Vision Expo East 2022 concluded on Sunday, April 3. The four-day event, which took place March 31–April 3 at the Javits Center, marked Vision Expo’s first Show in New York City since 2019 and brought enthusiastic members of the vision care industry from the United States and around the globe together under one roof.
Vision Expo East featured more than 360 exhibiting companies across several distinct neighborhoods and offered leading continuing education as well as engaging programming. Presented under the banner of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s education program offered more than 230 hours of education, ranging from the latest business strategies and fashion trends to patient education tactics and cutting-edge innovations. Returning to the Show, OptiCon®@Vision Expo offered an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens practitioners and ophthalmic allied professionals.
“It was incredible to bring the vision care community together again in New York City for the first time since 2019. The Show Floor was buzzing with activity and the energy, especially on day one, was palpable as motivated attendees and exhibitors reconnected with their peers, conducted business and engaged with the education offerings,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President, Vision Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support and commitment of all our attendees, exhibitors and partners – we are truly grateful to each and every one who participated in this year’s exciting event.”
The Bridge, Vision Expo East’s main stage destination, featured the EYE2EYE Series, an educational series of panels on topics ranging from fashion trend forecasts to the metaverse and cryptocurrency, and headlined by fashion innovator and author, Dapper Dan. 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.
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 East on Saturday, April 2.
Additionally, the winner of the OPTImum Retail Award — Black Optical — was announced and celebrated during a reception at Vision Expo East. The award celebrates independent retailers and showcases their products, stores, visions and stories.
The Vision Choice Award, which recognizes the best new product at Vision Expo East, was awarded to ZEISS for the company’s PhotoFusion® X Lenses.
NOW by Vision Expo, a new eyewear trends showcase, also made its debut at the Show, spotlighting curated selections of eyewear from more than 80 exhibiting companies. The intent of the program is to expand beyond eyewear at future Shows to also showcase products, technology and equipment.
In an effort to accommodate members of the community from around the globe, Vision Expo+, a free digital extension of the Vision Expo experience, is being offered until Friday, April 8 and features online showrooms from Vision Expo East’s exhibitors and recorded Vision Expo East content. Vision Expo+ is delivered through ShopVISION, a global sourcing platform. Panel discussions that took place The Bridge are available to view in an on-demand format on the ShopVISION platform.
Vision Expo West 2022 will take place at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas from September 14–17, 2022.