The Vision Council announces agenda details and keynote speaker line-up ahead of the 2022 Executive Summit

The Vision Council has announced agenda details and the keynote speaker line-up for the 2022 Executive Summit, taking place January 24–26, 2022 in Austin, Texas under the banner of “It’s All Connected.” Over the course of three days, the Executive Summit will focus on sustainable growth through the understanding of the connection between individual employee health and wellness, success of an organization and the advancement of the industry as a whole.

From supply chain challenges and remote working implications to mental health awareness and diversity, equity and inclusion, the 2022 Executive Summit will feature a robust schedule of engaging presentations, interactive panels and networking sessions.
The event is open to both members of The Vision Council and non-members, with members eligible for special members-only pricing.

Coburn Technologies introduces Lynn Nichols as Digital Marketing and Trade Show Specialist

Coburn Technologies introduces Lynn Nichols as Digital Marketing and Trade Show Specialist

Lynn Nichols. Source: Coburn Technologies

Coburn Technologiesis pleased to welcome Lynn Nichols to their marketing team as their new Digital Marketing and Trade Show Specialist. In this role, Nichols will develop and implement marketing campaigns and strategies to promote the Coburn Technologies, Inc. brand through the planning, logistics and support of all North American trade shows, as well as digital marketing efforts through various media platforms.

“Lynn brings a full range of industry knowledge and marketing expertise to Coburn, having spent decades in roles specializing in digital media, print, web, trade show management and website development. Paired with her history working in the optical industry, she will be a strong addition to the Coburn team,” states Coburn’s President, Alex Incera.

Nichols earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Emerson College. She has worked her entire career in various aspects of marketing, including stints as Marketing Communications Manager at American Optical and heading up marketing operations for ophthalmic industry publications now owned by PentaVision, including Eyecare Business, Optometric Management, Ophthalmology Management, and Contact Lens Spectrum.
She has also worked for business-to-business publications in other technology sectors, and owned her own marketing communications agency. Most recently, she served as Marketing Director for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts.

Nichols comes to Coburn with targeted experience in trade shows, digital marketing, social media marketing, website design and development, photography and videography, and project management, all of which will be instrumental to her new role.

“I am thrilled to join Coburn to help promote their impressive product offerings. I’m also excited to be back in the ophthalmic industry after many years away from it,” Nichols said. “I look forward to working with Coburn’s stellar Marketing Specialist Samantha Sidoti and the whole Coburn team, and to renewing industry acquaintances and making new ones.”

Nichols can be reached at, or by phone at 860-648-6623.

Schneider unveils new industrial cleaner LCU Modulo ONE

Schneider unveils new industrial cleaner LCU Modulo ONE

Revealed one by one, Schneider presents 11 new innovations over 11 months. On Friday the company uncoverred the fourth innovation: an industrial cleaner with small footprint. LCU Modulo ONE takes industrial cleaning to the next level, offering the same cleaning power as larger solutions but in a compact fully-automated inline unit. It cleans both sides of the lens scratch and damage-free.

LCU Modulo ONE comes with a loading and unloading robot on board. The fast transfer of the lenses results in shorter cycle times and superior throughput.

The new process logic facilitates intense and thorough cleaning despite its compact design. Labs can chose between a two or three cleaning station setup plus drying station. The brush cleaner effectively removes even prints and adhesive residues, preparing the lens for dip or spin coating.

As an integral part of the  Modulo system, the brush cleaner is subject of the centralized monitoring system, the Control Center. Its affordable price and low cost per lens ratio make it a sound investment for any lab.

LCU Modulo ONE comes with an on-board global interface philosophy that allows connection to the Modulo system. Once connected to the Modulo system, the machine works as an integral part of this olution and is subject to the centralized monitoring Modulo Control Center. The lab manager is fully informed about the current status of the machine. Therefore critical situations and downtime can be avoided before they arise. Higher uptimes and increased yields are guaranteed.


Source: Schneider

EssilorLuxottica announced that consolidated revenue including GrandVision (consolidated since July 1, i.e. for the third quarter only) totalled Euro 14,241 million in the first nine months of the year. On a comparable basis, consolidated
revenue amounted to Euro 5,465 million in the third quarter and Euro 15,918 million in the nine months,
+9.3% and +6.2% respectively at constant exchange rates versus the same periods of 2019.

Francesco Milleri and Paul du Saillant, CEO and Deputy CEO of EssilorLuxottica, said: “We are proud
of the revenue performance our Company delivered in the third quarter of the year, keeping the pace of
the fast recovery already posted in the second quarter. Including GrandVision, in its first quarter of
consolidation into the Group, EssilorLuxottica’s comparable revenue grew even faster, at 9.3% versus
pre-COVID levels at constant exchange rates. Moreover, while accelerating in revenue, our Company
has materially expanded its margins, proving to which extent it can operationally leverage the business
growth. This has led us to upgrade once again our outlook for the full year, now pointing to a more
material operating margin lift. Such a sound performance is driven by the Company’s omnichannel and
open business model, its new integrated commercial initiatives and its rich innovation pipeline, all at the
heart of its long-term strategy.

In the context of the World Sight Day, celebrated on October 14, we’re also pleased to highlight all the
initiatives the Company put in place in many different geographies to give vision a voice, while its ‘Eyes
on the Planet’ sustainability program continues to progress nicely, based on the five pillars of carbon,
circularity, world sight, inclusion and ethics”.

ShopVISION platform has seen a surge in buyer engagement

ShopVISION platform has seen a surge in buyer engagement

Bild von Joseph Mucira auf Pixabay

The Vision Council and RX, the organizers of Vision Expo announced that ShopVISION, the global digital sourcing platform for the vision care community, has doubled in size following its launch in June 2021 with over 4,600 products and 390 brands available on the platform. Following two successful hybrid events through Vision Expo+, a digital extension of the Vision Expo Show experience, the platform has seen a surge in buyer engagement with over 1,500 active buyers utilizing the marketplace.

Created in partnership with Balluun, the world category leader in business-to-business marketplace technology, ShopVISION is designed as a one-stop virtual marketplace and year-round global hub for buyers to connect with suppliers and source vision care products and services. As of October 2021, ShopVISION has over 3,800 supplier profile visits and 2,900 product views. Additionally, the platform has facilitated over 1,000 new connections between buyers and sellers.

“Since launching ShopVISION in June, we’ve had only one goal: deliver the best product discovery and sourcing experience for buyers in order to drive value for suppliers on the platform,” said Matthias Clock, Marketing Director, Vision Expo at RX. “We’re thrilled to see the steady growth in buyers and their engagement with suppliers and even more excited for the new platform upgrades and content features that we’ll be releasing in the months to come!”

ShopVISION is designed with a powerful suite of features for seamless product discovery to enable buyers to easily source products, build relationships with suppliers and manage all of their product discovery and research needs. To date, ShopVISION has over 1,100 showroom visits and 1,600 product favorites, wish lists, likes and comments.
ShopVISION’s Feature Week, a free monthly digital event bringing the community together to source products by category and theme, has brought more than 500 buyers to the platform. In November 2021, the Feature Week will focus on lens processing and technology. Suppliers are invited to share their top three new products to be featured on the homepage alongside curated picks from industry influencers and thought leaders.
To gain access to Vision Expo+, register for ShopVISION here. Suppliers and designers interested in joining ShopVISION please contact Matthias Clock at

Color blindness hinders learning in school

Color blindness hinders learning in school

EnChroma – creators of glasses for color blindness – released the results of a landmark study that demonstrates the negative effect color blindness has on learning for millions of students. The data strongly indicates that schools are failing to identify color blind students and that parents, educators and legislators need to better support these students.

In early 2020, nearly 1,000 color blind people, including the parents of color blind children, shared their opinions about how Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affected their educational experiences. Seventy-eight percent said they were often frustrated or confused by colors in school assignments and activities. One in three say color blindness affected their confidence in school, and 30% felt like they might be a “slow learner” before discovering they’re color blind.

A contributing factor is the lack of testing for color blindness in schools. According to EnChroma, only 11 of 50 states in the USA test for CVD. As a result, many students do not realize they’re color blind. In fact, nearly half of color blind people said they didn’t learn they’re color blind until after 7th grade, almost one in three while in high school or later, and one in five don’t find out until after high school or college.

“The evidence is overwhelming that color blindness creates learning challenges for color blind students and that parents, educators, and politicians must become more aware of the prevalence of color vision deficiency, and its impact, and take action,” said Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma. “Too many kids go deep into their educations without the student, their parents or teachers knowing they’re color blind. Testing for color blindness has to become universal in schools in all states and countries, and learning materials adapted to accommodate and create a level playing field for CVD students.”

One in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (5%) are color blind – 13 million in the US, 30 million in Europe, and 350 million worldwide. For them, understanding colorful information in school, at work and in daily life can cause obstacles. While people with normal color vision see over one million shades of color, the color blind only see an estimated 10% of hues and shades. Common color confusions include green and yellow, gray and pink, purple and blue, and red and brown, with colors appearing muted and dull. Since 80% of information is conveyed visually, this creates issues for color blind students.

Numerous renowned universities plan to offer EnChroma glasses to color blind students to borrow on their campuses, and to educate staff to adapt materials to accommodate CVD students. They include Boston University, North Carolina State University, Alfred University and Francis Marion University, with others joining soon.