New Mido Dates, Feb. 6-8, 2021, Will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Eyewear Show

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:15 AM MILAN—In an announcement today, the management board of Mido said that they had made the difficult but unavoidable decision to move the 50th edition of the show to Feb. 6-8, 2021. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and its swift spread to the rest of the world, along with doubts about when the crisis will normalize globally, have forced us to make the painful, but crucial, decision,” said Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni.

The Vision Council’s Ongoing COVID-19 Provider Study Finds All Areas of Practice Operations Negatively Impacted

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released results from the third round of its ongoing COVID-19 Eyecare Provider Study, and the most recent responses indicate several negative effects across all areas of practice operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing research project is designed to gain a broad understanding of how the market is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candidates Announce Bids for AOA’s 2020 Board of Trustees Election

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:33 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association has provided its members with updated biographical information on the eyecare professionals—both incumbents and newcomers—who are seeking to be elected to new positions on the association’s Board of Trustees. The new board will be elected in June at the annual Optometry’s Meeting,  which is scheduled to run June 24-28 at the National Harbor conference complex in National Harbor, Md. (just outside Washington, D.C.). The AOA noted that it has become recognized worldwide as an authority on eye and vision care in part because of a “devoted group of leaders advocating on behalf of our profession and our patients.”

California Optometric Association Advises Members to Suspend ‘Nonessential’ Patient Care

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:24 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—With much of Northern California already sheltering in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the California Optometric Association (COA) this week advised optometrists in the state to “voluntarily suspend nonessential or nonurgent optometry care for the next 14 days.” The recommendation was posted on the group’s website in a note signed by Dr. Jason Tu, president of COA. COA noted that the recommendation is “in step with Gov. [Gavin] Newsom’s recent declaration of a state of emergency, including the call for all seniors over the age of 65 and residents with chronic conditions to self-isolate at home.”

The Vision Council Examines Consumers’ Attitudes About COVID-19 in a Survey for Its Members

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Friday, March 13, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council released a new COVID-19 Optical Impact consumer survey. Conducted by The Vision Council’s research team in February, the study surveyed more than 10,000 adults across the U.S. and was designed to measure respondents’ level of concern over exposure to COVID-19, including measures they are taking to prevent exposure, changes in eye exam intent, and how respondents are prioritizing medical care, as well as eyewear purchases. Steve Kodey, senior director of Industry Research Services at The Vision Council said, “Given the growing severity of the COVID-19 virus on both the physical health and economic well-being of the U.S., The Vision Council conducted a consumer survey in February that gauges the impact of the COVID-19 threat on consumers’ decisions to get eye exams and make eyewear purchases in the future.

SECO 20/20 Concludes Five-Day Session in Atlanta With Delegates Meeting and Awards Presentation

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, a leading annual conference providing ophthalmic professionals with educational opportunities since 1923, has wrapped up its 2020 edition with a delegates meeting, award presentations and leadership transition. At this year’s meeting, which ran from March 4 until March 8, SECO offered more than 400 hours of continuing education, including facilitated workshops, exhibit hall education, lounges for peer-to-peer sharing, hands-on skill training, and a user-group discussion area. The SECO continuing education workshops were especially busy throughout the meeting and several show exhibitors drew ample numbers of ECPs to their demonstrations and product displays. The official attendance numbers were not available at VMAIL's deadline.

Vision Expo East Announces Speakers and Experiences Planned for The Bridge and Innovation Stage

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo has announced the series of events and speakers planned for The Bridge and Innovation Stage at the 2020 event in New York City. In keeping with Vision Expo’s renewed focus on discovery, experience and connection, attendees can expect a robust lineup of industry experts, creative luminaries, and forward-thinking leaders presented in engaging, interactive formats. Following a successful debut year in 2019, The Bridge returns to Vision Expo East with new events designed to inspire learning and facilitate networking and socializing. Linking The Union to the Eyewear + Accessories neighborhoods, The Bridge is a luxurious destination to refresh and recharge with comfortable seating and complimentary refreshments. The Bridge stage will host the educational EYE2EYE Series for the second year in a row. Headlined by fashion innovator and author Dapper Dan, the series includes high-profile speakers providing high-level insights on topics that aim to inform, empower and challenge attendees.

California Optometric Association Announces Dr. Jason Tu as New President and Names 2020-2021 Board of Directors

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Friday, February 28, 2020 12:21 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Optometric Association (COA) announced Thursday that Jason Tu, OD, has been elected as the new president of the organization. Dr. Tu is a practicing optometrist in San Diego, and he has been a compassionate provider and effective advocate for his patients over his decades-long career, according to the announcement. Previously, Tu served as the president of the COA San Diego County Optometric Society, secretary-treasurer of the California Optometric Association, and on the Vision of Children Foundation advisory board.

Bad Habits ‘The EyeDocs of Rock’ to Perform at Vision Expo East Opening Party, Co-Hosted by Vision Source and ODs on Facebook

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Friday, February 28, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Bad Habits “The EyeDocs of Rock,” the longtime rock band comprised of several practicing optometrists, will perform at Vision Expo East’s opening night party. Co-hosted by Vision Source and ODs on Facebook and sponsored in part by Marketing4ecps, Vision Expo, Ocuco and Pentavision, Uprise and EDGEPro, the party will take place on Friday, March 27 at Sony Hall inside New York City’s Paramount Hotel from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Free drinks will be offered from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Soul singer Katie Kadan, who was a finalist on Season 17 of “The Voice,” will make a special guest appearance courtesy of Mondottica Eyewear.

CORE Offers Insights on Contact Lens Industry Growth, Safety, Wearer Satisfaction at NCC 2020

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:15 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—Scientists from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) will have their largest-ever presence at the 8th Dutch Contact Lens Congress (Nederlands Contactlens Congress/NCC), which runs March 15-16 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. CORE researchers are scheduled to present multiple papers, posters and education sessions on some of the most critical issues in contact lens prescribing and development, including industry growth, contact lens safety, wearer satisfaction and pediatric use. “The theme of the conference is ‘Beyond 2020’ and we consider this an apt description of what we have in store for NCC this year,” CORE head of clinical research Jill Woods, MSc, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, said in an announcement.

Vision Expo Names Fashion Innovator Dapper Dan as Headliner for Vision Expo East 2020

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Monday, February 24, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East has named fashion innovator and author Dapper Dan to headline Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational Series. The series, which launched at Vision Expo East in 2019, features a line-up of modern luminaries, creatives and industry trailblazers providing exclusive insights on topics to inform, empower and challenge attendees. Dapper Dan will share his incredible story at The Bridge with moderator Lilliana Vazquez, host of E! News and Pop of the Morning, on Friday, March 27 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with a Q&A to follow.

Sam’s Club to Open 10 Optical Centers in Oklahoma Following Change to State Law in 2019

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:27 AM BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Sam’s Club, which operates about 540 optical departments at its stores across the U.S., is opening four new optical centers in the Oklahoma City area. The move follows a change in state regulations, which took effect in 2019, that allow optometrists to practice within retail establishments. The company is expected to open 10 optical centers in the state by this summer, according to an announcement from Sam’s Club. Sam’s is a unit of Walmart.

The Vision Council Announces New Social Media Strategy

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Friday, February 14, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As part of a new communications strategy announced earlier this month, The Vision Council's social media channels will now provide industry and member-facing content such as industry news and updates, member-specific events and happenings, Vision Council partner initiatives and content, and more. For industry news and updates and conversations about the industry, follow @OpticalIndustry on Twitter and ‘The Vision Council’ on Facebook and LinkedIn. For a more visual look at the industry and what’s new, follow @thevisioncouncil on Instagram

Vision Expo East Highlights Exclusive Programming at The River

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East has announced details on the exclusive programming set to take place at The River neighborhood debuting at the 2020 event in New York City. Opening on Thursday, March 26, one day earlier than the general exhibit hall, The River is one of three new neighborhoods being unveiled at Vision Expo East 2020 and is a key component of the larger reimagination of the signature event by The Vision Council and co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions, according to an announcement from both show organizers.

AOA’s Health Policy Institute Provides Information for ECPs to Address the Coronavirus

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Monday, February 10, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—In response to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, the AOA has issued a statement with information relevant to optometrists.