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Vision Expo East announces 2023 keynote speaker


Jason Romero, a legally blind ultra-runner, will be giving the keynote address at the 2023 Vision Expo East meeting March 16-19 in New York City.

Vision Expo East has announced Jason Romero as the keynote speaker for 2023 annual conference held this year at the Javits Center in New York City next month from March 16-19. Romero is a legally blind ultra-runner.

“After losing his vision to a degenerative condition, [Romero] defied the odds to become an ultra-runner, crossing the United States on foot in only 60 days,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Meetings at The Vision Council. “[Romero’s] story of resilience and success underscores the life-changing value of sight and is an inspiration to us all. We are excited for attendees to hear from such an astounding and persevering speaker.”

This year’s Vision Expo East 2023 is expected to be the largest gathering of optical professionals in the United States in recent years, offering attendees content, products, and services changing the vision care industry. Romero’s address will add to the excitement.

“Losing my sight has had a profound impact on my life,” Romero said. “More than anyone else, I understand the value of vision care and I’m honored to have the opportunity to speak with so many innovators and leaders in the eye care community.”

“Challenge to Change” will feature remarks from Romero on Vision Expo’s main stage, The Bridge, on Saturday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m., where he will discuss his transformational journey from a successful executive to an unemployed, blind man to an elite-extreme athlete with more than ten world records.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jason Romero to the Vision Expo East education lineup,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President, Vision Expo at RX. “His inspirational story is just one example of the dynamic leaders and thought-provoking conversations that attendees will hear during this year’s Vision Expo East.”

With topics ranging from disease management and practice growth to lens innovation, eyewear trends, and more, expo attendees are invited to take advantage of the meeting’s CE offerings with over 300 hours of accredited education led by over 100 of the industry’s experts.

To learn more, visit the Vision Ed website. Vision Expo East, presented and organized by The Vision Council and RX (Reed Exhibitions).

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