RestoringVision Launches New Program Serving Indigenous Populations

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO—RestoringVision, supported by funding from longtime corporate donor, National Vision, Inc., is launching a new program this Native American Heritage Month to serve indigenous populations in the U.S.

Shining a Spotlight on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Marge Axelrad
Friday, November 4, 2022 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Long term societal issues, like those of diversity, equity & inclusion, have been fighting the hard fight for many years. With the escalation of the disruption unleashed by the global pandemic, the brighter spotlight on the topic from media, and a groundswell among individuals and organizations that more vocal and active commitment was needed, DE&I initiatives continue to expand. Voices from within health care, business, family, politics and culture are starting to join with those in structured organizations along with more assertive storytelling from groups victimized or impacted by the lack of inclusion in hiring, in receiving or accessing fair and equitable business or health care services and more. Individuals, groups and organizations across the optical industry and vision care profession, are stepping up to support these as part of an expanding commitment.

SUNY Optometry's Eye-CARE Program Recognized for Its Positive Impact on Student Experience With CEO and Multicultural Programs

By Staff
Friday, October 28, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry received recognition last week from the State University of New York for the impressive achievements of its Eye-CARE Camp program, which has helped to raise awareness of the College and bolster its strategic efforts toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion.

ASCO's New Eye on Diversity Speaker Series Tackles a Range of Issues from Major Experts, With the Support of Johnson & Johnson Vision

By Staff
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—A new webinar series is underway, with registration still open and available, for a series tackling issues about diversity, equity & inclusion, hosted by the Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry with the support of Johnson & Johnson Vision.

Black Eyecare Perspective Will Host 3rd Impact HBCU Virtual Event on Oct. 18 to Increase Awareness of Optometry and the Eyecare Industry Among Students

By Staff
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Black Eyecare Perspective  and optometrists of the Black community are once again being intentional in their impact and on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, will create a pipeline for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and beyond to raise awareness and provide assistance to students to bring attention to the field of optometry.

The Visioning The Future Mentorship Program, Inspired By Dr. Marvin R. Poston, Celebrates 12 New Optometry Students

By Staff
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Students participating in the Visioning the Future Mentorship Program representing eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were recently recognized at a virtual ceremony for being accepted into schools of optometry. The group of 12 students were also awarded nearly $48,000 toward their education. Additionally, the program helps the students with long-term career planning, networking opportunities and other educational resources, according to a recent VSP Vision announcement. The students represent the third cohort of the Visioning the Future Mentorship Program launched in 2019 by the Dr. Marvin R. Poston Education and Development Foundation, the National Optometric Association (NOA) and VSP Vision to recognize students at HBCUs and foster their professional advancement in the field of optometry.

Black Eyecare Perspective Spotlights Black-Owned Independent Eyewear Brands

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:15 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black Eyecare Perspective is sharing its support for a number of Black-owned independent eyewear brands and encouraging the optical community to do the same.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host Panel June 22 - Race and Optometry: Where Are We Now?

By Staff
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry's Office of Continuing Professional Education will host another webinar this week on June 22 to explore the topic of race in optometry. For the last two years, the group has hosted sessions which took a hard look at the experiences of Black optometrists s students, residents, faculty and practitioners, with a goal of fostering a dialogue that would lead to changes in optometric education and in the eyecare industry. This week's webinar, in conjunction with the Juneteenth celebration, brings back many previous participants to discuss whether substantive improvements have been made and where additional efforts are needed.

See & Be Seen Frame Benefit for Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Kicks Off on June 18

By Staff
Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The See & Be Seen Frame Benefit will kick off on Saturday, June 18 and will remain active until June 25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The benefit, presented by Tarrence Lackran (@TheOpticalPoet on Instagram), features frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support The Vision Council's Opening Your Eyes Scholarship (OYES). OYES provides full scholarships and paid internships to high school seniors from underrepresented communities who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry.

National Vision Launches Pride Collection to Celebrate Self-Expression and Inclusion, With $25,000 Donation to Matthew Shepard Foundation

By Staff
Monday, May 23, 2022 12:21 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NVI) (NASDAQ: EYE), has announced the launch of its new Pride Collection, a limited series of gender-neutral eyewear celebrating Pride Month in June and the LGBTQ+ community.

Black EyeCare Perspective to Host Second Annual Signing Day Event on April 26 as Part of Their Pipeline for Black Students Into Optometry

By Staff
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:18 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective will be hosting its second Signing Day, scheduled for April 26, to celebrate the achievements of the Black EyeCare Perspective Pre-Optometry Club (BEPPOC) members.

ASCO Partners With Johnson & Johnson Vision to Bring More Diversity to Optometry

By Staff
Monday, March 14, 2022 12:15 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and Johnson & Johnson Vision announced the start of a unique partnership with an unprecedented sponsorship to address the need for greater diversity in optometry. “ASCO is excited to be teaming up with Johnson & Johnson Vision in our efforts to address the diversity issues in optometry today,” said Dr. Kelly Nichols, ASCO president. “We are beyond appreciative of this partnership and corresponding sponsorship, which is the largest in ASCO’s history.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University to Establish Extension Site Program at SUNY College of Optometry's 42nd Street Location

By Staff
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University (Downstate) announced a partnership to establish public health educational and research programs on the SUNY College of Optometry’s 42nd Street campus. This partnership will allow SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Downstate’s School of Public Health to expand access to public health degree programs while creating collaborative research opportunities examining health care disparities and access, particularly in the area of eye and vision care.

Black EyeCare Perspective Launches Doctor Locator to Connect Communities With Black Eyecare Professionals

By Staff
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 12:21 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—With nearly 60,000 eyecare providers nationwide, less than 2 percent of practicing optometrists and ophthalmologists in the U.S. identify as Black or African American.

Personal and Professional Video Stories from Members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Honor the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:20 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 17th, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board share actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video to honor the leader. Viewers can understand the impact Dr. King and personal insights in conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.