Alexandria, VA—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, announced the schedule of events to take place at The Bridge during Vision Expo East 2023, taking place March 16 – 19 at the Javits Center in New York City. Located at the heart of Vision East’s exhibit floor, The Bridge will serve as the show’s dynamic main stage. At The Bridge, attendees can learn from leading innovators through a series of panels and presentations including a highly anticipated keynote presentation from Jason Romero, a legally blind ultra-runner, and an exclusive conversation with radio personality and author, Delilah, among other feature presentations.

“The Bridge at Vision Expo East is one of the focal points of the show—a place to learn, engage and leave inspired,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX.

The Bridge will also house Vision Expo East’s Innovation Stage presentations, where groundbreaking products and services will be shared by InMode and Essilor Instruments USA.

“This year, we’ve curated a fantastic lineup of speakers and panelists to speak on the industry’s most relevant topics, including fashion and trends, innovation in eyecare, and diversity in the industry,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council.

To view the complete schedule of events taking place at The Bridge, filterable by date, browse the event directory here.

The Bridge’s schedule of events is listed below. The event schedule is subject to change. Check Vision Expo’s website or mobile app at for the most up-to-date schedule.


10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  EYE2EYE Series: Eyecare Business Trends in Eyewear

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All Eyes on Independent Retail in 2023
Featuring Women’s Wear Daily

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The OptiCon General Session: A Conversation with Delilah
Sponsored by EssilorLuxottica, Eyes of Faith Optical and OneSight

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. New Views of Dual Wear: The Power of Prescribing Both Contact Lenses & Glasses
Presented by The Contact Lens Institute & The Vision Council

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Vision Expo’s OPTImum Independent Retailer Award


10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Why Is Diversity Important for Optometry?
Hosted by the National Optometric Association

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Innovation Stage: Introduction to “Envision” with Forma I, Lumecca I and Morpheus8: A Revolution in Ocular Care Technology
Sponsored by InMode

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) College Bowl
Powered by EssilorLuxottica

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Innovation Stage: Using IPL and LLLT to Treat the Surrounding Conditions to Alleviate DED
Sponsored by Essilor Instruments USA

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Meet & Greet with Keynote Speaker Jason Romero

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Challenge to Change, Presented by Jason Romero

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. NOW Awards: 1st Edition


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open Lounge Hours at The Bridge

Registration for Vision Expo East 2023 is still open. Individuals interested in attending Vision Expo East can pre-register here, or register on-site at the times listed below.

Conference Registration Open:
Thursday, March 16: 6:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, March 17: 6:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: 6:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 19 6:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Onsite Show Registration Open:
Friday, March 17: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 19: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.