Vision Source Announces Mobile Vision Clinic Tour Across 13 Cities

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Source has announced a mobile vision clinic tour of 13 major U.S. cities in 2020 to raise awareness for the importance of an annual comprehensive eye exam. Along the tour, Vision Source doctors and staff will provide free exams and corrective eyewear to families across the country who do not have access to vision care. The tour began in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and will also travel to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Locally licensed doctors within the Vision Source network will staff the events, which will be equipped to support all aspects of a comprehensive eye exam.

New Chair, Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors

By Staff
Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:15 AM ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Eversight has announced that two new members and a new chair have been named to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. Joining the Eversight board of directors are Carolyn Welsh, vice president & chief clinical officer, NJ Sharing Network, and Mahmoud N. Ghazzi, MD, Ph.D, MPH, an experienced researcher and biopharmaceutical consultant.

Essilor Vision Foundation to Launch Vote for Vision Campaign

By Staff
Friday, January 10, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) believes all kids can be winners with clear vision and is kicking off 2020, by launching its Vote for Vision campaign. Vote for Vision encourages people to prioritize their children’s vision and to donate to the foundation so children in underserved communities around the country can receive critical vision care. In its announcement, the foundation noted, "To most people, 2020 is just another year. But for the vision industry, 2020 is the year of vision -- a year when everyone should make their eye health a priority and be advocates for the estimated 12 million kids in America with a vision impairment. It is estimated that half of those 12 million kids are not getting the care they need due to barriers of awareness, access and affordability of vision services. You can help a child receive life-changing vision care by Voting for Vision in 2020."

CooperVision Launches First-Ever Scholarship for Best Practices Program

By Staff
Monday, December 30, 2019 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced the launch of its first-ever Best Practices Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be offered to outstanding third-year optometry students as an expansion of the company’s annual Best Practices initiative, which recognizes practices that advance the optometry profession through innovation, leadership, and exceptional patient experience. This scholarship will provide recipients with an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 Best Practices Summit, a three-day event where they will be able to meet and collaborate with the year’s honorees.

Glaucoma, ‘The Sneak Thief of Sight,’ Continues to Affect Vision of Millions of Americans

By Staff
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—According to estimates from the Prevent Blindness report, “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more than 3.2 million Americans ages 40 and over have glaucoma in the year 2020. The number is expected to increase as the population ages. Glaucoma, often referred to as the "The Sneak Thief of Sight," is a leading cause of vision loss that damages the optic nerve. Although symptoms may not be noticeable at first, glaucoma slowly diminishes peripheral vision (side vision), making activities such as driving increasingly, according to a Prevent Blindness announcement this week.

Vision Benefits of America Grants $298,000 to the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation

By Staff
Monday, December 23, 2019 12:18 AM
PITTSBURGH—Vision Benefits of America, Inc. (VBA), a commercial group benefits organization, announced donations totaling $298,000 to the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation in 2019. The donations will provide essential eyecare to those in need.“VBA is proud to support the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation in its mission to offer fundamental eyecare and preserve human eyesight,” said Jeff Hollowood, CEO and president at VBA. “In addition to providing our own members with access to high-quality eyecare, we are privileged to be able to give to the community through the relationships we’ve built in the optical industry.”

Social Purpose

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Mark Tosh
Monday, December 16, 2019 12:30 AM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. Indeed, perhaps more powerful than ever, according to a Kantar Consulting report, “Purpose 2020 – Inspiring Purpose-Led Growth.”

ABB Optical Group Awards Donations to Seven Charities Through its ABB Cares Program

By Staff
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading national provider of optical products, services and business solutions, has announced that seven non-profit organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for outstanding programming and community impact. The grants are issued under the auspices of the Sixth Annual ABB Cares Program, and all of the grant-winners were nominated by eyecare professionals from across the nation. Since the program’s inception in 2014, ABB Optical Group has donated more than $65,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the United States, according to the company’s announcement this week.

World Sight Day Activities and Messages Amplify Awareness of Healthy Vision

By Staff
Monday, November 11, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—The voices, social media messages and outreach of thousands of eyecare professionals, dozens of U.S. and international organizations, foundations, social purpose groups and optical companies contributed to a global crescendo about the importance of improving access to vision care on Oct. 10 in honor of World Sight Day 2019. A series of initiatives advocated for more financial support and increased awareness for the value and importance of healthy vision and expanding eyecare and eyewear products and services to those in need.

Yes, We Can Eliminate Poor Vision by 2050

By Hubert Sagnieres
Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:00 AM