National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers and parent company of America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants. This is the fifth consecutive year that National Vision has awarded grants to NOSA members. In addition to awarding grants, the company also has donated optometric equipment to assist an NOA member whose practice location was severely damaged during local riots.

Nominations for ARVO and ARVO Foundation Awards to Open July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. —The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announced the opening of nominations for their respective awards, including three new awards— the Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists, the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award, and the Emerging Advocate Award—on July 1, 2020. The Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists will support an early-career emerging vision scientist with a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to promote the generation of promising preliminary research results.

ABB Optical Group and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Sixth Annual Optometry Student Challenge With Live Industry Voting

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group  (ABB), in conjunction with Paragon Vision Sciences, announced that it is accepting abstract submissions for the sixth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

BrightBenefits Announces Partnership With Professional Golfer Davis Riley

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:18 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—BrightBenefits, a recently formed ancillary benefits insurance company specializing in vision and dental, has announced a marketing partnership with professional golfer Davis Riley, winner of the Korn Ferry Tour.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020 William C. Ezell Fellowship Recipients

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Monday, June 1, 2020 12:21 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced the 11 recipients of the 2020 William C. Ezell Fellowships.

Lighthouse Guild Awards 12 College Scholarships and Three Graduate School Scholarships to Students With Vision Loss

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild announced that it is awarding 12 college scholarships of $8,500 each to graduating high school students who are legally blind. The awardees also include three students who will receive $2,500 each to attend graduate schools. Lighthouse Guild scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishment and merit to help students with vision loss make a successful transition to college and graduate education. The 2020 recipients, from across the country, will be attending some of the nation’s most competitive universities.

Inspecs Is the Winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2020

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:21 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group PLC, a Bath-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to global retailers, has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. This marks the second time that Inspecs has won this award, which it first won in 2007. This award also follows the company’s successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM in February. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognize and celebrate business excellence across the U.K., and are among the most prestigious awards for U.K. businesses to win.

Call for Nominations Issued for the 2020 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award from the NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness

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Monday, April 20, 2020 12:18 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the sixth annual “Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award.” The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The deadline for submission is June 5, 2020. The award will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Meeting of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this date may be postponed. 

AOA Announces Five Members Recognized as 2020 Award Winners

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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has announced the five association members who have won its prestigious annual professional awards, which are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision. The award winners and categories are:
• Optometrist of the Year Award—Kenneth Lawson, OD, of Florida, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession.

Gogosha Optique Announced as Winner of Vision Expo’s Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo today announced Gogosha Optique, located in Los Angeles, Calif., as the winner of the third OPTImum Retail Award, an annual award created in 2016 to celebrate independent retailers and showcase their products, stores, visions and stories. Past winners include Edward Beiner in South Miami, Fla. and Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover, Mass. Gogosha Optique and the other 2020 finalists—Black Optical (Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City); G is for Glasses (Winnipeg); Globe Specs (Kyoto); and The Eye Place (London)—received awards to recognize their accomplishments and will also be honored at a cocktail party during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Additionally, Gogosha Optique will be featured in 20/20 Magazine this Spring.

2020 Bressler Prize Awarded to Dr. Gerrit Melles for Outstanding Accomplishments in Vision Science

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Monday, March 16, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild announced that Gerrit Melles, MD, PhD from The Netherlands has been awarded the 2020 Bressler Prize for his outstanding advances in vision science, particularly in the field of corneal transplantation. With a clinical focus on the management of corneal disorders and the research and development of new ophthalmic surgical procedures, Dr. Melles has invented several advanced lamellar keratoplasty techniques, including Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) and Bowman layer transplantation (BLT), among others.

Eco’s FW19 Recycled Collection Wins Gold in iF Design Awards

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:18 AM BERLIN—Eco, from Modo, has been awarded Gold distinction in the iF Design Awards for its Eco FW19 Recycled metal collection. All Eco glasses are made with recycled metal and bio-based plastic derived from castor seeds, and each pair of frames in the award winning collection comes with a magnetic sun clip. The iF Design Awards jury said, “This sustainable eyewear collection is unique in many ways. It is modular, easily customizable and highly functional. This eyewear collection combines incredibly lightweight metal frames with a seamlessly integrated sun clip-on made of bio-plastic. A sensational eyewear product!”

Vision Expo Names Winners of 2020 Talent Search Supported by edCFDA: Designers SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Expo announced the winners of the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA)—SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear are the recipients of the inaugural award. The Talent Search aims to identify and support emerging designers and foster their talent during the symbolic year for the eyewear industry, 2020. “The votes are in! Seven edCFDA designers have selected two creative talents with an entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s recipients, Morganne Leigh, founder of Tyche + Iset Eyewear, and Judge Khanna, creative director and co-founder of SpiltMilk, represent the industry’s dynamic future,” said Christian Roth, co-founder and designer of Christian Roth Eyewear.

AOA Foundation Opens Nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award, which recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program, according to an announcement. The award honors the memory of Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., and the late optometrist's inspiring and passionate leadership as a driving force in the profession of optometry. A memorial fund was established after his passing in 2005 and led to the creation of the award.

Tables, Tickets Still Available for Prevent Blindness' Person of Vision Event Honoring VSP Global and Michael Guyette

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:23 AM CHICAGO—Tables, tickets and event sponsorships are still available for the upcoming Prevent Blindness 2020 Person of Vision Award, which will go to VSP Global and its president and CEO Michael Guyette at the annual dinner to be held in New York on March 26. Prevent Blindness, the nation's oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, will benefit from all proceeds from the event, supporting the sight-saving programs of the organization. This year's event will take place at a new venue, at 583 Park Avenue, in New York City, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.