SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Vision Expo West 2023 Concludes Successful Show in Las Vegas By Staff Tuesday, October 3, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo West 2023 concluded on Saturday, September 30, following four days of new product discovery, innovative discussions, accredited education sessions, networking events and business meetings. Held at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from Sept. 27-30, Vision Expo West convened eyecare professionals, buyers, students and sellers representing all facets of the optical and vision care industry. Vision Expo West attendees fed off the buzzing Las Vegas energy during a week of debuts, grand openings and exclusive events. The Sphere, Las Vegas’s newest concert venue opened on Friday night, and with a highly anticipated performance by U2—their first live show since 2019. Attendees of Vision Expo West 2023 witnessed a flurry of announcements from industry leaders that set the stage for exciting advancements in the eyecare field. Technological breakthroughs, celebrity appearances, and product launches were dispersed across the show’s programming, all of which are poised to reshape the industry landscape. Some of the highlights from Vision Expo West included the following:Zenni Optical revealed a partnership with Meta to supply custom-built VR Prescription Lenses, part of the “Made for Meta” accessories collection for the Meta Quest 3. These breakthrough lenses make VR accessible to those who wear corrective eyewear.Ray-Ban unveiled the next generation of smart glasses, in collaboration with Meta Connect, featuring new capabilities including photo and video perspective recording.Safilo unveiled their highly anticipated collaboration with Amazon, the Carrera Smart Glasses with Alexa that combine high-end fashion with artificial intelligence.EssilorLuxottica’s booth featured appearances by Formula 1 Racecar Driver Sébastien Bourdais and WNBA champion Diamond DeShields.Lumenis hosted actress and singer Candice King in their booth for an exclusive meet-and-greet.Liqxtal Technologies unveiled the new, patented Liqxtal Graph Display Glasses, which display colored digital content on their lenses without obstructing users’ vision. Some of the program highlights from Vision Expo West 2023 included:The launch of EYEnovate, a compelling content series highlighting groundbreaking technological innovations in the optical field. Featuring 15-minute talks by eight emerging optical leaders, this series showcased the latest breakthroughs in areas such as automation, artificial intelligence, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, VR/AR and other cutting-edge technologies. The first ever EYEnovate Ocular Horizons Award was awarded to InflammX for its novel therapeutic approach for treating retinal diseases with an orally administered tablet capable of treating both eyes simultaneously.The Innovation Stage hosted panels featuring the industry’s most buzz-worthy topics, including a discussion about ChatGPT and the potential benefits and drawbacks of incorporating AI into your workflow. An expanded Career Zone returned to Vision Expo with valuable resources and networking opportunities for young professionals across the eyecare industry.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. The OptiCon General Session featured a conversation with Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH, who shared her inspiring story about losing both her vision and hearing due to Usher Syndrome (type 3). “It was amazing to see the vision care industry come together in Las Vegas last week for an action-packed Show featuring over 400 companies across distinct neighborhoods, engaging programming at the Innovation Stage, cutting-edge continuing education and unforgettable exhibitions,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Visio Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “This year was especially spectacular—it truly felt like the industry was finally back after a few long and challenging years, illustrated by the largest Show attendance since 2019.”According to show organizers, attendance figures were not available at press time. In addition to unparalleled access to the latest fashions, trends and technological advances of the optical industry, Vision Expo West also provided members of the ophthalmic community with limitless networking opportunities. “Exhibitors, industry leaders and attendees hosted numerous parties, special events and networking sessions throughout the Show,” said Mitchell Barkley, vice president, Trade Shows & Meetings, The Vision Council. “The energy and engagement across the eyecare and eyewear community truly made Vision Expo West 2023 an event to remember.” Vision Expo East 2024 will take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from March 14–March 17, 2024. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon @ Vision Expo, will open Thursday, March 14 and the Exhibit Hall will open Friday, March 15. Details on registration will be released in the coming months. Vision Expo West 2024 will take place September 18–21, 2024. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon @ Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, September 18 and the Exhibit Hall will open Thursday, September 19.