SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Let’s Raise Our ‘Glasses’ to a Successful Vision Expo East 2023 By Staff Sunday, March 19, 2023 12:24 AM Keynote speaker Jason Romero. As Vision Expo East 2023 wraps up today, the organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, would like to thank all supporters, attendees and exhibitors for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment – together we’ve had an incredibly successful show in New York City. “We were thrilled to see so many exhibitors doing business, learning, forging new relationships and connecting with longtime peers at Vision Expo East,” Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo, said. “We are so appreciative to the vision community for making this event possible. The success of this Show directly impacts The Vision Council’s ability to fulfill its mission of growing the industry through education, advocacy, research, and consumer education. Thank you for a fabulous weekend and we look forward to hosting you in Las Vegas for Vision Expo West,” Mills said. Vision Expo East 2023 featured more than 425 exhibiting companies—all hosted on one floor for the first time—across several distinct neighborhoods. Continuing education and informative programming also engaged the thousands of industry students, professionals, media and companies in attendance. Presented under the banner of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s education program offered more than 300 hours of education, ranging from the latest business strategies and fashion trends to patient education tactics and cutting-edge innovations. Returning to the show yet again, OptiCon @ Vision Expo offered an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens practitioners and ophthalmic allied professionals. The Bridge served as a main stage destination and a hub for collaborative learning as the host venue for various panels, as well as keynote speaker and author Jason Romero. “When I was at my lowest point I felt this calling to run across the United States and what it taught me was that you can be at your lowest point in life and be capable of the extraordinary, and that’s so encouraging to me. I see that in every single person even if we don’t see that in ourselves," Romero said. The Bridge also housed the Innovation Stage, the Show Floor destination dedicated to groundbreaking content and state-of-the-art products and services revolutionizing the industry. Other Show Floor destinations include: The Springs – This Vision Expo neighborhood is dedicated to emerging talent. The Atelier – Driven by design-led ateliers dedicated to artisanal eyewear, The Atelier features a limited group of highly regarded independent designers from around the globe. The Focus – Representing the foundation of eyecare, The Focus brings together lens and coating technology, lens processing techniques, disease management solutions, contact lens innovations and eyecare practice optimization. The Park – Industry icons, ubiquitous brands and prestigious collections unveil their latest styles and products in The Park. The Union – The ultimate shopping experience for those seeking the newest in independent design, this showcase offers new collection launches, pop-culture inspired collaborations and “talk-of-the-show” trends. The Panorama – Spotlighting the cutting-edge business solutions, medical advances, software and wearables that are paving the way for what’s to come in the vision care industry. For more information on Vision Expo East visit visionexpo.com. Click here to read the digital edition of the Dailies.