Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

Vision Expo East and COLA Spring Meeting Important Update

Due to recent reports from public health officials and in line with national and regional authorities and WHO guidelines related to the COVID-19 virus, Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26-29, will now be consolidated with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, September 23-26. Read more here.

The 2020 COLA Spring Meeting has also been cancelled. Read more here.


The Vision Council offers its members many opportunities to meet with other industry leaders throughout the year. The Vision Council facilitates and participates in a variety of events including industry-wide tradeshows such as International Vision Expo, and members-only opportunities including Division and Committee meetings, professional forums, and a yearly Executive Summit.

Vision Expo

Vision Expo East and West, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events which draw more than 30,000 eyecare providers each year. More optical professionals make their buying decisions at Vision Expo than any other annual industry event in North America.

Members of The Vision Council receive discounted rates per net square foot - upwards of 10 percent - for exhibiting at any Vision Expo. Members also receive instant access to several other discounts and privileged industry information and statistics.

Division and Committee Meetings

Division, committee and task force meetings provide great opportunities to network with other members that share your business needs and perspectives. Our groups meet regularly to face issues that are important to unique segments of the industry, share best practices, and increase their networks.

Executive Summit

The Vision Council's Executive Summit has become the "must-attend" event for senior executives in the vision industry. Your leadership team will benefit from numerous opportunities for executive-level networking, hot-topic panel discussions, leadership development, economic trend updates, and business strategies.

Lab Division Meeting

The Lab Division meeting is the complete lab event. Each component, from education to exclusive receptions and events, has been thoughtfully designed to help lab professionals grow and succeed. Combined with the continuing education and expansive exhibits at Vision Expo West - the largest ophthalmic event in the Americas - the Lab Division meeting provides the perfect setting for you to hear about hot topics, network with labs and test drive equipment before implementing new ideas and technologies into your business.

COLA Spring Meeting

The annual COLA Spring Meeting is a must-attend two-day event featuring the latest industry updates and educational sessions.