Veteran Optical Executive Timothy Aiken Joins Cleinman Performance Partners in Management Role

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:18 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—Cleinman Performance Partners, has appointed Timothy Aiken, a veteran optical industry executive, as senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Aiken was named to the position by CEO and founder Alan Cleinman. “Tim will lead all sales, marketing, and communications functions,” explained Cleinman. “With over two decades of success in sales, marketing, and operations within our industry, Tim’s understanding of the eyecare market, and more specifically our clients and prospective clients, provides our firm with the right mix of knowledge and innovation to continue our position as North America’s premier business development consultancy for larger private optometry businesses.”

Bausch + Lomb Social Media Campaign Focuses on AMD Awareness

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:15 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corp. (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) announced a new social media campaign designed to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss for those over age 50 and the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and older. The campaign titled, "What Sight Inspires You," will feature personal stories and sights from Bausch + Lomb’s SightMatters community, an online educational resource designed for people living with AMD, along with educational content on AMD.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Partners With American Printing House for the Blind to Aid Young Adults

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:18 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) ConnectCenter have announced a partnership to offer joint programming and career development programs for young adults who are blind or have low vision.

Braille Institute and Lighthouse Guild Kick Off Low Vision Awareness Month

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES—The Braille Institute and Lighthouse Guild are both celebrating low vision awareness month in February with educational online seminars, a free personalized low vision consultation, and tips on coping with the low vision.

FTC Order Requires LasikPlus to Pay for its Bait-and-Switch Eye Surgery Ads

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:24 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an order requiring Ohio-based LCA-Vision, doing business as LasikPlus and Joffe MediCenter, to pay $1.25 million for using deceptive bait-and-switch advertising to trick consumers into believing they could have their vision corrected for less than $300. In reality, only 6.5 percent of consumers lured in for consultations were eligible for the advertised promotional price for both eyes. According to the FTC, despite the advertising claims, for consumers with less than near-normal vision, the company typically quoted a price between $1,800 and $2,295 per eye.

Orbis Partners With Hoya Vision Care to Help Fight Blindness

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare nonprofit Orbis International announced a renewed three-year partnership with Hoya Vision Care which will focus on helping school children get access to eyecare in low- to middle-income countries.

FDA Approves Modulight’s ML6710i Photodynamic Laser for Use With Bausch + Lomb’s Visudyne Therapy

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Monday, February 6, 2023 12:15 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a leading global eye health company, and Modulight Corporation, a biomedical laser company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ML6710i photodynamic laser for equivalent use with Bausch + Lomb’s Visudyne photodynamic therapy.

Annual COVID Shots

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:51 PM Health officials in the United States have suggested ways to simplify COVID-19 vaccine recommendations. These suggestions involve getting annual vaccinations for COVID, just like we do for the flu each year. Head over to WebMD for more on these plans from the FDA.

Four New Speakers Announced for VM Summit 'Insight, Unseen' Program on March 15 in NYC

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Four new speakers will offer fresh perspectives on major business and health care trends at the Vision Monday Leadership Summit, organizers of the event announced. The addition of these speakers to the VM Summit, “Insight, Unseen: How Leaders Uncover, Design and Scale Innovations,” significantly expands its scope. The live in-person event will feature prominent voices and key opinion leaders in communications, business consulting, human resources, retailing and vision care. Their ideas will inform a daylong program designed for senior decision makers and influencers from throughout the optical industry and eyecare professions.

25,700 ECPs Accept World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge challenge has been accepted by 63 global eyecare organizations and more than 25,700 practitioners.

The CDC Advises Against Use of EzriCare Eye Drops

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:15 AM LAKEWOOD, N.J.—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised against using EzriCare eye drops while it investigates multiple infections, hospitalizations, and at least one death in the U.S. associated with its usage, according to a statement released by the agency.

Prevent Blindness Provides Free Resources for February’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—As part of February’s Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, is offering free resources to the public to help educate and empower individuals, and their care partners, to make informed decisions about their vision and eye health. AMD is an eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans ages 50 and older. It affects central vision, where sharpest vision occurs, causing difficulty conducting daily tasks such as driving, reading and recognizing faces.

Over 60 Countries and Over 150 Eye Health Organizations Call on UN to Create a Special Envoy on Vision

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—More than 60 countries have written to UN Secretary-General António Guterres calling on him to create a Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Vision. The Envoy would build on the significant momentum developed around eye health over the past three years.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 23–29, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 23–29, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 9 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 5) when compared with last year (2022), 6 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 18 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Will Pandemic Consumer Trends Continue in 2023?

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 9:00 AM There are some behaviors that we’ve developed during the pandemic, like streaming instead of necessarily going to the movie theaters, [that] will stick around longer than we expect.