NEW YORK—Last week the optical community returned to Las Vegas for Vision Expo West 2021. The show was a highly anticipated return to familiarity for many, offering a chance to reunite with friends, colleagues and business partners that we’ve been unable to see for almost two years now. Vision Expo West also showcased two years’ worth of innovation in frames, lenses and technology, with every booth offering something new and special. This week, we’re taking a look at how some indies celebrated Vision Expo West, from group snaps at photo spots to work on the show floor.

Dámaris Raymondi, OD, owner and doctor at Sur Eye Care in New York City, celebrated Vision Expo West by posting with the lit-up VISION sign at the show’s entrance. Image via newyorkeyedoc on Instagram

(L to R) Dayle Carmelle, Jennifer Centeno, Jenn Chinn, OD, Sheena Taff and Autianna Wilson, ABOC celebrated at the EyeStyle Influencers Brunch during Vision Expo West. Image via dr.chinnchinn on Instagram

Harbir Sian, OD, posted a recap of his time at Vision Expo West this year. Here, he poses with ophthalmologist Laura M Periman, MD. Image via harbirsian.od on Instagram

The team at Ski Run Optometry in Lake Tahoe, California, enjoyed their time at Vision Expo West. Image via on Instagram

The team at Specs Optical in Saratoga, California, posted a wrap-up video of their time at Vision Expo West, which spotlights the new brands they’re bringing into the practice. Image via specs_optical on Instagram

Jennifer Centeno, opticianista_la on Instagram, spent Vision Expo West trying on some new frames, catching up with friends including Sheena Taff and more. Image via opticianista_la on Instagram