ABB Optical Group Opens Fabrication Lab in Northern Kentucky

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Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group cut the ribbon in mid-November on a new optical lens fabrication facility and laboratory in Erlanger, Ky. The 42,000 square-foot facility replaces the company’s existing 8,000 square-foot building in nearby Cincinnati. The lab’s current staff of more than 60 people will move into the new building, which in the future is expected to employ approximately 200 individuals, according to an announcement.

Charmant Heads to Texas to Celebrate Sales Achievements for 2019

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Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant USA held its National Sales Meeting from November 14—17, 2019, at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Over the course of the four-day event, the Charmant team, including executives, the nationwide sales force, and guests, celebrated the company’s 2019 achievements and planned for 2020

CooperVision Event Focuses on Parents’ Misunderstanding of Myopia

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Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—CooperVision hosted an event here in early November to unveil new research indicating that parents are not well-informed about myopia. The event featured a panel discussion of the implications of the research and highlights from the Harris Poll survey results.

Opticians Association of Massachusetts Pays Tribute to the Late Charles Walsh

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Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass.—For the 10th year, the Opticians Association of Massachusetts (OAM) held their annual meeting at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center at the site of the former American Optical Company on Nov. 2 and 3. As part of the weekend, a tribute was held at the Optical Heritage Museum for the late Charles Walsh, where a plaque was installed in his honor. Chuck Walsh, who was the founding program director for the opticianry program at Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and taught there for 32 years, passed away last year.

The Vision Council Unveils a Reimagination of Vision Expo, to Debut at Vision Expo East

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Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Citing the year 2020’s optical symbolism for the eyecare industry, The Vision Council is revealing “the reimagining of its signature event, Vision Expo. “Innovation has always been at the heart of the industry as well as the biannual Vision Expo, the definitive trade event for ophthalmic professionals,” the organization said, adding, “Now, The Vision Council, together with co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions, aims to mark a new era for Vision Expo with a laser-like focus on discovery, connection and experience.” Noted Ashley Mills, The Vision Council CEO, “Incremental improvement isn’t enough. We have worked with our partners to completely reimagine the show, with a new focus on discovery, connection and experience.”

SECO 20/20 Expands Advanced Learning with Groundbreaking New Formats

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Friday, December 13, 2019 12:24 AM
ATLANTA—The SECO 20/20 conference has enriched its robust options for advanced learning and will provide “learning for every office member,” with each session also offering “actionable takeaways and business best practices,” according to an announcement this week. SECO 20/20, which will be held here March 4-8, has been providing the optometric profession educational opportunities since 1923, the announcement added. Launching at the 2020 conference, SECO will introduce diverse methods for idea sharing to support professionals to manage the changing landscape of clinical, technical and administrative health care. These enhancements include the addition of new programs, new learning formats and a strategic MedPro360 initiative in collaboration with the Allied Ophthalmic Professionals committees, SECO's commitment to world-class education continues to be the foundation for the annual meeting, the announcement said.

SUNY Optometry Honors Essilor’s Sagnieres and Columbia’s Hood

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Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 AM NEW YORK—SUNY Optometry held its 45th commencement ceremony last month. Students, parents, friends, the Optometric Foundation of New York board and other guests gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel to witness the College grant the OD, PhD and MS in vision science and advanced certificate in optometry business management.

Panel Speakers Now Set for First Women In Optometry Summit

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Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Holistic leadership coach Amina AlTai, will present the keynote at the inaugural Women In Optometry Summit, Flex Your Superpowers, on Wednesday, June 19, held at the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Her focus on the essential elements of living your best professional life will emphasize methods to grow and flex leadership and negotiating skills.

Optical Women’s Association Hosts New York City Events During Vision Expo

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:00 PM NEW YORK—Just prior to the start of Vision Expo East, The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) honored three of its own at a Champagne Breakfast held here at the Edison Ballroom. The 2019 honorees reflect the OWA’s core values of enhancing the leadership and professional development of women in optical industry, the organization said.

Prevent Blindness Honors Two Vision Source Execs With Persons of Vision Awards

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:00 PM NEW YORK—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, honored Glenn Ellisor, OD, and Jim Greenwood, of Vision Source, as the recipients of the 2019 Prevent Blindness Persons of Vision Award. The awards were presented at the Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Dinner held at the Edison Ballroom here, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.

SUNY ‘Eyes on New York’ Gala Honors Innovators, Leaders at 16th Annual Fundraiser

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:00 PM NEW YORK—There were several honorees at this year’s 16th annual Eyes on New York awards gala celebration. This year marked a return of the event to the Cipriani venue, where honorees, colleagues and friends, including SUNY staff, professors and students as well as other supporters gathered to support patient care, scholarships and research at the college.

Inaugural EyeStyle Influencer Lunch Held During Vision Expo West

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Monday, October 22, 2018 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—Social media experts and personalities from the optical industry gathered at La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway in the Wynn Hotel for the first EyeStyle Influencers event to discuss key trends and topics driving social media in the industry.

The Vision Council Honors Directors’ Choice Award Recipient and HOF Inductees

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Monday, October 22, 2018 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—Last month, the Lab Division of The Vision Council celebrated industry veterans who were recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and the 19th annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration held in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and Vision Expo West.

Auction Registration Now Open for OWA Annual Networking and Raffle Event

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Friday, September 21, 2018 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Registration is now open for the new online auction feature as a part of the Optical Women’s Association’s (OWA) annual networking and raffle event. While the event will take place at Vision Expo West, the auction can be accessed from anywhere by using a mobile device, so those who may not be at Vision Expo West can still join in on the fun.

OWA Connection Series to Feature WSJ Journalist Joann Lublin at Expo West

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group is sponsoring this year’s Optical Women’s Association (OWA) Connection Series event at Vision Expo West, featuring author Joann Lublin, on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Venetian Hotel, Level 3, in the Lido room 3005. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and former management news editor for The Wall Street Journal, Lublin will offer advice and inspiration for women of all ages and at every stage of their careers. Her goal is to help women reach their highest potential without losing a meaningful personal life.