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SECO 2019 Wraps a Successful Week in New Orleans

Optometrists and ophthalmic professionals enjoyed reimagined education, networking and product discovery.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ATLANTA, GA — SECO International, the host of the world’s largest continuing education meeting providing optometrists and ophthalmic professionals outstanding educational opportunities since 1923, brought their annual event for the first time to New Orleans, February 20-24, 2019, for five days of learning, trend spotting, networking, and discovery. As in previous years, the world-class event welcomed optometrists and ophthalmic professionals from across the country eager to put their profession and practice success first. This year’s event hosted a record number of first time attendees and realized an increase of optometrists and students.

SECO 2019 featured more than 400 hours of continuing education, a 33% increase over previous years. The SECO 2019 newly enhanced world-class continuing education program offered 70+ courses for ODs and AHPs, expanded CE credit opportunities and exciting new course formats.

“SECO 2019 hosted ophthalmic professionals in true New Orleans style as it provided them the best of leading-edge education, compelling networking opportunities, a dynamic show floor, and unmatched sights, sounds, flavors and more,” said J. Max Ernst, OD, president of SECO International, LLC. “SECO 2019 delivered on its promise to reimagine offerings and as a result, provided fresh new content and an inspiring platform to unite the community. SECO is steeped in education, but it is also rich in knowledge sharing and traditionally stokes the fires of our passion to serve. As I step into the role of president, I look forward to continuing to move the needle and strive for continued innovation.”

The wide array of education topics ensured that there was something for everyone, providing the latest and best practices and procedures for both treating patients and running a successful practice. Education was also present on the show floor. SECO’s bustling exhibit hall featured expanded in-depth content, increased networking opportunities and a robust education line-up. Whether learning about new products from exhibitors or participating in one of the Presentation Theaters, SECO made sure attendees met their business and professional goals.

Highlights include:

SECO accepted the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) as the 13th state to join the association—the first member state addition to SECO International since the 1940s. SECO also welcomed Colegio de Optometristas de Costa Rica as an associated international organization.

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The See the Vision of Tomorrow forum provided insights on the current state of the optometric profession and the forces shaping its future.

An extraordinary breadth of visionaries shared their insights during multiple lecture options throughout the event; including Dr. Ike Ahmed, MD. Dr. Ahmed took the SECO stage for the very first time to discuss the latest developments with advanced microsurgical devices and techniques in glaucoma surgery, including indications, complications, and co-management.

MedPRO360, SECO’s healthcare business management program, focused on the ins and outs of what it takes to manage a thriving and growing practice, from profitability and disruptive technologies to private equity and improving patient loyalty.

Presentation Theater sessions provided attendees with real-life practical experiences and information on topics like diabetes, the myopia epidemic, patient acquisition and more.

Attendees explored the offerings of more than 900 leading brands and were able to get first-hand knowledge and hands-on interaction with the latest technology, products and styles.

Practice IQ delivered a deep dive into valuable topics to help professionals manage their office and business growth. Attendees got expert insights through the Practice IQ Eye-Cons Expert Series on topics like YAG laser usage, optical retailing success secrets and more.

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The Eyedocs of Rock, a band of optometrists, performed along with special guests to raise money to support Optometry Giving Sight, a charitable example of how the eye care community is giving back.

In 2020, SECO will return to its Atlanta roots, back at the Georgia World Congress Center, March 4-8, 2020. For more information about the world’s largest continuing education conference for ophthalmic professionals, visit AttendSECO.com.

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For the third year in a row, Safilo has looked to trusted eyecare professionals to star in its American Eyes campaign for its Elasta and Emozioni collections.Their latest testimonials are from Peter Tacia, O.D. and Heidi Dancer, optician, of Alma, MI, talking about two best-selling collections: Elasta and Emozioni.

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ABB OPTICAL GROUP and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Fifth Annual Optometry Student Challenge

It will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 GSLS.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces it is accepting abstract submissions for the fifth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

The Optometry Student Challenge will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), held on January 22-25, 2020, in Las Vegas and present a scientific poster on a topic related to contact lenses. Last year, more than 90 optometry students submitted contact lens related abstracts focused on study projects or student-based case histories.

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“Every year we have an incredible response from students who amaze us with their outstanding submissions and we certainly expect the same for this year’s challenge,” said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB Optical Group. “The passion, dedication and commitment to their chosen profession are evident in each student’s submission, and we look forward to seeing what the 2019 challenge brings.”

Optometry Student Challenge Program Rules

Third and fourth-year students who are interested in participating must register by August 9, 2019. Registered students must then submit an abstract on their proposed poster topic by October 11, 2019.

Abstracts must focus on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses. Topics can include, but are not limited to, contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, and orthokeratology.

Abstracts will be judged in two categories: case study report and research. Five finalists will be selected and notified by October 25, 2019.

The finalists will then be required to convert their abstracts into scientific posters for further judging. The posters must be submitted in digital, PDF format to ABB Optical Group no later than November 15, 2019.

Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by November 27, 2019.

The lead authors of the top three posters will be awarded travel grants of $1,500 each to attend the symposium and present their posters. Additionally, two runner-ups will receive honorable mention prizes of $250 each.

“The optical industry of tomorrow is in the hands of the bright, intelligent optometry students of today,” said Paragon Vision Sciences President Rich Jeffries. “We’re proud to once again partner with ABB Optical Group to bring the Optometry Student Challenge as a way to encourage and support the next generation of optometrists.”

For more information on the Optometry Student Challenge, including full contest rules and guidelines, visit ABBOptical.com/OptometryStudentChallenge.

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Safilo and David Beckham Announce 10-Year Eyewear License Agreement

The first David Beckham eyewear collection will launch in January 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/LONDON – Safilo Group and global icon David Beckham announced a global 10-year agreement for the eponymous license for sunglasses and prescription glasses. The first David Beckham eyewear collection will launch in January 2020.

“Safilo has a long history of creating high quality eyewear brands. I wear sunglasses all the time and this is a category that I love. So, it’s important to me to work with a partner who cares as much about the design and craftsmanship of the product as I do,” said Beckham. “I’m really enjoying the process of creating a collection with the Safilo team – and I can’t wait to launch it next year.”

“It is a great honor for me to welcome to our portfolio this brand that carries the name of one of the most famous and successful players in the world,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group.

“With this ten-year license, Safilo is set to create a top global male brand in the premium segment, complementary to the other prestigious men’s brands already present in our portfolio, working in synergy with the extraordinary power of David’s global audiences to further strengthen the presence of Safilo in the digital universe.”

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Booth Space Available at Academy 2019 Orlando and World Congress of Optometry

It will take place Oct. 23-27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The American Academy of Optometry is accepting applications for booth space in the exhibit hall at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry. In addition to exhibit space, there are multiple corporate sponsorship opportunities available. This joint meeting, held in conjunction with the World Council of Optometry, will be held Oct. 23-27, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

This year’s exhibit hall will feature more than 200 companies displaying the latest products and technology. The exhibit hall offers opportunities to be present among leaders in the eyecare industry, in addition to showcasing innovative products and services to the vision science community. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of extended learning in Vision Theater session presentations by exhibitors right on the exhibit hall floor.

Academy 2018 San Antonio, the most recent annual meeting of the Academy, was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and technologies in the exhibit hall, and learned about the latest in vision research that is advancing the profession.

The Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry Program Preview provides an overview of the exciting events and CE that will be offered. Registration and housing are now open and early bird registration ends Aug. 23, 2019.

For more information on booking space in the exhibit hall and corporate sponsorship opportunities, visit www.aaopt.org/2019/exhibits or contact sales@aaoptom.org.

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