ASCO Adds Two New Doctors of Optometry to its 'Optometry Gives Me Life' Campaign

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:33 AM ASCO adds two new doctors to its 'Optometry Gives Me Life' campaign, more than 240 exhibitors commit to Vision Expo East 2022, gross revenue increased, Jobson Tracker says, VSP Ventures acquires Eye Trends of North Houston and AOA's Eye Deserve More campaign will expand in 2022 all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

More than 240 Exhibitors Commit to Vision Expo East 2022, Taking Place In-Person from March 31-April 3 at NYC's Javits Center

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, announced that more than 240 exhibitors have committed to Vision Expo East. Vision Expo East 2022 will take place from March 31-April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. “We are looking forward to hosting a dynamic Show. With more than 240 exhibitors already committed and more than 75 additional exhibitors expected to join, representing a diverse range of companies across the vision care landscape, the momentum is strong and reflects industry-wide excitement to be back in-person in New York City for the first time since 2019,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

VSP Ventures Moves Into Texas With Acquisition of Six-Location Eye Trends of North Houston

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced late last week that Eye Trends, a six-location practice spread across North Houston, Texas, has chosen VSP Ventures as its acquisition partner. Co-owners Dr. Douglas Inns and Dr. Michael Toups lead the practice and have provided health-focused vision care to generations of Texas families for more than 30 years, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new partnership marks a significant milestone as it signals the entry of VSP Ventures into “a new state via a practice respected within its community and throughout the optometric industry, alike,” the announcement noted.

AOA's Eye Deserve More Campaign Reinforces Essential Care of Optometrists and Will Expand in 2022

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) nationwide public awareness campaign is making waves and reinforcing the essential care doctors of optometry deliver.

Bausch + Lomb Corp. Files Registration Statement and Preliminary Prospectus for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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Friday, January 14, 2022 8:48 AM Bausch + Lomb Corp. files registration prospectus for proposed IPO, WCO and CooperVision release ‘A Practical Guide to Managing Children With Myopia,’ Eye Health America adds Southeast Retina Center, OAA postpones the State Leadership Conference and Vision Innovation Partners completes 22nd acquisition all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

The World Council of Optometry and CooperVision Team Up to Release ‘A Practical Guide to Managing Children With Myopia’

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Friday, January 14, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and CooperVision have partnered to release “A Practical Guide to Managing Children with Myopia.” The professional article is authored by four experienced ocular health and science professionals from around the world. It complements the WCO Standard of Care for Myopia Management by Optometrists Resolution, which embraces evidence-based approaches focused on the three pillars of mitigation, measurement, and management. The work is available at myopia.worldcouncilofoptometry.info/professional-article-english/ The authors collaborated to share their insights on what the WCO Standard of Care entails and how eyecare professionals can incorporate it in their fight against the worldwide myopia epidemic.

Eye Health America Enters Georgia With Addition of 11-Location Practice, Southeast Retina Center

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:30 AM GREENVILLE, S.C.—Eye Health America, an eyecare practice management company which is headquartered here in Greenville, S.C., said this week that Southeast Retina Center (SERC), led by Dennis Marcus, MD, has joined its organization. The new affiliation was effective Dec. 31, 2021, according to an Eye Health America announcement. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This partnership includes an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and the 11 locations that span southeastern Georgia, according to the announcement.

Opticians Association of America Postpones the OAA State Leadership Conference to June Due to COVID Disruptions

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:30 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) said it has made “the difficult decision to postpone its upcoming OAA State Leadership Conference,” which was scheduled for Feb. 10-12 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new dates are June 2–4, 2022. The association cited “the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to domestic travel, onsite safety precautions, and hotel staff shortages,” as among the factors leading to its decision to postpone the meeting. OAA said it has already secured the new dates with its current hotel, the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area.

Vision Innovation Partners Completes 22nd Acquisition, Adds Pennsylvania Practice and ASC to Mid-Atlantic Platform

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Monday, January 10, 2022 12:27 AM ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—Vision Innovation Partners, an expanding eyecare platform and group based here, has acquired Memorial Eye Institute, a leading ophthalmology practice and surgical center, with two locations in Harrisburg, Pa. The acquisition further expands Vision Innovation Partners’ presence throughout Pennsylvania and enhances its growing network of ophthalmology practices and ambulatory surgery centers in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to an announcement late last week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, according to the announcement.

Mido 2022 Is Postponed to April 30-May 2 in Milan

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Friday, January 7, 2022 9:03 AM Mido 2022 is postponed to April 30-May 2, The Vision Council announces postponement of the 2022 Executive Summit, Transitions Optical announces Transitions Academy 2022 is postponed, Advancing Eyecare acquires Santinelli International and Associates in Eyecare partners With MyEyeDr. all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

The Vision Council Announces Postponement of the 2022 Executive Summit

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Thursday, January 6, 2022 6:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the 2022 Executive Summit, scheduled to take place January 24–26, has been postponed due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to air travel and business interruptions. The event will be rescheduled on a later date and announced in the coming weeks. “The design of our 2022 Executive Summit is centered around the needs of our members and the industry. To that end, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the impact the current and potential constraints caused by the pandemic and the subsequent state and federal guidelines may have on our members and their businesses,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “We look forward to holding this in-person event and providing attendees with the quality they have come to expect from the Executive Summit.”

Transitions Optical Announces Transitions Academy 2022 Is Postponed

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Thursday, January 6, 2022 10:40 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical said this morning that it has made the difficult decision to postpone Transitions Academy 2022, scheduled for Jan. 16-19 in Orlando. The 25th Transitions Academy event will be rescheduled on a later date, to be determined in the coming weeks, the announcement noted. Transitions Optical said in the announcement that the COVID-19 omicron variant is “disrupting domestic and international travel. Experts predict this wave in the U.S. and Canada will peak during mid-January, the scheduled time for Transitions Academy.”

Advancing Eyecare Acquires Santinelli International

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022 7:30 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare, a leading North American provider of ophthalmic instruments and portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital (ASC), announced today the acquisition of Santinelli International, a leading, award-winning supplier of optical finishing equipment. Details of the transaction, which closed in December 2021, were not disclosed. Advancing Eyecare is currently comprised of Lombart Instrument, Marco Ophthalmic, INNOVA Medical, S4Optik, Santinelli International and other top brands. Its combined scope offers “the broadest product portfolio, the most knowledgeable people, and the most reliable service in the industry,” the company said in a statement.

Associates in Eyecare Partners With MyEyeDr.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022 7:43 AM VIENNA, Va.—Associates in Eyecare (AIE), with 10 locations in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, is joining MyEyeDr. in a deal which became effective Dec. 31, 2021. The details of the transaction were not disclosed. With this partnership, MyEyeDr.’s operation now spans 817 practices in 28 states and Washington D.C., the company said. Sue Downes, CEO of MyEyeDr., told VMAIL, “MyEyeDr. is honored that Associates in Eyecare chose to partner with us. AIE has been on the forefront of medical optometry both locally and nationally.