The Vision Council has announced a new Eyewear and Retail Technology Summit, featuring panels of experts in 3D printing and online retailing. The event, presented by The Vision Council’s Sunglass & Reader and Eyewear & Accessories Divisions, will be held on Sept. 16, in conjunction with Vision Expo West 2015.

Moderated by Dean Browell, PhD, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Feedback, these panel presentations will engage attendees in discussions of the future of eyewear production and the impact and trends in online retailing. Join 3D innovators as they discuss the latest technological advancements involving 3D Printing for the frame and sunglass industry as well as 3D printed lenses, and industry leaders discussing the latest in optical retail market trends including online optical retail, mobile eye exams, and the big-picture industry perspective.

The first panel presentation, 3D Printing – what does this mean for the future of eyewear production?, will explore the movement in manufacturing: 3D printing. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing affects numerous industries, from aerospace and automotive to medical and optical. This panel presentation will provide attendees with an understanding this revolutionary technology within optical manufacturing.

The healthcare industry and more specifically the vision care industry have long been overburdened by a slow moving innovation due to the complexity of the ecosystem. Our second panel presentation, The Next Generation of Online Retailing, will explore the future of online and omnichannel retailing for the eyewear market, as well as mobile and online applications for patient care.

Summit speakers will include:
– Pia Garcia, Product Engineer, ClearVision Optical
– Richard van de Vrie, President and Founder, LuxExcel
– Jeremiah Andrick, Head of Global Ecommerce & Digital Marketing, Logitech
– Kate Doerksen, CEO,
– Nikki Iravani, Founder and CEO of EyeXam, Global EyeVentures
– Steve Kodey, Senior Director of Industry Research, The Vision Council

Registration is now open, and more information can be found at