Dr. Dagny Zhu Joins Eyesafe’s Vision Health Advisory Board

By Staff
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:18 AM SEOUL and MINNEAPOLIS—Eyesafe, a consortium of leading tech companies that develops blue light management technology and standards for the consumer electronics industry, announced that Los Angeles-based ophthalmologist Dagny Zhu, MD has joined the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board (VHAB). The Vision Health Advisory Board is a global group of leading ophthalmologists, optometrists and other specialized physicians concerned with the mounting body of evidence suggesting that extended to exposure to blue light emissions from digital devices is leading to an array of deleterious health effects on eyes and human health.

Three From Optical Industry Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

By Staff
Friday, September 17, 2021 12:21 AM MINNEAPOLIS—Three optical industry companies—Eyesafe, Cherry Optical, and Visionary Optics have been named to Inc. Magazine's 2021 list of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. Eyesafe, a Minneapolis-based supplier of low blue light solutions for consumer products, was ranked #5 in the computer hardware category and #562 overall. The Inc. 5000 list recognizes the nation's leading high-growth private companies across an array of sectors.

Neurolens Names Pierre Bertrand Chief Executive Officer

By Staff
Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:21 AM COPPELL, Texas—Neurolens announced that its board of directors has appointed Pierre Bertrand as chief executive officer.

EyeSouth Partners Affiliates With Eye Center of St. Augustine, Representing its 25th Affiliation and Sixth Practice in Florida

By Staff
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:30 AM ATLANTA–EyeSouth Partners (EyeSouth) has completed an affiliation with Eye Center of St. Augustine (ECSA), a Florida practice with four locations along the Atlantic Coast between Jacksonville and Orlando.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Nine-Location Tennessee Retina Practice as it Furthers Expansion

By Staff
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:30 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added a leading Nashville, Tenn.-based retina group, Tennessee Retina, to its management organization. The addition of the nine-location Tennessee Retina practice marks RCA’s entry into Tennessee and the surrounding region. The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the RCA announcement late last week. The group now has practices in 11 states. Tennessee Retina is the largest and most established retina practice in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, with nine locations that include Nashville, Crossville, and Bowling Green, Ky.

Review of Optometric Business Releases ‘The Scleral Lens Education Initiative’ Webinar and eResource

By Staff
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Review of Optometric Business has released Scleral Lenses 2021: The Scleral Lens Education Initiative, consisting of two key components, a two-hour COPE-approved webinar and a comprehensive special report eResource. The Scleral Lens Education Initiative was created to provide eyecare professionals interested in starting a scleral lens specialty or growing an existing one with all of the information and resources they need to provide the best scleral lens treatment possible for their patients while building their business.

Health Canada Approves Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Acuvue Abiliti 1-Day Soft Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management

By Staff
Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:21 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said Wednesday that Health Canada has approved its Acuvue Abiliti 1-Day soft therapeutic lenses for myopia management. Abiliti 1-Day lenses are a new option of daily wear, single-use, disposable lenses that have the potential to slow the progression of myopia and are specifically designed for children who are 7 to 12 years old at the start of treatment, the announcement noted. Abiliti 1-Day lenses are expected to become available in select areas of Canada beginning “as early as this year and expanding beyond in 2022,” J&J Vision said. Parents and eyecare professionals who want more information can visit the site at seeyourabiliti.com.

Blue Light Summit Organizers Announce September Dates for 2021 Event

By Staff
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:33 AM SHANGHAI, BERLIN and MINNEAPOLIS—Eyesafe, TÜV Rheinland Group (TÜV Rheinland), UnitedHealthcare and ZAGG have announced the dates for Blue Light Summit 2021, which will be held Sept. 28 in Europe and the Americas and Sept. 29 in Asia-Pacific. Due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's summit will be entirely virtual. People interested in attending can register here. Blue Light Summit 2021 will bring together leaders across multiple industries, including consumer electronics, health care, and government to discuss the dramatic impact COVID-19 had on device usage, screen time and blue light exposure, sharing what each of their respective fields is doing to address this global health challenge.

Vision Health Alliance, in Partnership With EyeCare4Kids, Announces Local and On-site Events Planned in Conjunction With Vision Expo West 2021

By Staff
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Health Alliance, The Vision Council’s new consumer education initiative that champions eye health as an important part of overall health and eye health exams as essential components of health care, today announced several events planned in conjunction with Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. In partnership with EyeCare4Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing professional eyecare to low-income, visually-impaired children and underserved families, Vision Health Alliance will provide valuable resources to local Southern Nevada schools, addressing eyecare issues for students.

Leveljump Healthcare Takes 23.8 Percent Stake in Shaw Lens

By Staff
Friday, September 3, 2021 12:27 AM TORONTO, Ontario—Leveljump Healthcare Corp. (TSXV: JUMP), a Canadian telehealth company, has acquired 23.8 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of each of Shaw Vision Inc. and Shaw Lens Inc. from a minority shareholder.

Vision Health Alliance Launches First Consumer Awareness Campaign

By Staff
Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Health Alliance, The Vision Council’s new consumer education initiative that champions eye health as an important part of overall health, announced the launch of its first consumer education movement.  The “Let’s Be Clear” campaign debuted last week online across multiple digital and social media channels and features direct, to-the-point messages that highlight the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams.

Gaming and Technology Pioneer Frank Azor Joins Eyesafe Board

By Staff
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:21 AM MINNEAPOLIS—Eyesafe, a supplier of blue light technology and standards for the consumer electronics industry, announced that gaming pioneer Frank Azor, a co-founder of Alienware, the PC gaming hardware brand, has joined its board of directors.

Prevent Blindness Declares September as Sports Eye Safety Month to Provide Information on Best Ways to Protect Against Eye Injuries from Sports

By Staff
Monday, August 30, 2021 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help keep eyes and vision protected while playing sports. According to annual data from Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from pool and water sports than any other category. These injuries may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma. However, ball sports still account for the highest total injury rate. Injuries may include corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, detached retina, a fracture of the eye socket and many more sight-threatening occurrences.

Looking Out for Our Children’s Eyesight

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 27, 2021 8:30 AM The eyewear retailer Warby Parker made big news this week when it filed for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. As part of the filing, Warby offered a detailed look at the company’s finances and said that people spending more time with screens would be good for business. “The rising usage of smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices has contributed significantly to increased vision correction needs and consistent new customer growth within the eyewear market,” the company said in the filing. Screen time over the last 18 months has indeed skyrocketed, especially for children, resulting in a concerning uptick in myopia, digital eye strain and screen addiction. 

CooperVision Fosters Peer-to-Peer Connection to Strengthen Myopia Management as Standard of Care

By Staff
Friday, August 27, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—With the number of Brilliant Futures Certified eyecare professionals in the U.S. now exceeding 4,600, CooperVision convened select prescribers in Chicago in mid-August to support the continued growth of myopia management in U.S. eyecare practices.