The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions announce launch of VisionSAFE

The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, announced the launch of VisionSAFE, an initial comprehensive set of health and safety guidelines, policies and resources designed to support a safe experience at Vision Expo East 2021, which is scheduled to take place June 2–5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Further guidelines and considerations will be shared in the coming weeks, along with detailed guidelines for exhibiting companies.

To view the VisionSAFE guidelines and resources, click here.
“The health and safety of everyone in attendance at Vision Expo East is our top priority,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President, Vision Expo at Reed Exhibitions. “The launch of VisionSAFE reflects the proactive measures we’ve taken to date to implement new guidelines and policies to support a safe experience. These measures, coupled with the robust health and safety procedures already in place at the Orlando County Convention Center, will provide a safe, comfortable environment where the vision care community can feel confident coming together to do business. In addition to these guidelines outlined in VisionSAFE, specific health and safety guidelines will be developed for and released to our participating designers and suppliers as it relates to their exhibiting experience.”

VisionSAFE clearly defines initial health and safety requirements for everyone in attendance at the show. These requirements will be subject to change and updated regularly in accordance with local and state regulations and guidance from the CDC. Health and safety requirement currently include:
• Face Coverings: Everyone is required to wear a face covering while attending Vision Expo East.
• Temperature screening: Everyone attending Vision Expo East will be required to undergo a temperature screening prior to entering. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees (F) and their traveling party or group will not be permitted entry to Vision Expo East.
• Increased sanitization and hygiene: Reed Exhibitions works with each venue to implement sanitization standards. It is the responsibility of everyone to maintain personal hygiene, including washing your hands frequently.
• Physical distancing: Everyone in attendance is asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet with other attendees.
• Directional and distance marking: Follow all floor and distance markings when present.
• Signage and direction: Operational adjustments may occur throughout the event in order to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. Please adhere to all signage and direction from all staff.
• Greet without shaking hands: Observe social distancing guidelines when greeting others, avoid handshakes and hugs.

“What we’ve learned over the past year is that face-to-face interactions matter, and we are committed to providing a safe platform for the vision care community to network and conduct business,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Furthermore, the re-commitment from more than 50% of Vision Expo’s exhibitors just two weeks after announcing the new show location reinforces the importance of this event to the industry. We are energized by the community’s excitement and committed to providing a safe experience for all.”

VisionSAFE also includes a guide to business travel with tips on what to expect and how to best navigate travel to and from the airport and during a hotel stay. View the travel guide here.
Also included within VisionSAFE is a health and safety acknowledgement that all attendees will be asked to read before entering Vision Expo East each day. To read the health and safety acknowledgement, click here.
VisionSAFE complements the robust health and safety measures in place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The OCCC has strict health and safety precautions in place, as well as upholding all nationally recommended precautions, including mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing. Additionally, the OCCC is part of a first of its kind collaboration between Orlando Health and Visit Orlando, which provides convention groups with personalized medical planning and support. The OCCC was one of the first convention centers in the nation to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s GBAC STAR™ accreditation, which is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention, and is widely recognized as the gold standard of safe and prepared venues. The Orlando International Airport holds the same accreditation.

Vision Expo East 2021 is scheduled to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from June 2–5, 2021. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon®@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, June 3. To pre-register, click here here.

Over 90% of vision loss could be prevented or treated, new report finds

Over 90% of vision loss could be prevented or treated, new report finds

A new report published in the Lancet Global Health reveals that over 90% of people living with vision loss globally could be treated with existing, highly cost-effective interventions.
The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health is the work of an interdisciplinary group of 73 academics and national programme leaders and practitioners from 25 countries. By looking at global development, economics, healthcare systems, equity and the workforce, the authors argue that improving eye health is essential to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and provides recommendations to improve lives and livelihoods for all.
In 2020, 1.1 billion people were living with untreated impaired vision, and hundreds of millions more are receiving ongoing care for diagnosed conditions, the report finds.
Without additional investment in global eye health, new estimates reveal that 1.8 billion people are expected to be living with untreated vision loss by 2050. Furthermore, 90% live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with the greatest proportion occurring in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.The scale of the challenge leads to a large economic cost globally, with analyses indicating that the cost of blindness and moderate to severe vision loss was US$411 billion in 2020.This is despite the fact that there are however existing, highly cost-effective treatments for the vast majority of eye health conditions. In fact, over 90% of people living with vision loss have could be treated either with cataract surgery or simply receiving spectacles. Both interventions are shown in the report to be highly cost-effective in many settings, particularly LMICs.To help achieve immediate and substantial benefits for societies and people living with vision impairment, the expert authors call on governments to include eye health in broader health care planning and financing, harness new technology to improve diagnosis and treatment, and expand the eye health workforce, so that everyone can access high-quality eye care. Only through urgent investment and action can this challenge be addressed.

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German lens maker Rodenstock prepped for sale?

According to the international news agency Reuters the German ophthalmic lens and eyewear maker Rodenstock is being prepared for sale by its private equity owner in a potential 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion) deal, two people close to the matter told Reuters.
Compass Partners, which is working with investment bank Jefferies on the divestiture, is expected to send out initial information packs on the company in coming weeks with an auction to kick off as early as after Easter, they said.
Rodenstock could be valued at 1.5-1.7 billion euros, or more than 13 times its expected 2021 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of 115-130 million euros, one of the sources said. Compass Partners, Rodenstock and Jefferies declined to comment.

Rodenstock competes with companies like  EssilorLuxottica and  Hoya. Possible buyers include strategic as well as private equity bidders, the sources said.
Last year, the company received a 75-million-euro capital injection from its owners to cope with a sales slump during the coronavirus pandemic, after it had posted 2019 core earnings of 103 million on sales of 450 million euros.
Revenues then recovered faster than expected on strong demand for its high quality progressive-addition lenses, Rodenstock said in June.

The company, which also makes spectacle frames and equipment for opticians, was founded in Munich in 1877 and employs 4,900 staff. Following financial difficulties, Rodenstock’s family owners sold the company to buyout fund Permira in 2003, who passed it on to Bridgepoint in 2006. Compass acquired a majority in Rodenstock in 2016 and two years later took full control. Compass had initially planned to launch a sales process in 2020, but did not pursue the plan as the pandemic dented Rodenstock’s sales.

Essilor mourns passing of Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the first Varilux progressive lens

Essilor mourns passing of Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the first Varilux progressive lens

Essilor announced that Bernard Maitenaz, the inventor of the Varilux progressive lens that improved the lives of millions of presbyopes globally and redefined an entire industry, has passed away in his home city of Paris, at the age of 94.
Bernard Maitenaz’s pioneering work revolutionized the eyecare industry and transformed people’s lives: to date, more than 700 million Varilux lenses have been sold since 1959.
His passion for optics, unwavering faith in its future and valuable contributions have made him one of the most iconic figures in the optical industry. Bernard was one of the founders of Essilor Group in 1972. At the helm of the company between 1981 and 1991, he oversaw a period of major international growth, whichturned Essilor into the world’s leading lens manufacturer.


His commitment to Essilor continued well beyond his retirement, as Honorary Chairman of the Essilor Board of Directors, and as founding member of the Valoptec shareholders association. In a personal tribute message, Paul du Saillant, Chairman and CEO of Essilor International,said: “The entire Essilor family is truly saddened by the loss of our honorary chairman, friend and colleague, Bernard Maitenaz. A true pioneer and inventor at heart, Bernard will also be remembered for the values with which he led Essilor between ‘81 and ‘91, and which he promoted within Valoptec throughout hismore than70-year career. Without him and the invention of the Varilux progressive lens, the optical industry and Essilor would not be what they are today. We owe Bernard enormously, and he will remain a source of inspiration for generations to come. On this sad day, our thoughts are with his family, sons and grandchildren.”

Before progressive lenses, presbyopia was generally corrected with bifocal lenses, an invention from Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century. Frustrated with his father’s bifocals, and determined to improve his father’s life by improving his sight, Bernard, who was then a 33-year-old engineer at La Société des Lunetiers in 1959, took on the task of creating a lens that would provide presbyopes with comfortable vision at any distance. Bernard Maitenaz graduated with degrees in engineering from both Arts et Métiers in 1946 and Ecole Supérieure d’Optique in 1947.

Bernard Maitenaz 1985. Souce: Essilor heritage


For his tremendous contribution to the field of vision, Bernard achieved significant stature in numerous areas of research and technology:

●Bernard taught optical engineering at the Ecole Supérieure d’Optique in Paris. He was also Technical Education Advisor at the Ministère de l’Education nationale, and President of the Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche in Paris.
●He served as a member of several boards of directors, particularly with the Ecole Supérieure d’Optique for over 10 years, and with the EcoleNational Supérieure des Arts et Métiers from 1990 to 1994. He was a board member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) from 1992 to 2003, and was a member of the Conseil pour les Applications de l’Académie des Sciences (CADAS).
●He received numerous accolades for his contributions to optometry, including an honorary Doctorate of Ocular Science from New England College of Optometry in Boston in 1988 and an honorary Doctorate Honoris Causa from the School of Optometry of the Montreal University in 1993.
●He was the recipient of the 2014 Apollo Award, the highest award presented to the general public by the American Association of Optometrists, which honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public

PSI celebrates 50 years!

PSI celebrates 50 years!

Source: PSI


Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) is celebrating its 50th anniversary serving the optical industry. Founded by Bill Hernandez in 1971, PSI quickly established itself as a leader of innovative practical systems for labs. Firmly planted in the industry with the AlumaLap, the first lightweight aluminum lap, PSI continued to find other practical systems such as slurry and filtration systems that improved lab efficiency and saved money. When Bill left the company, his wife June Jankura served as President with their son Patrick Hernandez overseeing operations.

In 1993, Patrick took over as President and led the move of PSI’s operations to a new, larger, facility in Odessa, FL. The move allowed the company to be awarded a 3M distributorship that paved the way for them to become a significant player in the consumables market. PSI continues to be one of the largest suppliers of pads, polish and blocking pads in the industry. Still independently owned and operated, they provide consumables and equipment worldwide to optical labs and ECPs.

“2020 was a tough year for all businesses. It showed us how strong our company, employees and customers are because we are still here and getting stronger everyday,” said Patrick Hernandez. “PSI’s future remains bright. By maintaining a consistent atmosphere of always trying to do things better and making things easier for our customers, this company plans to have the optical industry “Looking To PSI” for years to come. “