SCENE + HEARD: Meetings Vision Expo West 2021 Gets Underway in Las Vegas By Staff Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:36 AM LAS VEGAS—Vision Expo West 2021 is underway, welcoming attendees and exhibitors to The Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the Show Floor, attendees will find more than 280 exhibiting companies across several distinct neighborhoods, as well as cutting-edge education and engaging programming. Also make sure to explore The Suites for access to the most established luxury fashion houses and the latest exclusive upmarket boutiques in an intimate buying experience across The Venetian and Palazzo Hotels.Presented under the banner of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s education program offers more than 140 sessions and more than 200 hours of seminars, workshops and interactive presentations led by renowned experts in clinical research, business, fashion and marketing. Returning to the Show, OptiCon@Vision Expo offers an unmatched education program and exhibit hall experience for opticians, contact lens practitioners and ophthalmic allied professionals.Additionally, The Seen is a must-visit, main stage destination and a hub for collaborative learning as the host venue for the EYE2EYE Series panels and the Career Zone.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 beginning today at 9:30 a.m. and all those who vote will be automatically entered to win a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree. Voting is available throughout the show until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24.There are plenty of ways to safely connect and socialize beyond the Show Floor. Tonight, stop by the Opening Night party, featuring Bad Habits “The EyeDocs of Rock.” The party will take place from 9:00 p.m. until midnight at the Hard Rock Café, located at 3771 Las Vegas Blvd. All Vision Expo attendees are invited. Attendee badges are required for entry. An open bar will be offered from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.Also tonight, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, will host its Person of Vision event which recognizes an individual or organization whose inspired outlook champions healthy vision. The 2021 award honors Marc Ferrara of Jobson Medical Information. The event will take place at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness.Finally, in accordance with local health and safety guidelines, masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Please note that masks are also required in The Venetian; members should wear their masks en route to all events. For more details on Vision Expo’s health and safety protocols, visit the VisionSAFE page at west.visionexpo.com/en-us/visionsafe.html. To view the Digital Edition of the Vision Expo West Show Daily for today, click here.