Dr. Maria Briceno Martin Takes a Leap Forward on Dream of Practice Ownership

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Friday, August 16, 2019 10:03 AM Maria Briceno Martin, OD, vividly recalls the moment when she decided she would take the leap forward on her dream of practice ownership. It was August 2017, and her second daughter was just one year old. As she was feeding the baby on a Friday afternoon, Dr. Briceno Martin’s husband Greg poised the question if opening an office was still her plan. “I was happy and stable, and I had a great job,” Dr. Briceno Martin says of the position she’d held for the past decade with an OD/MD group. “It was an ideal experience but I always felt like something was missing.” By Monday morning, she was ready to have a conversation with her employers about her future plans. And six months later she opened Lakes Family Eye Care.

Maui Jim and VSP Global Expand Relationship to Include Maui Jim Inside the VSP Formulary and VSP Contract Lab Network

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:27 AM PEORIA, Ill.—Maui Jim the sunglass and eyewear supplier, announced "a significant step forward in its ongoing relationship with VSP Global" yesterday, reporting that Maui Jim will officially be available within the VSP formulary and will be included in the VSP contract lab network. With a VSP account, users will now have a more streamlined way of placing Maui Jim orders for patients utilizing their VSP benefit. Accessing patented Maui Jim lens technologies like PolarizedPlus2, and proprietary lens materials like MauiBrilliant and Maui High Blue Light Protect will be easier, Maui Jim's announcement said.

Jobson Medical Information Joins Global Myopia Awareness Coalition

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:24 AM DENVER, Col.—Jobson Medical Information has officially joined the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) as the group’s official North American media sponsor. Jobson and the 12 other members of GMAC aim to promote public awareness of childhood myopia as a treatable disease through direct to consumer channels and government awareness, NGOs, and other healthcare associations. Jobson will use its platforms—Review of Myopia ManagementReview of Optometric BusinessVision Monday20/20 Magazine—to share information about GMAC’s activities and mission with its community, with Review of Myopia Management leading this initiative.

FDA Approves Eylea Injection Prefilled Syringe

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:18 AM TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Prior-Approval Supplement (PAS) for its Eylea (aflibercept) injection prefilled syringe. The 2 mg, single-dose, sterilized prefilled syringe provides physicians with a new way to administer Eylea that requires fewer preparation steps compared to vials. Market supply of the Eylea prefilled syringe is expected to be available to physicians and patients this year, the company said in a statement.

Visioneering Secures Regulatory Registration in Hong Kong

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Visioneering Technologies, based here, has received a Certificate of Listing from Hong Kong’s Medical Device Control Office, Department of Health. Listing No. 190176 applies to the NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Multifocal and NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Sphere currently marketed by Visioneering, as well as the NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Toric and NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Multifocal Toric products that Visioneering plans to market in the near future. The registration covers the use of the company’s NaturalVue Multifocal for myopia progression control.

CDC and AOA to Team Up for Contact Lens Health Week

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:19 AM NEW YORK—This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual Contact Lens Health Week will take place from Aug. 19 to 23. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Contact Lens Health Starts With You,” and is aimed to encourage ECPs to share healthy wear and care recommendations with their contact lens patients. Together with the American Optometric Association, the CDC will promote Contact Lens Health Week through a variety of channels, including a Facebook live stream on Monday, Aug. 19, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Essilor of America and Actress Marsai Martin to Raise Awareness About Need for Kids to Receive Total Eyecare This Back to School Season

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Monday, August 12, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America and 14-year-old actress Marsai Martin, best known for her role on the award-winning TV comedy show "Black-ish," are raising awareness about the urgent need for children across the nation to receive total vision care this back to school season.

Compulink Healthcare Solutions to Acquire MyEyeStore

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Monday, August 12, 2019 12:15 AM NEWBURY Park, Calif.⁠—Compulink Healthcare Solutions has announced an agreement to acquire MyEyeStore, an e-commerce solution in ophthalmic health care focusing primarily on contact lens re-ordering.

The Society to Advance Opticianry to Launch New Ophthalmic Telemedicine Certification

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Friday, August 9, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Society to Advance Opticianry (SAO) is planning to unveil a new certification program plan at the upcoming Vision Expo West conference in Las Vegas. The plan will provide new opportunities for credentialed opticians and other industry professionals to qualify and serve the public as a “Certified Visual Assessment Specialist” in Ophthalmic Telemedicine. The unveiling will be held on Saturday. Sept. 21 at 10:00 am at Level 3 LIDO, Room 3005 on Saturday, during Expo West in the Sands Expo Convention Center.

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

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Thursday, August 8, 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.

Prevent Blindness’ NCCVEH Announces Renewed Grant From Federal Health Resources and Services Administration

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:15 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness(NCCVEH) has announced that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau is granting the Center $300,000. This is the second year that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has granted this money to NCCVEH in support of the Center’s work to improve eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children by the year 2021.

The Contact Lens Museum Officially Opens to the Public

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Monday, August 5, 2019 12:18 AM FOREST GROVE, Ore.—On July 30, 2019, The Contact Lens Museum was officially opened to the general public. The museum was founded by Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, Jiah Pack and Craig Norman, FCLSA, who are all collectors of contact lens artifacts, instruments and publications. The museum, which houses more than 2,000 historical items documenting the history of contact lenses over the past 100-plus years, is free to the public and located in Forest Grove, Oregon. The goal of the museum is to preserve, protect and educate ECPs, researchers, historians and the public about the history of contact lenses, and features a chronological series of the evolution of contact lenses.

Philanthropist Pledges $2 Million Gift to Combat Corneal Blindness

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:18 AM LONDON and BOSTON—Tej Kohli, a London-based billionaire who made his fortune during the dotcom boom selling e-commerce payments software, has pledged $2 million to Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston to fund innovation in research to cure corneal blindness, including the development of promising biotechnology solutions. The move reflects Kohli’s belief in the promise of new technologies to build a better world as he seeks to find a solution to eliminating avoidable corneal blindness that is not dependent on transplantation.

CooperVision on Track to Donate up to $500,000 From its MiSight Sales to Our Children’s Vision by the End of 2020

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—With the rising levels of myopia predicted to effect nearly five billion people by 2050, it’s becoming more important for organizations to band together to fight this public health epidemic. CooperVision has supported the Our Children’s Vision campaign for the last two years by donating a percentage of its CooperVision MiSight 1 day contact lens sales to the organization, and has now extended the program to recommit to the cause. Through its continued support, CooperVision expects to contribute up to $500,000 from its global MiSight sales to Our Children’s Vision by the end of 2020, the company said.

Innovega Gains Key Approval for On-Eye Testing of AR/VR Contact Lens

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Monday, July 29, 2019 12:21 AM BELLEVUE, Wash.—Innovega announced that it has received a key approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for on-eye testing of iOptik, a proprietary contact lens designed to be worn with the company’s augmented and virtual reality eyewear. The IRB has approved a protocol for single exposure of Innovega’s iOptik contact lens and prototype display eyewear simultaneously for up to six hours, allowing augmented reality subject experts to report their observations when viewing media from Innovega's eMacula near-eye display eyewear, Innovega said in a statement.