Vision Expo East 2009 Review | Long Island Eye Doctor
My staff and I just got back from a weekend at the New York Vision Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This venue offers eyecare professionals and their staff both continuing education classes as well as exposure to the myriad of new frames, lenses and technology. Hundreds of vendors are there to educate the “optical community” so that the optometrists and opticians may bring their newfound knowledge back to their patients.
Frame designers like Gucci, Dior, Prada, Tiffany, Bvlgari and others were there to display the new spring styles of sunglasses and present a look into the future of their designs. Lens technology is also changing. Thinner and lighter lenses are being developed to improve patient comfort. Transitions lenses, lenses that darken in sunlight, are constantly improving, as are progressive multifocal lenses for those of us over 40.
Last year, Optix added new lens lab equipment to improve prescription accuracy, carpeting, wallpaper and a new computer system. All of these improvements were made with the intent of improving our patient’s experience in our office and when they leave our office. This year, we will be adding to our examinations. This special testing makes examining the retina easier for the patient and may reduce the need for dilation in many cases.
As everyone knows, famous people lend their name to fashion. Eyewear is no different. This trade show saw stars like Mike Piazza, Randy Jackson, Mickey Rourke, and Paris Hilton. They of course, come with their bodyguards to protect them from the vicious optometrists and opticians roaming around out there.
If you have ever been to the Javits Center, walking the aisles can be very tiring. Entrepreneurs set up shop for distribution of gel pad shoes inserts and back and foot massages. Thankful people were eagerly waiting in line for their services, including yours truly. As I write this article, I am now relaxing with my feet up on the ottoman.
It’s good to be home.
Joel Kestenbaum, OD