Vision Direct and Fight for Sight Partner for #ThinkUV Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:15 AM UNITED KINGDOM—Vision Direct —Europe’s largest online contact lens supplier—and Fight for Sight—a U.K. charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease—have teamed up for the second year in a row to launch the #ThinkUV campaign.

Vision for a Nation Foundation Helps Two Million Rwandans Access Eyecare

By Staff
Monday, August 7, 2017 12:24 AM UNITED KINGDOM—The Vision for a Nation Foundation—a charity based here that aims to improve the lives of people with poor vision by transforming access to eyecare services—announced that it has supported Rwanda to become the first developing country in the world to provide all its citizens with local access to affordable eyecare, as screenings reach two million this month.

Envision Receives $5,000 Monsanto Fund Grant for Level Up Conference

By Staff
Friday, July 14, 2017 12:18 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Envision has received a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative.

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.

Cohen’s Empowerment Through Sight Initiatives Now Underway

By Staff
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As it continues its 90th anniversary celebration this year, Cohen’s Fashion Optical is continuing its community outreach with its Empowerment Through Sight initiatives, in which the retail group is giving back to several vision-related organizations through customer purchases.

Zeiss Provides Eyeglasses to Students on Remote Honduras Island

By Staff
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM UTILA CAYS ISLAND, Honduras—A school on Utila Cays Island, off the coast of Honduras, educates 80 eager and enthusiastic children, or 16 percent of the total population of 500. But because there are no eyecare resources available on the island, some students do not have eyeglasses and therefore have trouble learning.

Tom Rosewall Steps Down as VFAN Chief Executive, Interim Leader Named

By Staff
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:24 AM LONDON—After having successfully managed the introduction of Vision For a Nation’s (VFAN) nationwide primary eyecare program in Rwanda over the past three years, chief executive Tom Rosewall has resigned.

Sixth Annual Great Glasses Play Day to Take Place May 6 to 7

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 5, 2017 12:15 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—The sixth annual Great Glasses Play Day — an event that aims to celebrate children and the advances that help them see better, while promoting awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of vision issues—will be taking place nationwide May 6 to 7.

CBS’s 60 Minutes Highlights the Sight-Restoring Work of the Himalayan Cataract Project

By Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:11 AM NEW YORK—On Sunday, April 16, CBS’s 60 Minutes featured the story of Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, co-founders of the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Essilor and Optometry Giving Sight Announce Student Loans in Malawi

By Staff
Monday, April 17, 2017 12:18 AM DENVER—Essilor of America and Optometry Giving Sight have announced the recipients of study loans for students of Optometry at Mzuzu University in Malawi, Africa. The loans will cover full tuition and living costs for the five years of the Bachelor of Vision Science, commencing in this academic year.

OneSight Names Five New Partners to Receive Grants for Vision Care Services in Schools

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:24 AM MASON, Ohio—The OneSight Focus on Sight program, the organization’s sustainable school-based vision center model, which launched last fall, is announcing the five partners who will receive grants for vision care services in schools.

edCFDA Create Eyewear for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Initiative

By Staff
Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Eyewear Designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA) have joined forces to create a special capsule collection of eyewear frames in aid of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), the charitable initiative of the CFDA Foundation that raises funds and awareness of breast cancer.

Optometry Giving Sight Urges Support of Our Children’s Vision Campaign

By Staff
Friday, March 31, 2017 12:24 AM DENVER—Optometry Giving Sight is urging all members of the optometric profession and industry to join in support of Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign helping to ensure that every child gain access to the eyecare they need.

A Backstage Pass to Rockin’ For New Eyes

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:58 PM HARD ROCK CAFE—Guitar. Check. Guitar picks, medium gauge. Check. A pack of new guitar strings. Check. Head backstage at the Hard Rock Cafe with VM’s own Andy Karp as he preps for optical’s big gig next Saturday night—the Rockin’ For New Eyes benefit concert. The supporting cast includes five bands and 38 musicians from all walks of optical industry life. Check out who’s performing and why. Click here to read the latest edition of VMail Weekend.

U.K. Eyecare Charity Helps More Than 1 Million People in Rwanda

By Staff
Friday, February 24, 2017 12:18 AM LONDON—Vision for a Nation (VFAN) reported that it has helped more than 1 million people to access eyecare services across Rwanda.