Essilor Vision Foundation and Triangle Visions Optometry Form Charitable Partnership

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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and Triangle Visions Optometry announced a partnership through EVF’s See Kids Soar https://www.evfusa.org/get-involved/see-kids-soar/ program. See Kids Soar is an in-office cause campaign intended to inspire parents, patients and eye doctors’ staff to adopt the cause of vision, and give them an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. Triangle Visions Optometry will launch the program in all of its 22 practices in May. “Everyone at Triangle Visions Optometry has a heart for giving back and serving communities that have limited or no access to eyecare,” said Anthony Clark, OD, owner, chief medical officer and chief development officer. 

Modo's Eco Named 'Best Eyewear Brand' in Seventeen Magazine's Sustainable Style Awards

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eco, from Modo, has been awarded the Best Eyewear Brand award in Seventeen Magazine's  2021 Sustainable Style Award. In an announcement Eco said, "It’s always great to be recognized. But it means even more when it helps our planet. We're proud and honored to be awarded by Seventeen in their #sustainablestyleawards for our wildly trendy and sustainable sunglasses and hope that everyone joins our commitment to living responsibly for a greener future (and looking great while doing so). Together, we can make a big difference—one frame at a time."

Optical Community Steps Up to Celebrate Earth Day

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Founded in 1970 as a direct reaction to the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, Earth Day has marked the anniversary of the modern environmental movement for over 50 years. Every year, April 22 is a day to think about how we treat the planet we live on, as well as a day for action and legislation that will help protect the environment. Within the optical community, much of that action takes place in the form of donations, partnerships and other special programs.

International Agency for Prevention of Blindness Declares Climate Emergency, Issues Call to Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Eye Health

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—In recognition of Earth Day, on April 22, 2021, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has declared a Climate Emergency and released a Call to Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in the Eye Health Sector.

Philanthropist Herbert Wertheim, OD, Joins Scripps Research Board of Directors

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 12:15 AM JUPITER, Fla.—Herbert Wertheim, OD, DSc, MD, an accomplished scientist, clinician, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been named to the board of directors at Scripps Research, an independent, nonprofit biomedical institute. Active in service to the southern Florida community for over 50 years, Wertheim has contributed greatly to public education, cultural arts and community health care.

Vision Benefits of America and Shamir Fund Pandemic Relief for Independent Optometric Practices in Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Shamir has formed a partnership with Vision Benefits of America, Inc. (VBA), a commercial group benefits organization, to create the VBA/Shamir Pandemic Assistance Program. The program is designed to assist in-network eyecare professionals who have “endured more complicated operations over the past year.”

CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight, and Special Olympics Partner to Enhance Eyecare for People With Intellectual Disabilities

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight and Special Olympics have come together to support the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Foundation Opening Eyes program, which aims to strengthen vision care inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The organizations have committed $300,000 through 2023 to provide Special Olympics athletes with high-quality vision and eye health screenings, prescription eyewear and sports goggles, while also providing improved education and training for eyecare professionals (ECPs) and optometry students so they are better able to meet the unique needs of this marginalized group.

VM Examines the Rise of Sustainability as Optical Ups Its Awareness of the Environment

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Consumer preferences are constantly changing, but there’s one preference that has been steadily rising in popularity over the years: sustainability. According to a new report from Capgemini Research, nearly 80 percent of consumers want to be able to make a difference in saving the planet for future generations.

GPN Technologies Partners With Essilor Vision Foundation to Support EVF Programs

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Friday, March 26, 2021 12:15 AM DALLAS—GPN Technologies is partnering with Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) to help underserved communities with vision correction options. In the U.S., where more than 40 million people, including 12 million children, have vision problems and are not getting the vision correction they need to see clearly, the companies are working together.

Zenni Recruits George Kittle and Coby White to Join No Hate Tour in Fight Against Bullying

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:18 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Online eyewear retailer Zenni announced a partnership with the No Hate Tour, an educational initiative that empowers students, staff, and family members to promote positive school climates and take a stand against hate and bullying.

VM Delves Into the Rise of Sustainability and Eco-Conscious Optical Products in March Cover Story

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Consumer preferences are constantly changing, but there’s one preference that has been steadily rising in popularity over the years: sustainability.

Visibly and Vint & York Support Nonprofit Bottomless Closet With Vision Health Event

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Friday, March 19, 2021 12:18 AM CHICAGO—For this year's International Women's Month, telehealth technology company Visibly is partnering with Vint & York, a New York-based eyewear brand, to support the nonprofit Bottomless Closet as a way to empower disadvantaged and unemployed New York City women as they enter the workforce and achieve success.

Kenmark Eyewear and National Forest Foundation Announce Partnership for Second Year

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Monday, March 15, 2021 12:18 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced it is once again partnering with the National Forest Foundation on its 50 Million for Our Forests tree planting campaign. This is the second year Kenmark has partnered with the NFF on this campaign. In 2020, VM reported that Kenmark and the NFF partnered to celebrate Earth Day. The goal of the campaign is to plant 50 million trees and invest in healthy forests for today and for future generations.

Optometry Giving Sight Launches 2021 Grant Funding Cycle

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:15 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight is launching its 2021 grant funding cycle with opportunities in both the spring and fall. North American nonprofit organizations and international charities who meet the criteria can begin applying today.

Modo Announces Support for HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta Charter

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Friday, March 5, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Modo has announced it is one of the first companies to officially support HRH The Prince of Wales and the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Terra Carta Charter. The Charter, launched in January 2021, lays out an ambitious roadmap for businesses toward a sustainable future. HRH The Prince of Wales and the Sustainable Markets Initiative are gathering a global “coalition of the willing,” who share a vision and will commit to the Charter’s 10-point action plan, which aims to kickstart bold and imaginative action across the next decade.