David Hall, Former CEO of Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, Dies at 67

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15 AM BALTIMORE, Md.—David Hall, former CEO of managed vision care vision care company Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, passed away at home on September 6, following a brief illness. He was 67 years old. Hall had led the growth of Baltimore-based Spectera from a small, regional vision care plan into one of the nation’s largest plans with over $450 million in revenue at the time of his retirement in 2007. Hall also fostered the sale of Spectera to health care giant United Health Group in 2001 and continued as CEO of UHG’s United HealthCare vision care and dental divisions until his retirement.

Businesses and Residents Across the Carolinas Return to Work, Assess the Damages

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As parts of the Carolinas braced for more flooding this weekend following the heavy rains dumped on the states by Hurricane Florence, residents and businesses across the two states, as well as other areas of the Southeast, began returning to their homes and businesses Wednesday as they began to assess the damage and work on recovery.

OSU Student Wins 2018 Student Innovator Award Sponsored by VSP Global

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, The Rick Bay Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Optometry (OSU) announced Marielle Blumenthaler, a fourth-year OD student, as the first-ever recipient of the OSU Student Innovator Award. The award recognizes innovative, creative, and feasible ideas of a current student at different optometry schools. This is the first year OSU has offered the award. Blumenthaler’s winning idea proposes the integration of vision therapy services into elementary schools serving low-income students. The idea is to bring in sensory motor evaluations, vision therapy sessions, and progress checks to the school to neutralize barriers to care and to optimize children’s academic success.

AOA Trustee Farias Appointed to Texas Higher Education Foundation’s Board

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:15 AM AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Higher Education Foundation has announced the appointment of Fred Farias III, OD, to the Board of Trustees. The Foundation, official nonprofit partner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has raised more than $22 million in support of the state’s higher education strategic goals since being founded in 2001, according to an announcement this week. Dr. Farias, a Rio Grande Valley native, is chief executive officer of 20/20 Vision Care in McAllen, Texas, and has served as president of both the Texas Optometric Association and the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association.

American Academy of Optometry Names Dr. Akio Kanai as Winner of Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Monday, August 13, 2018 12:18 AM SYDNEY—Dr. Akio Kanai, chief executive officer of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award is awarded annually by AAO as a way to honor the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. The award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eyecare within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities.

Registration Opens for The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit

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Friday, August 3, 2018 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration has opened for The Vision Council's 2019 Executive Summit, an exclusive event filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies, according to an announcement from the organization. The Executive Summit, titled Contagious Leadership - Strategies for Cultivating People While Producing Business Results will take place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Ritz Carlton & JW Marriott in Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.

Services to be Held for Dr. Donald ‘Doc’ Golden, Industry Pioneer and Founder of D.O.C Optics

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:18 AM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Services will be held Thursday (Aug. 2) for Dr. Donald Golden of Bal Harbour, Fla., who, two months shy of 100 years, passed away peacefully July 30, 2018, according to a notice posted by his family. He is survived by his wife, Marion (and her children Daniel Bloomfield and Tania Bloomfield); sons and daughters-in-law Michael Golden, Richard and Shelley Golden, Randy and Tracey Golden; grandchildren Seth (Hilary) Golden, Bradley (Diana) Golden, Jessica (Nici Maruri) Golden, Jaclyn, Jaynee, Jenna Golden, and great-grandchildren Claudia and Miles Golden, Gabriella, Giuliana, and Gemma Golden.

McDougall Communications Honored at 2018 PRism Awards for its CooperVision and CORE Campaigns

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:15 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—McDougall Communications and its clients Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) and CooperVision Inc. were among the winners at the Rochester Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2018 PRism Awards earlier this month.

Versant Health Joins the LPGA as an Official Marketing Partner

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced this week that Versant Health (the new company formed by the combination of Davis Vision and Superior Vision) has been named an official marketing partner.

University of Pikeville Names Bacigalupi as Dean of Kentucky College of Optometry

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:15 AM PIKEVILLE, Ky.—The University of Pikeville has appointed Michael Bacigalupi, OD, MS, FAAO, as dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). The appointment is effective July 1, according to the university’s announcement.

Nominations Open for VM’s 2018 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Monday, May 14, 2018 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 16th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. 

Morton Greenspoon, OD, a Leader in Cosmetic Contact Lenses, Passes Away at 89

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—Morton “Mort” Kenneth Greenspoon, OD, a pioneer in the use of cosmetic contact lenses, particularly among screen actors, passed away, according to the Los Angeles Times.

ASCO Reports Optometry Residencies Rise for Third Consecutive Year

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 12:27 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has announced that its optometry residency matching service—or ORMatch—posted strong results again this year. The 2018 match occurred March 12. Results from this year’s match “continue positive upward trends from last year’s, and suggest that optometry students increasingly value completing a residency after graduation,” ASCO noted in its announcement this week. Among the key statistics from this year’s match are: the number of participating students (517) was the all-time highest and marked an increase of 7.7 percent from 2017, and the number of residency sites increased to 240, a 2.1 percent increase.

Premier Eye Care’s Lorna Taylor Receives Leadership Award from Working Women of Tampa Bay

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:15 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Premier Eye Care president and chief executive officer Lorna Taylor recently was honored with the 2018 Leadership Award by Working Women of Tampa Bay. The leadership award, presented annually at a luncheon, recognizes Tampa Bay area women who excel in their careers and make a significant difference in the community, according to an announcement. Under Taylor’s leadership, Tampa-based Premier Eye Care has become a leader in managed eyecare and technology-based solutions and is recognized for its corporate culture and commitment to diversity at every level, according to the announcement. Premier has a 4 percent turnover rate, significantly lower than the 35 percent industry average, and has been ranked nationally as one of the 75 “Best Places to Work for Millennials” by the Center for Generational Kinetics, the announcement noted.

AOA Trustee Fred Farias III Named to Texas Higher Education Board

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Friday, March 23, 2018 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed American Optometric Association (AOA) trustee Fred Farias III, OD, as vice chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students by providing leadership and coordination for the state’s higher education system, according to AOA. Dr. Farias was elected to the AOA board in 2017, and is chief executive officer of 20/20 Vision Care in McAllen, Texas.