Silmo Names Designer Christophe Pillet the Chair of Silmo D'Or 2019 Awards Jury

By Staff
Friday, July 19, 2019 12:21 AM PARIS—A French designer and interior architect, Christophe Pillet, has been named chairman of the Silmo D'Or 2019 jury, the Silmo organization announced. Silmo will be held Sept. 27 to 29 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Pillet graduated from l'École nationale supérieure d'art of Nice in 1985, and then joined the Domus Academy in Milan to study with the greatest talents in the field. He received his degree there in 1986. While living in the capital of Lombardy, for four years he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi, Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Martine Bedin.

AOA Sets its 2020 Agenda as Dr. Barbara Horn Takes the Helm as President

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association wrapped up its annual Optometry’s Meeting here in late June with new president Barbara L. Horn, OD, of South Carolina, being sworn into office for the 2019-20 year. In addition, four other executive committee members and six trustees were confirmed for the 2019-2020 term.

CooperVision Outlines Sustainability Efforts during Tour of Costa Rican Facility

By Mark Tosh
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—CooperVision is working diligently to increase its efforts around environmental initiatives focused in a few key areas – including saving water, conserving energy, and reducing, reusing and recycling resources – and took steps toward demonstrating this commitment during a recent program for ECPs here in Costa Rica. The company hosted an event for about 20 eyecare professionals and others at its 100,000-square-foot contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica, last month.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Honors Bausch’s Joseph Papa and Tura’s Scott Sennett

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Foundation Fighting Blindness hosted the 2019 Fashion and Finance Ball and Visionary Awards Dinner here this spring at the 583 Park event space. The event honored visionaries for their contributions to the industry, community and Foundation.

ICO’s Nora Kuby Takes Top Honors at the AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—Illinois College of Optometry’s (ICO) Nora Kuby took home the trophy late last month at the AOSA (American Optometric Student Association) Student Bowl (OSB), powered by Essilor of America. The 28th annual edition of the competition was held on the opening day of Optometry’s Meeting here.

Kering Eyewear’s Vedovotto Honored at Accessories Council ACE Awards

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council recognized Kering Eyewear and its founder, Roberto Vedovotto, president and CEO, with its Business Visionary Award at the 23rd annual ACE Awards dinner, noting the company’s “disruptive approach to the luxury eyewear business.

Morel Takes Home 25th Annual Communicator Award of Excellence

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM WYCKOFF, New Jersey—In June, Morel was awarded a Communicator Award in the B2B category for its 2018 campaign, See More, See Morel. The Communicator Awards are a leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications, as well as one of the largest. The Awards receive over 6,000 entries from companies of all ages and sizes.

National Vision Hosts Record Number of Optometrists at CE Symposium

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, hosted more than 1,000 optometrists from its affiliated practices during the company’s annual continuing education symposium, which was held June 1 through 4 in Dallas. The company’s growing community of optometrists gathered for continued education, recognition for notable tenure and accomplishments, and conversations surrounding the state of the optical industry, according to a company announcement.

Women in Optometry Summit Highlighted by Amina AlTai’s Keynote Talk

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—Keynote speaker Amina AlTai provided informed professional and personal advice and addressed the idea of “being one’s authentic self” at the inaugural Women In Optometry’s “Flex Your Superpowers” summit session. The event was held in mid-June at the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry, just ahead of the opening of the annual Optometry’s Meeting in downtown St. Louis.

AOA’s New Officers Installed as Association Commits to New ‘2020 Initiative’ for Eye Exams

By Staff
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association wrapped up its annual Optometry’s Meeting here on Saturday with new president Barbara L. Horn, OD, of South Carolina, and four other executive committee members and six trustees being sworn into office for the 2019-20 year following the tabulation of election results. The elections took place in the AOA’s House of Delegates as the four-day Optometry's Meeting neared its close. AOA’s trustees help establish association policy and advocates for the profession of optometry, both in state and federal government offices.

Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2019

By Staff
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open to all for Vision Expo West 2019. Returning to the Sands Expo Convention Center in the iconic city of Las Vegas on Sept. 18 to 21, this year’s Show will feature new destinations, education courses, empowering panels and more. “In this ever-evolving industry, we are proud that Vision Expo continues to be the ultimate destination for every member of the vision community to enhance their career and grow their business," said Joanne Mohr, Vision Expo event director, Reed Exhibitions.

The Vision Council Hosts Inaugural Fast-Track Leadership Summit Prior to COLA Meeting

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council wrapped up its time in Temecula, California last month with a successful inaugural Fast-Track Leadership Summit—held April 24 to 25—and COLA Spring Meeting—held April 25 to 26. Both events attracted industry leaders for networking opportunities and group discussions, plus essential panels and important industry insights. Kicking off the meetings was the first ever Fast-Track Leadership Summit hosted by The Vision Council, which gathered a select group of emerging optical industry leaders who were nominated by their peers to attend the summit.

Vision Source’s 'The Exchange' Meeting Opens Today in Tampa

By Staff
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:24 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America, opened its annual national meeting, The Exchange, today at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. In celebration of independent optometry, this year’s event theme is “Lead On.” The four-day Exchange meeting provides attendees with a unique mix of continuing medical education, optometry supplier exhibition, and peer-to-peer best practice sharing. The nearly 3,000 optometrists and staff in attendance will engage in clinical and business discussions, purchase eyecare equipment, and connect with colleagues from across the nation, according to an announcement.

NFOS College Bowl Student Opticianry Event Sponsored by Hoya Vision Care Debuts at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:24 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Students from eight schools participated in this past weekend’s National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS)/Hoya College Bowl at OptiCon @ Vision Expo. Ophthalmic lens technology leader Hoya Vision Care sponsored the event Saturday evening at OptiCon at Vision Expo East. Zachary McDaniel from Roane State Community College was this year’s winner of the competition, which was attended by about 300 people, according to a Hoya Vision Care announcement. “Working with the NFOS has been a terrific opportunity for Hoya to connect with the schools of opticianry and students,” Hoya Vision Care, North America, chief marketing officer Grady Lenski said in the announcement.

Meet Me in Munich: Opti 2019 Hosts 28,000 Visitors

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM MUNICH, Germany—From Jan. 25 to 27 Vision Monday headed to the heart of Bavaria for opti 2019. Walking through show felt a little different this time around as the eyewear exhibition was featured among six halls of the Fairground Munich for the first time. However, the expansive show floor was no less packed as each section from hall C1 all the way to C6 was buzzing with foot traffic as it hosted around 28,000 visitors and 631 exhibitors.