Independent Eyewear Brands Join Forces at Midwest Best, Oct. 2 to 4, in Chicago

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—A range of leading independent eyewear brands have joined forces to launch The Suites at Midwest Best described by its organizer as "a socially distant optical experience," and a cooperative kick-off to the autumn eyewear season to be held Oct. 2 to 4 in Rosemont, Ill.

The 4th World Congress of Optometry Now Postponed Until 2023

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—After much consideration, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) said it has decided that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) planned for Melbourne, Australia, in 2021, will now be postponed until Sept. 8-10, 2023.

Hundreds of Doctors, Students and Paraoptometrics Participate in AOA’s Virtual Advocacy Event

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Optometric Association (AOA) mobilized hundreds of doctors of optometry, students and paraoptometric professionals across the country to participate in a historic, virtual AOA on Capitol Hill. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of optometry’s national lobbying efforts was moved from early 2020 to Wednesday and Thursday this week. Its goal was to raise awareness around optometry’s policy priorities and reinforce doctors of optometry essential role in health care.

COPE-Approved Myopia Management Webinars Offer Free CE

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—With childhood myopia rising rapidly and the age of onset lowering, it’s no wonder myopia management is the hottest topic in eyecare. Learn the techniques for slowing the progression of myopia in children from this series of three free COPE-approved webinars made possible by an unrestricted grant from CooperVision.  Professor Mark Bullimore, Dr. Maria Walker and Dr. Vishakha Thakrar will present the latest evidence-based myopia knowledge to enhance your clinical and patient communication skills.

AEVR Hosts Virtual Events Sept. 23 in Conjunction With Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) has announced a series of virtual events on Sept. 23 that are associated with International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2020 and AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill.

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.”

Registration Opens for the Virtual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit Series

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Monday, August 31, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Registration is now open for the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, a virtual event series that will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping business, culture, consumer attitudes and many aspects of the healthcare field, vision care included. Titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," the VM Global Leadership Summit will comprise four two-hour sessions to be held over four consecutive weeks, starting Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

Vision Expo to Host Virtual Career Zone Event on September 22

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo has announced plans to host the Virtual Career Zone, a virtual networking event designed to connect young professionals and students with prominent optical companies. Set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 11:00 - 11:55 a.m. EDT, the virtual event is inspired by Vision Expo’s on-site Career Zone and will include an exclusive panel discussion moderated by Matt Geller, OD, co-founder and CEO of CovalentCareers, followed by opportunities for virtual networking with individual company leaders from National Vision, Shopko Optical, MyEyeDr., and Luxottica. To register for the free event, click here

IDOC’s Annual Member Conference, ‘The Connection,’ Moves to a Virtual Setting for 2021

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, an optometric alliance committed to the growth and prosperity of independent ODs, announced Tuesday that its national conference, “The Connection,” which has been held annually for more than a decade, will take place as an interactive online event, Feb. 3-5, 2021.

Academy 2020 Moves Online to Create an Innovative Virtual Meeting Experience

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:30 AM ORLANDO—As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) “continued focus on the health and well-being of its constituents,” the organization on Wednesday announced that Academy 2020 Nashville will be held entirely as a virtual meeting renamed Academy 2020 At Home. Academy Nashville becomes the latest of several industry meetings—including Expo West and Optometry’s Meeting—that have either canceled the 2020 session or moved to a virtual format, as VMAIL reported here and here.

CES 2021 Moves to an All-Digital Experience

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:24 AM Arlington, Va.—The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) yesterday announced that CES 2021, the annual, mega trade show scheduled for January 6 to 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, will be transformed into an all-digital, immersive experience. The new format will allow participants to hear from technology innovators, see cutting-edge technologies and the latest product launches, and engage with global brands and startups from around the world, according to a CTA press release. The digital version will span the same time frame of the original show, from Jan. 6 to 9, 2021.

FMO and Media 10 to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19. 

Registration Now Open for Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Online Conference

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:21 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—Registration is now open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) international online conference at the nora2020.com site. The conference will be available live online on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. All presentations will be available on demand through Oct. 31, 2020.

AOA Membership Elect 2020-21 Officers, Trustees in Historic Virtual Election Vote

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Facing the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Optometric Association this week said it was able to make a “historic response” and conduct the election for its 2020-2021 board of trustees via a virtual ballot.

Silmo Organizers Reaffirm the Commitment to Supporting the Industry at its Oct. 2-5, 2020 Edition

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Monday, June 15, 2020 12:21 AM PARIS—#FUTURISSILMO is the commitment for the upcoming Silmo Paris show, according to organizers, who are reaffirming their commitment to "protection and enhancement of the optical industry" at its upcoming exhibition to be held at the Paris Nord Villapinte center on Oct. 2-5, 2020. Amélie Morel, chairman of Silmo Paris, stated, “Although the unprecedented period that we have been experiencing for several months has been causing upheavals in our personal and professional lives, Silmo Paris continues to work on a daily basis to protect and enhance the industry. The calendar of great events has been disrupted overall, but we are keeping a close eye on the encouraging evolution of the situation, and we are prepared for any possible scenario with one central objective: to protect the interests of our communities."