Vision Expo West is upon us, bringing three “E’s” into our professional lives – education, energy and excitement. Vision Expo brings all aspects and professions in the eye care industry together to learn, explore, educate, shop, network, and party. The show offers unparalleled access to the hottest trends in fashion, technology, education, and entertainment. Vision Expo West is contained in the Venetian-Palazzo-Convention Center complex, surrounded by the best Las Vegas has to offer in convenience, fine dining, entertainment, and relaxation.


Vision Expo offers top-notch education twice a year. A wide variety of courses for ODs, Opticians, and Technicians are taught by some of the most respected podium speakers in the respective professions. The Expo Education Committee, a volunteer force of industry thought leaders, take time away from their practices and families to ensure attendees have access to some of the best education out there. They include new, up-and-coming thought-leaders and clinicians as well, who add modern perspectives on topics within clinical care and practice management, those who are pushing the envelope, setting trends, and paving the way for the future of the profession.


Most of us have experienced the energy large conferences provide. They can be reinvigorating, boosting the excitement we feel for advancing our businesses and re-energizing our respective practices. When we see how our colleagues are succeeding and learn about new and creative ways they run their businesses, not to mention what direction others are taking to improve their professional lives, it can help us rediscover a passion for our workplace. I always come back from Vision Expo fired up and eager to implement what I learned about at the Expo.


Excitement is always in the air at Vision Expo! From fine dining, vegas shows, table games or whatever wets your whistle you’ll find it at the Expo! The energy of the exhibit hall is especially exciting to me; there’s nothing like a Vision Expo exhibit hall, with miles of vendors, fashion, technology, and new products. Inside and outside the exhibit hall I always get a rush seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and “pressing flesh” with those I feel I know from our online connections but may have never actually met in person. This kind of networking is something only a conference can provide, and when the conference is surrounded by the bright lights, sights and sounds of Las Vegas it adds another layer of excitement. The concept of meeting your online friends offline was the impetus for starting the ODs on facebook parties, the first one at Vision Expo West in 2012. The party is now a premiere event at each Expo on Friday night. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ODs on facebook parties so please come celebrate with us Friday night of Expo, 7:30 pm at Drai’s Nightclub in the Cromwell Hotel, a 15-minute walk from the Venetian on the same side of the strip. The new venue for the party is a hot spot of Vegas nightlife; an unparalleled view of the strip in a swank indoor-outdoor nightclub setting. I look forward to seeing you there – be sure to stop me and say hi!

Register HERE for free plus 10% off designated CE!