Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

Open Your Eyes Scholarship Online Application Is Now Open

By Staff
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the online application for the Open Your Eyes Scholarship, intended to provide financial assistance and career guidance to high school seniors who show an interest in the eyecare and optical industry and are from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, is now open.

Vision Expo East 2021 to Host the Career Zone on Saturday, June 5

By Staff
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, today announced that the Career Zone will return to Vision Expo East 2021 on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The hub for students and young professionals will be hosted in The Seen (#TP1251).

More Than 200 Exhibiting Companies Commit to Vision Expo East 2021

By Staff
Monday, April 26, 2021 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that more than 200 exhibiting companies have committed to Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. To view the list of exhibiting companies committed to-date, click here. “We are thrilled to welcome more than 200 exhibiting companies to Orlando this June,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council, co-owner of Vision Expo.

The Professional Opticians of Florida Commit to Vision Expo East 2021 as an Official Supporter

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that the Professional Opticians of Florida will join Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, as an official supporter.

ACEP Group Announces U.S. Subsidiary Name Change to ACEP USA

By Staff
Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:18 AM MIAMI, Fla.—ACEP, a leading developer of software, application, and product development for the optical industry, announced that the company will begin operating under a new trade name in the U.S. market and will be known as ACEP USA, effective immediately.

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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.