Events + Contests

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Schedule of Events

View the full Vision Expo schedule of events.


Fashion Shows

The BLOCK, an extension of the Galleria showcasing celebrity-influenced and independently designed urban eyewear, will feature fashion shows emceed by each brand's celebrity designer.

  • Thursday, September 27 | 2:00 PM

Cynthia Bailey Eyewear Fashion Show emceed by Cynthia Bailey, model and star of Real Housewives of Atlanta

  • Friday, September 28 | 2:00 PM

KIDRAQ Children's Fashion Show emceed by designer and Beyoncé's stylist, Raquel Smith


Deejayed by eyewear designers Coco and Breezy, join the BLOCK Party to relax and network on Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Contests + Awards

Vision Choice Awards

Winners Announced Friday, September 28 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 Friday, September 28.

Best Booth Awards

Voting Begins Thursday, September 27 at 9:30 AM
Winners Announced Saturday, September 29 at 4:00 PM

The Best Booth Awards are back again with exciting categories: Most Creative Booth Design and the new, Best Brand Activation. A brand activation is a way for an exhibitor to increase awareness of their brand and engage with attendees through activities like interactive games, technology, sampling, giveaways, in-booth demonstrations, contests and more. Attendees can vote for their favorite booths in the Vision Expo mobile app. One voter each day will be selected to win a $500 Amex Gift Card and the winning exhibitor in each category will receive $1000 in future sponsorship and media credits.

Featured Events

Annual NAO Membership Meeting + Awards Ceremony
Friday, September 28 | 11:00 AM | OptiCon Hub

The NAO will honor today’s outstanding leaders in the eyecare profession with the Educator of the Year and Optician of the Year awards and distinguish the Hall of Fame honoree. A new Dr. Floyd Holmgrain Award will recognize the OCPP graduating student with the highest GPA for 2018.

Alumni Events

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.

Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?

Thursday, September 27 | 7:15 AM – 9:15 AM | Location: EYEMAX Theatre

Private equity companies are increasing their investments in the vision care field. What are the pros and cons of partnering with PE-backed groups? What’s the “decision tree” that can help ODs navigate these decisions? These topics and more will be discussed at this special live event, in cooperation with Review of Optometric Business, Vision Expo and Vision Monday. Registration is free and open to all registered show attendees.

Vision Expo Opening Night Party

Thursday, September 27 | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM | Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Join the celebration at Vision Expo's Opening Night Party with the Bad Habits: Eye Docs of Rock.

ODs on Facebook Party

Register for the new lecture series, ODs on Facebook After Dark: The Eye Disease Forum: Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Attend the ODs on Facebook Party to grab a drink and make that in-person connection: Friday, September 27, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | TAO Nightclub

NEW! OptiCon @ Vision Expo

Register for the OptiCon package which includes access to a new general session and breakfast to kick off opening day, followed by a private party on Thursday, September 29 at Public House. The new OptiCon Hub will also feature networking and events.

Visit OptiCon @ Vision Expo experiences for more information.


Learn right on the Show Floor at NewGradUniversity! Visit the NewGradOptometry + CovalentCareers Booth (#23087) for several daily panel discussions on hot topics with thought leaders in optometry.  Plus, network with peers, experts and employers and visit with the NewGradOptometry team for resources and career mentoring. See the full panel schedule.

GlamourEYES Pop Up Studio

A curated experience presented by Vision Expo, Sephora and @GlamOptometrist

  • Thursday, September 27, 9:30 AM–6:00 PM: OPTImum Lounge #18130
  • Friday, September 28, 9:30 AM–5:00 PM: Galleria Lounge #G24042
  • Saturday, September 29, 9:30 AM–5:00 PM: OptiCon Hub #16093

Stop by to receive a mini-makeover from a Sephora Beauty Advisor and receive frame-friendly beauty tips to pass along to customers and patients. Plus, drop your business card for the chance to win a $100 Sephora Gift Card!

The Vision Council Meetings and Events

Vision Expo is co-owned by The Vision Council, which champions better vision for better lives and positions the vision industry for success through advocacy, research, industry forums, education and consumer outreach. Several divisions of The Vision Council hold meetings and events at Vision Expo. For a complete list of The Vision Council meetings at Vision Expo West, click here.

Events for lab professionals:
  • All laboratory technicians and managers can learn the latest industry developments and hear from industry experts on the technical, legal and regulatory issues affecting labs of all sizes at The Vision Council's Lab Division Meeting on Wednesday, September 26 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  You will hear about private equity, telemedicine, 3D Printing, the new Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog and more. Register Here
  • All are welcome to attend The Vision Council’s Lab Division Hall of Fame Dinner for hours of dedicated networking time on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.  Register Here

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