PECAA Hosts Inaugural Strategic Partner Summit in Austin, Texas

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas—PECAA, a nationwide doctor alliance group for independent eyecare professionals, hosted its inaugural Strategic Partner Summit here in mid-October. The invitation-only event brought together senior leadership from integral industry vendor partners to discuss the inevitable changes impacting the industry and to explore solutions on how the group, collectively, could best serve their mutual customers and help support the future of independent optometry, according to an announcement.  Jamie Hughes, PECAA’s general manager, led the summit meeting, and Bart Foster, managing director of Sanitas Advisors, acted as the facilitator.

Prevent Blindness Elects Delatore, McGrann and Ramchandran to Board of Directors

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced that Paul Delatore, global head, market access at Alcon, Jim McGrann, chairman and chief executive officer of Healthy Eyes Advantage, and Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, associate professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Rochester Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology, have been elected to the organization’s board of directors. The vote was held Nov. 2 at the 2018 Prevent Blindness annual board meeting in Chicago.

Think About Your Eyes Names Jane Balek Executive Director

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Yours Eyes announced the hiring of Jane Balek as executive director. She will officially begin her role on Nov. 5, 2018. Balek brings more than 20 years of experience working with non-profits and associations to this new role. She most recently served as the executive director with the School Nutrition Foundation. Prior to that, she was the deputy executive director of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) where she oversaw business development, marketing, communications, and partnerships and sponsorships. While at NAfME, Balek concurrently served as the CEO and executive director of Give a Note Foundation where she spearheaded six national awareness campaigns impacting millions of students with the support of companies such as 20th Century Fox, Radio Disney and Nintendo.

SECO 2019 Registration Opens With More CE and Flexible Pricing in New Orleans

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:15 AM ATLANTA—SECO International has opened registration for SECO 2019, a leading conference providing the ophthalmic industry with educational opportunities With the kickoff of the registration cycle, the optometry community is encouraged to recognize outstanding optometric professionals within SECO member states with the annual call for nominations to award SECO Optometrist of the Year, SECO Paraoptometric of the Year, and SECO Young Optometrist of the Year, according to an announcement from the organization. When SECO 2019 opens in New Orleans from Feb. 20 to 24, attendees will have access to 50 continuing education credits over the course of the five days—30 of those over the weekend.

AOA Targets Illegal Sellers of ‘Unprescribed’ Contact Lenses

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Monday, October 15, 2018 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Despite warnings by eye health experts that decorative contact lenses that are not prescribed by an eye doctor may cause eye damage, the lenses remain a popular Halloween costume accessory. To combat this potential eye hazard, the American Optometric Association is launching its annual, pre-Halloween "31 in 31" letter-writing campaign which takes aim at retailers who AOA claims are illegally distributing corrective, novelty or bogus contact lenses in violation of federal law.

Vision Source Expedites Care Coordination and Improves Quality Metrics via Kno2 Initiative

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—In collaboration with a large Midwest health system, Vision Source earlier this year piloted the Kno2: Interoperability as a Service program that focused on addressing metrics and outcomes for at-risk patients with diabetes. The pilot, the network’s first with Kno2, was deemed a success and reduced post-examination lag times by 80 percent, a Vision Source spokeswoman told VMAIL, as well as enabling Vision Source practices to close patient care loops within seven to 10 days rather than the previous time frame of four to 12 weeks.

Auction Registration Now Open for OWA Annual Networking and Raffle Event

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Friday, September 21, 2018 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Registration is now open for the new online auction feature as a part of the Optical Women’s Association’s (OWA) annual networking and raffle event. While the event will take place at Vision Expo West, the auction can be accessed from anywhere by using a mobile device, so those who may not be at Vision Expo West can still join in on the fun.

Appropriations Bill ‘Encourages’ CDC to Increase Emphasis on Eye Safety and Vision Health

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—In late August, the U.S. Senate passed an appropriations bill that, among other actions, calls for increased vigilance for eye health and safety. The House had previously approved the legislation, H.R. 6157, which is the third fiscal 2019 minibus appropriations bill approved by the Senate. The bill calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine eye health research findings to increase patients’ vision safety and to update its reports on the burdens of keratitis—inflammation of clear tissue on the front of the cornea—and contact lens-related infections, according to the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety. The Alliance, in a recent statement, acknowledged the efforts of Congress in passing the bill and the legislation’s corresponding support of eye and vision safety.

OWA Connection Series to Feature WSJ Journalist Joann Lublin at Expo West

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group is sponsoring this year’s Optical Women’s Association (OWA) Connection Series event at Vision Expo West, featuring author Joann Lublin, on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Venetian Hotel, Level 3, in the Lido room 3005. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and former management news editor for The Wall Street Journal, Lublin will offer advice and inspiration for women of all ages and at every stage of their careers. Her goal is to help women reach their highest potential without losing a meaningful personal life.

The Society to Advance Opticianry Names Seven Members to Board of Directors

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Monday, August 20, 2018 12:18 AM RUIDOSO, N.M.—The Society to Advance Opticianry (SAO) will elect seven optician members to its board of directors for the September 2018-2020 term at its upcoming meeting. The organization will vote on the officers and new board members in early September, and the positions are effective Sept. 12, according to incoming president Sam Johnson of New Mexico. Barry Santini is the outgoing president, and will move into the immediate past president post at the September meeting.

AOA Trustee Farias Appointed to Texas Higher Education Foundation’s Board

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:15 AM AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Higher Education Foundation has announced the appointment of Fred Farias III, OD, to the Board of Trustees. The Foundation, official nonprofit partner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has raised more than $22 million in support of the state’s higher education strategic goals since being founded in 2001, according to an announcement this week. Dr. Farias, a Rio Grande Valley native, is chief executive officer of 20/20 Vision Care in McAllen, Texas, and has served as president of both the Texas Optometric Association and the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association.

American Academy of Optometry Names Dr. Akio Kanai as Winner of Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Monday, August 13, 2018 12:18 AM SYDNEY—Dr. Akio Kanai, chief executive officer of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award is awarded annually by AAO as a way to honor the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. The award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eyecare within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities.

Optometry Giving Sight Launches 2018’s World Sight Day Challenge

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Monday, August 6, 2018 12:27 AM SYDNEY—The World Sight Day Challenge is officially under way. According to an announcement last week by Optometry Giving Sight, this year’s World Sight Day Challenge began on Aug. 1. The goal is to help an additional 1 million people around the world receive eyecare. The challenge is focused on World Sight Day, which this year takes place on Thursday Oct. 11, and the challenge continues until the end of November. (World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.)

IDOC Appoints Dr. Jim Thimons and Matt Yordy to its Board of Directors

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Friday, August 3, 2018 12:18 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, a privately held alliance of independent optometrists, announced that James (Jim) Thimons, OD, FAAO, and Matt Yordy have been named to the group’s board of directors. IDOC said it will benefit from the board members’ “unique expertise as IDOC continues to grow and develop best in class programming and services for its members,” according to the announcement earlier this week. The two new directors expand IDOC’s board to seven director positions, according to a spokeswoman.

Prevent Blindness and NOA Declare August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association have combined their efforts to declare August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.