American Optometric Association Releases Second Edition of Diabetes Clinical Practice Guideline

By Staff
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—Citing the significant public and economic burden posed by diabetes in the United States, the American Optometric Association (AOA) has issued its revised, evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the disease for doctors of optometry and other health professionals who deliver care to patients with diabetes. 

SECO 20/20 Opens Registration and Seeks Nominations to Recognize Outstanding Optometry Professionals

By Staff
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:21 AM ATLANTA—SECO International has announced that SECO, a leading conference providing the ophthalmic industry educational opportunities since 1924, has opened registration for the 20/20 industry event. With the kickoff of the registration cycle, the optometry community also is encouraged to recognize outstanding optometric professionals within the SECO member states with the annual call for nominations to award SECO Optometrist of the Year, SECO Paraoptometric of the Year, and SECO Young Optometrist of the Year. When SECO 20/20 is held March 4-8, 2020, in Atlanta, attendees will have access to more than 50 continuing education credits over the course of the five-day event, with more than 30 of the credits offered over the weekend. The event will feature an array of industry-leading continuing education geared to professionals in all areas: Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Optometric Students/Residents; Opticians, Opticianry Students/Residents Paraoptometrics, Ophthalmic Medical Technicians, and Administrators, according to the announcement. SECO offers more than 400 hours of continuing education.

U.S. Trade Rep’s List 4A Exclusion Portal for China 301 Duties Set to Open on Oct. 31

By Staff
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the U.S. Trade Representative has published the procedures for requesting an exclusion from additional China 301 duties for products classified within a tariff subheading set out on Annex A to List 4 (which was published Aug. 20, 2019). The window for seeking product exemptions will open at noon on Oct. 31 and close on Jan. 31, 2020, according to The Vision Council’s announcement. As the association previously noted, the Annex A to List 4 contains the tariff numbers associated with most of The Vision Council’s key member products, including lenses, frames, sunglasses, reading glasses, finished eyeglasses and many low vision devices. VMAIL reported on the lists and the products they included here.

Optometry Giving Sight Establishes New Board of Directors

By Staff
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:24 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has established a new Board of Directors to oversee the organization, according to an announcement. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for several years. Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry; Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation; Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry; and Dr. Earl Smith, former Dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Australia Wins Bid for World Congress of Optometry in 2021

By Staff
Friday, October 18, 2019 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) announced this week that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) will be held Sept. 2 to 4, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, and will run in partnership with the highly successful Australian clinical conference and trade show O=MEGA21. (The 3rd World Congress of Optometry begins Wednesday, Oct. 23 and runs concurrently with the American Academy of Optometry’sAcademy meeting in Orlando, Fla., through Sunday, Oct. 27.) The World Council of Optometry is a global optometry association with members in 83 countries, according to its announcement.

World Health Organization to Discuss its Landmark World Vision Report at Academy Meeting in Orlando

By Staff
Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:21 AM ORLANDO—Next week’s American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and World Council of Optometry meetings here in Orlando will feature a plenary discussion of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first-ever world report on vision, according to an AAO announcement yesterday. The plenary session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 23) and will feature leaders from both WHO and AAO. WHO’s comprehensive report, which identifies “significant challenges” in vision health on a global basis, was released last week in conjunction with World Sight Day, as VMAIL reported

American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Leaders in Medical and Surgical Eyecare

By Staff
Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:15 AM SAN FRANCISCO—The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) honored several ophthalmologists who have improved eyecare for millions worldwide through their commitment to their patients and their profession during AAO 2019, the 123rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The meeting was held Oct. 12 to 15 in San Francisco. The most prestigious of the honors—the Laureate Recognition Award, which is presented to an individual who has made exceptional scientific contributions to the betterment of eyecare, leading to the prevention of blindness and restoration of sight worldwide—was awarded to Marilyn T. Miller, MD. Dr. Miller is a pediatric ophthalmologist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital eye diseases and strabismus, according to AAO’s announcement about the awards.

West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians Announces Population Eye Health Initiative

By Staff
Monday, August 26, 2019 12:15 AM CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians (WVAOP) has established a strategic partnership with the West Virginia Eye Collaborative. The partnership will be managed by Coherent Eye Care, according to an announcement late last week. The West Virginia Eye Collaborative and its eye physicians are strategically positioned to partner with health systems, health plans and accountable care organizations, the announcement noted. The two groups are building a statewide clinically integrated eyecare network to deliver comprehensive eyecare services and coordinate such care with primary care physicians.

Vision Expo West Offers Diversified Education Content at 2019 Show

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—New education at Vision Expo West 2019 will offer attendees a wide range of tracks, courses, workshops and competitions featuring the latest in leadership, marketing, patient care and more with real-time planning and interactive demonstrations. With over 300 hours of educational content available at the upcoming Las Vegas conference and exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to fulfill multiple aspects of their professional aspirations.

OneSight and The Gambia Sign Memorandum Guaranteeing Vision Care Access to all Gambians

By Staff
Monday, July 1, 2019 12:24 AM CINCINNATI—OneSight, a vision care nonprofit organization, and The Gambia government signed a Memorandum of Understanding transitioning oversight of the country’s sustainable vision care infrastructure.

Prevent Blindness to Hold 14th Annual ‘Eyes on Capitol Hill’ Advocacy Event

By Staff
Friday, June 28, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will hold its 14th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy day on Tuesday, July 16, in Washington, D.C.

Think About Your Eyes Partners With Airstream for Influencer Family’s Road Trip and Promotional Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, will partner with travel company Airstream in August to send a YouTube influencer family on a road trip though the Western U.S. Airstream’s brand is “focused on a life well-lived through adventure," making them a natural tie-in for TAYE’s campaign, "Seeing is a Gift," according to the TAYE announcement this week. The influencer family, The Daily Bumps, have a robust fan following (their near-daily videos chronicling their family’s life regularly receive more than 500,000 views) as well as a family history of vision correction, the announcement noted.

AOA and Health Care Alliance Find Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule Come Up Short

By Staff
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:42 AM NEW YORK—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month updated the changes it proposes for the Contact Lens Rule, but two leading optometry groups have stated their opposition to some elements of the FTC’s revised proposal. The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) in recent days have noted their discontent with some of the points in the revised rule proposal. Alliance chair Deanna Alexander, OD, said in a statement, “The FTC’s proposed rule does recognize important issues with the contact lens market, but it does not fully address patient safety concerns around robocall verification of contact lens prescriptions or the ongoing enforcement of illegal substitution for what the patient’s doctor has prescribed.”

Tariff Increases on Chinese-Made Optical Products Take Effect

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Tariff increases being assessed on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese-origin merchandise, including some optical products, took effect Friday.

Vision Associates Set to Boost Dispensary Management Presence Among Indie ODs

By Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM WARREN, N.J.—The optical retailing landscape, especially for the independent ECP, is being buffeted by waves of change, as consolidation, new technology and an evolving patient mindset bring new challenges almost on a daily basis. In an effort to offset these challenges and support both the independent optometrist and ophthalmologist in today’s rough-and-tumble business environment, two optical dispensary management firms—Vision Associates and Partners in Vision—have come together as a division of Essilor of America to create a stronger entity in optical management.