The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, co-organizers of Vision Expo, announced the next Virtual EYE2EYE Series Session. Scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 6 from 7:30–9:00 pm EST, the session is titled Opening Your Eyes! The First Look at the Industry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Results.
Presented in collaboration with the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), and the National Optometric Association (NOA), the session will take a close look at The Vision Council’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report, which was released in early April and provides an in-depth analysis of the results of the custom survey The Vision Council fielded to the vision care community in November 2020.
The interactive panel discussion will highlight key data points and specific recommendations that will contribute to leading the industry in a more equitable direction.
“The 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey was designed to serve as a starting point for fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive vision care community,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Through important conversations like the upcoming Virtual EYE2EYE Series panel, we are bringing the industry together to discuss these topics and develop actionable pathways and tangible next steps in achieving this goal.”
The session will be moderated by Dr. Derrick Artis, management consultant at Artis Consulting. Panelists include: Dr. Sherrol Reynolds, president of the NOA; Dr. Ruth Shoge, chair of the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee at ASCO; Dr. Cynthia Heard, chair of the AAO DEI committee; and Dr. Diana Canto-Sims, co-founder at Buena Vista Optical and designer at La Vida Eyewear.
In addition to their primary roles, Artis and Canto-Sims also serve on The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Comprised of 13 vision care community leaders, the task force is charged with developing dynamic programming and community initiatives and identifying goals for the industry in order to provide actionable pathways for members to access. The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force is using the survey results to prioritize key areas for change; identify potential policy and culture shift; set impact measurements; and identify additional resources for the industry. The Task Force’s next steps and recommendations will be shared in the coming months.
The Vision Council released the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report in early April. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the custom survey The Vision Council fielded to the vision care community in November 2020. The confidential survey, developed in partnership with Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting, was designed to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance.
The survey was open to all members of the vision care products and services industry and was fielded from November 9–24, 2020. The survey received 1,527 usable responses, all U.S.-based.
HOYA Vision Care shared the results of a three-year follow-up clinical study on its award winning MiYOSMART spectacle lens with patented Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.) Technology after releasing the information at the recent European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) ’21 conference. The new study, published in March 2021 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, was conducted by the Centre for Myopia Research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and followsup on the two-year study which previously demonstrated evidence of the effectiveness of the lens in slowing down the progression of myopia in children ages 8-13.
The three-year follow-up study, conducted on 120 children in Asia, included 65 from the original group using MiYOSMART lens who took part in the previous study and 55 children who moved from using a single-vision lens for two years to the MiYOSMART lens in the third year. At the end of the third year, results in the original group of children using the lens showed that slowing in myopia progression over time was sustained and the group that moved from regular single-vision to
MiYOSMART spectacle lens showed a significant and immediate slow-down in the progression of myopia.
Launched in some markets in mid-2018, the spectacle lens was developed in cooperation with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to address myopia, or near sightedness which is a growing global health concern with industry experts predicting nearly 50% of the world’s population to be impacted by 2050. The lens uses patented D.I.M.S. Technology that provides children with sharp vision, can be placed in any children’s eyeglass frame and appears as a regular
Based on the three-year follow-up study, the lens can slow and in some cases halt myopia progression by utilizing myopic defocus. “The results of the three-year study on the MiYOSMART lens are very positive with the lens continuing to address the growing problem of myopia in children,” said Griff Altmann, Chief Technology Officer at HOYA Vision Care. “HOYA Vision Care is proud to be a leader in developing a safe, effective way to manage the growing problem and we will work diligently to continue to roll out MiYOSMART globally.”
The MiYOSMART lens won the coveted Grand Prize, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in April 2018. In October 2020, the lens was awarded the Silmo d’Or Award in the Vision Category at the Silmo Paris Optical show.
The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, announced that the Career Zone will return to Vision Expo East 2021 on Saturday, June 5 from 10 am to 5 pm EDT. The hub for students and young professionals will be hosted in The Seen (#TP1251), a dynamic new main stage destination offering collaborative learning. Vision Expo East 2021 will also offer students exclusive registration benefits including free Exhibit Hall admission and unlimited access to education.
Vision Expo East 2021 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center 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 move our industry forward, Vision Expo understands the importance of focusing on the next generation of leaders – especially following the challenges of the past year. It is vital that young vision community members feel supported and prepared as they head into a workforce that is dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic,” said Suzanne Krauss, Vision Expo’s Career Zone Manager. “Through the Career Zone, students and young professionals will have the chance to present themselves professionally to hiring companies and explore the vibrant options available to them in the vision community.”
The Career Zone will serve as a central hub where students and young professionals can connect with optical companies and explore career resources.
Participating companies include:
• Shopko Optical
• National Optometric Association (NOA)
• Young ODs of America
• Family HealthCare Network
• Keplr Vision
• National Vision, Inc.
• Bixby Eye Center
The Career Zone is located in The Seen, which will offer programming all day, including two panel discussions targeted to young ODs and students, one hosted by the National Optometric Association of America (NOA) and one hosted by the Young ODs of America. The panels include:
• Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am EST: The Young ODs of America will host “The View with Young ODs of America,” a panel moderated by Dr. Justin Bazan with a focus on modes of practice and practice management.
• Saturday, June 5 at 1:00 pm EST: The NOA will host “Excellence: Overcoming Obstacles to Optometric Success,” a panel featuring NOA doctors sharing their experience and tools for successfully navigating within the optometric profession.
The Passport Program will also return to encourage participants to meet and receive a stamp from vendors for a chance to win prizes.
This year’s education offerings provide students a diverse selection of courses with topics ranging from glaucoma to leadership. All students are invited to audit any education session at Vision Expo East, if seats are available. Students are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the session start time and if there are seats available at the beginning of the session, students are welcome to sit in.
Companies interested in participating in or sponsoring a future Career Zone event should contact Suzanne Krauss at firstname.lastname@example.org.