The Essilor eye care center hosts the very first global virtual summit Varilux

(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – Essilor announces the creation of a state-of-the-art digital event platform, the Essilor Vision Care Center, and opens registration for the centre’s inaugural event: the Global Varilux Summit. The Essilor Vision Care Center is dedicated to organizing digital events focused on the latest science and research in eye health and creating a space for the exchange of ideas between eye care professionals. The Varilux World Summit – to be held on November 10, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST – will explore the latest knowledge about presbyopia and new horizons of vision.

Essilor invites eyecare professionals to register now for the Varilux Global Summit where they can expect:

  • Discover the latest consumer research and eye health trends for presbyopia;
  • Get inspired by some of the industry’s top minds around the world as they share scientific developments in presbyopia correction methodologies and the innovation behind progressive lenses;
  • Receive actionable recommendations for the implementation of high presbyopic care through the sharing of best practices and interactive discussions with peers;
  • Learn and network with thousands of eyecare professionals around the world.

“More than ever in this increasingly digital world and ever-changing vision environment, we stand firm in our mission to help patients see better so they can enjoy life to the fullest,” said co-host Agnes Dewidehem, Global Senior Vice President of Essilor Brands. . “The Varilux World Summit aims to open doors and minds to the latest technical and scientific advances in presbyopia with the contributions of internationally renowned experts. We also look forward to sharing compelling data and key lessons from recent global research and surveys to ensure our participants benefit from the latest scientific advances. “

“I am honored to co-host the Varilux World Summit on Presbyopia. The subject is currently a very dynamic area of ​​interest for our profession and the continuing education of eye care providers is essential to create the best patient outcomes, ”said co-facilitator Dr Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO , President and CEO of the New England College of Optometry. “Attendees will hear our global experts, clinicians and researchers talk about the advancements in progressive lenses and how to optimally distribute the right products to the right patients. Awareness, education and personalization are at the heart of an eye care provider‘s success – and patients will notice the high care they receive.

Pioneering a new category as the very first progressive lens, the VariluxⓇ brand has always been at the forefront of innovation to create better visual results for presbyopics. Since 1959, Varilux lenses have had a positive impact on the vision and the lives of millions of patients around the world. Varilux is the # 1 progressive lens recommended by optometrists and opticians1 and boasts an impressive 96% patient satisfaction rate .2
The Global Varilux Summit will air on November 10, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. CST in 66 countries and will be available in 11 languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Bahasa and Portuguese. Registration for this free virtual event is open and eyecare professionals can register and invite others to register until November 9, 2021.



  • Co-organized by Agnes Dewidehem, Senior Vice President Global Essilor Brands, and Dr. Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President & CEO of the New England College of Optometry
  • Teacher. Mark A. Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO – University of Houston, College of Optometry, Boulder, Colorado (United States)
  • 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)
  • Teacher. Pete S. Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO Indiana University, School of Optometry, Bloomington, Indiana (United States)
  • Elaine Grisdale, FBDO, FAAO, FEAOO – ABDO Head of Professional Services and International Development / Director of Development for International Opticians Association (United Kingdom)

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

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