VOSH Announces Annual Meeting With Animated Promotional Video

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:10 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) has announced its annual meeting for 2019. The meeting will take place on Oct. 27, 2019, in Orlando, Florida, and this year’s theme is “BIG VISION, small world.” This will mark the 27th annual VOSH meeting, where VOSH members and partners can participate in a day of learning, networking, and discussion. The meeting occurs during the World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the American Academy of Optometry’s 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando from Oct. 23 to 28, 2019.

Myopia Experts Offer One-Day CE Course

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—World renowned experts in myopia management will take an in-depth look at this timely and topical area of vision care during a one-day educational program for clinicians. Hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of Treehouse eyes, The Myopia Meeting is scheduled to be held in Newport Beach, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The meeting’s six hours of continuing education will be delivered by the following presenters:

FDA Approves Eylea Injection Prefilled Syringe

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:18 AM TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Prior-Approval Supplement (PAS) for its Eylea (aflibercept) injection prefilled syringe. The 2 mg, single-dose, sterilized prefilled syringe provides physicians with a new way to administer Eylea that requires fewer preparation steps compared to vials. Market supply of the Eylea prefilled syringe is expected to be available to physicians and patients this year, the company said in a statement.

Visioneering Secures Regulatory Registration in Hong Kong

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Visioneering Technologies, based here, has received a Certificate of Listing from Hong Kong’s Medical Device Control Office, Department of Health. Listing No. 190176 applies to the NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Multifocal and NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Sphere currently marketed by Visioneering, as well as the NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Toric and NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Multifocal Toric products that Visioneering plans to market in the near future. The registration covers the use of the company’s NaturalVue Multifocal for myopia progression control.

Philanthropist Pledges $2 Million Gift to Combat Corneal Blindness

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:18 AM LONDON and BOSTON—Tej Kohli, a London-based billionaire who made his fortune during the dotcom boom selling e-commerce payments software, has pledged $2 million to Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston to fund innovation in research to cure corneal blindness, including the development of promising biotechnology solutions. The move reflects Kohli’s belief in the promise of new technologies to build a better world as he seeks to find a solution to eliminating avoidable corneal blindness that is not dependent on transplantation.

Prevent Blindness and the NOA Name August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:24 AM CHICAGO—For the second year in a row, Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association have declared August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. As children and parents gear up for the back to school season, Prevent Blindness and NOA aim to educate parents and caregivers on what steps they can take to ensure that their children and students are getting the eyecare they need. 2019 also marks the 10th anniversary of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness.

Think About Your Eyes Teaches Importance of Vision Health at Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes (TAYE) the national public awareness campaign about the importance of scheduling an annual eye exam with an optometrist, attended the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit last week in Cleveland, Ohio. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Vision Source Wins $2 Million Contract for Achievements in Value-Based Care

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:15 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN) will be awarding over 1,100 select Vision Source member practices achievement payments of up to $2,500 per practice, for their performance in the transformation towards value-based care, in 2019. Vision Source member practices constitute greater than 99 percent of the total award recipients. Practices currently enrolled in SNE-PTN will be eligible to receive achievement payments for having completed activities that prepare their practices for success in value-based care and alternative payment models.

Covenant Surgical Announces Partnership with De La Peña Eye Clinic of Los Angeles

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:21 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Covenant Surgical Partners here said it has formed a new partnership with Los Angeles-based De La Pena Eye Clinic, A Medical Group, one of the largest private eyecare practices in Southern California. De La Peña Eye Clinic offers a full spectrum of ophthalmologic, optometric and optical services, according to the announcement earlier this week. Whereas typical eyecare clinics only focus on one or two elements of eyecare, De La Peña Eye Clinic offers multiple services in its one facility, including ophthalmology, optometry, optical and surgical capabilities, among others, the announcement noted. Covenant is acquiring the majority ownership of De La Peña Eye Clinic through this partnership transaction, a spokeswoman told VMAIL.

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

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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.

Low-Cost Retinal Scanner Could Help Prevent Blindness Worldwide

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Monday, July 1, 2019 12:18 AM DURHAM, N.C.—Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Thanks to a redesigned, 3D-printed spectrometer, the scanner is 15 times lighter and smaller than current commercial systems and is made from parts costing less than a tenth the retail price of commercial systems—all without sacrificing imaging quality. In its first clinical trial, the new OCT scanner produced images of 120 retinas that were 95 percent as sharp as those taken by current commercial systems, which was sufficient for accurate clinical diagnosis, according to Duke.

The Vision Council Hosts Congressional Briefing in Recognition of National Sunglasses Day

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:25 AM WASHINGTON—To celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27, 2019, The Vision Council took to Capitol Hill to brief congressional staff on the brief Congressional staffers on the importance of UV protection for the eyes.

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

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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.

NuSight Granted U.S. Patent Covering the NuLids System for Treating Dry Eye Disease

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:15 AM RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif.—NuSight Medical announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent for its NuLids System for the treatment of dry eye/ocular surface disease, blepharitis and related conditions. “The patent protects our entire NuLids system – the device and methods for its use, the disposable soft-tips, and product safety features” said Robert Foster, CEO of NuSight Medical. All 29 claims in U.S. Patent No. 10,314,763 were approved providing key declarations that involve stimulating the meibomian glands to effectively treat dry eye.

The Vision Council Gears Up for June 27 National Sunglasses Day

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is promoting the importance of protective eyewear with the annual celebration of National Sunglasses Day, to be observed this week on Thursday, June 27. The commemorative holiday, which has garnered support and promotions from organizations, companies, practitioners and optical suppliers across the eyewear and eyecare industry, reminds consumers that wearing sunglasses is not only fashionable, but also a health necessity to protect the eyes from long- and short-term damage from the sun’s harsh UV rays.