June 23, 2018|www.visionmonday.com


Brainiac Students in Colorful Costumes?
It Must Be the Essilor Student Bowl

DENVER—Here’s the question: what’s the most exciting, most dramatic and loudest event at Optometry’s Meeting every year? The answer, of course, is the Essilor Student Bowl competition that pits students from 25 optometry schools across the nation against each other in a battle of knowledge, one-upmanship and courage (how else would you convince yourself to wear the craziest costume one could imagine wearing in front of your peers?).
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Optometry’s Meeting opens, promoting National Sunglasses Day, speakers for VM LIVE ‘Retail Smart,’ new president at Essilor of America and a new division at McGee all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

2018 Optometry’s Meeting Opens With Inspiring Keynote and Awards

The Vision Council Ramps Up Efforts to Promote National Sunglasses Day 2018

Retail Expert and Veteran OD Set for VM LIVE ‘Retail Smart' at Vision Expo

Rick Gadd to Succeed Eric Leonard as President of Essilor of America

The McGee Group Launches New Division, the Reading Glass Company

Special Event at Expo to Explore PE’s Role in Vision Care

NEW YORK—Private equity companies are increasing their investments in the vision care field. What are the pros and cons of partnering with PE-backed groups? What’s the “decision tree” that can help ODs navigate these decisions? What are the distinctions between PE-backed models coming into the vision space and what are the perspectives of the executive leaders of these groups? All of these topics and more are the focus of “Private Equity Takes Root: What Does it Mean for Optometry?” a special two-hour session, which is set for Thursday morning, Sept. 27, the first day of Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.
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A new season means time to redecorate, and we have our eyes on this tasseled eye rug from Urban Outfitters. How fabulous are those lashes?!

Independent ECPs Take to Social Media to Promote #CataractAwarenessMonth

June is Cataract Awareness Month, and according to Prevent Blindness, more than 25 million Americans have cataract, a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in impaired vision. As VMAIL previously reported, research from the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision,” estimates that number will increase to 38.5 million by 2032, and to 45.6 million by the year 2050.
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