AOA and Health Care Alliance Find Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule Come Up Short

By Staff
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:42 AM NEW YORK—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month updated the changes it proposes for the Contact Lens Rule, but two leading optometry groups have stated their opposition to some elements of the FTC’s revised proposal. The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) in recent days have noted their discontent with some of the points in the revised rule proposal. Alliance chair Deanna Alexander, OD, said in a statement, “The FTC’s proposed rule does recognize important issues with the contact lens market, but it does not fully address patient safety concerns around robocall verification of contact lens prescriptions or the ongoing enforcement of illegal substitution for what the patient’s doctor has prescribed.”

Tariff Increases on Chinese-Made Optical Products Take Effect

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Tariff increases being assessed on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese-origin merchandise, including some optical products, took effect Friday.

Vision Associates Set to Boost Dispensary Management Presence Among Indie ODs

By Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM WARREN, N.J.—The optical retailing landscape, especially for the independent ECP, is being buffeted by waves of change, as consolidation, new technology and an evolving patient mindset bring new challenges almost on a daily basis. In an effort to offset these challenges and support both the independent optometrist and ophthalmologist in today’s rough-and-tumble business environment, two optical dispensary management firms—Vision Associates and Partners in Vision—have come together as a division of Essilor of America to create a stronger entity in optical management.

NAVCP’s Vision Health Summit Concludes With Discussions of Key Issues and Trends in Vision Care

By Staff
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:24 AM OXON HILL, Md.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) wrapped up three days of meetings here at the MGM National Harbor on Tuesday afternoon after providing attendees with a comprehensive rundown on key health care issues at both the national and state levels, a discussion of blockchain and the possible opportunities it may open for managed care companies, and a report on myopia and the efforts under way to stop and reverse this threat.

NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness Names First Partners in ‘Better Vision Together-Community of Practice’ Program

By Staff
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:18 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has announced the first partners of its “Better Vision Together-Community of Practice” program. According to a release, the goal of this project is to improve vision and eye health in at-risk, minority and vulnerable populations of young children. The NCCVEH will work with selected groups to provide aid and solutions that are rooted in population health strategies through a peer-support approach. These include policy change, systems of vision and eye health, public awareness, and data collection.

NORA to Offer 10 Student/Resident Grants for Their Clinical Skills Pre-Conference and Annual General Conference

By Staff
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Internal (NORA) has announced they will offer grants to up to 10 students or residents interested in attending the organization’s Clinical Skills Pre-Conference (Sept. 19 to 20) and the 28th Annual General Conference (Sept. 21 to 22). The conferences will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resorts, Scottsdale, Arizona. Each grant recipient will receive full conference registration and $400 in travel grant funds. This year’s conference theme is “Education. Collaboration. Rehabilitation. - Achieving Favorable Outcomes Through Interdisciplinary Care.”

NAVCP Vision Health Summit to Feature P&G’s ‘Chief Troublemaker’ as Keynote Speaker

By Staff
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:27 AM WASHINGTON—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) has announced that Dustin Garis, a former global brand innovation leader at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) FutureWorks, will deliver the keynote address at its 2019 Vision Health Summit.

Pennsylvania Vision Foundation Grants $20,000 to Underinsured Pennsylvanians for Vision Health

By Staff
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:15 AM PITTSBURGH—The Pennsylvania Vision Foundation (PVF), an affiliate of Vision Benefits of America, has granted $20,000 to programs organized and overseen by some of its partner agencies to connect Pennsylvanians with healthy vision, according to an announcement this week. “Over the past year, we focused on deepening our relationships with existing partner agencies and expanding to include other agencies,” said Dr. Andrew Leitzel, OD, executive director of the Foundation. “By growing these relationships, we are able to provide additional funding to reach even more Pennsylvanians.”

Think About Your Eyes Announces 2019 Board Members

By Staff
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign about the importance of scheduling an annual eye exam with an optometrist, announced its advisory board members for 2019, led by incoming chairman, Dr. Rick Weisbarth. The board is comprised of a representative from each of the six leadership partners, and an at-large member representing and elected by Tier 2 partners. Dr. Weisbarth, who represents Alcon, succeeds Dr. Steve Loomis of the American Optometric Association, who will move to the non-voting role of immediate past chairman for 2019.

Optometric Organizations Reach Agreement on Establishing New COPE Governing Committee

By Staff
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:18 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry (Academy), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) have reached a joint agreement to restructure the governance of the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE). The newly established COPE Governing Committee will be comprised of representatives from ARBO, ASCO and the Academy to assure collaboration and the ongoing advancement of the quality of optometric continuing education, according to an announcement from the American Academy of Optometry.

American Academy of Optometry Names Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, as President

By Staff
Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:27 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry has named Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the incoming president of the American Academy of Optometry.

PECAA Hosts Inaugural Strategic Partner Summit in Austin, Texas

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.