ABB Optical Group Awards Donations to Seven Charities Through its ABB Cares Program

By Staff
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading national provider of optical products, services and business solutions, has announced that seven non-profit organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for outstanding programming and community impact. The grants are issued under the auspices of the Sixth Annual ABB Cares Program, and all of the grant-winners were nominated by eyecare professionals from across the nation. Since the program’s inception in 2014, ABB Optical Group has donated more than $65,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the United States, according to the company’s announcement this week.

World Sight Day Activities and Messages Amplify Awareness of Healthy Vision

By Staff
Monday, November 11, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—The voices, social media messages and outreach of thousands of eyecare professionals, dozens of U.S. and international organizations, foundations, social purpose groups and optical companies contributed to a global crescendo about the importance of improving access to vision care on Oct. 10 in honor of World Sight Day 2019. A series of initiatives advocated for more financial support and increased awareness for the value and importance of healthy vision and expanding eyecare and eyewear products and services to those in need.

Yes, We Can Eliminate Poor Vision by 2050

By Hubert Sagnieres
Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:00 AM

Prevent Blindness Names October Contact Lens Safety Month

By Staff
Friday, September 27, 2019 12:30 AM
CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared October Contact Lens Safety Month. The aim of Contact Lens Safety Month is to educate the public on the best ways to care for their eyes through the safe use and care of contact lenses. According to Prevent Blindness, the CDC says an estimated 45 million people in the United States use contact lenses, and serious eye infections that can lead to blindness affect up to one out of every 500 contact lenses users a year.

ASCRS Foundation Announces 4th Annual National Sight Week

By Staff
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:18 AM FAIRFAX, Va.—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation will celebrate its 4th annual National Sight Week from Oct. 20 to 26. The goal is to increase the number of charitable cataract surgeries and raise overall awareness of the need for the Operation Sight program. National Sight Week is a weeklong celebration of volunteerism, during which members of the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight Network are encouraged to contribute one or more charitable cataract surgeries in their own communities.

EssilorLuxottica Enters Fortune’s 2019 Change the World List at #17

By Staff
Monday, August 26, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the 17th spot on this annual prestigious list.

Magno is on a Mission!

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM In simpler times, schoolchildren who failed to do their homework would make the excuse, “My dog ate it.” But what if the dog has the homework? Teachers training companion animals for the visually impaired don’t typically send their canine students home with assignments, but that doesn’t mean the work they do is any less important than classwork in other educational environments. In fact, it’s arguably more vital, given that these dogs need to be prepared to help their owners navigate the world.

CooperVision on Track to Donate up to $500,000 From its MiSight Sales to Our Children’s Vision by the End of 2020

By Staff
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—With the rising levels of myopia predicted to effect nearly five billion people by 2050, it’s becoming more important for organizations to band together to fight this public health epidemic. CooperVision has supported the Our Children’s Vision campaign for the last two years by donating a percentage of its CooperVision MiSight 1 day contact lens sales to the organization, and has now extended the program to recommit to the cause. Through its continued support, CooperVision expects to contribute up to $500,000 from its global MiSight sales to Our Children’s Vision by the end of 2020, the company said.

Sponsorships, Tickets Now Available for Prevent Blindness 12th Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tourney

By Staff
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:15 AM CHICAGO—The 2019 Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament, held in conjunction with Vision Expo West, will take place on Wednesday Sept. 18 at the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Registration and breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. All proceeds from the event will go to support Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health non-profit organization. The Swing Fore Sight golf committee is being chaired by Joe Savarese, Jobson Interactive.

Essilor’s Points de Vue and IOA to Develop Joint CE Program

By Staff
Monday, July 8, 2019 12:15 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France and LONDON, England—The International Opticians Association (IOA) and Essilor’s online review of ophthalmic optics Points de Vue have announced a partnership to develop continuing education for ECPs. The program aims to embrace the diversity and expertise of opticians around the world. By leveraging intersections between the many different professionals within the eyecare sector, this CE partnership is designed to build knowledge sharing networks between opticians, ophthalmologists, and optometrists. Olga Prenat, global director of professional relations at Essilor International and chief editor of Points de Vue, said, “In the context of the profound transformation of the eyecare sector, opticians, ophthalmologists and optometrists alike need to have access to the latest information and trends in their field and relevant training programs to be able to meet the different challenges successfully.

Essilor Vision Foundation Introduces One Millionth Glasses Recipient and New Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS, Texas—The Essilor Vision Foundation introduces Khloe, a first grader who also happens to be the recipient of the one-millionth pair of glasses provided by Essilor Vision Foundation since 2007. Alongside being one of the 10 million children in the United States who needs vision care, Khloe loves unicorns, dancing, and shopping with her mom. She also loves reading with her tablet, but was having vision trouble and began struggling in school—until she got the glasses she needed.

Lighthouse Awards 18 College Scholarships to Students With Vision Loss

By Staff
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild announced that it is awarding 18 college scholarships of $7,500 each to students who are legally blind. The awardees include 17 students who are entering undergraduate schools and one student who is entering medical school. Paralympic athlete Caitlin Sarubbi, born and raised in Brooklyn, is receiving a scholarship to help achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. The daughter of a retired New York City Firefighter who was active during 9/11, Ms. Sarubbi was born with a very rare and severe syndrome called Ablepharon Macrostomia, which left her legally blind, partially hearing impaired and having to undergo over 60 reconstructive surgeries starting at three days old.

Eyeglass World Launches New Philanthropic Outreach Program Nationwide

By Staff
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—Eyeglass World, a National Vision Holdings (NASDAQ: EYE) optical retail brand, has launched a new philanthropic outreach program, “Made Locally, Given Globally” across its more than 100 locations nationwide. As part of this new program, when customers buy a pair of eyeglasses at the retailer, another pair will be handcrafted by Eyeglass World associates at the in-store lab and donated to someone with vision impairment around the world, according to an announcement Monday.

Billie Jean King: A Champion of Vision Care on and off the Court

By Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM She’s a winner and an authentic all-around champion. Is there a better way to describe Billie Jean King? Well, add vision care advocate to the long list of King’s achievements over a long and legendary career, both on and off the tennis court.