Eyes of Faith Announces Charity Eyewear Collaboration With Radio Host Delilah

By Staff
Monday, September 16, 2019 12:18 AM LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Christian eyewear brand Eyes of Faith has announced a collaboration with Delilah Rene, the most-listened to woman on radio in the United States. Made up of four styles, the collaboration will also support charity—Eyes of Faith will donate $10 to Delilah’s foundation Point of Hope for every frame sold. Delilah founded Point of Hope 15 years ago to advocate for children in the foster system, raise points of hope across the US, and be a voice for children in West Africa. Donations from this collaboration specifically will provide funding to build homes for orphans at the Point Hope Village in Ghana.

Wize Pharma Licenses Ophthalmic Non-viral Gene Therapy Technology

By Staff
Friday, September 13, 2019 12:15 AM
HOD HASHARON, Israel—Wize Pharma a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with U.S.-based Copernicus Therapeutics. The agreement grants Wize exclusive rights to license, develop and commercialize products based on a non-viral gene therapy technology developed by Copernicus for the treatment of choroideremia (CHM). "We are very pleased and excited to enter into this agreement with Copernicus. Their proprietary and innovative technology addresses what we believe to be the greatest challenges in gene therapy, including overcoming the potential immune system response to treatment, thereby allowing repeated treatments if necessary. As an ophthalmology focused company, Wize is eager to develop and commercialize this cutting-edge gene therapy to transform the treatment of eye related diseases," said Mark Sieczkarek, chairman of the board of directors of Wize.

Allyala Nandakumar and Serge Resnikoff Join Vision Impact’s Institute’s Advisory Board

By Staff
Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:18 AM The Vision Impact Institute (VII) announced two new additions to its global advisory board. Allyala Nandakumar, PhD, and Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, were approved as board members at the organization's meeting in July. Dr. Nandakumar brings his expertise as an internationally recognized health-financing expert to the board. Currently, he is Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University where he is the director of the master of science program in global health and development. In January 2018, Nandakumar was appointed the first chief economist at the office of the global AIDS coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. He served previously as the chief economist for the Global Health Bureau at USAID.

New Career Zone to Offer Full Day of Networking Events at Expo West

By Staff
Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Available at Vision Expo West on Saturday, Sept. 21, only, the new Career Zone will offer an environment designed to connect corporate optical companies and associations with potential hires. “Following its success at Vision Expo East, the Career Zone will provide attendees a comfortable location to explore career and leadership opportunities from a variety of well-respected businesses,” said Joanne Mohr, Vision Expo event director of Reed Exhibitions. “Attendees can take advantage of unique access to discussions focused on career resources and hiring advice that could transform their professional endeavors.”

Indie Father-Daughter Duo Are a San Diego Staple

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:00 PM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Independent optometry is part of the Chinn family's DNA. Thirty years ago, Stephen Chinn, OD, opened his very first independent private practice in San Diego, after graduating from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry in 1972. Throughout his career, Dr. Chinn has had up to three private practices at once—but these days he focuses his attention on one in particular. Today, he and his daughter, Jennifer Chinn, OD, who graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in 2015, practice together at Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care, in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. Their independent practice is a member of the VisionSource Network.

Review of Myopia Management Launches Updated Website Design

By Staff
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The September edition of Review of Myopia Management features the launch of an upgraded website design that provides easier access to its multichannel content. “Review of Myopia Management, the first and only publication dedicated to myopia, has received amazing feedback since its inception in March 2019. However, we’ve heard that sometimes the website was difficult to navigate. With the launch of our redesigned website, we’ve now made it intuitive for eyecare professionals to find the exact content they are looking for,” said Dwight Akerman OD, MBA, FAAO, chief medical editor of Review of Myopia Management.

[Partner Post] Nationwide Pledge and Partnership Puts Focus on Single Vision

By Staff
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:28 AM Today’s families are facing an eyecare health crisis. Studies1 show nearly half (49 percent) of children with myopia have difficulty in the classroom, and 41 percent of parents with myopic children said their children struggle with everyday activities. To add to this growing issue, many parents are unaware that not all eyeglasses are the same and that there is a difference in lens quality and features that can impact their child’s visual outcome. 

BHVI Embarks on a New Program for Growth

By Staff
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:18 AM SYDNEY, Australia — Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) announced that it is embarking on a new strategic roadmap, a process that included realigning its organizational structure. As part of the realignment, Dr. Arthur Back has been appointed managing director of VisionCRC, BHVI’s science arm which translates the organization’s research into commercial products. "We are excited to have Dr. Arthur Back join us. Dr Back invented more than 60 patents and commercialized 18 products while he was chief technology officer at CooperVision. Combined with the expertise of Professor Sankaridurg, a pioneer in the field of Myopia research, we are at the forefront of our industry,” said Yvette Waddell, CEO of BHVI.

Review of Myopia Management Launches Updated Website Design

By Staff
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The September edition of Review of Myopia Management features the launch of an upgraded website design that provides easier access to its multichannel content. “Review of Myopia Management, the first and only publication dedicated to myopia, has received amazing feedback since its inception in March 2019. However, we’ve heard that sometimes the website was difficult to navigate. With the launch of our redesigned website, we’ve now made it intuitive for eyecare professionals to find the exact content they are looking for,” said Dwight Akerman OD, MBA, FAAO, chief medical editor of Review of Myopia Management.

Two Speakers Join VM LIVE Program in Vegas, to Explain Telehealth's Potential and the 'New' Patient Experience

By Staff
Monday, September 9, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A practicing optometrist and the CEO of a fast-growing retail/eyecare group will share their views about telehealth's potential in eyecare and how such new technologies can build bridges from the ECP to their patients in a session that's now part of the upcoming VM LIVE forum, "Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight," to be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 18 just prior to the opening of Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.

Santinelli and Sios to Host Education and Training Workshops Throughout Expo West

By Staff
Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:15 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Santinelli Int'l and the company's new tools and accessories division, Sios, will be hosting free hands-on education workshops throughout Vision Expo West.  Lead by industry leading experts, the diverse workshops are highly interactive with the goal of elevating registered attendee’s skill set with valuable takeaways to help solve real, every-day problems.  Registered attendees will receive certificates of completion and free goodie bags for their attendance.  Registration is limited, and there are various workshops on a multitude of topics. Workshops and instructors will include: 
 

Alcon Names Dr. Carla Mack Global Head of Professional Affairs for Vision Care

By Staff
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 12:18 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC) has named Dr. Carla Mack its global head, professional affairs, according to an announcement this week. In her new role, Dr. Mack leads professional affairs within Alcon’s global vision care franchise and reports to Andy Pawson, president and general manager, global vision care franchise. As global head, Dr. Mack is responsible for coordinating and consolidating the company’s vision care professional affairs strategy and initiatives, working in partnership with regional professional leaders and teams within the global franchise.

Coherent Eye Care names Justin Manning as Director of Population Health Strategies and Provider Education

By Staff
Friday, August 30, 2019 12:24 AM PENSACOLA, Fla.—Coherent Eye Care, a leader in development and management of clinically integrated eyecare networks, has named Justin Manning, OD, MPH, as director of population health strategies and provider education, according to an announcement Thursday. Dr. Manning is the founder and chief executive officer of eyeLeader, a consulting and education company driven to empower eyecare providers to lead in a changing healthcare system through leadership development and population health management. "As director of population health strategies and provider education, Dr. Manning will be leading the advancement of Coherent's goals within the provider community on a national level,” Coherent president and chief executive officer Jim Brocato said in the announcement. “He will lead new initiatives in continuing education, leadership development, and inter-provider communication. Educating our providers about their role in population eye health management is a key part of our mission.”

Cognivue Enters Vision Field With FDA-approved Computerized Cognitive Function Test.

By Staff
Friday, August 30, 2019 12:21 AM VICTOR, N.Y.—A new company, Cognivue, is entering the vision care field, with a cognitive test for Alzheimers, dementia and baseline concussion testing. Cognivue Advanced is the first FDA-approved computerized test of cognitive function. The service supports new research on the connection between cognitive function and the onset of the diseases and the company is seeking to build awareness of the test and its services among optometrists,  who are also seeking ways to address new patient services and practice opportunities. Cognivue's execs point to recent research which supports the connection between cognitive decline and vision impairment. Cognivue identifies changes in cognitive function that could be indicative of an impairment that can be managedd. The CogniSystem utilizes a patented software algorithm that uses adaptive psychophysics which uniquely calibrates each individuals motor and visual abilities and continuously adapts to the individual’s performance providing a customized screening specifically for the them.

Accessible Products Hotline Launches

By Staff
Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Consumers with vision loss will no longer have to spend hours searching for products that fit their unique accessibility needs, thanks to the launch of the first-of-its-kind Accessible Products Hotline announced yesterday by Envision. Funded by a grant from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, the hotline will be operated by the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center, connecting callers with professional advice about purchasing and operating the top home, office and personal use products on the market today.