Former AOA President Richard L. Wallingford Jr. Passes Away

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Monday, February 27, 2017 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS.—Richard L. Wallingford Jr., OD, has passed away after a years-long battle with cancer, the American Optometric Association (AOA) announced on its website late last week.

Women in Optometry Luncheon Will Explore Why Daily Distractions Are the Bane to Productivity

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Monday, February 27, 2017 12:24 AM ATLANTA—Productivity is key to an optometrist’s mental health and job satisfaction, said nearly 80 percent of the women ODs who responded to a recent Women In Optometry (WO) survey on productivity at home and in the workplace. At a special luncheon event on Saturday, March 4, at SECO, WO professional co-editors April Jasper, OD, FAAO, and Katie Gilbert-Spear, OD, MPH, will discuss the survey results and strategies to combat the daily distractions that hinder productivity.

New England College of Optometry Breaks Ground on New Clinical Campus

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Monday, February 27, 2017 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry, an independent graduate college of optometry that traces its history to 1894, has broken ground on a three-phase project that will expand the clinical campus and create a new, style-driven optical dispensary,” according to a post on the college’s website.

20 State AGs Among 4,000 ‘Commenters’ to FTC Over Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule

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Friday, February 24, 2017 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The comment period on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule ended Jan. 30 with more than 4,000 “commenters” submitting their views, including a comment in favor of FTC’s proposed changes that was signed by attorneys general of 20 states.

Vision Source’s New Marketing Campaign Highlights Family-Doctor Relationship

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:27 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, North America's largest independent optometric alliance, is introducing a new marketing campaign, “My Vision Source Family,” that takes a fresh look at the eye doctor/family relationship.

ABB Optical Group Publishes Year-in-Review Industry Insights

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:24 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Calendar year 2016 was notable for “consistent growth” and “strong sales” of contact lenses, particularly daily disposals, according to ABB Optical Group’s year-in-review report on the U.S. optical market.

Bausch + Lomb Ends Unilateral Pricing Policy

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Monday, February 13, 2017 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb became the latest contact lens company to move away from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) with the announcement late Friday that a “competitive imbalance” had forced the company to discontinue the program.

Proposal in Indiana Legislature Would Overturn 2016’s Prohibition of Online Eye Exams

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Monday, February 13, 2017 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—A bill introduced in the Indiana legislature late last month would amend a section of the state’s code with new language permitting online eye tests, according to the proposed legislation.

AOA Celebrates Grand Opening of Renovated National Headquarters Building

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Monday, February 6, 2017 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) commemorated the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation to its headquarters here on Feb. 1. AOA president Andrea P. Thau, OD, and the AOA Board of Trustees were joined by AOA members and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the remodeling project.

Gary Gerber, OD, Discusses Tips for Patient Recall on Feb. 8 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, February 6, 2017 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—On the Feb. 8 episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice, he’ll discuss tips and approaches for patient recall.

Transitions Optical’s New Consumer Campaign Targets Younger, Single-Vision Wearers

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Friday, February 3, 2017 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Transitions Optical will launch a new multimedia advertising campaign Feb. 12 with a new tagline, “Live the Good Light,” and a new focus on “engaging and attracting a younger generation of single-vision wearers to the photochromic lens category,” the company announced.

Wisconsin Vision to Open 40th Store at The Corners of Brookfield

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:27 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—Wisconsin Vision, the largest independently owned optical company in Wisconsin, will open its 40th location May 1 at The Corners of Brookfield, a new shopping destination.

U.S. District Court Blocks Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The health insurance companies Aetna and Humana have been blocked in their attempt to merge their businesses by a federal judge, who issued a 158-page opinion preempting the deal.

Deadline Nears for Filing Comments on FTC’s Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:18 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The deadline for submitting comments to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed changes to the current Contact Lens Rule is Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Gary Gerber, OD, Continues His Discussion on Hiring Staff for the Jan. 25 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, January 23, 2017 12:14 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Gary Gerber, OD, will share strategies about what happens after you hire new staff on the Jan. 25 episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gerber, founder of The Power Practice.
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