ECPs Play a Key Partner Role in Workplace Safety

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, February 23, 2024 8:30 AM With March just around the corner, eyecare professionals (ECPs) are focusing their attention on Workplace Eye Awareness Month. Each year, thousands of Americans experience some form of workplace eye injury. These types of injuries can be the result of many things, ranging from chemical spills to sharp objects. Many ECPs are also trying to educate their patients about the risks of spending too many hours in front of the computer, which can cause digital eyestrain. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25,000 Americans are sent to the emergency room each year with a workplace eye injury.

The Vision Council Convened More Than 300 Optical Industry Leaders in Naples, Florida for 2024 Executive Summit

By Staff
Thursday, January 25, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council’s 2024 Executive Summit commenced on Monday, January 22 with a beachfront welcome reception hosted by Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, and continued through Wednesday, January 24. The Executive Summit in Naples, Florida gathered 330 industry professionals on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico for three action-packed days of networking, leadership development, and critical discussions that will shape the future of the optical industry. The Summit’s programming highlights emerging business trends and offers tangible strategies to tackle the evolving challenges of the eyecare and eyewear industry, as well as the economy at large.

The Vision Council Foundation Launches Silent Auction in Support of Scholarships for Tomorrow's Opticians

By Staff
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council Foundation kicked off an exclusive silent auction aimed at supporting The Vision Council Foundation’s Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Fund.

Services to Be Held for Steve Sutherlin, Influential Lab Executive and Optical Industry Mainstay

By Staff
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 12:21 AM OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Steve Sutherlin, an optical laboratory executive who was instrumental in the success of his family’s business, Sutherlin Optical, and who later played a key role in merging the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) into The Vision Council, died of a heart attack on December 28, 2023.

Prevent Blindness President and CEO Jeff Todd to Lead 2024 National Health Council Board of Directors

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Thursday, December 14, 2023 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—At its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, the National Health Council (NHC) elected its officers and board of directors members for 2024. Jeff Todd, president and chief executive officer of Prevent Blindness, was named the chair of the NHC board of directors for 2024. Other members of the Executive Committee are: chair elect Schroeder Stribling, president and chief executive officer, Mental Health America; vice chair Michael Osso, president and chief executive officer, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; Secretary Sue Peschin, president and chief executive officer, Alliance for Aging Research; treasurer Harold Wimmer, national president and chief executive officer, American Lung Association; and immediate past chair Kenny Mendez, president and chief executive officer, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.

The Vision Council Announces the Publication of the ASC Z80 Spectral Bands Task Force Technical Report

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Friday, December 8, 2023 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and ASC Z80 announced the publication of the Spectral Bands Task Force Technical Report by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee Z80.

Prevent Blindness Names Five New Members to National Board of Directors, Elects New Board Secretary and Treasurer

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Monday, November 13, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has named five new members to its board of directors. New members include Mary Blankenship Pointer, senior vice president, Frontier State Bank; Pete Lothes, chief operating officer, The Fielmann Group; Matt MacDonald, president and global head of managed care, EyeMed Vision Care; Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of evidence-based and integration strategy, National Association of Community Health Centers; and Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH, FAAO, associate clinical professor and director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, University of California-Berkeley Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science.

Optical Women’s Association Launches First OWA Unplugged Retreat

By Staff
Thursday, November 2, 2023 12:15 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) announced that its first-ever retreat, titled OWA Unplugged, was an overwhelming success. This pilot event was held October 20-22 in San Diego, Calif., at the Paradise Point Resort.

The Vision Council Releases Q3 Consumer inSights, Including Eye Exam Frequency Data and Purchasing Habits

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Monday, October 30, 2023 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA Va.—The Vision Council has released its latest research report, Consumer inSights Q3 2023, offering an in-depth look into U.S. consumers’ opinions and habits concerning vision correction, managed vision care, eye exams, prescription eyewear, reading glasses and plano sunglasses.

The Vision Council and RX Announce That Vision Expo East Will Move Permanently to Orlando in 2025

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Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:30 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—After 38 years in New York City, Vision Expo East will permanently relocate to Orlando, Florida for the February 19–22, 2025 show, The Vision Council and RX, co-owners of Vision Expo, announced today. Vision Expo East’s final show in New York, scheduled for March 14–17, 2024, will celebrate and commemorate nearly four decades of achievement and growth within the optical industry. Vision Expo East will debut at  the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando in 2025 with a reimagined show experience and abundant opportunities for exhibitors to engage with attendees in a more centralized environment, the show organizers said.

Exhibitors and Attendees Share Experiences and Insights About Vision Expo West

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Thursday, October 5, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo, the premier biannual event in the US optical world co-hosted by The Vision Council and RX, concluded in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 30, with resounding praise and excitement from exhibiting companies and attendees alike. As the curtains closed on another remarkable Vision Expo West, participants were eager to share their experiences and insights about the event. The combination of returning favorites and fresh brands at Vision Expo West 2023 created an atmosphere of excitement and collaboration.

Vision Expo West 2023 Concludes Successful Show in Las Vegas

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo West 2023 concluded on Saturday, September 30, following four days of new product discovery, innovative discussions, accredited education sessions, networking events and business meetings. Held at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from Sept. 27-30, Vision Expo West convened eyecare professionals, buyers, students and sellers representing all facets of the optical and vision care industry. Vision Expo West attendees fed off the buzzing Las Vegas energy during a week of debuts, grand openings and exclusive events. The Sphere, Las Vegas’s newest concert venue opened on Friday night, and with a highly anticipated performance by U2—their first live show since 2019.

As Expo Comes to a Close, Optical Looks to the Next Generation of ODs

By Staff
Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:33 AM As Vision Expo West 2023 wraps up today, the organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, would like to thank all supporters, attendees and exhibitors for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment that has made the Show so successful. Today, students and young professionals are encouraged to check out the Career Zone-Student Lounge from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Located at the Innovation Stage, the Career Zone-Student Lounge is a central hub for students and young professionals to network with participating companies, all of which are actively recruiting and seeking new talent. The Career Zone-Student Lounge will also host some special events including:

The Expo Experience: Where Innovation Meets Insight and Connections Are Made

By Staff
Friday, September 29, 2023 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—Vision Expo West 2023 continues today with an impressive lineup of special events and education, both on and off the Show Floor. On the Show Floor, the Innovation Stage will kick off at 9:45 am with an EYEnovate session featuring presenting companies Topology, Yolia Health, Silk Tears, and VisionWEARx. EYEnovators will showcase the latest breakthroughs in automation, artificial intelligence, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, VR/AR and other emerging technologies. At 11:45 am, the Innovation Stage will host a panel discussion in which the Contact Lens Institute and The Vision Council are poised to reveal initial findings from a new study among the U.S. eye care community, unraveling the mysteries of creating a positive contact lens culture.

World Council of Optometry Announces Leadership Changes for 2023-2025

By Staff
Friday, September 29, 2023 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—The board of directors of the World Council of Optometry (WCO) have announced the installation of Dr. Sandra S. Block (U.S.) as president for the 2023-2025 term.