Vision Tech Innovations Are Lauded at CES 2020

By Staff
Monday, January 13, 2020 12:27 AM LAS VEGAS—Innovative vision technology is becoming more and more visible every year at CES, the annual mega meeting and trade show which drew more than 180,000 attendees here last week. From the latest mixed reality glasses for gamers to a tiny clip-on device that enables blind people to navigate their surrounds more easily, the full scope of vision tech was on display. Vision tech’s prominence was underscored by the fact that several exhibitors won CES Innovation Awards. One of the biggest winners was Human Capable, which won the CES 2020 Best of Innovation award in the Headphones & Personal Audio category for its Norm smart glasses.

Today Is the Last Day Show Organizers Are Offering Free Exhibit Hall Registration for Vision Expo East

By Staff
Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Today, Jan. 9, is the last day show organizers are offering free Exhibit Hall registration for Vision Expo East, scheduled to take place from March 26 to 29, 2020 at the Javits Center here. Attendees are encouraged to register at for a total savings of $150 off the on-site fee. Exhibit Hall registration includes access to more than 600 companies, free networking events, expert panels and exhibitor presentations. Vision Expo East, the definitive trade event for eyecare providers, promises to be more exciting than ever this year with a reimagined concept, show organizers said. The Vision Council, together with co-owner of the Show Reed Exhibitions, is introducing a bold new vision for the signature event with a laser-like focus on discovery, connection and experience. Shaped by feedback from both exhibitors and attendees, the new concept is anchored by curated neighborhoods, enhanced exhibit spaces and refreshed continuing education courses. 

Essilor to Launch Major Programs and Products in 2020, ‘The Year of Vision’

By Staff
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Essilor of America is kicking off 2020, “The Year of Vision,” by launching an array of new programs and products designed to strengthen the company’s relationships with independent eyecare professionals by expanding its premium spectacle lens lines and introducing digital technologies that enhance the patient experience.

Opticians Association of America Sets Leadership Conference for February

By Staff
Monday, January 6, 2020 12:15 AM
LAKELAND, Tenn.—Registration is underway for the Opticians Association of America(OAA) annual Leadership Conference. The three-day conference opens Thursday, Feb. 13, and runs until Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. This event is known as one of the most important get-togethers of the year for opticianry leaders and partners, who gather from across the country for education, information, inspiration and unification, according to OAA. A wide offering of unique and engaging seminars, breakout sessions and networking events assure that attendees gain professional tools for growth and have an opportunity to make personal connections that will impact their future. 

‘THE Myopia Meeting’ Set for Dec. 8 in Northern California

By Staff
Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Five speakers have been named and the agenda set for the upcoming myopia management event, THE Myopia Meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 8 in Burlingame, Calif., outside of San Francisco, according to the event organizers. The meeting marks the first event under the auspices of the partnership between Review of Myopia Management (RMM) and Treehouse Eyes.

Silmo d’Or Jury Honors 2019 Laureates

By Staff
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:00 AM PARIS—The Silmo d’Or jury, consisting of media, style influencers and other invited experts, made its choices and honored the 2019 laureates with the winning prizes during a special event held in Paris at Pavillon d’Armenonville on Sept. 28 during the Silmo exhibition here. The Silmo d’Or awards ceremony gives prizes to recognize the creativity of the optical products for design, innovation and technology. Silmo president Amelie Morel welcomed guests to the ceremony.

Vision Expo West Draws to a Close after Inspiring Attendees

By Staff
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:00 AM LAS VEGAS—As the curtain got ready to drop on another successful Vision Expo West event last month, attendees were counting the ways that they had benefitted from attending the 2019 edition of the show. In addition to a beautiful week of Las Vegas weather—with temperatures in the 80s and relatively low humidity—Vision Expo West this year offered a wide selection of educational opportunities, a range of new-product launches and almost non-stop networking for the thousands of industry professionals who made their annual pilgrimage to the desert.

The Vision Council’s 2020 Executive Summit Will be Jan. 29-31, 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that its 2020 Executive Summit will be held Jan. 29–31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Fla. Taking place at a new luxury location for the Summit, this exclusive event is filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends and business strategies, the organization noted. Harnessing the energy from the successful events in The Vision Council’s new Summit Series, attendees of the 2020 Executive Summit will see an improved structure with the goal of giving participants a more enjoyable and valuable experience, and allow them to leave with a strong directive for the year ahead, the announcement said.

Silmo Names Designer Christophe Pillet the Chair of Silmo D'Or 2019 Awards Jury

By Staff
Friday, July 19, 2019 12:21 AM PARIS—A French designer and interior architect, Christophe Pillet, has been named chairman of the Silmo D'Or 2019 jury, the Silmo organization announced. Silmo will be held Sept. 27 to 29 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Pillet graduated from l'École nationale supérieure d'art of Nice in 1985, and then joined the Domus Academy in Milan to study with the greatest talents in the field. He received his degree there in 1986. While living in the capital of Lombardy, for four years he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi, Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Martine Bedin.

AOA Sets its 2020 Agenda as Dr. Barbara Horn Takes the Helm as President

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association wrapped up its annual Optometry’s Meeting here in late June with new president Barbara L. Horn, OD, of South Carolina, being sworn into office for the 2019-20 year. In addition, four other executive committee members and six trustees were confirmed for the 2019-2020 term.

CooperVision Outlines Sustainability Efforts during Tour of Costa Rican Facility

By Mark Tosh
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—CooperVision is working diligently to increase its efforts around environmental initiatives focused in a few key areas – including saving water, conserving energy, and reducing, reusing and recycling resources – and took steps toward demonstrating this commitment during a recent program for ECPs here in Costa Rica. The company hosted an event for about 20 eyecare professionals and others at its 100,000-square-foot contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica, last month.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Honors Bausch’s Joseph Papa and Tura’s Scott Sennett

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Foundation Fighting Blindness hosted the 2019 Fashion and Finance Ball and Visionary Awards Dinner here this spring at the 583 Park event space. The event honored visionaries for their contributions to the industry, community and Foundation.

ICO’s Nora Kuby Takes Top Honors at the AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—Illinois College of Optometry’s (ICO) Nora Kuby took home the trophy late last month at the AOSA (American Optometric Student Association) Student Bowl (OSB), powered by Essilor of America. The 28th annual edition of the competition was held on the opening day of Optometry’s Meeting here.

Kering Eyewear’s Vedovotto Honored at Accessories Council ACE Awards

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council recognized Kering Eyewear and its founder, Roberto Vedovotto, president and CEO, with its Business Visionary Award at the 23rd annual ACE Awards dinner, noting the company’s “disruptive approach to the luxury eyewear business.

Morel Takes Home 25th Annual Communicator Award of Excellence

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM WYCKOFF, New Jersey—In June, Morel was awarded a Communicator Award in the B2B category for its 2018 campaign, See More, See Morel. The Communicator Awards are a leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications, as well as one of the largest. The Awards receive over 6,000 entries from companies of all ages and sizes.