson’s Marge Axelrad and Dennis Murphy.

(L to R) BZ Consulting’s Jim Eisen, DigitalOptometrics’ Alex Louw and The Vision Council’s Dave Pierson.

(L to R) Mike Daley and Bob Colucci with Jobson’s Marge Axelrad and Bill Scott.

(L to R) Mike DiNapoli, DiNapoli Opticians, with Bill Thomas, Bard Optical’s Diana Hall and Mick Hall and Dr. Patricia Thomas.

(L to R) CEV’s Charles Gaston, Zyloware’s Shardé Edwards, CEV’s Jaylon Smith, NFL Pro Linebacker, CEV partner, Rick Edson, CEV’s Jamal Robinson and Aaron Schubach, Schubach Optical.

Zyloware’s Gilda Mehraban (l) and MyEyeDr.’s Christina Perreau.

NVI’s Reade Fahs, Ashville Vision & Wellness’ Jury Nicholson, MyEyeDr.’s Sue Downes, and EssilorLuxottica’s Fabrizio Uguzzoni.

Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, kicked off EssilorLuxottica’s exclusive luxury event with a master class on the overall luxury category. The company immersed top luxury eyewear customers in an elegant experience designed to bring them closer to some of the most coveted eyewear brands in the world.

Sherianne James, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Wholesale Marketing at EssilorLuxottica North America kicked off a special Essilor 360 Insider Education event.

Karl Blakolmer (l) of The Optical Boutique and Justin Barry of Justin Barry Optical.

On Vision Expo East's opening day, things were buzzing for EssilorLuxottica’s Sherianne James (l) and Fabrizio Uguzzoni as they prepared to educate customers about the company’s many products.

VSP Vision’s Michael Guyette and Marchon Eyewear’s Thomas Burkhardt celebrate 40 years of Marchon at the company’s showroom on Friday night.

Marchon Eyewear’s Thomas Burkhardt and National Vision’s Reade Fahs enjoyed the atmosphere at the Marchon showroom on Friday night.

The Optical Women’s Association held their champagne breakfast and Star Award ceremony at Gotham Hall on Thursday morning. (L to R) Honorees included Beverly Bianes, OD; Carl Zeiss Vision’s Karen Roberts; and De Rigo REM’s Talia Bruno.

EssilorLuxottica’s Fabrizio Uguzzoni welcomed attendees to the breakfast. EssilorLuxottica was the OWA platinum sponsor for the event.

Gotham Hall was jam-packed with attendees for the OWA breakfast.


(L to R) Past, current and future OWA presidents, Safilo's Maureen Cavanagh, Luxottica's Deb Bulken and Dr. Lorie Lippiatt spoke to the audience about the association's expansion over 25+ years which is expected to exceed 1,000 members.

(L to R) The team from Thelios at the OWA breakfast included Rebecca Palacios, Chloe Tardy, Jordan Diedrick, Agathe Zakarian, OWA board member Tiara Claxton, Sara Osculati, Lauren Wosczyk and Kiersten Shew.

(L to R) The team from PECAA at the OWA breakfast included, front row, Kayla Groves and Diane John. Back row, Kathy Long, Sara Campbell, Christina O’Toole, Kristy Stone, Laura Dorris, and Stephanie Lucas.

Colleagues from Zeiss came out to salute Pleiades honoree, Karen Roberts.

Members of the Optical Women’s Association gathered in the OPTImum Lounge for the OWA’s Star Award cocktail reception and networking event which honored Beverly Bianes, OD; Carl Zeiss Vision’s Karen Roberts; and De Rigo REM’s Talia Bruno for promoting the role of women in our industry.

(L to R) Star Award honorees Talia Bruno, Karen Roberts and Beverly Bianes, OD, stopped by the cocktail reception to celebrate with members of the OWA and the optical industry.

Prevent Blindness hosted a record-breaking 2023 event. Jeff Todd of Prevent Blindness with Person of Vision honoree Megan Molony from National Vision.

Jeff Todd of Prevent Blindness (l) and Jim McGrann of Percept congratulate Megan Molony for being honored as the Person of Vision.

Megan Molony and family members celebrate her award.

Prevent Blindness' 2022 Person of Vision Honoree, Rick Gadd, EssilorLuxottica Canada and Essilor Instruments North America, and Megan Molony, the 2023 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Honoree.

National Vision’s Megan Molony and Reade Fahs.

Opti-Port hosted a day-long program of education and speakers. Dr. Jason Lake, general manager of Opti-Port, addressed members at the SPARK Conference.

Keynote presenters Bradford and Bryan Manning, the dynamic co-founders of Two Blind Brothers.

ODs on Facebook held their party at the Empire Penthouse on Friday night.

Bad Habits “The EyeDocs of Rock” performed at Vision Expo’s opening night party at the Paramount Hotel, Sony Hall.

The Hard Rock Café’s marquee announcing the Rock4Sight fundraiser for ECN Purpose.

(L to R) The RetroSpex Band performed a set of Led Zeppelin songs performed by Steph Hamilton, Ashley Tatarsky, George Alexandrovich and Franz Dornstauder.

MC Bill Gerber (l) introducing Punktum Remotum, a band composed of optometric students who performed a set of Fleetwood Mac hits.

A glimpse inside the Hard Rock Café, with logos from Diamond Guitar Sponsor National Vision, ECN Purpose and Rock4Sight projected at the back of the stage.

Rock4Sight generated $172,402 in revenue to non-profit foundation ECN Purpose.

The Base Curve Band, including Pete Heyward (l) and Bob Stein, delighted the audience with songs by Bruno Mars.