Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

Prevent Blindness to Hold 13th Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament at Vision Expo East

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest voluntary eye health organization, has announced that the 2021 Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 2, at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with Vision Expo East.

California Optometric Association Notes State’s Decision to Allow Optometrists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:15 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In a move to address the state’s shortage of health care providers available to administer COVID-19 vaccines, the California Department of Consumer Affairs approved a public health emergency waiver that will allow doctors of optometry to administer COVID-19 vaccines to persons 16 years of age or older, according to the California Optometric Association (COA). Optometrists can immediately help with surge capacity at mass vaccination sites once more vaccine is available, COA noted earlier this month.

IDOC Connection 2021 Successfully Draws More Than 1,100 Attendees, With 85 Sessions Featured via Interactive Virtual Meeting Platform

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Friday, February 19, 2021 12:18 AM NORWALK Conn.—IDOC's Connection 2021, the alliance’s annual national conference, took place for the first time this year via a virtual platform that featured general sessions, exhibitor booths, nightly entertainment, and networking opportunities for the more than 1,100 attendees.

The Vision Council Releases Results of January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey. The Vision Council fielded the survey to the organization’s panel of more than 1,700 eyecare providers during the last week of January.

VM's Conversation With HEA’s Justin Manning, OD: Eyecare Professionals Adapt and Prosper Through a Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare professionals have shown both their resilience and their willingness to adapt over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic has forced practice closings, upended in-office procedures and put more emphasis on digital offerings and meeting new patient expectations. But through it all, many ECPs have managed to continue growing their practices and making the changes that will be necessary to succeed going forward after the COVID-19 threat subsides, according to Justin Manning, OD, MPH, FAAO, executive vice president, professional strategies for Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA).

Healthy Eyes Advantage Expands Support of State Associations, Adding Alabama and North Carolina as Partners and Enhancing Collaboration with Maine and Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:24 AM BOCA RATON, FLA.—Healthy Eyes Advantage Inc. (HEA) has moved to expand and continue its strategic initiative to increase support of independent optometry by entering into new partnership arrangements with the Alabama Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society, according to an announcement this week.

Vision Expo and the National Optometric Association to Host Virtual EYE2EYE Series Spotlighting 5 Black Eyewear Entrepreneurs for Black History Month; NOA to Host More Virtual Events

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:24 AM Vision Expo and NOA to host EYE2EYE series, Transitions Optical’s Pulse meeting, Northeast optical sales dip, Kate Renwick-Espinosa to head up VSP Vision Care and WebMD fights vaccine misinformation all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Prevent Blindness to Hold 16th Annual ‘Eyes on Capitol Hill’ Advocacy Virtual Event From Feb. 24-25

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will be holding its 16th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy event, held virtually this year, on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

IDOC Connection Kicks Off With Keynoter Kim Becking Addressing ‘Change’

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Monday, February 8, 2021 12:18 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC's Connection 2021 meeting got under way last Wednesday via a virtual platform that accommodated general sessions, breakouts, exhibitor booths and networking opportunities for the registered attendees. The three-day virtual event concluded Friday. The virtual platform also featured live chat rooms, continuing education, and engaging industry presentations. Wednesday’s general session included a keynote address by leadership expert and best-selling author Kim Becking, who spoke on the topic, “Punch in the Gut Moments: How to Get up, Grit up, and Conquer Change.”

Bausch + Lomb and Prevent Blindness Launch Video Series to Raise Awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J., and CHICAGO—Bausch + Lomb and Prevent Blindness announced they are collaborating for the sixth consecutive year during AMD Awareness Month to raise awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults 50 years of age and older.

Organizers of Vision Expo Announce That Vision Expo East 2021 Will Now Take Place June 2-5 in Orlando, Fla.

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Friday, January 29, 2021 8:35 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that Vision Expo East 2021, originally scheduled to take place at the Javits Center in New York City from May 25-28, 2021, will now take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. from June 2-5, 2021. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, June 3. The decision was based on the current restrictions on large gatherings in New York State due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

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.