Optical Groups in Ohio Oppose Consolidation of Regulatory Boards

By Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:21 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—Separate bills in the state legislature here propose a consolidation of several health-related regulatory boards—including the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board (OODB) and state Board of Optometry—under a new structure.

Show Organizers Announce Innovative New Education Content at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Numerous innovative programs have been added to the education curriculum at International Vision Expo East 2017, taking place at the Javits Center in New York, according to an announcement from show organizers.

VSP Global’s Dan Mannen, OD, and VSP Vision Care’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa on Dec. 7 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—VSP Global’s board chair, Dan Mannen, OD, FAAO and VSP Vision Care president Kate Renwick-Espinosa are the guests on the Dec. 7 episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

SECO International Announces 2017 Champions and Co-Located Meetings

By Staff
Friday, December 2, 2016 12:24 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, one of the largest optometric education meetings for eyecare professionals, announced the “Champion” partner companies for SECO 2017, which will run March 1 to 5, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

OWL: Advancing Diversity in Leadership Adds Four Members to Its Board of Directors

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2016 12:21 AM KANSAS CITY, Mo.—OWL: Advancing Diversity in Leadership announced that Michael Ackermann, PhD, Taryn Conway, Candace Simerson, and John Vukich, MD, have joined OWL’s board of directors.

Alcon to Host Local Multifocal Contact Lens Fitting Event Today in Memphis

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2016 12:11 AM MEMPHIS—Alcon is hosting a training event today at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to help eyecare professionals become more successful in fitting multifocal contact lenses.

Academy 2016 Anaheim Attendance Exceeds Previous Meeting Records

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Academy 2016 Anaheim, the 95th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), was the largest meeting in AAO history with 7,720 total registrants for the four-day event, which was held Nov. 9 to 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Energeyes Announces Ignition Program for All Members to Better Prepare Practices in Medical

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:18 AM PETALUMA, Calif—Energeyes Association is now launching an Ignition Program for all of its members in response to the need for information necessary to participate as a medical service provider, namely the implementation of electronic medical records (EHR), clearing house services for billing and credentialing on important insurance panels.

Women in Optometry Will Be Hosting a Webinar Focused on Developing Skills Outside of Optometry School

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Women in Optometry will be hosting a special webinar, Talking Shop: Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed on Monday, Nov. 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST featuring Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, director of optometric services at the University of Chicago Medicine and hosted by Women in Optometry’s co-editor April Jasper, OD, FAAO.

Alcon Says Research on Smart Contact Lenses Is ‘Progressing Steadily’

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:24 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Despite news reports that Alcon’s smart contact lens research project with Alphabet Inc.’s Verily unit is behind schedule, the company maintains that it is in fact on track, VMail has learned.

Allergan Founder Gavin Herbert and Wife, Ninetta Herbert, Pledge $5 Million to UC Irvine for Retinal Research

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:18 AM IRVINE, Calif.—Allergan founder Gavin Herbert and his wife, Ninetta, have pledged $5 million to advance retinal research at UC Irvine Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the academic eyecare center named in his honor.

CooperVision’s Best Practices Submission Deadline Approaching

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:15 AM PLEASANTATION, Calif.—CooperVision Inc. is reminding ECPs  its second annual search for honorees for its Best Practices initiative will end on Nov. 27.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.

Lesson Plans

By Jeff Hopkins
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:30 AM For the optical industry, continuing education isn’t just something you do on a weekend. It is a need that never goes away. Optical technologies change, new vision issues and clinical approaches emerge, and practices are always in search of ways to increase customer satisfaction and profitability.

Digital Age Dictates Education Experience

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:29 AM The way we learn is rapidly changing, as many educators will attest. In particular, the way educational content is packaged and presented has taken on new dimensions, largely through the influence of the internet. For instance, we’ve become used to receiving short, quick bites of information that build to a larger view.