Registration open for Vision Expo East

Conference and Exhibit Hall Registration opens today for Vision Expo East 2023, taking place March 16–19, 2023 in New York City at the Javits Center. The show’s organizers, The Vision Council and RX, are planning a robust Show experience, including a reimagined Show Floor layout, engaging programming and a premier education program.

To register for Vision Expo East 2023, click here.
The Show’s conference program, developed by the Education Planning Committee together with the OptiCon® Advisory Board, will open Thursday, March 16, and the Exhibit Hall will open Friday, March 17.
New this year, Vision Expo East 2023 will debut a reimagined and more unified Show Floor layout. All of Vision Expo’s Show Floor neighborhoods will be located on Level Three of the Javits Center. The Focus neighborhood, previously located on Level One, will now be located on Level Three, creating a seamless Show Floor that is more reflective of the full scope of the vision care industry and enabling attendees to more easily navigate and explore the latest technology, trends and vision care innovations.
Show floor neighborhoods include:

  • The Focus – Representing the foundation of eyecare and offering the key to masterfully servicing patients and customers, The Focus brings together lens and coating technology, lens processing techniques, disease management solutions, contact lens innovations and eyecare practice optimization.
  • The Springs – Dedicated to emerging design talent from around the globe, The Springs is a bold platform for the next generation of frame designer icons and a discovery zone and incubator for new talent in eyewear design and vision innovation.
  • The Atelier – Driven by design-led ateliers dedicated to artisanal eyewear, The Atelier features a limited group of highly regarded independent designers from around the globe.
  • The Park – Industry icons, ubiquitous brands and prestigious collections unveil their latest styles and offerings in inspired large-scale displays that celebrate the worlds of superior style and exemplary service.
  • The Union – Boasting more than 80 designers, The Union is the epicenter of design and ultimate shopping experience for those seeking the newest in design, this energetic showcase offers new collection launches, pop-culture inspired collaborations and “talk-of-the-show” trends.
  • The Panorama – Offering a bird’s eye view on the frontier of vision technology, The Panorama spotlights the cutting-edge business solutions, medical advances, software and wearables that are paving the way for what’s to come in the vision care industry.

Additionally, NOW by Vision Expo, the trends showcase that debuted at Vision Expo East 2022, will return at Vision Expo East 2023. Expanding on last year’s showcase, which featured eyewear trends, the 2023 trends showcase will also feature new innovations in fashion lenses and lens technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry, in addition to frames. An application is required to be considered for inclusion in NOW by Vision Expo and final products will be selected by an Advisory Committee of industry leaders. To view the application and instructions, click here.

Consumer inSights Q3 2022 Report

The Vision Council has released the Consumer inSights Q3 2022 Report. The latest report to be released from The Vision Council’s new inSights Research Program, it includes a summary of an ongoing consumer survey about vision correction, eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, readers, and plano sunglasses. The survey was fielded to 15,122 respondents in Q3 and the data is representative of the general U.S. adult population.

The report is available to members of The Vision Council as a complimentary download and to non-members as a paid report and can be accessed through The Vision Council’s Research Download Center. The report is available in PDF format and as a PowerPoint slide presentation.

“According to the Q3 data, the demand for eyewear and eyecare appears to have held fairly steady throughout 2022 so far,” said Alysse Henkel, The Vision Council’s Senior Director, Market Research & Analytics. “During the summer months of Q3, we saw an increased usage of plano sunglasses, with more respondents buying sunglasses and more respondents saying that they had a pair of sunglasses they wore regularly.”

A few key takeaways from the Consumer inSights Q3 2022 Report include:

  • Vision Correction:
    • 82 percent of respondents use a form of vision correction – including glasses, prescription sunglasses, reading glasses, and contact lenses
    • 69 percent use prescription eyewear – including glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses
    • 68 percent use some form of non-prescription eyewear – including plano sunglasses, blue light glasses, reading glasses, and non-prescription contact lenses
  • Managed Vision Care:
    • 2 of every 3 respondents report some type of managed vision care coverage
    • Use of managed vision care benefits for vision correction purchases was relatively strong; of those with coverage, 82 percent used their benefit to help pay for their prescription glasses, lenses, or frames and 76 percent used their benefit when purchasing contacts lenses
    • Consumers purchasing prescription glasses or contacts online were much less likely to use their managed vision care benefits than those who bought in-person
  • Eye Exams:
    • 61 percent of respondents in Q3 report having an eye exam within the past 12 months
    • 72 percent of those with managed vision care used it to help pay for their exam
    • Of those who had an eye exam in the last three months, 66 percent reported getting their exam at what they considered an independent practice and 32 percent reported getting their exam at a corporate or chain location
  • Eyeglasses, Lenses and Frames:
    • More than half (58 percent) of respondents who wear prescription glasses made a purchase in the past 12 months
    • 1 in every 3 adults (34 percent) reported paying $99 or less out-of-pocket for their glasses, lenses, or frames o More than half (58 percent) of respondents who wear prescription glasses made a purchase in the past 12 months

The Consumer inSights reports do not contain market size estimates. The Vision Council will release a new report, Market inSights, in December 2022 that will include market estimates and forecasts for key product categories. The Market inSights reports will be informed by this consumer survey as well as additional data sources used in the updated methodology.

Consumer inSights+

In addition to the Consumer inSights Q3 2022 report, The Vision Council has also released the Consumer inSights+ reports, a series of detailed demographic data tables that provide an in-depth view of the consumer survey results. The following categories of Consumer inSights+ data tables are available for purchase in the Research Download Center: Vision Correction; Managed Vision Care; Eye Exams; Eyeglasses, Frames and Lenses; Contact Lenses; Readers; and Plano Sunglasses.

Certified Sustainable Eyewear Award at MIDO

Certified Sustainable Eyewear Award at MIDO

The CSE (Certified Sustainable Eyewear) Award is a prize established by MIDO, in partnership with ANFAO and Certottica, to honor sustainability in the global eyewear industry.

All exhibitors at MIDO 2023 are eligible to participate in this first edition of the award by nominating a pair of sunglasses, eyewear frames or an eyewear case. An international panel of expert judges will evaluate the competing products which, to qualify for a win, must have been produced in compliance with the principles of sustainability.

Recycled materials, reduced consumption in the production and distribution processes, maximization of the supply chain, elimination of waste, degree of recyclability, use of renewable resources and any certifications already achieved, are just some of the criteria the jury will use to determine the first winners in the following 6 categories:

  • CSE Award Sunglasses Europe
  • CSE Award Sunglasses Rest of the World
  • CSE Award Frames Europe
  • CSE Award Frames Rest of the World
  • CSE Award Cases Europe
  • CSE Award Cases Rest of the World

To participate, exhibitors at MIDO 2023 must complete the online form, available from 15 December 2022 to 15 January 2023 in the “Take Part” section of the official website: Starting on December 15th, exhibitors can download the Regulations, review all of the judging criteria and submit their nomination.

“This is a necessary step in the eyewear industry,” comments MIDO President Giovanni Vitaloni. In our sector we have companies that have been truly committed and active in the field of sustainability (environmental, social, economic) for a long time: I am thinking of the big players but also independent brands that produce with the lowest possible impact on the ecosystem. I believe that we should get together, taking inspiration from the experience of these companies, improving where possible and keeping up to date in order to make the whole industry grow in this direction, with great professionalism and determination. This award is a fundamental milestone for us, which does not, however, decree the end of this journey, but the stage of a path that began in 2019 and which obtained, for MIDO 2022, the ISO 20121:2012 certification, which proves the sustainable management of major events”.


SCHNEIDER appoints Francois Breton to manage the Chemical Department

SCHNEIDER appoints Francois Breton to manage the Chemical Department

Francois Breton joins SCHNEIDER to manage and further develop the Chemical Department.

“We are excited to have Francois on our team. With his excellent knowledge and years of experience in the chemical industry, he is a great asset for our development of new technologies”, says CEO and founder Gunter Schneider.

Breton has a PhD in Organic Chemistry, is well-known for his great expertise with lacquers and looks back on 23 years of experience in the Optical Industry. Before joining SCHNEIDER, he founded multiple global Joint Ventures, e.g. with the Institute of Nanotechnology of Tatarstan, Russia.

“I am very happy to now be a part of SCHNEIDER, which is considered to be the most innovative optical manufacturing company in the world”, Breton says, “and I am excited for what the future holds”.

The Vision Council releases Focused inSights

The Vision Council releases Focused inSights

The Vision CouncilThe Vision Council has released Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022. The report provides information on the differences and similarities between online and in-person eyewear buyers, including demographic data, managed vision care use, eye exams, prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses, contact lenses, plano sunglasses, and reading glasses.

The report examines the results of two recent surveys, including The Vision Council’s monthly consumer survey and a survey focused on how consumers make decisions about their eyewear and eyecare. The polls were conducted by The Vision Council between April and June 2022 among a combined sample of more than 17,000 U.S. adults.

The report is available in The Vision Council’s Research Download Center as a complimentary download for members of The Vision Council and a paid report for non-members. In addition to complimentary access to the report, members of The Vision Council also have access to a complimentary one-page summary of the report.

The Vision Council launched its new inSights Research Program in May 2022. Built on a foundation of rigorous methodology and cutting-edge technology, the inSights Research Program provides a comprehensive perspective on the state of the optical industry through quarterly consumer survey reports; quarterly in-depth special reports on eyewear and eyecare products and topics; and an end-of-year market estimate and industry forecast.



HOYA Vision Care supports World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

HOYA Vision Care supports World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

HOYA Vision Care, a leader in optical technology innovation, is proud to support an independent medical education program with The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS), which will focus on enhancing awareness about myopia and the importance of early treatment, contribute to improved standards of care in myopia management and inform and educate eye doctors and eye care professionals (ECPs) as well as parents about the rapid global increase of myopia in children, the impact on vision and evolving approaches to prevent, manage and treat paediatric myopia.
HOYA recognizes the leading role paediatric ophthalmologists and WSPOS play to advance the standards of care for myopia globally. This collaboration is designed to expand the quantity and quality of education, highlighting all aspects of myopia and its’ management in children. This will be achieved by creating training content which will be shared on WSPOS’s platforms as well as on HOYA’s global ECP educational platform. Renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ken Nischal, WSPOS Co-founder and Division Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motility Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, will lead the worldwide faculty of the WSPOS leadership in the project to share the latest practices and approaches to myopia management in children. Overall objectives of the independent medical education program include:

• Raising awareness about the escalating global increase of myopia in children including underlying causes and impact on the quality of life
• Sharing current and evolving paediatric myopia treatment protocols to slow the progression of myopia
• Defining strategies to successfully integrate myopia management including patient education, early intervention, and patient outcome goals

“The partnership with WSPOS is a significant move as we work toward our goal of raising awareness and tackling the global surge of myopia in children,” said Pascal Blaser, Global Medical Affairs Manager Myopia at HOYA Vision Care. “We look forward to working with WSPOS and key ophthalmology professionals to develop evidence-based content on research and innovative solutions to share with eye care professionals as we work collaboratively to address the growing problem of myopia in children.”
“The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) is pleased to announce the launch of this independently developed comprehensive education plan, designed to build awareness about the early diagnosis and treatment of childhood myopia,” said Dr. Ken Nischal. “We would like to thank HOYA Vision Care for their support of this independent education program where we will be able to share current and evolving treatment information with a network of Eye Care Professionals and help them to integrate myopia management into their practice.”
The education program will be launched with a four-hour virtual, live program on November 19 and 20, at 2-4pm GMT. Eye care practitioners can register for the program here. Additional programs to follow include a series of three video interviews, three podcasts, supplement and webinars in early 2023.

PRODUCT DISCLAIMER – MiYOSMART has not been approved for myopia management in all countries, including the U.S., and is not currently available for sale in all countries, including the U.S.