IDOC Returns to Orlando for National Conference: The Connection 2023

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Friday, May 27, 2022 12:27 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC has issued a “save the date” notice for the return of its annual national conference, The Connection, to be held in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 16 through Feb. 19, 2023.

PECAA Annual Meeting Shines Bright in Palm Springs

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:33 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—After a three-year hiatus and for the first time since combining with Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA), Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) welcomed more than 900 members, strategic vendor partners and industry thought leaders to reconnect in person for three days of camaraderie, education and idea exchange during its annual meeting, held from May 19-21 in Palm Springs, Calif. The event delivered a multitude of opportunities for PECAA members and their staff to connect with peers, as well as to learn more about new tools and resources now available to grow and sustain successful practices.

Mido Concludes Live Show in Milan, Marking Its 50th Edition With Celebrations and Special Awards

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:21 AM MILAN—The 50th edition of Mido concluded on Monday after three days at the Fiera Milano Rho conference center here, April 30-May 2. Organizers cited an enthusiastic and optimistic mood among showgoers as the international eyewear exhibition celebrated its 50+ year history in person after a two-year break due to the COVID pandemic. Organizers said, "This was a crucial event for the entire sector, an opportunity to share experiences and conduct business, as well as a chance to network, brainstorm and discuss new ideas."

The Vision Council Grows Government Relations Team With Addition of Omar Elkhatib as Government Relations Manager

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has appointed Omar Elkhatib as the organization’s new Government Relations Manager. In this role, he will work closely with The Vision Council’s federal affairs partners at Venable, regulatory counsel Rick Van Arnam and serve as the staff liaison to the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Elkhatib will report to Michael Vitale, The Vision Council’s vice president of Membership and Technical Affairs.

IDOC Earns Second Consecutive Great Place to Work Certification

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC has announced that it has been “certified” by Great Place to Work for the second year in a row. The notable award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at IDOC, according to the announcement.

Virginia Legislation Will Permit State’s ODs to Perform Certain Optometric Laser Procedures for Glaucoma and Post-Cataract Care

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:24 AM RICHMOND, Va.—In another successful effort to expand optometric scope of practice, legislation signed into law in Virginia will allow doctors of optometry to provide certain office-based laser procedures for glaucoma and post-cataract care.

SECO’s House of Delegates Elects Dr. Christine Cook as President, Along With New Board Members at Meeting in New Orleans

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:18 AM NEW ORLEANS—During the 99th annual SECO International meeting last week, the House of Delegates unanimously elected Dr. Christine Cook of Virginia Beach, Va., as president.

IDOC Experiences Record Attendance for 2022 National Conference

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Friday, March 11, 2022 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC’s national conference, The Connection 2022, drew a record-breaking audience this year of more than 800 attendees, including IDOC members, sponsor representatives and other industry professionals from across the country. After a virtual Connection meeting in 2021, this year IDOC made the event a return to an in-person format, leading to IDOC’s largest gathering in its history, according to an announcement this week. The Connection meeting was held Feb. 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. The theme for this year’s event was Inspiring Innovation, providing attendees with new insight into the critical role of business innovation in private practice success.

Review of Myopia Management Named Official Media Sponsor of International Myopia Conference

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands—Review of Myopia Management (RMM) has been named the Official Media Sponsor of the upcoming International Myopia Conference (IMC). To be held Sept. 4-7, 2022, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the 18th IMC will be hosted by the Erasmus Medical Center at the De Doelen, a state-of-the-art convention center in the heart of Rotterdam. The International Myopia Institute’s committee leader and member professor Caroline Klaver will chair the event. This upcoming meeting is several years in the making, as the IMI postponed the event in 2021 due to travel restrictions amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

IDOC Announces New Monthly Inventory Management Support to Empower Opticians and Improve Optical Sales Performance

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC has announced the addition of IDOC Inventory Management, a comprehensive and hands-on monthly inventory management service, to its full suite of practice management solutions.

The OWA to Celebrate 25 Years, Women in Leadership and Its 2022 Honorees at the Group's Champagne Breakfast in NYC on March 31

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Optical Women's Association (OWA) is planning to celebrate women in leadership during the organization's upcoming Champagne Breakfast and Star Award ceremony to be held here on Thursday, March 31, just prior to Vision Expo East.

Panelists Named for Contact Lens Institute’s March 3 ‘Making Contact Lens Compliance Stick’ Events

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—Four highly regarded optometrists have been named as panelists for a pair of Contact Lens Institute (CLI) online learning events scheduled for Thursday evening, March 3. Drs. Chris Lievens, Mark Schaeffer, Bridgitte Shen Lee, and Jason Tu will headline the sessions, “Making Contact Lens Compliance Stick: EASY Insights, Tips & Tools from Visionary Eye Care Pros.” Live sessions, including a participant Q&A, will be offered at both 6:30 pm EST and 6:30 pm PST. Register for the earlier session here, and the later session here.

Bipartisan House Coalition Petitions Centers for Disease Control for Update on Childhood Myopia Prevention

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Congressman John Joyce, MD, (R-Pa.) and signed by 26 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, has sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting an agency update on efforts to encourage early detection and prevention of childhood myopia.

AOA Launches Revamped EyeLearn Platform, Improves Accessibility of CE Resource

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) said this week that it has expanded the catalog of continuing education and professional development courses available to doctors, paraoptometric staff and students via the EyeLearn platform. The AOA noted that it now “welcomes members to a greater, more accessible user-experience on the AOA EyeLearn Professional Development Hub after an all-encompassing overhaul makes obtaining continuing education (CE) and professional development easier than ever before.”

Refractive Surgery Council Reports 32 Percent YTD Increase in Laser Vision Correction Procedure Volume over 2020

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Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:15 AM DALLAS—The Refractive Surgery Council (RSC) reported that laser vision correction (LVC) procedure volume for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled 190,509 procedures, marking a year-to-date increase of 32 percent over 2020. The total procedure volume for 2021 topped 833,000 for the first time since RSC began tracking LASIK, SMILE and PRK procedures in 2015. The results demonstrated “a significant consumer shift toward refractive surgery options to glasses and contacts,” the RSC announcement noted.