Events + Contests

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Schedule of Events

View the full Vision Expo schedule of events.

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.


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 TBD

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 | 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 Events

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

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.

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.


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 | 2:30 PM

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

  • Friday, September 28 | 11:30 AM

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

Block Party

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

Fashion Panels

See celebrity-hosted panels focused on style and design. Check back soon for dates and times.

  • Fashion + Frames Panel featuring Cynthia Bailey, star of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Raquel Smith, designer and Beyoncé’s stylist, and Tiffany Williams, CEO of Eye Candy Creations
  • Frames to Complete Your Look Panel featuring Raquel Smith and Ty Hunter, designers and Beyoncé’s longtime personal stylists

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