CooperVision Recommits to Philanthropic Support for Optometry Initiatives During AAO Meeting

By Staff
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

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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.

PECAA Hosts Inaugural Strategic Partner Summit in Austin, Texas

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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.

Pearle Vision Signs Development Deal Covering Five Locations in Northern Illinois

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Friday, November 2, 2018 12:27 AM DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—Pearle Vision, a national eyecare brand, has signed an area development agreement that covers the opening of five locations in northern Illinois, according to a Pearle Vision announcement late last month. The agreement is with Vick and Monika Mehta, who are “experienced, multi-unit business owners and longtime residents in the region,” the announcement noted. The agreement includes the opening of five new Pearle locations in the next three years across Boone, Dekalb, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Winnebago counties in Illinois.

American Academy of Optometry Announces Executive Director’s Departure

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:21 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry, a professional association for optometrists, vision scientists and optometry students, has announced that its long-serving executive director, Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO, will step down from her position in April of 2019. Schoenbrun has been executive director of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation since 1996. The organization is initiating a search to identify a new leader, the announcement said. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve this organization through nearly 23 years of growth and evolution,” said Schoenbrun.

Sears Holdings Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Implements Leadership Changes

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:27 AM HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Sears Holdings Corporation , a one-time icon of the U.S. retail sector, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

CEI Vision Partners Acquires Dayton-Based Ophthalmology Practice

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:24 AM CINCINNATI—CEI Vision Partners (CVP), a leading ophthalmology services organization formed by Cincinnati Eye Institute and Revelstoke Capital Partners, has acquired Dayton Eye Associates in Dayton, Ohio. This is the first acquisition for CVP since it was formed in May 2018, according to an announcement late last week. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI), one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the country, announced the formation of CEI Vision Partners in partnership with Denver-based Revelstoke Capital Partners in May, as VMAIL reported.

National Vision Asks Student Grant Applicants to Consider Public Health Issues

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings is now accepting entries for its annual grant program. Now in its fourth year, National Vision is focusing this year’s program on optometrists’ role in public health, as many of the health issues that can be diagnosed during an eye exam are being seen at high volumes and are considered significant public health issues. The company is challenging students to explain how they will make an impact by combatting a national or regional public health issue as a future doctor of optometry for a chance to win a $5,000 grant.

2018 American Academy of Optometry Announces Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients

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Friday, October 12, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry announced the recipients of the 2018 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. These travel fellowships will allow residents to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 7 to 10. Recipients will be recognized at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Stars at Night Ballroom B2 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships will be presented at the CooperVision Booth #1635 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the exhibit hall.

Vision Source Expedites Care Coordination and Improves Quality Metrics via Kno2 Initiative

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—In collaboration with a large Midwest health system, Vision Source earlier this year piloted the Kno2: Interoperability as a Service program that focused on addressing metrics and outcomes for at-risk patients with diabetes. The pilot, the network’s first with Kno2, was deemed a success and reduced post-examination lag times by 80 percent, a Vision Source spokeswoman told VMAIL, as well as enabling Vision Source practices to close patient care loops within seven to 10 days rather than the previous time frame of four to 12 weeks.

National Institute of Health Supports Second Sight with $1.6 Million Grant for Orion Clinical Development

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—The National Institute of Health (NIH) is supporting Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYES), developer and manufacturer of implantable visual prosthetics for the visually impaired, with a $1.6 million grant to fund the “Early Feasibility Clinical Trial of a Visual Cortical Prosthesis” which began January 2018. According to statements issued by both NIH and Second Sight, the grant will also have an intent to further fund $6.3 million over the next five years and is subject to annual review and approval by the NIH.

20/20NOW Pursues Expansive Approach to Telehealth

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:05 AM NEW YORK—Three years ago, as ocular telehealth began to attract widespread attention throughout the eyecare industry, the focus was largely on “store and forward” technology, which involves collecting clinical information and sending it electronically to another site for evaluation, and the then new technology of visual acuity testing via computer or smartphone.

VIP Lineup for Corporate Optometry Panel Set for Vision Expo West 2018

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Monday, September 17, 2018 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A new Corporate Optometry Panel at Vision Expo West will bring together industry thought leaders from Costco, Luxottica, MyEyeDr., NewGradOptometry, Visionworks of America and Walmart Vision to discuss the range of business models that optometrists can practice in corporate optometry today, according to an announcement from show organizers. Titled “Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry,” the event is sponsored by Luxottica and Visionworks of America and attendees will also enjoy an opportunity to network at a cocktail reception immediately following the panel.

VSP Global Opens Contest to Name its New Mobile Eyecare Clinic

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Monday, September 17, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, which in July announced it was doubling its commitment to provide no-cost eyecare to children and adults in need around the globe, is adding a new clinic to its Eyes of Hope mobile fleet later this year. As it expands the fleet’s operations, VSP also has launched a contest that allows people to vote on a name for the new mobile clinic. The existing mobile fleet, which operate under the Eyes of Hope banner, includes the vehicles SeeZar, SeeLia and Eyenstein.