Mido 2023 Concludes With 60 Percent Increase in Visitors, a Focus on Sustainability and International Attendees

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:24 AM MILAN, Italy—Mido 2023 concluded its three-day 51st edition on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. This years’ show attendance peaked at 35,000 industry professionals, a 60 percent increase over 2022 visitor numbers. Eighty percent of this year’s visitors were from Europe, while 20 percent visited from the rest of the world. Of the total number of visitors, 53 percent were Italian. Of the more than 1,000 exhibitors representing the entire supply chain, 72 percent were international and 28 percent were from Italy. Among the overseas exhibitors, 51 percent were from Europe, 42 percent from Asia and 7 percent from the rest of the world, organizers reported.

Career Zone Offers Networking for Optical Industry Students and Young Professionals at Vision Expo East 2023

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Career Zone will return to Vision Expo East on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., according to an announcement from The Vision Council. Located at Booth #F3162 within the Javits Center, the Career Zone is a student lounge designed as a central hub for optometry and opticianry students and young professionals to network with participating companies, all of which are actively recruiting and seeking new talent. Vision Expo East 2023 will offer students exclusive registration benefits including free Exhibit Hall admission and access to complimentary education.

Veteran Optical Executive Timothy Aiken Joins Cleinman Performance Partners in Management Role

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:18 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—Cleinman Performance Partners, has appointed Timothy Aiken, a veteran optical industry executive, as senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Aiken was named to the position by CEO and founder Alan Cleinman. “Tim will lead all sales, marketing, and communications functions,” explained Cleinman. “With over two decades of success in sales, marketing, and operations within our industry, Tim’s understanding of the eyecare market, and more specifically our clients and prospective clients, provides our firm with the right mix of knowledge and innovation to continue our position as North America’s premier business development consultancy for larger private optometry businesses.”

Bausch + Lomb Social Media Campaign Focuses on AMD Awareness

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:15 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corp. (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) announced a new social media campaign designed to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss for those over age 50 and the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and older. The campaign titled, "What Sight Inspires You," will feature personal stories and sights from Bausch + Lomb’s SightMatters community, an online educational resource designed for people living with AMD, along with educational content on AMD.

Travel Insurance Rates Expected to Return to Normal in 2023

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:12 PM The travel industry is expecting a full recovery of international travel in 2023, according to a new report from Travel Agent Central. Experts believe that the public is ready to plan bigger and more expensive trips in 2023, with international travel as the focus for travelers. Key data has found that 90 percent of insured travel booked for 2023 is for international destinations, matching pre-pandemic levels.

Millennials and Gen Z are leading the way in purchasing travel insurance, with 60 percent of travel insurance buyers born before 1980. It’s expected that more than 2 billion will be spent on the service in 2023. 

Travelers are saying goodbye to COVID fears, with the rate of COVID related coverage dropping 2 percent and COVID for any reason dropping 3 percent. Travelers are still preparing for delays and travel challenges, with trip delay coverage being the top draw for insurance purchases. This is due to an increase in airline flight cancellation issues, as a result of the airlines themselves.

February Is AMD Awareness Month Recognizing the Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:06 PM Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is marking Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month with activities to inform and educate Canadians about the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55, impacting approximately 2.5 million Canadians.

EssilorLuxottica Plans a New AI Predictive Design Approach to the 2023 Launch of Varilux XR

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:24 AM MILAN, Italy—With a massive combined group presence on the exhibition floor at the Mido exhibition here last weekend, EssilorLuxottica designed its customer interactions at the show to emphasize and illuminate a range of new digitally driven technologies across its business, from spectacles, to eye exams, learning systems, and omnichannel professional and retail services.

Mido 2023 Awards Sustainable Booths, Products and Stores

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:21 AM MILAN—On the second day of Mido, February 5, 2023, organizers celebrated a number of frame companies and optical shops at the show’s annual awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in the Fashion District square, honoring optical centers, the most sustainable booth and, new this year, the companies most actively engaged in sustainability.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Partners With American Printing House for the Blind to Aid Young Adults

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:18 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) ConnectCenter have announced a partnership to offer joint programming and career development programs for young adults who are blind or have low vision.

Braille Institute and Lighthouse Guild Kick Off Low Vision Awareness Month

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES—The Braille Institute and Lighthouse Guild are both celebrating low vision awareness month in February with educational online seminars, a free personalized low vision consultation, and tips on coping with the low vision.

25,700+ Accept WCO Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:00 PM Sixty-three global eyecare organizations and more than 25,700 practitioners have accepted the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge challenge. WCO and myopia management category leader CooperVision issued the challenge for eyecare professionals worldwide to adopt myopia management as the standard of care.

Off-Grid Living Is Expected to Put a Strain on Utilities

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Monday, February 6, 2023 10:41 AM More Americans are choosing to live off-grid, according to a report from StudyFind.org. The study found that 12 percent of American households will be off-grid by 2035. This is just slightly ahead of Europe, where it’s predicted the number will reach 11 percent. 

The rise in people living off-grid is attributed to an increase in distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures. The result could be a drop in utilities revenues of more than $48 billion in the U.S. and €61 billion euros across Europe by 2025. 

Executives are expecting some repercussions from off-grid living, including an increase in grid faults due to low-voltage connected distributed renewable generation. Faults are also expected due to large-scale renewables.

FTC Order Requires LasikPlus to Pay for its Bait-and-Switch Eye Surgery Ads

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:24 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an order requiring Ohio-based LCA-Vision, doing business as LasikPlus and Joffe MediCenter, to pay $1.25 million for using deceptive bait-and-switch advertising to trick consumers into believing they could have their vision corrected for less than $300. In reality, only 6.5 percent of consumers lured in for consultations were eligible for the advertised promotional price for both eyes. According to the FTC, despite the advertising claims, for consumers with less than near-normal vision, the company typically quoted a price between $1,800 and $2,295 per eye.

Orbis Partners With Hoya Vision Care to Help Fight Blindness

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare nonprofit Orbis International announced a renewed three-year partnership with Hoya Vision Care which will focus on helping school children get access to eyecare in low- to middle-income countries.

FDA Approves Modulight’s ML6710i Photodynamic Laser for Use With Bausch + Lomb’s Visudyne Therapy

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:15 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a leading global eye health company, and Modulight Corporation, a biomedical laser company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ML6710i photodynamic laser for equivalent use with Bausch + Lomb’s Visudyne photodynamic therapy.