Two Optical Tech Companies Are Finalists for AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:18 AM BRUSSELS—Two optical technology companies are among the 15 finalists that have been shortlisted for the AAL Smart Ageing Challenge prize, which is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.

Envision Unveils Gigi and Carl Allen Envision Research Institute

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2016 12:18 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Envision recently welcomed state, city and county officials, business leaders and donors to its headquarters in downtown Wichita last week for the grand opening of the Gigi and Carl Allen Envision Research Institute (ERI).

Freedom Scientific and Optelec in Assistive Technology Merger

By Staff
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:24 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. and BARENDRECHT, The Netherlands—Freedom Scientific and Optelec have merged to create what they’re calling, “the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired.”

Envision Receives $75,000 Gift In Ongoing Capital Campaign to Construct Low Vision Research Institute

By Staff
Friday, August 7, 2015 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Low vision advocacy organization, Envision was given $75,000 from The Fidelity Bank Foundation. The money will go toward the completion of construction and the ongoing operation of the Envision Research Institute, a facility being constructed within Envision’s headquarters here to serve as a hub of studies of the challenges associated with low vision and practical approaches to addressing them.

Envision to Award $10,000 Following Research Proposal Workshop at Annual Conference

By Staff
Monday, August 3, 2015 12:24 AM DENVER—Envision, a low-vision advocacy organization, will hold a competition at its upcoming 2015 Conference, to be held here Sept. 9 to 12, 2015, in which participants will vie for a grant of up to $10,000.

Envision Conference 2015 Announces Dates in Denver, Begins Accepting Education Submissions

By Staff
Friday, January 23, 2015 12:21 AM DENVER—Low Vision organization, Envision, has announced that its 10th annual Envision Conference will be held Sept. 9 to 12, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt here.

Health Canada Approves Second Sight Medical Products’ Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

By Staff
Friday, January 16, 2015 12:15 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Health Canada has approved the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System to treat individuals with severe to profound outer retinal degeneration, according to a statement released Jan. 12, 2015, from its developer, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYES), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to restore some functional vision to blind patients.

CMS Will Reimburse Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment for VisionCare's Telescope Implant

By Staff
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:21 AM SARATOGA, Calif.— VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will reimburse its Implantable Miniature Telescope under a revised Ambulatory Payment Classification designation, APC 0351, Level V Intraocular Procedures.

FDA Approves VisionCare's Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration in Patients 65 Years and Older

By Staff
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:30 AM SARATOGA, Calif.— VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration who are age 65 or older.

Envision Conference 2014 to Take Place in Minneapolis in September

By Staff
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— Envision is inviting optical industry professionals to take part in the organization’s ninth annual Envision Conference, a multidisciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference dedicated to improving the quality of low vision care through professional collaboration, advocacy, research and education.

Gene Johnson Named Vice President and General Manager of Envision Industries

By Staff
Friday, July 11, 2014 12:30 AM WICHITA, Kan.— Envision, a company that promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision, has named Gene Johnson vice president and general manager of Envision Industries, its product manufacturing and assembly division.

Eschenbach Named as Exclusive Distributor for LVI Video Magnification Products in U.S. and Mexico

By Staff
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:27 AM DANBURY‚ Conn.— Eschenbach Optik of America has been named by Low Vision International’s (LVI) as the exclusive distributor of LVI’s line of video magnification products in the U.S. and Mexico.

Music Transcends Sight and Age When Envision Pairs Musicians With the Visually Impaired

By John Sailer
Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:30 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Blind and individuals with low vision joined with professional musicians at a music workshop held here, Saturday Feb. 22.

Optelec and The Macula Vision Research Foundation Team Up to Increase Awareness of AMD

By Staff
Monday, February 17, 2014 12:30 AM VISTA, Calif. And CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—The Macula Vision Research Foundation(MVRF) and Optelec have formed a unique partnership of industry and philanthropy to benefit more than 11 million people in the U.S. with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or other retinal related diseases.

Shared Visions Reception Celebrates Artists with Visual Impairment

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM FULLERTON, Calif.—At the Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) University Eye Center last month, artists, jurors and members of the public celebrated the opening of the ninth annual Shared Visions Art Exhibit, a juried art show in which blind, legally blind and visually impaired artists are given an opportunity to put their artwork on display.