The Vision Council Launches 2024 National Sunglasses Day Campaign With Spotlight on Sports Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—With the summer Olympics, warmer weather and more outdoor time on the horizon, The Vision Council has kicked off its National Sunglasses Day 2024 campaign, with a focus on raising the visibility of sunglasses for their protection, fashion and sports benefits. National Sunglasses Day will be celebrated on June 27. The holiday is entirely devoted to creating awareness around the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect people’s eyes from the sun’s powerful rays. This year, the campaign is spotlighting sports sunglasses, inspiring outdoor lovers to gear up with shades on before participating in their favorite activities.

Prevent Blindness Launches ‘It Started With an Eye Exam’ Campaign to Encourage, Educate and Empower the Public to Make Eye Health Part of Their Overall Health Care

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2024 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety organization, is launching a new campaign titled, “It Started With an Eye Exam” to encourage consumers to share their stories of how eyecare had a positive impact on their health and well-being.

Zyloware Encourages Eyecare Professionals to Celebrate National Eyewear Day on June 6

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2024 12:18 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—Zyloware is inviting all eyecare professionals and eyewear enthusiasts to once again join the company in celebration of the 9th annual National Eyewear Day on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

WestGroupe Partners With University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science to Fuel Innovation in Vision Care

By Staff
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 12:18 AM MONTREAL—WestGroupe, a family-operated optical company headquartered here, has announced a donation of $15,000 (CAD) and ongoing partnership to support the efforts of the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI).

Remote Eye Testing Adds New Dimensions

By Evra Taylor, Contributing Editor
Sunday, May 12, 2024 2:30 AM Originating from basic teleconferencing models, technology-enabled tele-optometry has revolutionized the optical industry creating both a more patient-centric model of care and expanding ECPs’ practices in a quintessential win-win. With remote eye testing, optical companies are focusing their gaze on a novel approach—involving the consumer in their own health care journey, increasing their access to eyecare and reducing wait times, two major pain points in eyecare. In addition to self-administered, online visual acuity testing for prescription renewal, these companies are increasingly providing remote diagnostic services, expanding their reach into previously uncharted territory such as ultra-wide field digital retinal imaging. At the same time, eyecare providers have established effective guardrails to protect patients’ eye health, ensuring patient referrals to a specialist when needed, for example.

Southern College of Optometry Announces Honorary Degree, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients for 2024 Commencement

By Staff
Monday, May 6, 2024 12:15 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—As part of its 2024 commencement on May 7, Southern College of Optometry (SCO) will recognize two alumni and one industry professional for their contributions to the field of optometry.

NECO Announces Honorary Degree Recipient, Presidential Medals, and Six Valedictorians for College’s 130th Commencement

By Staff
Friday, May 3, 2024 12:18 AM BOSTON—The board of trustees at New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced its honorary degree recipient, two Presidential Medal awardees, and six valedictorians as part of its 130th commencement exercises to be held on May 19, 2024, at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Myopia expert and research leader Jane Gwiazda, Ph.D., is the honorary degree recipient. Marge Axelrad, editorial director emeritus of Vision Monday and VMAIL, and Marc Ferrara, executive consultant for Jobson Optical Group, will receive the Presidential Medal awards.

50th Commencement Ceremony for SUNY College of Optometry Will Feature Two Honorary Degree Recipients

By Staff
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has announced it will award honorary degrees during the 50th commencement ceremony to two professionals who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of optometry, vision research and public health care: Richard E. Feinbloom and Stephen A. Burns Ph.D.

New Research From Hoya Shows High Adaptation Rate and Tolerability of MiyoSmart Chameleon Lenses in Myopic Children

By Staff
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:18 AM BANGKOK, Thailand—Results from Hoya Vision Care's Early Experience Program (EEP) research program showed that patients could wear MiyoSmart sun solution Chameleon lenses an average of 12 hours per day during weekdays, and did not need to switch lenses when spending time outdoors.

The Vision Council Welcomes Members to Washington, D.C. for Congressional Hill Day Visits

By Staff
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, a trade association dedicated to supporting the optical industry, has announced the successful culmination of its 2024 Congressional Hill Fly-In. Members from the vision community traveled to the nation’s capital and met with more than 20 offices of influential policymakers to discuss pivotal policy matters affecting optical manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Vision Source Wraps Up The Exchange 2024, Announcing Student Loan Debt Relief and Health Care Benefits Programs for Members

By Staff
Friday, April 19, 2024 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Vision Source, a North American network of independent private practice optometrists, has expanded its roster of offerings with two new programs for its membership of 4,500 optometrists and 3,000 locally owned practices. Announced at The Exchange 2024, Vision Source’s annual national meeting that was held this year from April 10 to 13 and attracted 3,100 members, staff and industry partners, the two individual programs offer the opportunity for student loan debt relief as well as employee health care benefits. See VMAIL’s additional coverage of The Exchange here.

Review of Myopia Management and BHVI Launch Myopia Awareness Week 2024 Website

By Staff
Friday, April 19, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK and SYDNEY—Myopia Awareness Week 2024 is set for May 13-19; ahead of the week, Review of Myopia Management and the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) have officially launched the website for the week-long event.

Vision Source Reaffirms Its Commitment to Private Practice Optometry at The Exchange 2024

By Staff
Monday, April 15, 2024 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Last week, Vision Source, North America's largest network of private practice optometrists, gathered here to celebrate their members' success at the group's annual national meeting, held from April 10 to 13, here at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Vision Source reaffirmed their commitment to supporting private practice at The Exchange 2024 and kicked off the meeting by celebrating a major milestone for the Vision Source NEXT program and the future of private optometry.

Eyecare Republic, a New Doctor Alliance Group, Is Launched

By Staff
Friday, April 12, 2024 12:18 AM PLANO, Texas—Eyecare Republic (ECR) a new doctor alliance group serving the needs of private practice optometrists and prioritizing collaborative solutions, community engagement, and leadership from within the eyecare community, has launched, according to the company.

VisionSpring, BRAC and Queen’s University Belfast THRIVE Study Finds Wearing Glasses Boosts Income by a Third in Low-Income Communities

By Staff
Thursday, April 11, 2024 12:21 AM NEW YORK—VisionSpring, founded in 2001 with the goal of reaching and providing affordable, quality eyeglasses worldwide to people in need, BRAC, an international development organization that works with marginalized communities, and Queen’s University Belfast recently released the findings of their collaborative THRIVE (Tradespeople and Hand-workers Rural Initiative for a Vision-enhanced Economy) study, which found that a pair of reading glasses increases the earnings of people in low-income communities by 33 percent. THRIVE, carried out across rural Bangladesh, is the first randomized controlled trial to measure the impact of reading glasses on income.