AOA Meeting Comes to a Close With New Officers and Think-Tank Launch

By Staff
Monday, June 26, 2017 12:33 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Optometric Association’s annual meeting, Optometry’s Meeting, came to a close this past weekend with the swearing in of the association’s new officers and trustees for 2017-2018. The five-day meeting, the 120th annual congress of AOA, closed Sunday.

Illinois College of Optometry Takes Top Honors at Essilor Optometry Student Bowl

By Staff
Monday, June 26, 2017 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—Taylor Harris, a student from the Illinois College of Optometry, propelled his team to victory at the 26th annual Essilor Optometry Student Bowl (OSB) Thursday by correctly answering the winning question concerning the correct contact lens power to order for an infant with an aphakic eye.

Visionworks Partners With Nickelodeon’s ‘PAW Patrol’ to Promote Back-To-School Eye Exams

By Staff
Monday, June 26, 2017 12:24 AM SAN ANTONIO—Visionworks announced its multi-faceted partnership with Viacom’s Nickelodeon and TV Land brands on a nationwide program to encourage back-to-school eye exams.

Avedro Appoints Thomas E. Griffin as Chief Financial Officer

By Staff
Monday, June 26, 2017 12:21 AM WALTHAM, Mass.—Avedro, a Waltham, Mass.-based ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical device company specializing in corneal remodeling, has appointed Thomas E. Griffin as chief financial officer.

Tomorrow Is National Sunglasses Day—Don’t Forget to Throw Some Shade on UV Rays

By Staff
Monday, June 26, 2017 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—For the fourth consecutive year, The Vision Council is promoting the importance of UV-protective eyewear with the celebration of National Sunglasses Day, taking place tomorrow, June 27.

AOA Kicks Off Optometry’s Meeting with Capitol Hill Rally as Advocacy Takes on a Central Role

By Staff
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:27 AM WASHINGTON—The nation’s capital was an appropriate setting this week for the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) annual congress, as advocacy for the profession and patient care are both playing more important roles in the association’s day-to-day activities.

United Vision Partners Names Sami Abbasi CEO and President

By Staff
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:24 AM DALLAS—United Vision Partners (UVP), a leading network of comprehensive eyecare providers and a portfolio company of Waud Capital Partners has announced that health care industry executive Sami Abbasi has joined as CEO and president.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Champions Eye Health Advocates With New Advocacy Academy

By Staff
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:21 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. announced the launch of Advocacy Academy, an on-demand virtual learning tool designed, the company said, to educate, empower and mobilize a new community of eye health advocates to engage with lawmakers, agencies and patient associations on key issues impacting eye health.

Bausch + Lomb Unveils AMD Virtual Experience at Optometry’s Meeting

By Staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb on Tuesday announced the launch of a new virtual reality (VR) tool that will allow eyecare professionals (ECPs) to experience the daily challenges that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) brings their patients with mild to more advanced stages of AMD.

Shire Names Snisarenko to Succeed Dempsey as Head of U.S. Ophthalmics Franchise

By Staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:15 AM LEXINGTON, Mass.—Shire announced this week that John Snisarenko has been named group vice president and head of ophthalmics U.S. franchise.

ABB Optical Group Launches Fourth Annual ABB Cares Program

By Staff
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:21 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a distributor of optical products, will begin accepting applications for its fourth annual ABB Cares program on  Aug. 1, 2017.

Three-Year Study Indicates Contact Lens Therapy Effective in Slowing Myopia Progression in Children

By Staff
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:15 AM LIVERPOOL, England —A new contact lens therapy has significant potential to address the rising prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, according to the results of study outcomes presented here at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference, according to an announcement by CooperVision.

National Sunglasses Day: Throwing Shade on UV Rays

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM NEW YORK—National Sunglasses Day is only a week away. The event, held annually on June 27, aims to bring awareness to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays and encourages the optical community to stress the importance of wearing sunglasses. In preparation for June 27, the Vision Council encouraged ECPs and optical retailers to help promote the importance of UV-protective sunwear as a part of the event.

United Way Teams Up With Local Eye Doctors to Help Students

By Staff
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Success After 6 program provides wraparound services to students in Youngstown, Ohio. Recently, United Way teamed up with several groups including Sight for All, Classic Optical Laboratories, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), Modern Optical International, and Opticians Association of Ohio to provide children with free eye exams and eyeglasses.

Prevent Blindness Announces Sixth Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:33 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will hold the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28 form 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the National Press Club Washington D.C. The Summit will include presentations related to this year’s theme, “What’s in Sight?”
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