Events + Contests

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Schedule of Events

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Featured Events

EYE2EYE Series

March 22, 2019 | the BRIDGE
The EYE2EYE Series features individuals providing high-level insights on topics to inform, empower and challenge you. This inaugural series features award-winning artist Common who will participate in an empowering conversation on the Stage in a new destination called the BRIDGE.

Vision Expo NYC Retail Store Tours

March 20 – 24, 2019 | New York City

Exclusively curated by CIM Tours for visitors to Vision Expo East 2019, our new guided retail store tours will run from Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, March 24 throughout several of NYC’s world-renowned neighborhoods.

ODs on Facebook Party

Friday, March 22, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Sony Hall, 235 W 46th St
Reach over 800 ODs and their staff as they meet up for our annual ODs on Facebook Party. Help us kick off the night at Sony Hall, before the Vision Expo Opening Night Party featuring a performance by the Bad Habits ‘Eye Docs of Rock’. Co-hosted with Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, this is your chance to make in-person connections at one of New York City’s most celebrated music venues.
Sponsored by: Essilor and RightEye LLC

Vision Expo Opening Night Party

Friday, March 22 | 9:00 PM-12:00 AM | Sony Hall, 235 W 46th St
Join the celebration of Vision Expo’s Opening Night Party at our new location, Sony Hall! Come prepared with your badge for your free entry and complimentary drinks from 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Continue the fun with the Bad Habits ‘Eye Docs of Rock’ till midnight at the new premiere music venue in Times Square, powered by state of the art technology.

Corporate Optometry Panel & Reception

Saturday, March 23, 4 – 5:30 PM | NewGradOptopmetry + CovalentCareers Booth #C4067  
Engage with the industry’s thought leaders to discuss the range of business models in which optometrists can practice corporate optometry today. Following the panel, enjoy complimentary beverages and networking.
Sponsored by American Association of Corporate Optometry and Walmart

Boutique Buyer Panel

Saturday, March 23 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM | the BRIDGE
Invitation Only
Set your own goals. Define your own destiny. And declare the power of your Independence by moving into the Retailer and Vendor partnership realm of Optical Independents. The Luxury of Eyewear as the Ultimate Accessory awaits a Declaration from you with your unique story.

Listen closely as we announce the winner of the 2019 OPTImum Retail Award!


Attend Alumni & Friends receptions hosted during Vision Expo to reconnect with your fellow graduates. Your school will contact you with details or check the Events Schedule for more information.

Contests + Awards

OPTImum Retail Awards

This new awards program celebrates independent boutique retailers by showcasing their products, storefronts, visions and most importantly – their stories.  

Best Exhibitor Booth Awards

Winners Announced Saturday, March 23 at 4:00PM

Back again at Vision Expo East, you can vote for your favorite exhibitor booths in two categories: MOST CREATIVE BOOTH DESIGN & BEST BRAND ACTIVATION. The exhibitor with the most attendee votes in each category will win sponsorship credits as well as social and other media coverage. Plus, one lucky voter will win a prize. View Official Rules
Voting will open March 21st at 9:30 AM

Vision Choice Awards

Winners Announced Saturday, March 23 at 4:00 PM

Attendees can view entries and vote for the best new product featured in the Product Gallery as part of the Vision Choice Awards. Votes can be cast by ballot throughout the show and all those who vote will be automatically entered to win a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree. Voting ends at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 23.

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