Ennio De Rigo Bestowed Title of Cavaliere Del Lavoro During Ceremony in Rome

By Staff
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:15 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Ennio De Rigo, chairman of De Rigo, was bestowed with the honorary title of “Cavalieri del Lavoro” or “Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour” during a ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy. De Rigo was appointed the title in June 2018 as Vision Monday previously reported. The title was bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella together with the minister of economic development, labour and social policies, Luigi Di Maio, and president of the National Federation of the Cavalieri del Lavoro, Antonio D'Amato.

Ashley O’Dwyer, OD, aka the Dry Eye Guru, Aims to Change Patients’ Mindsets

By Staff
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.

Women In Optometry Recognizes Seven Women ODs for Excellence With 2018 Theia Awards

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Women In Optometry’s 2018 Theia Awards of Excellence were presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 8, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Seven women ODs were honored for their contributions to the profession. The Theia Awards of Excellence are named for Theia, the Greek goddess of vision or sight. This year, Women In Optometry expanded the categories included under the Theia Awards of Excellence to honor women ODs in five categories. The honorees included:

Versant Health Expands National Sales Team With Two New Regional Executives

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:18 AM LINTHICUM, Md.—Versant Health, a national managed eye health and vision plan company, has added to its national sales team with the addition of two regional executives, Kristen Gutierrez and Brett Cavallaro, according to an announcement late last week. Gutierrez will serve as the regional sales executive for the Northern California territory, while Cavallaro will be responsible for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana territories. “We are delighted to welcome these experienced sales professionals to Versant Health,” Tom Luchetta, senior vice president of sales at Versant Health, said in the announcement. “They will work to further support the company’s mission to help members enjoy the wonders of sight through healthy eyes and vision.”

iChek Names David Klonoff and Joe Rappon to New Medical Advisory Board

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:21 AM ATLANTA— iChek, a developer of contact lens technology for glucose and hydration monitoring, announced the formation of its new Medical Advisory Board (MAB) with two key appointments: David Klonoff, MD, FACP, FRCPE, and AIMBE fellow Joe Rappon, OD, MS, FAAO. Both are accomplished and well credentialed industry thought leaders. Dr. Klonoff, founder and editor-and chief of Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, is serving as chairman of the Diabetes Technology meeting being held in Bethesda, Maryland this week. Dr. Rappon recently received the AAO Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics.

Hong Kong Polytechnic and University of Waterloo Agree to Collaborate on Ocular Research

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:18 AM HONG KONG—The presidents of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Ontario’s University of Waterloo have signed a strategic university partnership agreement that establishes a goal of fostering closer partnerships in education, research and entrepreneurship. The “historic agreement” calls for the two universities to explore opportunities for collaboration in research, among other objectives, according to the announcement on Monday.

AAOF Names 5 Recipients of the 2018 Vincent Salierno Scholarship

By Staff
Monday, November 5, 2018 12:18 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has named the five recipients of their 2018 Vincent Salierno Scholarships. The Vincent Salierno Scholarship is designated for students pursuing a doctorate of optometry degree who are enrolled in school full-time and have a 3.0 average for all their course work. Students’ institutions nominate them for the $2,000 scholarship, which can be automatically renewed each academic year as long as the student maintains their 3.0 average and full-time student status. This year, five students received the scholarship. The 2018 recipients are:

Essilor and Valeant Make ‘Top Innovators’ List

By Staff
Friday, November 2, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Two optical companies, Essilor and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, have been named among the world’s top innovators by Strategy+Business (s+b), a management magazine for decision makers in businesses and organizations. The two were among 88 companies that made the listing of top innovators, which is part of s+b’s Global Innovation 1000 study, an annual analysis of the 1,000 publicly held companies that spend the most on research and development (R&D).

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals Appoints John Landis to Board of Directors

By Staff
Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:18 AM WATERTOWN, Mass.—EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, has appointed John Landis, PhD, MS, to its board of directors. Landis, a veteran pharmaceutical sciences executive, has led development functions including pharmacy, analytical chemistry, process chemistry, biotechnology, devices, clinical supplies and quality assurance. Landis also led the preclinical functions of toxicology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, and laboratory animal care. He will serve on the science committee, according to an announcement earlier this week.

Essilor Taps Kovin Naidoo to Head Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact

By Staff
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:27 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has appointed Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, as senior vice president of inclusive business, philanthropy and social impact. In this newly created position, he will lead the Group’s efforts to reach the 2.5 billion people living with uncorrected poor vision through inclusive business and philanthropy. Most recently serving as associate professor of optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, former CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and former Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Professor Naidoo is internationally celebrated as a public health leader.

AAOF Names 23 Recipients of 2018 Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

By Staff
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 2018 recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. Every year, the AAOF awards this scholarship to exceptional second or third year optometry students. These students are the ones who best demonstrate the ideal eyecare standards of practice, achievement in the classroom and extracurriculars, as well as participation in other professional pursuits such as interactions with patients through internships, community service and other volunteer activities. The 23 recipients will be awarded $875 for their education.

Sight Sciences Names Dr. Reay H. Brown as Chief Medical Officer

By Staff
Monday, October 29, 2018 12:24 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—Sight Sciences, Inc.,  a growth-stage medical device company for ophthalmology and optometry, glaucoma and dry eye treatment, has named Reay H. Brown, MD, as chief medical officer.

Safilo Appoints Connie Lai Sin Ching as Commercial Head of APAC and Greater China

By Staff
Monday, October 29, 2018 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and HONG KONG, China—Safilo has appointed Connie Lai Sin Ching, senior commercial head of Asia Pacific (APAC) and Greater China.

Kristan Gross of Vision Impact Institute Recognized for 2018 Mentor of the Year by WOVI

By Staff
Monday, October 29, 2018 12:18 AM DALLAS—Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI), recognized The Vision Impact Institute’s global executive director, Kristan Gross, as 2018 Mentor of the Year. Dallas-based WOVI recognizes women who make a difference in the lives of other women through mentoring. The Mentor of the Year Award goes to, “a woman who is dedicated to developing other women, either through management of a mentoring program or through formal or informal mentoring efforts,” according to an announcement from WOVI.