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Brooke Beery is Associate Editor of Optometry Times®.
Vision Expo organizers, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, announced the cancellation of the optometric conference Vision Expo West 2020 previously scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from September 23-26.
The decision comes after Vision Expo East and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Optometry’s Meeting 2020 were cancelled in March and June, respectively. Meeting organizers cite health and safety concerns as the main reason for the cancellation. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D)announced Monday, June 26, that Nevada would remain in Phase 2 of reopening plans through the end of July due to current trends of the coronavirus infection.
“While certainly disappointing, the decision to cancel Vision Expo West 2020 is prudent and necessary following the announcement of the extension of Phase 2 in Las Vegas into the end of July,” says Fran Penella, event vice president, in a statement.
“Without having visibility on when the state of Nevada will be ready to roll into future phases or what the future phases will allow for, coupled with the unfortunate spiking of COVID-19 cases in the region, we know it is in the best interests of everyone in the vision community to not move forward.”
Attendees and exhibitors who had previously registered for the event may still take part in a digital platform that will virtually replace in-person experiences. Continuing education (CE) product showcases, and service and product sourcing will take place on the new platform.
More details on specific offerings and partners will be forthcoming, and personalized communications will be sent to each registered attendee this week from the Vision Expo team.