Deadline Extended to May 24: Still Time to Nominate a Supportive Business Partner, for the 20/20 Magazine and Vision Monday 2023 'Ultimate Partners' Program

By Staff
Thursday, May 18, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in another challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program. Nominations for 2023 have been coming in over the past several weeks and the deadline for submissions has been extended until 11:59 p.m., ET, on May 24. Readers are being asked to recall when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2022 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier, or representative, came to the rescue with valuable new solutions.

BHVI Announces Launch of Myopia Awareness Week for May 22 -26

By Staff
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 12:27 AM SYDNEY, Australia—BHVI, an Australian not-for-profit organization with an international focus on vision research, has announced the launch of Myopia Awareness Week for 2023—a global initiative relaunched in 2021, to bring attention to the growing epidemic of myopia in children across the world. This year, Myopia Awareness Week is from the May 22 -26. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is among the most common ocular disorders worldwide and is a leading cause of visual impairment in children, according to an announcement from BHVI.

Marshall B. Ketchum University Inaugurates First Female President and Celebrates the University’s 10-Year Anniversary

By Staff
Friday, April 28, 2023 12:24 AM FULLERTON, Calif.—Marshall B. Ketchum University, an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution located here, will inaugurate Julie A. Schornack, OD, MEd as the next president to helm the university.

Apellis Partners With Acclaimed Actor Henry Winkler to Raise Awareness of Geographic Atrophy (GA)

By Staff
Thursday, April 27, 2023 12:18 AM WALTHAM, Mass.—Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced a new campaign with acclaimed actor Henry Winkler to raise awareness of geographic atrophy (GA), an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration and a leading cause of blindness.

SUNY Optometry Hosts 11th Career Symposium

By Staff
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York College of Optometry Career Development Center hosted the 11th annual Career Symposium this past weekend. The program was titled Sights and Insights: Advancing Your Career.

Services Held for Well-Known Optometric Regulatory Specialist and Consultant, Kenneth Lawenda, OD

By Staff
Thursday, April 20, 2023 12:24 AM MONTREAL—Services were held here yesterday for Kenneth Lawenda, OD, a well-known optometrist, regulatory specialist and consultant to many in the eyecare field. Lawenda, 77, passed away on Sunday, April 16 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Registration Is Now Open for THE Myopia Meeting in Chicago and Vancouver

By Staff
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 12:21 AM ROSEMONT, Illinois, and VANCOUVER, Canada —The Review Education Group will host THE Myopia Meeting in Rosemont, Illinois, and Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, May 21, and Sunday, June 11, respectively.

Nine Optometry Students Honored With Innovator Scholarships From Rick Bay Foundation

By Staff
Monday, April 17, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Nine optometry students, each representing a different school of optometry, were recipients of this year’s Student Innovator of the Year Award. Named after Rick Bay, former publisher and president of Review of Optometry and Review of Ophthalmology, the Foundation’s Student Innovator of the Year award aims to support optometry’s next generation. The Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding and innovative idea presented by a student at optical colleges and universities throughout the country.

Review of Presbyopia and the Aging Eye Launches to Focus on ‘Generation 45+’

By Staff
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Jobson Optical Group announced the launch of Review of Presbyopia and The Aging Eye, a digital content platform focusing on providing eyecare professionals with cutting-edge educational articles and multimedia on new technologies and care protocols for the age 45+ generation. The publication’s mission is straightforward: To reengineer the presbyopic patient journey. Jack Schaeffer, OD, FAAO, has been named chief clinical editor. A leading proponent of continuing professional education, Dr. Schaeffer, who recently sold his 18-location practice, has written extensively for numerous publications and lectured internationally.

Lumata Health and Prevent Blindness Announce Partnership to Deliver More Resources to Americans With Vision Loss

By Staff
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 12:18 AM RALEIGH, NC., OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. and CHICAGO—Lumata Health, a technology-driven health care start-up on a mission to prevent vision loss from chronic eye diseases through its eyecare management platform for patients in the U.S., announced its partnership with Prevent Blindness.

California Optometric Association Names David C. Ardaya, OD, Optometrist of the Year

By Staff
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:15 AM WHITTIER, Calif.—The California Optometric Association (COA) has named David C. Ardaya, OD, Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Ardaya is president of Golden Optometric Group in Whittier, California, and a practicing optometrist there.

What’s in a Name? Check the Diploma

By Staff
Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:37 PM A recent Women In Optometry Poll asked readers whether they feel a name change is necessary or desirable as life circumstances change. Thirty-five percent of respondents reported using the name that’s on their diploma exclusively. Thirty-four percent say they use their name at graduation in practice but use a different name in their personal life. Thirty-one percent say their name does not match what’s on their diploma. Several respondents said they have changed their name more than once since graduation.

For those who use a different name than what’s on their diploma, 44 percent say that most people do not notice that the name on the diploma is different. However, 21 percent say they are asked about it once in a while, and 4 percent say they are asked about it all the time.

The decision on whether to change a name professionally triggers a series of tasks, with reporting it to various agencies and licensing boards, so many female ODs do not take the decision lightly.

Ninety-five percent of respondents were female ODs, and 5 percent were non-OD females.

Prevent Blindness Designates April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to Educate Public on Women’s Vision Issues

By Staff
Monday, April 3, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Two out of every three people living with blindness or vision problems are women, according to the National Eye Institute. That’s why Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health organization, has declared April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Because many of the effects of vision loss from eye disease can be lessened if detected and treated early, the group offers a variety of expert-reviewed free resources, including videos, fact sheets and shareable social media graphics on a range of eye health issues.

The Party Scene at Vision Expo East 2023

By Staff
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 12:30 AM NEW YORK—From recognizing men and women as major players in optical to celebrating company anniversaries and products, New York City was a busy place to be during Vision Expo East’s festivities. Here’s a look at some of the major parties that took place around town during Vision Expo East. Look for more show coverage and photos in Vision Expo Attendees Are Back…And So Is the Show’s Energy. To read all of the Digital Editions of the Show Dailies, go to the Issue Archives page on

Vision Expo Attendees Are Back…And So Is the Show’s Energy

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 24, 2023 3:00 PM Nearly three years to the day of when lockdowns began during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Javits Center opened its doors on March 17 to thousands of vendors, buyers, eyecare professionals and industry leaders. “This is the first year where it feels like the energy is back,” VSP Vision’s Stevie Mitchell keenly observed. Vision Expo East was the largest gathering of ophthalmic professionals in the U.S. in recent years. The Show, which ran from March 16 -19, welcomed thousands from the international vision care industry. Read on for a recap of some of Expo’s major highlights as well as photos of some of the many Show Floor events.