LAS VEGAS—It was a wrap for Vision Expo West 2022 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 17, as the four-day event concluded at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo. The Conference and Exhibiton, brought thousands of members of the optical industry together from Sept. 14-17 for four days of trailblazing trends, education and plenty of networking opportunities. “It was amazing to see the full scope of the vision care industry come together in Las Vegas last week, both on and off the Show Floor,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo.

“From reconnecting at networking functions and parties to conducting business on the Show Floor and taking advantage of the brand new CE program, there was so much energy and enthusiasm throughout the Show. Thank you to our attendees, exhibitors and partners, whose support and commitment brought the Show to life,” Pennella said.

Scott Shapiro, CEO, Europa, said, "Vision Expo West 2022 was a successful show for our company in many ways. We wrote business, we opened new accounts, and we had fun together as a team. It was great to see the aisles busy again and the overall energy was very positive. Most importantly, it was a pleasure to finally catch up with some of the friends and colleagues that I still hadn't seen since 2019."

If you are just back from Vegas or were unable to attend Vision Expo West, the onsite Show Dailies are a great way to catch up on everything Expo. The full digital editions of the Show Dailies from September 15, 16 and 17 can be accessed here.

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Vision Expo West 2022 featured more than 380 exhibiting companies across several distinct neighborhoods and offered cutting-edge continuing education as well as engaging programming. Additionally, The Suites offered attendees access to established luxury fashion houses and the latest exclusive upmarket boutiques in an intimate and unparalleled buying experience.

Vision Expo’s all-new education program offered more than 320 hours of education, ranging from the latest business strategies and optical technology to patient care and innovations. Returning to the Show, OptiCon@Vision Expo offered an unmatched education program and Exhibit Hall experience for opticians, contact lens professionals, allied ophthalmic professionals, optical assistants and office managers, frame buyers and lab technicians.

“We loved reconnecting with so many of our members at Vision Expo West,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “The success of the Show directly impacts The Vision Council’s ability to fulfill its mission of growing the industry through education, advocacy, research and consumer education—so by being here together we are all helping to elevate the greater industry. Thank you to everyone who made the Show so successful,” Barkley said.

Show organizers did not report any specific attendance numbers for the event and told VMAIL that "there are no plans for attendance numbers to be reported for Vision Expo West 2022."

This year, the Innovation Stage served as a main stage destination and a hub for collaborative learning and the host venue for the EYE2EYE Series panels, an educational series of interactive panels featuring industry experts in discussion on topics ranging from fashion trend forecasts to tactics for refining patient care. The Career Zone-Student Lounge, a destination for students to connect with optical companies that are actively recruiting and explore career resources, also returned to Vision Expo West on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Courage and empowerment fueled the atmosphere at the 20th Anniversary Most Influential Women in Optical luncheon at Vision Expo West on Friday. The event brought together current and past female change makers and influencers who were recognized by their peers for making significant contributions to the optical industry.

Between 2003 and 2022 more than 700 women have been honored for their work in all facets of eyecare. The luncheon's keynote speaker Gina Rudan, director and cultural alchemist at Google X, shared her personal and professional journey with attendees.

Below is a selection of photos showing celebrities, parties and show floor activities at Vision Expo West 2022.

NHL Vegas Golden Knights defenseman and Oakley ambassador Nicolas Hague wearing Oakley’s clear shield, with its Prizm Lens Technology, which was just approved by the NHL for all players to wear. Hague was at the booth for a meet and greet with attendees.

(L to R) Eyes of Faith's Jim Schneider, Delilah and Eyes of Faith's Amy Schneider at the OptiCon General Session: A Conversation with Delilah, sponsored by EssilorLuxottica, Eyes of Faith and OneSight.

Innovation strategist Shawn Kanungo shared his playbook and provided tips on how to make a dent in the world of eyecare during his presentation, “The Future of Eyecare is Human.”

Keynote speaker Gina Rudan, director and cultural alchemist at Google X, shared her personal and professional journey with attendees at VM's Most Influential Women in Optical Luncheon.

EssilorLuxottica’s Dr. Millicent Knight (l) and Sherianne James addressed the audience at VM’s luncheon celebrating 20 Years of Most Influential Women in Optical.

Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Dr. Giovanna Olivares shared a moment with the luncheon’s keynote speaker Gina Rudan.

(L to R) CooperVision’s Alice Hsueh, Rose Britton, Pamela Jackson and Dr. Michele Andrews, all VM's Most Influential Women in Optical honorees, gathered at the luncheon.

Optometry Giving Sight hosted the Beacon of Light Dinner at Mercato Della Pescheria on Wednesday evening. Optometry Giving Sight’s Dr. Susan Cooper and Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon greeted guests at the dinner.

The event recognized the many supporters of OGS, an organization that works around the world to meet both immediate and long-term needs of communities without access to eyecare. (L to R) Bill Scott of Jobson’s ECP Business Services Group with Zeiss’ Andrew Hyncik and Robert Spirito.

Trudi Charest, the co-founder of Marketing4ecps, a digital marketing agency focused on building digital ads for ECPs, was the guest speaker at the Optical Women’s Association Connection Series.

(L to R) National Vision’s Amy Jantz, EssilorLuxottica’s Sherianne James, and VSP’s Dana Schwarzinger with panel moderator Trudi Charest at the OWA Connection Series.

(L to R) Attending the OWA networking and raffle event at the Venetian are Eye Care Business’ Kerri Anne Raimo and Erinn Morgan with Bidisha Rudra, Transitions and the OWA’s Carol Wilbur.

Treehouse Eyes launched its 2-day T.H.E. summit with a reception at Caesars Palace. Treehouse Eyes’ Dr. Gary Gerber (c) with Euclid Systems’ Kellie Wesley (l) and Christie Yee.

Warren Modlin, Hoya Vision Care catches up with Layna Mendlinger, Visioneering Technologies, at the Treehouse Eyes reception.

Marcolin’s Jennifer Wright, Emanuele Cappellano and Stacy Beck celebrating Guess at TAO Nightclub.

Shamir’s Yagen Moshe (l) with Raanan Naftalovich at the company’s 50th anniversary party held at TAO Asian Bistro and Nightclub.

Attendees browsed De Rigo Rem’s John Varvatos collection at the John Varvatos store in Las Vegas.

Safilo’s Eric Blanchette, Victoria Hallberg and Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni, flanked by dancers and performers at the Keep Memory Alive Center, celebrated the Boss collection.

Safilo’s Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni (l) and Angelo Trocchia celebrated the company’s 60 years in North America with a champagne toast at the booth.

The group at the ClearVision booth raised a glass to celebrate the release of their new Italian fashion eyewear collection ILLA.

IOT hosted a cocktail party for their clients and partners during Vision Expo West at The Cave Wynn on Friday, September 16. (L to R) Among the attendees were IOT’s Tina Lahti, Daniel Crespo and Marcos Garcia.

More than 300 PECAA members, PECAA vendor partners and team members connected at Cañonita during the PECAA member reception. (L to R) Enjoying the festivities are Laura Dorris, PECAA, Klamath Eye Center’s Tracey Hudson and Jason Sale, and PECAA’s Stephanie Lucas.

(L to R) Dr. Stella Lau, Dr. Lee Dodge, PECAA’s Shelby Wade and Dr. Vivienne Velasco enjoyed cocktails, authentic Mexican dishes and a beautiful view of gondolas on the Grand Canal.

The Career-Zone Student Lounge served as a central hub for students and young professionals to network with participating companies, all of which are actively recruiting and seeking new talent. On Saturday, MyEyeDr.’s Dr. Darryl Glover chats with a possible recruit.

Attending the ODs on Facebook party at the Venetian are Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, EssilorLuxottica’s Holly Gillentine and Katie Doran, Bidisha Rudra, Transitions and Bill Gerber, Omg + Contentlinq.

OptaZoom's Aaron and Simon Kosman hosted nearly 150 ECPs at their group's exclusive event in Vegas. Here, Simon Kosman (l) and Yonah Kosman welcome guests to the mixer.

Enjoying the OptaZoom party are Eric Tyler (l), OD, MBA, N Joy Vision, and John Castro, OD, Dr. Castro & Associates.

In an effort to accommodate members of the community from around the globe, Vision Expo+, a free digital extension of the Vision Expo experience was offered again from Sept. 15 to 23 featuring online showrooms from Vision Expo West’s exhibitors and recorded Vision Expo West content. Vision Expo+ is delivered through ShopVISION, Vision Expo’s global sourcing platform.

Vision Expo East 2023 will take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from March 16 to 19, 2023. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Thursday, March 16 and the Exhibit Hall will open Friday, March 17. Details on registration will be released in the coming months.

Vision Expo West 2023 will take place Sept. 27 to 30, 2023. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, Sept. 27 and the Exhibit Hall will open Thursday, Sept. 28.