Optical Companies Assess Irma’s Damage as Industry Launches Relief Efforts

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:36 AM LAS VEGAS—As optical retailers, eyecare practitioners and suppliers throughout Florida and surrounding states began to clean up damage caused by Hurricane Irma and assess its impact, the optical industry rallied in widespread support of them with a multi-tiered outreach to storm victims.

Local Eye Site Opens Scholarship Application Period for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:15 AM RALEIGH, N.C. — Local Eye Site, a leader in eyecare hiring across ophthalmology, optometry and optical, is funding grants for the third consecutive year for ophthalmic medical technicians seeking certification from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Luxottica North America Offers Additional Relief Support to ECPs Affected By Hurricane Harvey

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Monday, September 11, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Luxottica has doubled down on its efforts to respond to Hurricane Harvey. The company announced that Oakley will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its Oakley Fuel Cell model, which features the Texas state flag, to recovery efforts throughout the month of September.

Optical Community Maintains Strong Support Post Hurricane Harvey

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Friday, September 8, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—As Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia threaten the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, Texans are still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey, which passed through the southeastern part of the state, displacing residents in Houston, Rockport, Beaumont and Corpus Christi.

Prevent Blindness Works With Eagles Charitable Foundation to Train Philadelphia School Nurses

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Monday, September 4, 2017 12:21 AM PHILADELPHIA—Prevent Blindness, the leading volunteer eye health and safety organization in the U.S., oversaw the administration of vision-screening training and certification at a professional development meeting for Philadelphia school nurses held here Friday.

Optical Companies Step Up With Donations to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

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Friday, September 1, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Since Hurricane Harvey first hit southeastern Texas late last week and the rain and flooding worsened into this week, the optical industry has responded swiftly to aid those affected by Harvey and its aftermath.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Visits Precision Optical Group

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Friday, September 1, 2017 12:15 AM CRESTON, Iowa—Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) visited Precision Optical Group (POG Labs) here on Aug. 24 on his annual 99-county tour of Iowa.

Optical Industry Rallies to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Hurricane Harvey, which hit the southeastern part of Texas on Aug. 26, has left thousands of residents devastated and displaced. With floods expected to continue through Aug. 31, the optical industry is rallying to provide relief to those who have been affected. VM will continue to monitor the relief activities and status of impacted offices, retailers, labs and suppliers. Send any related information to vmeditor@jobson.com.

British Columbia Optometrist Elected President of Canadian Association of Optometrists

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:27 AM OTTAWA, Ontario—The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recently elected Michael Dennis, OD, as the new president of the association.

Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation to Award Student Scholarships and Grants

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Monday, August 21, 2017 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS— Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation is accepting applications for five scholarships for optometry student members of the AOA and the AOSA.

University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry Names Karpecki to Faculty

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Friday, August 18, 2017 12:15 AM PIKEVILLE, Ky.—The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) announced this week that Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO, has joined the faculty as an assistant clinical professor.

New England College of Optometry Launches Presidential Search

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Monday, August 14, 2017 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry  (NECO) has secured a search firm to assist in recruiting a new president for the school in 2018.

Alvin Levin, OD, Past President of AOA, Passes Away in Rhode Island at 89

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Friday, August 11, 2017 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) announced on its website Thursday that former AOA president Alvin Levin, OD, passed away Friday, Aug.4. He was 89, according to the AOA announcement.

Argus Creates Excedis Division to Assist Health Plans, Hauser Named to Lead New Unit

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Monday, August 7, 2017 12:30 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Argus Dental & Vision Inc., an administrator of dental and vision benefits, has created a wholly owned subsidiary, Excedis Inc., to provide assistance to its Medicare and Medicaid health care partners.

Industry Friends and Colleagues Recall Gloria Nicola’s Talent and Generosity

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Accolades for former 20/20 Magazine editor Gloria Nicola flowed from friends and colleagues following news of her death last week.
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