Nearly 14,000 vision industry representatives and eyecare providers from countries around the world are expected to be in Las Vegas, Oct. 2-5, for the 2013 International Vision Expo West. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council and held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, it is the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo with more than 475 exhibitors, 5,000 brands and 375 hours of continuing education. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, International Vision Expo West will feature 190,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, which is an increase from 2012.

“With this year’s show, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect upon on our key accomplishments while looking ahead to the future,” said Tom Loughran, group vice president for Reed Exhibitions. “We have developed several exciting events to celebrate our anniversary and the attendees, exhibitors and partners who have helped to shape our event over the last 25 years. We are especially grateful to our 57 Founding Exhibitors who have been loyal to International Vision Expo since 1988.”

Vision Expo West has planned special activities and giveaways to mark its 25th anniversary as the largest annual meeting place and trade show for the vision industry. Highlights include:

  • 25th Anniversary Toast – Join International Vision Expo West in celebrating its 25th anniversary on Thursday, October 3 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails while networking with colleagues and perusing the show floor. Special 25th anniversary champagne glasses will be provided to each attendee to commemorate the show’s silver anniversary.
  • 25th Anniversary Opening Night Kickoff at TAO – Stop by TAO on Thursday, October 3to enjoy free admission all night and a one-hour open bar from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.Admission bracelets can be picked up at any of the show’s on-site Customer Care counters.
  • 25th Anniversary Free Food – On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., attendees will receive free snacks on Level 2 of the show floor. As a special bonus, Continuing Education participants will receive free lunch on the show floor on Friday between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • #Throwback Thursday – Look for pictures of you or your colleagues at an International Vision Expo West event. Every Thursday, Vision Expo will post photos from the past 25 years on its Facebook page,

International Vision Expo West would not be possible without the support of its Founding Exhibitors, who embraced the vision to create the optical profession’s largest trade show with the most comprehensive conference program available anywhere in the world. The following Founding Exhibitors have exhibited on the International Vision Expo West show floor each year since 1988: Abbott Medical Optics, A.I.T. Industries, Alcon Laboratories, Allergan, BPI Brain Power, Inc., Briot, USA, California Accessories, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc., Coburn Technologies, Inc., Colors In Optics, Ltd., Compulink Business Systems, Inc., Eastern States/Cazal USA, Essilor of America, EyeCOR by Nteon, Fashion Optical Displays, HILCO, Hoya Vision Care/The HOYA Free-Form Company, Hytech Optical, LLC., iCoat Company, Keeler Instruments, Inc., Lafont Company, L’AMY America, Logo of the Americas, Lombart Instrument, Luxottica Group, Premiere Vision, Marchon, Marco Ophthalmic, Inc., McGee Group, Modern Optical, Ltd., New York Eye, Optek International, Optical Works Corp., Phantom Research Laboratories, Practical Systems, Inc., Pro Design Eyewear, Inc., Rem Eyewear, Rons Optical, Safilo Group, Santinelli International, Seiko Optical Products, Topcon Medical Systems, Tura, Inc., Ultra Palm Optical – Caviar, Vigor Optical, Vision-Ease Lens, Vistakon, Viva International Group, Volk Optical, Inc., Websystem 3, Windsor Eyes Cadillac Eyewear, Woodlyn, Inc., Younger Optics, ZIG Eyewear, Zimco Optics, Inc., Zyloware Corp.

This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of The Suites, Vision Expo West’s high-fashion destination, located on floors 35 and 36 of The Venetian. This exclusive area features 38 suites with more than 100 luxury eyewear brands from the world’s most sophisticated couture designers. for a current list of exhibitors.

“The Suites provide us and our guests the perfect meeting environment!” said Robert Marc, luxury eyewear designer and founder of Robert Marc Eyewear. “We’re thrilled to have been a part of this show innovation from the beginning!”

For many exhibitors like Sheila Vance, CEO and founder of Sama Eyewear, The Suites have grown to become a destination for fashion-forward eyewear enthusiasts across the globe. “It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since I joined with a small group of passionate, like-minded eyewear aficionados to create an entirely new way of promoting luxury eyewear: The Suites, at Vision Expo West. Like a proud parent, I’ve watched our creation grow and evolve into what is indisputably the most prestigious West Coast event on the eyewear industry’s annual calendar. Thanks to all of you who have helped make The Suites such a wonderful success story, and here’s to the next ten years!”

To learn more about 25th anniversary celebrations and Show Specials, or to register for International Vision Expo West, please visit For regular updates in the weeks leading up to the show, connect with International Vision Expo on Facebook or follow Vision Expo on Twitter(@VisionExpo).