PECAA Marks One Year of VSP Vision Collaboration With Record PECAA Max Membership, New Events Lineup and Expanded Investment

By Staff
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 12:24 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), the nation’s largest community of independent eyecare professionals, is celebrating the one year anniversary of its collaboration with VSP Vision by announcing record PECAA Max membership, a new lineup of community-based events and virtual CE opportunities, as well as expanded investment in private practice. The VSP Vision Exam Rebate (VER), announced in June and originally scheduled to expire at the end of this year, has been extended through 2024, due to such positive engagement from private practice doctors, PECAA said.

SUNY College of Optometry President Dr. David A. Heath Announces Retirement Plans at End of 2023-2024 Academic Year

By Staff
Monday, September 25, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—After more than 16 years of leadership, SUNY College of Optometry president Dr. David A. Heath announced to members of the College Council, the SUNY College of Optometry Foundation Board, faculty and staff of his plans to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.

20/20 Onsite Now Offering On-Site Vision Services in Orlando

By Staff
Monday, September 25, 2023 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—20/20 Onsite, a Boston-based mobile optometry company, has announced its expansion to Florida, now offering on-site vision care services to Orlando employers.

Time to ‘Fall’ Into Seasonal Allergies

By Daniel Breeman
Friday, September 22, 2023 8:30 AM Cooling temperatures, shorter days and the turning of leaves to bright autumn colors can also bring unwelcomed seasonal allergies, among them ocular allergies that can include irritating symptoms such as red, swollen, or itchy eyes, burning or tearing of the eyes, and an increased sensitivity to light. According to the American Optometric Association, ocular allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, is one of the most common ocular surface diseases in primary eyecare. Yet allergic conjunctivitis is often unaddressed largely due to its relatively benign nature. The good news for fall eye allergy sufferers is that prevention and treatment for seasonal allergies is well within reach.

World Leaders Discuss ‘The Value of Vision’ at the United Nations

By Staff
Friday, September 22, 2023 12:27 AM NEW YORK—World leaders met in New York yesterday to discuss the value of vision to the world. More than 2.2 billion people, almost one-third of humanity, currently live with vision impairment, with 1.1 billion people suffering from avoidable sight loss, 90 percent of whom live in middle-and-lower-income countries. The meeting, hosted by Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and supported by organizations in the eye health sector, heard that unaddressed poor sight costs the global economy $411 billion in lost productivity each year and impedes a states’ ability to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities.

The Vision Council Releases Focused inSights Telehealth Report

By Staff
Friday, September 22, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council released Focused inSights Telehealth 2023, a new report offering critical insights into the evolving role of telehealth in eyecare. Despite its ability to provide quality care to patients whenever and wherever it is needed, the report found that telehealth awareness and use for eyecare remains low. These findings come just in time for Telehealth Awareness Week, celebrated by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) from September 17 – 23.

IbisVision Bringing New Refraction Technology for Internet Eye Prescriptions to U.S.

By Staff
Friday, September 22, 2023 12:21 AM GLASGOW—IbisVision, a Glasgow-based company advancing approaches to remote and over-the-internet eyecare, has announced it is bringing its updated technology to the U.S.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Appoints Erin Powers as VP of U.S. Sales and Marketing for Surgical Vision

By Staff
Friday, September 22, 2023 12:18 AM IRVINE, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced the appointment of Erin Powers to the position of vice president of U.S. sales and marketing for its surgical vision portfolio.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 11–17, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept.11–17, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 20 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) when compared with last year (2022), 14 points above the same period in 2021, 4 points above 2020 and 17 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Construction on Waterloo Eye Institute to Begin Next Year

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—With support from the optometry profession, alumni and donors across Canada, construction is set to begin next year on the Waterloo Eye Institute, a state-of-the-art facility supporting advances in vision research, optometric education and patient care.

Eyecare Is Important to Employees Amid Greater Attention to Holistic Health, Transitions Optical Survey Says

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:18 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions has released its latest 2023 Workplace Wellness Survey which examines the influences that play a role in employee eye health and eyecare. The report finds increased attention to holistic health may motivate employees to seek care for eye health concerns.

CooperVision Opens Applications for 2024 Best Practices Honorees and Student Scholarship Recipients

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision announced its ninth annual search for the nation’s Best Practices and student honorees. The initiative brings together eyecare practices from all corners of the country that are committed to advancing the profession.

For Sports Eye Safety Month, ECPs Get Social

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 8:30 AM NEW YORK—For sports lovers, Fall is an exciting time. Many sport seasons restart in the Fall, both professional and amateur—which also makes this season the perfect time to talk to patients about keeping their eyes safe while getting active. This Sports Eye Safety Month, Prevent Blindness shared new data that shows more than 32,000 sports-related eye injuries were treated in the U.S. last year—an increase of nearly 20 percent from the previous year.

Prevent Blindness Joins With IAPB on 2023 World Sight Day Global Initiative

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:30 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a leading eye health and safety organization, is joining the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and fellow eye health organizations across the globe, to raise awareness about vision and eye health issues and promote access to eyecare as part of “World Sight Day” on Oct. 12, 2023. This year’s theme, “Love Your Eyes at Work,” was chosen to help people understand the importance of protecting their vision in the workplace, and to call on business leaders to prioritize the eye health of workers everywhere, according to IAPB.

Peter Lothes to Join Fielmann Group as Chief Operating Officer

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:27 AM HAMBURG, Germany—Peter Lothes, an optical industry veteran, will join Fielmann Group as chief operating officer with group responsibility for manufacturing and logistics worldwide, including locations in Germany, China, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and the U.S.