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Essilor announces the GLOBAL VARILUX SUMMIT

Essilor announces the GLOBAL VARILUX SUMMIT

Varilux Summit

Fixed for November 10th, 2021: the first global digital event about presbyopia and the latest advances in progressive lenses

Essilor announces the first Global Varilux Summit, hosted on the Essilor Vision Care Center, its brand new virtual platform dedicated to hosting digital events for eye care professionals: ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians.
The Global Varilux Summit is designed to explore the latest insights on presbyopia and to share new horizons for vision.

Eye care professionals from around the world are invited to register now for the Varilux Global Summit. The session will air at 6pm for ECPs in the UK and Ireland.

They can expect to:

– hear about the latest insights in consumer research and about trends in eye health
– get inspiration from experts and scientists: scientific developments in presbyopic correction and innovation methodologies behind progressive lenses,
– share best practices between peers and get concrete recommendations from the field
– join and learn from a network of 10 000+ eye care professionals

The Global Varilux Summit will broadcast on Wednesday November 10th 2021 to 66 countries and will be available in 11 languages including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Bahasa, and Portuguese. Registration to this free virtual event is already open, with the invitations being delivered via EssilorLuxottica’s local subsidiaries around the world. Eye care professionals may register themselves and invite others to register up until November 9, 2021

‘In an accelerating and increasingly digital world, more than ever, our mission is to help patients see better so they can enjoy life to the fullest. The Varilux Summit aims to open doors and minds to the latest technical and scientific advances in presbyopia with contributions from internationally renowned experts, as well as share key learnings from several surveys we conducted recently.’ said co-host Agnes Dewidehem, Global Essilor Brands Senior Vice President.

‘I am honored to participate in this Varilux Global Summit on presbyopia. This is currently a very dynamic area of focus for our profession. We are all excited to hear more from our global experts, clinicians and researchers, about the advancements in progressive lenses and how to optimally dispense the right products to the right patients. Awareness, education and customization are at the heart of our success. People notice when they are being informed. Everyone wants to make informed decisions.’ said co-host Dr. Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President & CEO of the New England College of Optometry.

The Global Varilux Summit will feature key subjects, such:

1. A one-hour Plenary session, highlighting key topics:

● Life & vision after 40
● What’s new in presbyopic correction?
● Scientific advances on Progressive lens design
● Ensuring best patient care with Varilux

2. Three, thirty minutes’ breakout sessions:
● Psychology of young presbyopes
● Successful adaptation of Varilux lenses
● Clinical management of presbyopia


Co-hosted by Agnes Dewidehem, Global Essilor Brands Senior Vice President, and Dr. Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President & CEO of the New England College of Optometry
Prof. Mark A. Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO – University of Houston, College of Optometry, Boulder, Colorado (USA)
Dr. Damien Gatinel, MD, PhD – Head of The Anterior and Refractive Surgery Department of The Rothschild Foundation, Paris (France)
Dr. Fiona Fylan, PhD, Health Psychologist, Leeds Beckett – University (UK)
Prof. Pete S. Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO Indiana University, School of Optometry, Bloomington, Indiana (USA)
Elaine Grisdale, FBDO, FAAO, FEAOO – ABDO Head of Professional Services and International Development / Director of Development for the International Opticians Association (UK)

To register for the Varilux Global Summit, please follow this link to the registration platform. Eyecare professionals are encouraged to share this registration page with their peers and colleagues.