LAS VEGAS—Vision Expo West 2023 continues today with an impressive lineup of special events and education, both on and off the Show Floor. On the Show Floor, the Innovation Stage will kick off at 9:45 am with an EYEnovate session featuring presenting companies Topology, Yolia Health, Silk Tears, and VisionWEARx. EYEnovators will showcase the latest breakthroughs in automation, artificial intelligence, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, VR/AR and other emerging technologies. At 11:45 am, the Innovation Stage will host a panel discussion in which the Contact Lens Institute and The Vision Council are poised to reveal initial findings from a new study among the U.S. eye care community, unraveling the mysteries of creating a positive contact lens culture.

At 12:30 pm, the ABO-NCLE Patient Choice Awards will take place, which honors recipients whose passionate work, through their specialized ophthalmic knowledge and expert technical skills, has preserved, protected, enhanced, and restored patients' vision and profoundly changed their lives.

From 2:45 – 3:15 pm, another panel will be hosted at the Innovation Stage, discussing how AI plays a pivotal role in addressing health care disparities and ensuring equitable access to quality health care for BIPOC patients. Panelists will delve into the challenges AI faces with algorithms and bias, which can sometimes result in unfair outcomes, especially for underrepresented groups.

Opportunities for networking on and off the show floor will be plentiful, with complimentary sparkling wine and open networking hours from 3:30 – 5:30 pm, and the Latinos En Optometry (LEO) networking meetup, both in the attendee lounge. At the Venetian Munro 3304, the Optical Women’s Association Networking Reception, Raffle, & Silent Auction will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. This event is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues while enjoying a traditional raffle and silent auction. The collection of Items has been generously donated by OWA’s Professional Development Sponsors.

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