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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Night for Sight Gala to Honor Doug Zarkin of Pearle Vision and Avi Kaner of Morton Williams Supermarket

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:18 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness will honor Doug Zarkin, vice president and chief marketing officer of Pearle Vision and Avi Kaner, co-owner of Morton Williams Supermarkets at the annual Night for Sight gala.

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.

Nidek and Hoya Vision Care Form Global Partnership to Provide Instruments and Products to ECPs

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:27 AM BANGKOK and TOKYO–Nidek Co., Ltd., a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ophthalmic, optometric, and lens edging equipment, has formed a partnership with Hoya Vision Care (HOCPF), a leader in optical technology innovation. The global agreement creating a partnership between Nidek and Hoya Vision Care, provides eyecare professionals (ECPs) the opportunity to access "a complete portfolio of state-of-the-art optical instruments and products to provide a full-service approach to patient care, from eye examination, to consultation through to the final delivery of the high quality spectacle lenses," the companies said in a joint statement.

Four New Speakers Announced for VM Summit 'Insight, Unseen' Program on March 15 in NYC

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Four new speakers will offer fresh perspectives on major business and health care trends at the Vision Monday Leadership Summit, organizers of the event announced. The addition of these speakers to the VM Summit, “Insight, Unseen: How Leaders Uncover, Design and Scale Innovations,” significantly expands its scope. The live in-person event will feature prominent voices and key opinion leaders in communications, business consulting, human resources, retailing and vision care. Their ideas will inform a daylong program designed for senior decision makers and influencers from throughout the optical industry and eyecare professions.

25,700 ECPs Accept World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge challenge has been accepted by 63 global eyecare organizations and more than 25,700 practitioners.