Vision Expo and the National Optometric Association to Host Virtual EYE2EYE Series Spotlighting 5 Black Eyewear Entrepreneurs for Black History Month; NOA to Host More Virtual Events

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:24 AM Vision Expo and NOA to host EYE2EYE series, Transitions Optical’s Pulse meeting, Northeast optical sales dip, Kate Renwick-Espinosa to head up VSP Vision Care and WebMD fights vaccine misinformation all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Opticians Association of America (OAA) Opens Registration for Feb. 21 Virtual Leadership Experience

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:18 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has officially opened registration for the 2021 OAA Virtual Leadership Experience, which will take place on Feb. 21, 2021.

20/20 Magazine Launches Redesign of Its Leading Continuing Education and Pro to Pro Sections

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:30 PM NEW YORK—20/20 Magazine has initiated a completely new redesign to the continuing education and Pro to Pro sections of the magazine's website. Pro to Pro is the leading provider of new monthly editorial content with tips, training and accredited continuing education from Pro's to the Pro's, from opticians for opticians and dispensary staff. "Our goal is to create a streamlined user experience where both our robust education/training editorial content and our extensive library of highly informative ABO/NCLE continuing education are highlighted and easily accessed all in one place," said Deborah Kotob, director of education, training and development. Read More

AOA Takes Issue With NAOO's Position on Legislation Related to Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has squared off against another eyecare industry organization—the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO)—in a dispute in which the AOA calls into question whether the NAOO “can claim to be a representative organization of doctors.” The AOA’s complaint stems from the divergent views each group apparently took on an AOA-supported Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act.

20/20 Magazine Launches Redesign of Its Leading Continuing Education and Pro to Pro Sections

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—20/20 Magazine has initiated a completely new redesign to the continuing education and Pro to Pro sections of the magazine's website.

[Partner Post] The Perfect Match

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:33 PM Introducing the perfect match of Ray-Ban’s legendary style and Essilor’s expertise in sight: Ray-Ban Authentic Essilor Special Edition. This latest edition of Ray-Ban Authentic combines the expertise of Essilor and Luxottica, capitalizing on the assets of both to meet consumer needs with the aim of diversifying the single vision category as well as growing the prescription sun category for private practices.

Healthy Eyes Advantage Partners With OAA to Support Independent Optical

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:27 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) has formed a strategic partnership with the Opticians Association of America (OAA) to support the OAA’s mission of advancing the optical profession and enhancing recognition of the vital position that opticians hold in the delivery of comprehensive eyecare.

The Vision Council Launches Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program and Virtual Auction Today to Support Opticianry Careers for High School Students

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, through the Better Vision Institute, is launching the Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program, a 501(c)(3) charity designed to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the U.S. who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry. The program will support selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships. The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry.

Vision Show, Renamed My Vision Show, Announces 'Springboard Summit'

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of My Vision Show, a virtual event for eyecare professionals, announced a winter showcase called Springboard Summit that will run from December 4 to 6, 2020. Springboard Summit is the latest collaboration between Charlene Nichols, founder of My Vision Show, previously known as simply Vision Show, and Irina Yakubin, OD. Nichols has worked as a sales manager at OptiSource and Yakubin is a 2020 optometry graduate of InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. After several successful showings under the Vision Show banner, the pair decided to revert to the event’s original name to avoid being confused with another, non-virtual, event with a similar name.

VM’s Modern Lab Report Explores How Successful Labs Exceed Customer Needs and Expectations

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Service has always been a key differentiator for optical labs. In fact, a customer’s loyalty often depends on the quality of service a lab can provide. What defines good service in today’s highly competitive optical industry? What do eyecare professionals want from their labs, and how are labs responding? Vision Monday’s October cover story, At Your Service: How Successful Rx Labs Exceed Customer Needs and Expectations, takes an in-depth look at the complex, symbiotic relationship between ECPs and labs and what good service looks like in 2020.

At Your Service

By Andrew Karp / Group Editor, Lenses & Technology and Jeff Hopkins / Contributing Editor
Monday, November 2, 2020 12:30 AM In the first days of the coronavirus pandemic, as states and municipalities began issuing shutdown orders, optical retailers and optometric practices across the country went into shock. With many offices closed and eyeglass shipments disrupted, the situation was chaotic. “When everyone literally had the rug pulled out from under them, no previous systems you had in place were going to be helpful when you’re winging it,” recalled optician Ruth Domber, who co-owns 10/10 Optics, a popular optical boutique and optometric practice in New York City.

Vision Expo Launches Virtual Vision Series Spotlighting Clinical Innovations and Business Strategies for ECPs

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Friday, October 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo recently launched the Virtual Vision Series, a new webinar series designed for eyecare providers that features industry thought leaders and experts presenting on a range of topics pertinent to the evolving vision care landscape, from the latest clinical innovations to relevant business strategies. Inspired by the Vision Series typically offered at Vision Expo East and West, the Virtual Vision Series offers eyecare providers opportunities to engage with industry leaders in a relaxed and collaborative learning environment, according to an announcement.

SECO International and National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Partner to Expand Virtual Education for Opticians

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:15 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, the annual conference providing eyecare professionals with educational opportunities since 1923, has announced a partnership with the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) to expand virtual education opportunities for opticians via the SECOUniversity.com platform. The NAO, founded in 1963, represents over 4,000 opticians worldwide and is committed to providing opticianry education and training in a variety of formats. Their mission is dedicated solely to education and training of all opticians. “The NAO’s core values are rooted in providing all opticians, beginning to advanced, the educational resources they need to succeed with quality, relevant content delivered by key thought leaders,” NAO president Russ Tolar said in the announcement. “SECO’s mission is aligned with these values, and we are confident that our members will benefit from the partnership.”

Jobson Research's 2020 Eye Care Professional Income Study Is Available

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Friday, August 28, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2020 Eye Care Professional Income study is now available. The annual study provides the average income for optometrists, opticians/dispensers and optical office managers in the U.S. based on their 2019 earnings.

NYSSO to Host ABO Basic Exam Review Course July 26

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:21 AM JAMAICA, N.Y.—New York optician apprentices and students can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written exam with the ABO review course, Sunday, July 26, at the JFK Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jamaica, N.Y.