Vision Expo – March 2015

Visionaries in Education, Fashion and Technology

By joining the International Vision Expo and Conference community, you gain the most direct path to becoming Visionary in your own right. Twice a year, once in New York City and once in Las Vegas the global eyecare community comes together for two unique events focused on Continuing Education, fashion and technology.

It’s the preeminent destination for unveiling the most visionary designs, products, technology, medical advances and business solutions within and around the eyecare industry, and it’s the only place where you can experience it all first-hand under one roof.

2015 Dates & Times

Education Dates and Hours

Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00am – 6:00pm
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 2015 8:30am – 5:00pm

Exhibition Dates and Hours

Friday, March 20, 2105 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:30am – 5:00pm

Future Dates

Expand Your Field of Vision at International Vision Expo now through 2020!

International Vision Expo East held at the Javits Center in New York City:

2016 Exhibition: April 15-17 Education: April 14-17
2017 Exhibition: March 31-April 2 Continuing Education: March 30-April 2


Annual Sunglass & Reader Division (SRD) Reception
Join us on Friday, March 20, for our Annual Sunglass & Reader Division (SRD) Reception at a new location, The Attic Rooftop & Lounge, located at 251 West 48th Street on the corner of 8th Avenue. This reception, held at the exciting 3,500 square foot bi-level space located on the 15th and 16th floors of the property, will include open bar and light hors d’oeuvres. To register, click here.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Part I (you must participate in both Part I and Part II)
This year’s optometry student education program will let you control what you learn. Your experience will be based on your knowledge gained while participating in the Vision Expo CE Program. You’ll select any ONE course from options in four key areas including clinical, contact lenses, business solutions, and optical technology. After the session, you’ll connect what you learned with the exhibit hall to discover how companies can support you in your future success. Your coursework will need to be completed before 3:00pm on Saturday. Please keep that in mind when selecting which course you will attend.

Choose Your Own Adventure, Part II: Optometry Student Education
At 4:00pm on Saturday, you will attend the Choose Your Own Adventure: Part II course. Discuss your experience with other students in small groups. ODs will help facilitate conversations, provide feedback, and explain how your experiences can be applied to your future career.

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” & Vision Expo Opening Night Party
Mingle with your peers and industry professionals as you rock out to the Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” from 9:00pm – 12:00am. You must get a wristband from a sponsors’ booth (by 6pm Friday) to attend.

EyeRock: Rockin’ for New Eyes
Rockin’ for New Eyes is a benefit concert comprised of musicians who work in the optical industry. They are donating their talent to help New Eyes raise money to provide new prescription eyeglasses to children and adults in financial need living in the United States so that they can build full, productive lives through clear vision. The concert takes place during Vision Expo East, the largest optical industry convention in North America. Members of the Young Professionals Club and students receive special discounts when they attend.

ODs on Facebook Party
International Vision Expo has teamed with Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook, to host an event open to all ophthalmic professionals currently in the social network or looking to begin. Here’s your chance to grab a free drink and make that in-person connection. Follow International Vision Expo at and join the ODs on Facebook group at
Optometry Student Party
Students are invited to a high end New York bar to mix and mingle with peers before heading out on the town. *You MUST participate in the Choose Your Own Adventure course (Two Parts: S201 and S203) and Optometry Student Lunch (S202) to receive your wristband to attend the Optometry Student Party Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Dinner honoring Ed Greene

Kick off Vision Expo East by celebrating Ed Greene, former CEO of The Vision Council. For more information on sponsorship and ticket opportunities contact Sue Corbett at 312-363-6014 or for details.

Vision Source: Optical Dream Program
The Vision Source Optical Dream program teaches doctors and staff how to increase capture rate, increase multiple pair sales, and increase revenue per patient. The Vision Source Optical Dream Program is a strategically coordinated approach to increase optical profitability through the use of best practice strategies and tactics available only to Vision Source members and their staff.

VM Global Leadership Summit 2015
VM’s 9th ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT will reveal how this new mega trend is influencing virtually all business and social interactions on an unprecedented scale. Business leaders and visionaries from outside the field and from within the vision care space will enlighten and illuminate this trend at Vision Monday’s must-attend event for top optical decision makers.


• 52% of attendees are involved in their company’s purchasing decisions
• 73% of last year’s attendees said they were likely to attend the event in 2015
• 43% of attendees have an independent Optometric Practice
• 27% of attendees have the job category/title of Optometrist
Audited Attendance at the 2014 International Vision Expo East was 16,830


• ADVERTISING: Print ads to run in 30+ U.S. and International publications with 3 million + impressions,
extensive editorial coverage and inclusions in industry leading e-newsletters, emails, and web banners.
• DIRECT MAIL: 300,000 impressions targeting every segment of the industry.
• RELATIONSHIPS: Leverage relationships with state optometric associations and key buying groups.
• E-MARKETING: Nearly 160,000 visitors to the Vision Expo East website.
• FREE CUSTOMER INVITATION PROGRAMS: Order free customized invitations including, evites, web
banners, and printed tickets to send to your best customers and hottest prospects, inviting them to visit
you at the show at no charge!
• SHOW SPECIALS: Promote your company’s Vision Expo East exclusives to drive more traffic to your
booth and gain added media exposure for your company. We are also collecting a “New Products” show
special of your company and products – anything from new licenses, research findings, technological
advances, etc, that your company is looking to promote.
• GEOGRAPHIC PENETRATION INTO CORE MARKETS: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Midwest
and International.
• ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS which represent 20.7% of our overall attendance, including:
Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Italy, France, Colombia, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Guatemala and Brazil.
Thousands of Ophthalmic Professionals travel to International Vision Expo East to experience the largest and
most extensive conference in the world. Find the best value in continuing education through our all-inclusive
courses created by our Conference Advisory Board and endorsed by various state associations.

Link to the International Vision Expo Website