Senior Vision Services’ Parent Company Rebrands as Aria Care Partners, Expands Vision Services and Leadership Team

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:24 AM OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Senior Dental Care, the provider group that acquired Senior Vision Services in February 2020, announced recently that it has rebranded under the name Aria Care Partners to reflect its growing suite of services. The group provides onsite ancillary medical services and insurance programs for skilled nursing facilities, the announcement noted. Through its Senior Vision Services business, the company has delivered full-service optometry care to residents of long-term care centers (LTCCs). The merged company, now rebranded as Aria Care Partners, will provide onsite dental, vision and hearing medical services to LTCCs across the nation.

CooperVision Sponsors New Contact Lens Clinic at The Ohio State University College of Optometry

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:13 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To support the education of countless future eyecare professionals, CooperVision has committed funding for the new eyecare clinic at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Contact lens services provided by the clinic include soft contact lens fittings for the correction of myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, as well as myopia management for children through CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day. VMAIL previously reported on Ohio State’s College of Optometry’s new clinic, which has a retail eyewear gallery with more than 3,000 frames, here.

Vision Source Sets August Dates for The Exchange Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:30 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—With the health and safety of its members a priority, Vision Source has set the dates of its annual meeting The Exchange as Aug. 4 through Aug. 7. The four-day event is now scheduled for the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston (it had previously been scheduled to be there in mid-April). At this year’s Exchange, Vision Source also plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding.

Clear Sight Partners LLC Formed by S.F. Investment Firm, Brian Hauser Named CEO

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (SBJ), a San Francisco-based investment firm, announced that it has completed a partnership with five Florida vision practices and a group of nine retail stores to form Clear Sight Partners, LLC (CSP).

Pegasus Equity Advisors Announces EyeCare Partners Acquisition of Several Oklahoma-Based Independent Ophthalmology Practices

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:27 AM EyeCare Partners makes acquisitions, AOA takes issue with NAOO’s legislative position, HG Vision makes an investment in The Power Practice, optical sales dip and Keplr Vision continues its growth spurt all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

IDOC Adds Three Executive Board Members to Advise and Support Long-Term Growth Strategies

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Following a six-month candidate search, IDOC said it has added three new members to its board of directors.

ABB Optical Group Announces Winners of Optometry Student Challenge

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Three optometry students who presented scientific posters will be recognized during the 2021 Global Specialty Lens Symposium virtual conference as winners of the 6th Annual Optometry Student Challenge, a program designed by ABB Optical Group, in collaboration with Paragon Vision Sciences, to foster the study of contact lenses.

AOA Takes Issue With NAOO's Position on Legislation Related to Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has squared off against another eyecare industry organization—the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO)—in a dispute in which the AOA calls into question whether the NAOO “can claim to be a representative organization of doctors.” The AOA’s complaint stems from the divergent views each group apparently took on an AOA-supported Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act.

[Partner Post] The Perfect Match

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:33 PM Introducing the perfect match of Ray-Ban’s legendary style and Essilor’s expertise in sight: Ray-Ban Authentic Essilor Special Edition. This latest edition of Ray-Ban Authentic combines the expertise of Essilor and Luxottica, capitalizing on the assets of both to meet consumer needs with the aim of diversifying the single vision category as well as growing the prescription sun category for private practices.

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Pearle Vision as No. 1 Eyecare Franchise and No. 32 Overall and My Eyelab No. 95 Overall on 2021 Franchise 500 List

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:20 AM NEW YORK—Pearle Vision has again been ranked the nation’s top “Eye Care” franchise on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Keplr Vision Continues Growth With Addition of 40 New Eyecare Partnerships in 2020

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:30 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Amid a challenging year for many businesses and health care providers in 2020, Keplr Vision said it finished the year with an impressive 40 new eyecare partnerships. With 65 practice locations added via those partnerships, the Keplr organization “now boasts 185 total clinical locations,” the group said in an announcement late last week. Keplr Vision said it primarily focused its expansion in the Midwest while taking stronger steps into Texas and the Pacific Northwest regions in 2020.

HEA Offers New COPE-Accredited CE for Optometrists

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:06 AM

Aflac Expands Product Offerings With New Vision and Dental Insurance

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:30 AM COLUMBUS, Ga.—Aflac (NYSE: AFL), a leading provider of supplemental insurance products, announced this week the national launch of Aflac Vision and Dental Insurance, which the company said marks its “expansion into offering products based on a provider network.” As a component of the insurer's continual growth strategy, the new coverage allows Aflac to offer even more of the key benefits that businesses desire to remain competitive and help attract and retain top talent, the announcement noted.

CORE Knowledge 2.0 Reboots The Ultimate Eye Science Game for 2021

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:12 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The latest update of the ultimate virtual eye science game, CORE Knowledge 2.0, is now available at COREKnowledgeGame.org. With the addition of nearly 100 new topics and a reset leader board, one question remains: who will become the top-ranked players among the global optometry and ophthalmology communities? The online game debuted at ARVO in 2018 and has since been played by thousands of practitioners, researchers, educators, students and ophthalmic industry professionals across six continents.

Hi-Health Launches New Division to Market Eye Nutraceuticals Under Vista Brand

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:24 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Hi-Health, a Scottsdale-based maker of nutraceuticals, has launched a vision care division to make and market a new line of products under the Vista brand.