ODs Meet at First World Congress of Optometry in Columbia

By Staff
Monday, August 31, 2015 5:00 PM MEDELLIN, Colombia—Thousands of optometric professionals from around the globe converged here in mid-August at the first World Congress of Optometry. It was a meeting described by organizers as “the first global event to encompass all aspects of optometry in order to share knowledge, explore clinical and technological innovation and establish an agreed holistic policy for the sector and for the future of accessible eyecare.”

American Eyewear Brands Give Back to Animals

By Alexandrea Mobijohn
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM They are more than just a bunch of animal lovers. The featured companies in the latest installation of our series go above and beyond your typical over-zealous pet owner. They are contributing to the #SocialPurpose movement by building American eyewear brands that have ingrained the responsibility of giving back to animal-centric organizations into their corporate values.

Windsor Vision Centre and Tecumseh Vision Centre Join FYidoctors

By Staff
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:24 AM CALGARY, ALBERTA, Canada—Windsor Vision Centre of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and Tecumseh Vision Centre of Tecumseh, Ontario, have joined FYidoctors, a private, optometry-owned eyecare provider.

Investment Groups Altas and CDPQ Invest With Management to Acquire MyEyeDr./Capital Vision Services

By Staff
Monday, August 17, 2015 7:07 AM VIENNA, Va.—Capital Vision Services, LP (CVS) which provides management services to MyEyeDr. optometry practices, has received an equity investment from a group led by Altas Partners and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), two large investment firms who are doing so in partnership with CVS’ co-founder and CEO Sue Downes.

Opternative Co-Founder Steven Lee, OD, Settles Lawsuit With National Board of Examiners in Optometry

By Staff
Monday, August 17, 2015 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Steven Lee, OD, co-founder and executive vice president of Opternative, the world’s first online refractive eye exam service, has settled a lawsuit alleging that he had sold copyrighted test questions for optometry board exams through a prior business.

Two ODs Embrace a Practice Re-Do With The Help of DIY’s ‘Salvage Dawgs’

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, August 17, 2015 12:00 AM COLLINSVILLE, Va.—When they took over an existing practice a few years ago, in this small Virginia town, Drs. Julie Brown and Shannon Zollinger said they both knew they wanted to do “something different,” with the practice, to change up how it looked so that it would reflect their energy and approach to vision care and eyewear dispensing, and the way the office presented itself to the community.

Dental and Optometric Care Access Act Is Introduced

By Staff
Friday, August 14, 2015 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Dental and Optometric Care Access (DOC Access) Act (HR 3323) introduced by Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) has already resulted in a lot of discussion among optometrists taking sides on the issue.

Vision Expo West 2015 Expands Opportunities for Young Professionals, Students

By Staff
Friday, August 14, 2015 12:18 AM LAS VEGAS—International Vision Expo & Conference will be welcoming an increasing number of young eyecare professionals and students to Vision Expo West 2015 (Education: Sept. 16 to 19, 2015; Exhibition: Sept. 17 to 19, 2015).

International Eyecare Professionals to Gather in Colombia for First World Congress of Optometry

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:18 AM MEDELLIN, Colombia—More than 1,700 optometric professionals are expected to converge here this week at the 1st World Congress of Optometry which will include sponsorship from the U.S. and abroad.

Brien Holden Vision Institute Names Kovin Naidoo Interim CEO

By Staff
Friday, August 7, 2015 12:24 AM SYDNEY, Australia—The board of the Brien Holden Vision Institute announced the appointment of Professor Kovin Naidoo to the position of interim CEO following the passing of Professor Brien Holden, OAM.

Neil Draisin, OD on Aug. 5 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, August 3, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— Neil Draisin, OD will be the guest on the Aug. 5 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

The AOA’s Incoming and Outgoing Presidents Discuss Optometry’s Challenges

By Staff
Monday, August 3, 2015 12:15 AM SEATTLE—Health care reform, third party payers and regulatory requirements are among the many challenges facing optometrists today. In an exclusive interview with VMail during the recent Optometry’s Meeting, outgoing American Optometric Association president David Cockrell, OD, and incoming president Steven Loomis, OD, discussed how the AOA is working to address these and many more issues for the organization’s members. Read the interview here to also learn about the AOA’s $10 million headquarters renovation and which optometry associations will be moving into the facility.

Essilor to Acquire Vision Source

By Staff
Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:16 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Essilor of America, a division of Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

Opternative Launches World’s First Online Refractive Eye Exam Service in 27 States

By Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:24 AM CHICAGO—After anticipating the launch of the new online refraction service from Opternative for well over a year now, those in the field of optometry must wait no longer to see how the service actually functions.

Eyecare and Vision Research Pioneer, Prof. Brien Holden, Passes Away

By Staff
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:05 AM SYDNEY, Australia – A global leader in eyecare and vision research, renowned scientist and humanitarian, Professor Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, passed away on July 27.