Digital Diagnostics and Orbis International Announce Study to Help Save Sight in Bangladesh

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:30 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics, developers of IDx-DR, an FDA De Novo-cleared autonomous AI system for the detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME), and Orbis International, the influential nonprofit dedicated to fighting avoidable blindness around the world, have partnered on a study that will bring high-quality disease detection to communities in Bangladesh.

Modo Announces Support of 10 Terra Carta Transition Coalitions at G7 Summit

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK and CORNWAL—Modo was one of the first companies to support HRH the Prince of Wales and the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s (SMI) Terra Carta charter. Launched in January 2021, the Terra Carter lays out an ambitious roadmap for businesses to move toward a sustainable future, as reported in VMAIL in March of 2021. Now, as part of the initiative, HRH The Prince of Wales has met with G7 leaders and global CEOs to call for coordinated action to tackle climate change and launch the 10 Terra Carta Transition Coalitions. As a supporter of SMI’s Terra Carta, Modo announced that it welcomed this announcement, made on June 11.

Prevent Blindness to Present its 2021 Person of Vision Award to Marc Ferrara of Jobson Medical Information, at Vision Expo West

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Monday, June 14, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight will present its 2021 Person of Vision Award to Marc Ferrara, CEO of Information Services, Jobson Medical Information, on Thursday, Sept. 23, in conjunction with Vision Expo West. The Person of Vision event will be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., with the program and award presentation beginning at 8:30 p.m. All attendees are invited to the Champagne after-party immediately following the program.

ABB Optical Group Relaunches Annual ABB Cares Program

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB) has announced the return of its signature community grants program, ABB Cares. Launched in 2014, the program has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to non-profit organizations across the country. Applications for the program will be accepted beginning Monday, August 2. “After a challenging year, the ABB Cares program is needed now more than ever,” said ABB Optical Group CEO Tom Burke. “Non-profits across the country were severely impacted by the pandemic.

l.a.Eyeworks Donates $65,000 to Art For Justice Fund Through WELLS Frame Sales

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—l.a.Eyeworks has announced the donation of $65,000 to the Art For Justice Fund with the proceeds generated by the sale of its WELLS frame, which the brand launched in August 2020 and named in honor of journalist and civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells.

Essilor Vision Foundation Offers Funds for ODs and Nonprofits That Serve Charitable Patients

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS, TEXAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced that it is committing $250,000 to support eye doctors in their efforts to prioritize charitable patients who need vision care through its new Changing Life through Lenses (CLTL) Relief Fund.

First Global Research Program Devoted to Vision and Sustainable Development Goals Is Launching

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Friday, June 4, 2021 12:18 AM LONDON—The Wellcome Trust and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation announced a £3.5 million contribution to support the launch of a five-year research project that will explore vision care as a driver of development across the life course. The project, known as ENGINE, comprises a four-country suite of trials examining the impact of glasses on promoting better living from childhood through to old age, the two organizations said in a statement. ENGINE examines how eyeglasses, an affordable, effective and widely- available treatment, can help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals across the life course in the following ways:

13th Annual Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament Is Set for June 2 during Vision Expo East

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Friday, May 28, 2021 12:18 AM CHICAGO—There is still time to register for the 2021 Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Gold Tournament being held on Wednesday, June 2, at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge, Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with Vision Expo East.

Prevent Blindness to Host 10th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit as Two-Day Virtual Event July 14-15

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Registration is open for 10th annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit. This year’s Summit will be held as an interactive virtual event on July 14-15, with a variety of presentations related to the theme, "Our Changing Vision.” The event will include multiple opportunities for participant engagement, including moderated discussions on key topics, chats with presenters, an exhibit hall with live exhibitor chat and video conversation, and more. The two-day event will kick off with keynote speaker, Michael F. Chiang, MD, director of National Eye Institute. Dr. Chiang’s remarks will address the key advancements in research, policies and social issues along with NEI’s strategic objectives related to advancing vision and eye health.

VisionSpring Raises $1.5 Million for India COVID-19 Response, Supporting Partners Help Four-Pronged Effort

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Monday, May 24, 2021 12:27 AM NEW DELHI—VisionSpring has announced that it has secured an initial $1.5 million in emergency response commitments for the continuing COVID-19 crisis in India. VisionSpring will deliver more than 1,000 oxygen concentrators and other COVID-19 care and safety supplies to frontline health workers in India, rolling out a four pillar response, rooted in meeting critical and urgent needs in low income communities within its network of 100 health and eyecare partners across India.

Essilor Vision Foundation and Triangle Visions Optometry Form Charitable Partnership

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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and Triangle Visions Optometry announced a partnership through EVF’s See Kids Soar https://www.evfusa.org/get-involved/see-kids-soar/ program. See Kids Soar is an in-office cause campaign intended to inspire parents, patients and eye doctors’ staff to adopt the cause of vision, and give them an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. Triangle Visions Optometry will launch the program in all of its 22 practices in May. “Everyone at Triangle Visions Optometry has a heart for giving back and serving communities that have limited or no access to eyecare,” said Anthony Clark, OD, owner, chief medical officer and chief development officer. 

Modo's Eco Named 'Best Eyewear Brand' in Seventeen Magazine's Sustainable Style Awards

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eco, from Modo, has been awarded the Best Eyewear Brand award in Seventeen Magazine's  2021 Sustainable Style Award. In an announcement Eco said, "It’s always great to be recognized. But it means even more when it helps our planet. We're proud and honored to be awarded by Seventeen in their #sustainablestyleawards for our wildly trendy and sustainable sunglasses and hope that everyone joins our commitment to living responsibly for a greener future (and looking great while doing so). Together, we can make a big difference—one frame at a time."

Optical Community Steps Up to Celebrate Earth Day

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Founded in 1970 as a direct reaction to the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, Earth Day has marked the anniversary of the modern environmental movement for over 50 years. Every year, April 22 is a day to think about how we treat the planet we live on, as well as a day for action and legislation that will help protect the environment. Within the optical community, much of that action takes place in the form of donations, partnerships and other special programs.

International Agency for Prevention of Blindness Declares Climate Emergency, Issues Call to Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Eye Health

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—In recognition of Earth Day, on April 22, 2021, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has declared a Climate Emergency and released a Call to Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in the Eye Health Sector.

Philanthropist Herbert Wertheim, OD, Joins Scripps Research Board of Directors

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 12:15 AM JUPITER, Fla.—Herbert Wertheim, OD, DSc, MD, an accomplished scientist, clinician, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been named to the board of directors at Scripps Research, an independent, nonprofit biomedical institute. Active in service to the southern Florida community for over 50 years, Wertheim has contributed greatly to public education, cultural arts and community health care.