Bausch + Lomb Launches SightMatters for AMD Education, Joins Forces With Prevent Blindness

By Staff
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, NJ—Bausch + Lomb has announced the launch of a new website, SightMatters.com, which will serve as an educational online resource for people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). February is AMD Awareness Month. SightMatters has been specifically designed for the visually impaired, featuring increased font size and color contrast. The goal of the site is to help patients take charge of their condition by offering a one-stop shop resource that is clear and concise, and offers actionable content. SightMatters will allow patients to take control of their AMD, as well as foster a community of others living with AMD.

Two Blind Brothers Launch a Viral ‘Trust’ Campaign, Urge Visitors to ‘Shop Blind’

By Andrew Arata
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM The holiday season tends to get tangled with sales and gift-giving rather than giving thanks for what we have that others may not—such as our sight. Two Blind Brothers, a non-profit clothing site, founded by Bradford and Bryan Manning, donates 100 percent of their profits toward research to cure eye disease. The two are generating sales and widening an awareness and fan base recognition this season with their unique and creative take on sharing messages that underscore the experience of visual impairment and blindness while raising money to help 11 million people with vision loss.

OneSight Announces Three-Year Project to Bring Vision Care to 200,000 Along Thai-Myanmar Border

By Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:24 AM CINCINNATI—As part of an ongoing, three year initiative, OneSight has announced their aim to bring vision care access to over 200,000 people who have been displaced along the Thailand-Myanmar border by 2020. The Thailand-Myanmar border people live in temporary shelters, or migrate between countries daily in search of economic opportunity, health care, and education. Due to many competing needs and a lack of available resources, access to quality eyecare in the region has been scarce.

Eyecare and Eyewear Groups and Professionals Get Ready to Give Back for #GivingTuesday

By Staff
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Founded seven years ago, Giving Tuesday has emerged as a symbol of the beginning of the holiday season. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages celebrators not to buy, but to give back. And this year, businesses and eyecare professionals across the eyecare and eyewear fields are gearing up to do just that. This year, dozens of organizations and non-profits, including Restoring Vision, SUNY Optometry Foundation, and Prevent Blindness, are involved in encouraging donations for #GivingTuesday.

RestoringVision Urges Optical Industry to Turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay

By Staff
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:15 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Restoring Vision, the optical non-profit organization dedicated to providing new reading glasses to those in need, is urging the optical industry to turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay. According to Restoring Vision, November 27’s #GivingTuesday, is the global day of giving which harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy. With turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay, RestoringVision hopes to raise $30,000 to transform 40,000 lives through the gift of sight. Every dollar donated will be converted into glasses for people living in impoverished communities around the world. The first $10,000 raised will be matched by National Vision, Inc.

ABB Optical Group Donates to Seven Charities Through 5th Annual ABB Cares Program

By Staff
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading distributor of optical products, has announced that seven non-profit organizations, nominated by eyecare professionals nationwide, will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for outstanding programming and community impact through the Fifth Annual ABB Cares Program. ABB Optical has donated more than $50,000 in grants to non-profits coast to coast since the program’s inception in 2014. “As we celebrate the fifth year of ABB Cares, we would like to thank the eyecare professionals who make this program so successful and impactful,” said Brad Weinbrum, president of ABB Optical Group.

[Partner Post] This Eschenbach Sponsored Puppy has a Purpose!

By Staff
Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00 AM You may know Eschenbach Optik of America for its ophthalmic quality magnifiers, telescopic and video devices. Since 1983 they have been helping eyecare and vision rehab professionals in North America serve their visually impaired patients, helping ensure their safety, independence, productivity and quality of life.

Optical Industry Continues Preparations to Celebrate World Sight Day 2018

By Staff
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Oct. 11, 2018 is World Sight Day, and everyone is getting ready, across the U.S., internationally, among ECPs, industry and sight-related organizations.

RestoringVision: Over 12 Million Helped in 15 Years

By Staff
Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:18 AM SAN RAFAEL, California—RestoringVision, the optical 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that has provided the gift of sight to over 12 million people in 135 impoverished countries, celebrated 15 years of business on Oct. 2. Through more than 1,400 organizations, non-profit partners, corporate sponsors, individual donors and supporters, RestoringVision plans to help 20 million people by 2020 through their distribution of new reading glasses for the disadvantaged around the world. RestoringVision was founded by Mark Sachs in 2003. He was inspired to start RestoringVision after “a life changing experience” with LensCrafters in Mexico where people with impaired vision travel miles to seek clinical help.

Our Children’s Vision Provides 27 Million Children With Vision Care, Reaching Half Its Goal

By Staff
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:18 AM SYDNEY—In 2016, Our Children’s Vision, a foundation dedicated to providing children with eyecare, was founded with a lofty goal: provide much-needed vision care to 50 million children, worldwide, by 2020. To achieve this goal, Our Children’s Vision put together a team of 79 partners in 55 countries. Now, nearing the end of 2018, Our Children’s Vision has announced they’ve provided vision care to 27 million children around the world, surpassing the halfway point for their overall goal. Our Children’s Vision’s work is vital in helping children around the world reach their full potential.

Businesses and Residents Across the Carolinas Return to Work, Assess the Damages

By Staff
Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As parts of the Carolinas braced for more flooding this weekend following the heavy rains dumped on the states by Hurricane Florence, residents and businesses across the two states, as well as other areas of the Southeast, began returning to their homes and businesses Wednesday as they began to assess the damage and work on recovery.

VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope Doubles Original Goal, Commits to Reach 3 Million People by 2020

By Staff
Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global Eyes of Hope program hit a milestone in 2016 of having helped one million people in need by providing access to no-cost eyecare and eyewear. At the time, the company committed to reaching another million people by 2020 In partnership with VSP network doctors and that goal was reached two years early, this year. Now the company has announced it is doubling its 2020 goal again, to help another million people by that time through various Eyes of Hope programs.

VSP Global Eyes of Hope Teams with Nationals’ Youth Academy for Eye Exams

By Staff

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—Working with VSP network doctors, VSP Global Eyes of Hope partnered late last month with the Washington Nationals’ Youth Baseball Academy to provide access to eyecare and eyewear to more than 120 young athletes. The Academy supports boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 from local Washington, D.C., communities. Nationals’ third baseman and board member of the academy, Anthony Rendon, was on-site to talk to athletes about the importance of clear vision, both on and off the field.

Warby Parker’s ‘Pupils Project’ for Kids Recognized as Co-CEO Gilboa Receives 2018 McNulty Prize

By Staff
Monday, July 30, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker has been chosen as one of four 2018 McNulty Prize Laureates. The McNulty Foundation’s Prize "celebrates the boldness and impact of individuals who are using their exceptional leadership abilities, entrepreneurial spirit and private sector talents to address the world’s toughest challenges." Gilboa is being honored for his work with Warby Parker's Pupils Project, which partners with New York City and Baltimore public school systems to provide students critical access to vision care and glasses at no cost to their families.

New PROSPER Study, Published This Week, Affirms Eyeglasses’ Boost to Worker Productivity

By Staff
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Control trial results of a new study, called PROSPER (Productivity Study of Presbyopia Elimination in Rural-dwellers), a collaborative effort undertaken by VisionSpring, Clearly, Orbis and Queens University Belfast, has been published this week by The Lancet Global Health. The study, linked here affirms that eyeglasses have the potential to dramatically boost worker productivity worldwide. In India, providing tea pickers with corrective lenses improved worker productivity by 21.7 percent, with productivity increasing to almost 32 percent when vision correction was provided to workers over 50. This represents the largest ever recorded productivity increase from any health intervention.