The organizers of the International Vision Expo East show and conference have reported more than 16,000 attendees at the event, matching the record levels attained in 2012 and 2014, when they topped 16,800. Excluding sponsors, exhibitors and their staff, the number of visitors had dropped to 15,504 in March 2015. More than 5,000 brands were represented at the last edition of the show, which took place in New York on April 14-17. The success of the event was boosted by new initiatives such as a new Buying Program for attendees, the introduction of Take 30 Lounges with free Wi-Fi, a new Designer Gallery showcasing emerging designers, and an educational program addressing top-of-mind issues in clinical, optical technology as well as business solutions. Registration in the educational conference broke records. The next edition of the fair will run from March 31 to April 2, 2017.