Vision Expo Daily April 16, 2016 : Page 1
SHOW DAILY PUBLISHED BY IN COOPERA TION WITH INTERNA TIONAL VISION EXPO APRIL 16, 2016 SA NEW Y ORK TURD AY Expo Arms Attendees With World-Class Education NEW YORK—For 30 years, Vision Expo has “cultivated an educational program that is expertly developed and creatively delivered with a focus on arming the ECP community with knowledge and insights,” according to show organizers. In the classroom, the Vision Expo’s Vision Series offers attendees a new way to learn about the latest clinical innovations in a relaxed atmosphere over lunch. And on the show ﬂ oor, the new Dispensary Design & Idea Center educates and inspires attendees on how to enhance their dispensary and showcase inventory once they return home from Expo. “Vision Expo’s education program is distinguished by the way it supports interaction and engagement between ECPs as they learn about relevant topics,” said Ashley Mills, VP, Tradeshows & Meetings for The Vision Council. “A great example of this interaction was Thursday’s panel on the state of the contact lens industry, which enabled a dialogue between ODs and CEOs from Alcon, Cooper-Vision, Johnson & Johnson and Synergies.” ■ Celebrity sightings on the Show floor. (Left) Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal made a meet and greet appearance at the Zyloware booth to showcase his new men’s eyewear collection. (L to R) Chris Shyer, O’Neal, Jamie Shyer and Henry Shyer. (Above) Eyewear designer Jonathan Adler visited with fans at REM’s booth, including National Vision’s Erin Durham. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Drops Unilateral Pricing Policy for CLs JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision Care announced yesterday that it is discontinuing its controversial Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for contact lenses and replacing it with new programs that “ensure broad access and support the needs of patients, doctors and customers.” The company said it is focusing its advocacy efforts to “defend regulation of the contact lens industry.” The UPP policy, which sets minimum prices for eye doctors who dispense contact lenses, has come under fire from discount sellers such as 1-800 Contacts and Costco who have taken legal action against it aimed at deregulating contact lens sales. “The patient comes first,” said Millicent Knight, OD, vice president of professional affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. “We believe that it is in the best interest of the patient to see an eye doctor on a regular basis, and we will continue to advocate state by state to protect that relationship. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has a long history of education and advocacy on the issues that matter most to our patients, doctors Continued on page 69 COR Presenters Emphasize Value as Key Driver to Patient Success NEW YORK—The 26th annual Corporate Optometry Reports (COR) meeting, sponsored by Alcon, brought industry leaders together to assess changes and opportunities in the U.S. optical market here on Thursday. The afternoon event featured a lun-cheon followed by a lineup of dynamic speakers citing statistics and studies about consumer behavior, improving patient out-comes and other topics affecting Continued on page 69 Alcon’s Ben Nobles spoke about contact lens innovation.