FMO and Media 10 Join Forces to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021, Following Cancellation of September Optrafair

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19. 

Registration Now Open for Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Online Conference

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:21 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—Registration is now open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) international online conference at the nora2020.com site. The conference will be available live online on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. All presentations will be available on demand through Oct. 31, 2020.

AOA Membership Elect 2020-21 Officers, Trustees in Historic Virtual Election Vote

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Facing the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Optometric Association this week said it was able to make a “historic response” and conduct the election for its 2020-2021 board of trustees via a virtual ballot.

Silmo Organizers Reaffirm the Commitment to Supporting the Industry at its Oct. 2-5, 2020 Edition

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Monday, June 15, 2020 12:21 AM PARIS—#FUTURISSILMO is the commitment for the upcoming Silmo Paris show, according to organizers, who are reaffirming their commitment to "protection and enhancement of the optical industry" at its upcoming exhibition to be held at the Paris Nord Villapinte center on Oct. 2-5, 2020. Amélie Morel, chairman of Silmo Paris, stated, “Although the unprecedented period that we have been experiencing for several months has been causing upheavals in our personal and professional lives, Silmo Paris continues to work on a daily basis to protect and enhance the industry. The calendar of great events has been disrupted overall, but we are keeping a close eye on the encouraging evolution of the situation, and we are prepared for any possible scenario with one central objective: to protect the interests of our communities."

Registration Now Open for Vision Expo West 2020

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo has announced that attendee registration for Vision Expo West 2020, taking place Sept. 23-26 in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo Convention Center, opens today, Thursday, June 11, 2020 under the banner of ONE Vision – ONE Focus – ONE Future. Additionally, co-owners of the Show, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, have released information regarding plans for health and safety policies at the Show, including Reed Exhibitions’ creation of a Health & Safety Task Force to develop and implement policies and best practices around COVID-19 response and prevention. 

Prevent Blindness to Host Virtual 9th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:12 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will host the 9th annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 15, 2020, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET (a virtual exhibit hall will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET). The event will be held as an online virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "An Eye to the Future,” according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness.

Vision Expo Announces Topics for New Virtual EYE2EYE Series

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, Vision Expo released the expanded schedule of upcoming Virtual EYE2EYE Series topics. The series, which launched in mid-April and is inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series, will continue into July with weekly “Coffee Talk” sessions on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. EST.

Early Registration Opens for Academy 2020 Meeting, Oct. 7-10, in Nashville

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Friday, May 22, 2020 12:24 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry has announced that registration is open for the Academy 2020 Nashville meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The meeting, which will be held at the Music City Center, is scheduled to run over the four-day period, Oct. 7-10. Early-bird registration runs from May 6 through Aug. 6.

Vision Expo to Launch Virtual EYE2EYE Series on April 15

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo is launching the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. Launching on Wednesday, April 15, the Virtual EYE2EYE Series will take place on a weekly basis with a new topic every Wednesday and Friday.

Bausch Health Companies Shifts to ‘Virtual’ Format for its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 28

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. announced that due to the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the location of the company's 2020 annual meeting of shareholders will be held in a virtual meeting format.

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.

Vision Source Announces Postponement of The Exchange 2020 Conference

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:24 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source has informed its members that The Exchange 2020 conference has been postponed to a later date, according to an announcement posted to The Exchange website.

Vision Expo Working to Expand 'Reimagination' Features at Vision Expo West in September

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Council and its partners at Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, said that they are working to incorporate as many aspects as possible of the "reimagination" planned for Vision Expo East 2020 into Vision Expo West 2020. "With elements of Vision Expo East being merged with Vision Expo West, this will be an expanded show," Mitch Barkley, The Vision Council's vice president of trade shows, told VMAIL. "While it is too early to share specifics, we are confident that Vision Expo West is well-poised to be the can’t-miss event of 2020 for the industry."

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.

Kenmark Eyewear Marks Successful 2019 With Education and Training at Palm Springs, Calif. Sales Meeting

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Friday, March 6, 2020 12:21 AM PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—Kenmark Eyewear, a leader in crafting and distributing original optical eyewear and sunglasses, recently held its biannual sales meeting here. The meeting concluded 2019 as one of the company’s most successful years yet, the company said. Throughout the three-day meeting, the theme was "Becoming a Visionary." Speakers offered insights on the company strategy heading into 2020, how to become a sales consultant, an overview of the successful Paradigm launch and the 2020 strategy for the brand, and a Sales Behavioral Workshop with guest speaker, Rico Pena.