Vision Expo East presented a number of awards recognising practices, products and stands at the four-day show, which was held from 15–18 March at the Javits Centre in New York.
Boston-based independent boutique, Todd Rogers Eyewear, was named as the winner of the first annual OPTImum Retail Award.
The accolade, which recognises exceptional innovation, marketing, store aesthetics and social media in practices, was awarded by a panel of judges. The panel also considered over 3100 votes on social media.
Other finalists included New York-based Aterlier Mirar, Eye Q Stylist Opticians in Barbados and Spex By Ryan in Canada.
Todd Rogers Eyewear was founded by dispensing optician and eyewear designer Todd Rogers Berberian. The store houses an optometric practice as well as its eyewear distribution and design offices.
Vision Expo East attendees voted for their favourite exhibitor that showcased the most creative booth design and the best use of technology at the show.
Eyewear company, De Rigo REM, won Most Creative Booth Design and software development company, Kuusoft Corporation, was recognised in the Best Use of Technology category.
Best new product
The winners of the Vision Expo 2018 Vision Choice Awards have been announced. Voted for by attendees at the show, the award crowns the best new product featured in the product gallery.
First place went to wood eyewear company Specs of Wood; Fetch Eyewear, who aim to improve animal welfare, took second place; and the US distributor of Zenka Modular Eyewear, Lunette USA Inc, placed third.