Ocuco Acquires Acumenex, an E-Commerce Provider

By Staff
Friday, July 03, 2015 12:30 AM TORONTO, Canada and DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco, the Dublin-based international optical software company, has acquired the optical business of Acumenex, provider of e-commerce solutions to leading chains, insurers and independent eyecare practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.

Memorial Service to be Held for William Mattingly

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:18 AM EL PASO, Texas—William “Bill” Mattingly, a respected low vision specialist and noted optician, passed away on June, 18, 2015 from a rare degenerative brain disease at age 66.

Eye Protection Tips for Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:15 AM Miami, Fla.–There are many dangers to consumer fireworks, such as severe eye injury and blindness, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System is urging families to celebrate this Fourth of July holiday with caution.

TAYE Will Be Featured on July 8 ‘ Power Hour’

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:13 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— Incoming AOA president, Dr. Steve Loomis, Dr. Carla Mack, from Alcon, Jon Torrey and Dave Plogmann, both from Think About Your Eyes (TAYE), will be the guests on the July 8 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Clarkson Eyecare Acquires EyeCare Associates and Pinnacle Optical

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eyecare groups in the Midwest, has acquired EyeCare Associates (ECA), a 19-office optometry practice in Alabama and Pinnacle Optical LLC, a full-service wholesale lab in Alabama. Details of the transaction, which was backed by FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based U.S. private equity firm, were not disclosed.

Second Sight Appoints Will McGuire as President and CEO

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:27 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) has appointed Will McGuire, a 20-year veteran of the life sciences industry, as president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 18, 2015.

Vision Source and Arkansas Health Group Announce New Relationship

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Friday, June 26, 2015 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source has entered into a relationship with Arkansas Health Group,  to provide eye health and vision services to their patient base.

ARBO Takes Next Steps With COPE CE Accreditation Program

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Friday, June 26, 2015 12:15 AM SEATTLE—The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) is taking next steps with important improvements to its Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) continuing education (CE) accreditation program, based on discussions at the ARBO annual meeting held in Seattle earlier this week.

Retailers and ECPs Participate in National Sunglasses Day

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Friday, June 26, 2015 12:14 AM ALEXANDRIA Va.—In raising awareness for the harmful effects of UV exposure, dozens of companies, optical retailers and ECPs around the country are making an effort to promote the June 27 observance of National Sunglasses Day through various contests and interactive approaches.

Texas Governor Signs Law Preventing Managed Care Companies From Requiring ODs to Use Their Labs

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 684 into law allowing private optometric practitioners to provide patients with materials from sources of their own choosing rather than being required to use those of managed vision care companies.

Smart Vision Labs Raises $6.1M in Series A Funding Round Led by Techstars Ventures

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:23 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs, the developer of a smartphone-based autorefractor, the SVOne, has closed a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by Techstars Ventures.

Three More EHR Systems Commit to Participate in AOA Registry

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Monday, June 22, 2015 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—Just ahead of its official launch at Optometry’s Meeting, AOA MORE received commitments for participation from three additional EHR systems.

Registration Now Open for American Board of Optometry Board Certification Exam

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Monday, June 22, 2015 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—Registration is open for the next American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam period for the month of July 2015, one of two months during the year when the exam is offered.

Jim McGrann, VSP Global’s Incoming CEO, to Be Guest on June 24 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, June 22, 2015 12:13 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Jim McGrann, currently president of VSP Vision Care and soon-to-be CEO (Oct. 1) of VSP Global, will be the featured guest on the June 24 edition of the “Power Hour.”

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Names Dawn Mancuso, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director

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Friday, June 19, 2015 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has appointed Dawn Mancuso, FASAE, CAE, its new executive director.
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