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.

Ocuco Sets Agenda for User Group Meeting

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:15 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Ocuco, a leading provider of optical software, is hosting their annual user group meeting April 3 and 4 at the Clearwater Beach Marriott in Sand Key, Fla. The meeting, a key optical lab education and networking event, will offer hands-on workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one support sessions and networking with over 150 lab industry colleagues. Suppliers such as Quantum InnovationsA&R Optical MachineryThe Vision CouncilSchneider Optical Machines and Fuji Gankyo Kikai MFG will also participate.

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.

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.

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.

Transitions Optical Names Professor Edward August as Brand Ambassador Honoree and Other Innovation Award Winners

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—As the largest meeting of Transitions Academy in five years wrapped up Tuesday evening here, Transitions Optical honored Professor Edward C. August of Cranford, N.J., with the prestigious 2019 Transitions Brand Ambassador title. The award is one of several grouped under the umbrella of the Transitions Innovation Awards program. All of the awards were presented during a recognition ceremony held at the closing of Transitions Academy 2020. “Professor Edward C. August has been a loyal partner to the Transitions brand for many years now and this honor is long overdue,” Drew Smith, director, North America channels for Transitions Optical, said at the awards event.

SECO 20/20 to Unite Optometric Community and Expand Educational Offerings With New Co-Located Events and Partnerships

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—SECO 20/20, the leading annual conference providing the optometric profession outstanding educational opportunities, will bring the optometric community together by partnering with 10 affiliate and associated organizations to host co-located events during this year’s annual meeting, according to a SECO announcement earlier this week. From March 4-8 in Atlanta, SECO 20/20—along with the 10 partner organizations—will convene optometric professionals from across the U.S. and from around the world to learn about the latest research, innovations, and techniques in the optometric profession, all in a single meeting place.

Vision Expo East 2020 Spotlights The Union Neighborhood

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Show organizers have announced additional details about The Union, one of three new distinct neighborhoods being unveiled at Vision Expo East 2020 and a key component of the larger reimagination of the signature event by The Vision Council and co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions. “An evolution of the dynamic Galleria, The Union offers the ultimate exhibition and shopping experience for boutique and premium independent brands with a discerning edit of exclusive, hip, and fashion-forward eyewear,” according to the announcement.