J&J Vision Sets Collaboration to Address Myopia Epidemic With Two Singapore Organizations

By Staff
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:24 AM SINGAPORE—The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and Johnson & Johnson Vision have announced a $26 million research collaboration to tackle myopia, the largest threat to eye health this century, according to an announcement on Monday. By 2050, half of the world's population is projected to be myopic, with 1 billion expected to have high myopia, a severe state of the condition that can lead to retinal disease with an increased risk of blindness, the announcement noted.

CooperVision Recommits to Philanthropic Support for Optometry Initiatives During AAO Meeting

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:18 AM SAN ANTONIO—CooperVision, one of the world’s leading contact lens providers, reaffirmed its extensive philanthropic support for domestic and international optometry initiatives during this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Held here Nov. 7 to 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the meeting drew thousands of eyecare professionals, researchers, educators and students every year. “CooperVision has always been dedicated to strengthening optometry through industry partnerships. Making meaningful contributions to a range of like-minded organizations that support the optometric profession is one component of that effort,” said Simon Seshadri, vice president of Marketing, North America.

Ashley O’Dwyer, OD, aka the Dry Eye Guru, Aims to Change Patients’ Mindsets

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Ashley O’Dwyer has been a practicing optometrist for just over a year and she has hit the ground running. In February of this year, she created thedryeyeguru.com in an effort to educate patients about different causes and treatments of dry eye disease. “I started realizing a majority of my female patients had dry eye disease, and it had never been addressed before,” Dwyer told VMail Weekend.

Erika Mabus, OD, Takes Readers into the World of Organic Products

By Stephanie Sengwe, Contributing Editor
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—On Instagram, Organic Optometrist is an airy page, with carefully curated posts whose color schemes mostly feature green, blue and white. Curated by Erika Mabus, OD, Organic Optometrist is not just a page made to please the eye, it was made purposefully to educate its viewers on some of the skincare products in the ever-changing organic product market. Created in January of this year, Organic Optometrist has garnered over 1,000 followers in just 10 months.

Nicole Nguyen’s ‘Eye Scribbles’—a Therapeutic Hobby That Turned Into a Business

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Chantilly, Va.—Nicole Nguyen, OD, has been a fulltime practitioner in the northern Virginia area for a little over a year now and her time as a full-time optometrist at MyEyeDr. in Chantilly, Va. inspired her to create Eye Scribbles, an Etsy shop that features eye-related artwork tailored for fellow doctors and lovers of all things eyewear.

Brien Holden Vision Institute Launches Online Global Myopia Centre

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Monday, November 12, 2018 12:24 AM SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The Brien Holden Vision Institute, has launched the new online myopia resource platform Global Myopia Centre, according to an announcement from the organization. The Institute said the Centre will bring its resources in myopia research, practitioner training, and global advocacy to educate and equip eyecare professionals in managing myopia. The Institute has developed a number of online tools specifically to help practitioners including the Myopia Calculator and Guidelines for Myopia Management, which will be available free from the Centre.

Women In Optometry Recognizes Seven Women ODs for Excellence With 2018 Theia Awards

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Women In Optometry’s 2018 Theia Awards of Excellence were presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 8, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Seven women ODs were honored for their contributions to the profession. The Theia Awards of Excellence are named for Theia, the Greek goddess of vision or sight. This year, Women In Optometry expanded the categories included under the Theia Awards of Excellence to honor women ODs in five categories. The honorees included:

Versant Health Expands National Sales Team With Two New Regional Executives

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Monday, November 12, 2018 12:18 AM LINTHICUM, Md.—Versant Health, a national managed eye health and vision plan company, has added to its national sales team with the addition of two regional executives, Kristen Gutierrez and Brett Cavallaro, according to an announcement late last week. Gutierrez will serve as the regional sales executive for the Northern California territory, while Cavallaro will be responsible for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana territories. “We are delighted to welcome these experienced sales professionals to Versant Health,” Tom Luchetta, senior vice president of sales at Versant Health, said in the announcement. “They will work to further support the company’s mission to help members enjoy the wonders of sight through healthy eyes and vision.”

Kadesh Issues Recall of Puriton Brand Eye Relief Drops

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Monday, November 12, 2018 12:15 AM GARDEN GROVE, Calif.—Kadesh Inc. announced last week that it is voluntarily recalling all lots of Puriton Eye Relief Drops, 0.5 oz. (15ml) bottle. (The code is UPC 7 36972 1679 0.) During a recent FDA inspection, investigators observed that ophthalmic drugs, which are required to be sterile, are manufactured without necessary production controls and conditions to assure sterility, the company said in its announcement. This product is an over-the-counter homeopathic eye drop that is used for the temporary relief of burning and irritation due to dryness of the eye and discomfort due to minor irritations of the eye or to exposure to wind or sun, the company said.

Opternative Secures $9 Million in Series A3 Round of Funding

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Friday, November 9, 2018 12:24 AM CHICAGO—The eye health care technology company Opternative announced Thursday that is has secured $9 million in an “A3” round of funding, bringing to $18.5 million the total investment the company has raised to date, a spokeswoman told VMAIL. Trust Ventures and Pritzker Group Venture Capital led the funding round, with an additional investment from existing investor Jump Capital, according to the announcement. Opternative said it will use the funding to double its engineering, product, sales and marketing teams. The funding also will be used “to grow awareness and adoption of [the company’s] online vision test with consumers, employers and eyecare providers,” the announcement noted.

Oklahoma Voters Reject Proposal That Would Have Allowed ODs to Practice in Retail Locations

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:27 AM NEW YORK—A controversial proposal to amend the Oklahoma state constitution and thereby pave the way for some retailers to operate optometry practices within their buildings was defeated by a narrow margin in Tuesday’s election. The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) resolutely opposed the proposal, which was listed on the ballot as State Question 793. The proposal, however, had received support from some big retailers, including Walmart. According to the “News OK” website,  the ballot proposal received 585,355 votes of “no” (or 50.2 percent of the votes cast) and 579,741 votes of “yes” (49.8 percent).

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.

Hong Kong Polytechnic and University of Waterloo Agree to Collaborate on Ocular Research

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:18 AM HONG KONG—The presidents of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Ontario’s University of Waterloo have signed a strategic university partnership agreement that establishes a goal of fostering closer partnerships in education, research and entrepreneurship. The “historic agreement” calls for the two universities to explore opportunities for collaboration in research, among other objectives, according to the announcement on Monday.

NORA and CLF Develop ‘Common Vision Problems and Symptoms Following a Concussion’ Resource

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) and Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), have developed a new educational resource titled Common Vision Problems & Symptoms Following a Concussion. According to a release from NORA, the resource will be available on NORA’s Patient Caregivers Resource page and CLF’s Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Resources page. “Some concussion symptoms may only last a short period of time, while others can linger for months or even years, becoming Post-Concussion Syndrome and adversely affecting the way a person functions in their activities of daily living,” said co-founder and medical director of CLF, Robert Cantu, MD.

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.