Mike Hale: Could it be magic?

Mike Hale

With Vision Expo East capping the run of international optical trade shows that reside in the first three months of the year this weekend, it seems a good time to share some related thoughts.

This is the first year since the pandemic that the various shows have been able to revert to their established slots on the calendar, which, in Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni’s view, is beneficial to keeping the optical industry moving forward efficiently. Beyond the concrete advantages he outlines, I suspect I’m not the only person in optics who takes some satisfaction at what could be considered the natural order being restored after the chaos of Covid.

However, a personal silver lining of attending fewer and smaller trade shows over the pandemic was a refreshed outlook at the big events I’ve made it to so far this year. It is very easy for those involved in optics to become accustomed to some of the brilliant advances first showcased at trade shows.

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