UnitedHealthcare Selected to Provide Vision and Dental Benefits for Federal Government Employees

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:36 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide dental and vision benefits through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

Fight for Sight and Prevent Blindness Announce Recipient of the 2020 Joanne Angle Public Health Award

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Fight for Sight, the first nonprofit organization in the U.S. to promote eye research, and Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest voluntary eye health organization, announced today the recipient of the 2020 Joanne Angle Public Health Award as Angela R. Elam, MD, Clinical assistant professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan.  The $25,000 grant was awarded for Dr. Elam’s study, “Engagement in Telemedicine-Based Glaucoma Screening in the Community Clinics.” The Joanne Angle Public Health Award is presented annually to research focusing on the public health side of vision and eye health.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Names New Executive and Advisory Board Officers

By Staff
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members. For the executive board, DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, assumes the position of president, succeeding Susan Daniel, OD, who now joins the NORA Advisory Board; Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD is appointed vice president; and Tanya Polec, OD, FNORA, FCOVD, joins the executive board as secretary/treasurer. Drs. Shirley Blanc and Melissa Zarn Urankar are new members of the NORA Advisory Board, joining returning members Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP , Shirley Ha, OD, FCOVD , and Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS. 

Truform Optics Expands Orthokeratology Portfolio With DreamLens Acquisition

By Staff
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:33 AM BEDFORD, Texas—TruForm Optics, a leader in specialty gas permeable contact lens design and manufacturing, has acquired the DreamLens brand from its founder, Tom Reim, OD. Details of the transaction were not announced.

Soaring Screen Time

By Julie Bos
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:30 AM Long before COVID-19 turned our world upside-down, concerns over too much screen time and the rise of Digital Eye Strain (DES) were already escalating. But it’s safe to say the COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating the situation for people everywhere, and especially for children who have multiplied their time on-screen—using digital devices for both virtual education and recreational down-time. While more time at home has been good for slowing the spread of COVID-19, it’s forcing many people’s eyes to suffer. Our new reliance on digital devices for work, school and entertainment is more all-encompassing than ever.

Back-to-School: The Perfect Time to Promote Eye Exams

By Julie Bos
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:29 AM

Visible Genomics Launches DNA Age-Related Macular Degeneration Testing

By Staff
Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Visible Genomics, a  genetics testing company has announced the launch of a new non-invasive genetic eye test that determines a patient’s likelihood of contracting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that causes blindness.

Eyesafe, UnitedHealthcare Vision and TUV Rheinland Group Announce Blue Light Summit

By Staff
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:27 AM SHANGHAI, CHINA, BERLIN, GERMANY and MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.—EyesafeUnitedHealthcare Vision and TUV Rheinland Group yesterday announced the Blue Light Summit 2020, a live global event on Oct. 15 that will highlight health issue and solutions from the world’s largest brands in electronics and health care.

Ocuco Sponsors COPE-Accredited Webinar on Pediatric Optometry

By Staff
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:15 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco supports a COPE-accredited webinar on pediatric optometry on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 18:00 GMT. The webinar will be presented by Tania Constable, a pediatric specialist optometrist at Temple Street Children's University Hospital here. The topic "Talking Unicorns: Why Pediatric Eyecare Is Not That Scary," aims to demystify the assessment and management of children's eyecare. The lecture is COPE approved for one-hour of CE credit and it is free of charge. Registration is open and can be completed here

Responsum Health and Prevent Blindness Launch Innovative Glaucoma Platform

By Staff
Friday, September 11, 2020 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Responsum Health (Responsum), an innovative developer of personalized patient apps and chronic disease knowledge communities, and Prevent Blindness announced the launch of an online knowledge platform for patients with glaucoma. The platform, called The Glaucoma Community, can be accessed for free via web browser or mobile app. Thoughtfully designed to best serve individuals with glaucoma, The Glaucoma Community provides users with a toolkit of useful, community-oriented features, according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness.

Schneider Enters Contact Lens and IOL Market

By Staff
Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Schneider Optical Machines announced that it is expanding the scope of its business to include contact lens and intraocular lens manufacturing.“The market knows Schneider as experts in the fields of processing solutions to the ophthalmic and p recision-optical industry,“ Kevin Cross, vice president sales, North America, told VMail. “To date, we have an installed base of more than 1,500 highly dynamic single-point diamond turning machines. Coming from a variety of solutions for all kinds of applications, we build on this experience and create faster and more efficient solutions specifically designed for freeform manufacturing. Thanks to our many years of experience, we are prepared for today's challenges and can easily adapt to new requirements.”

AEVR Hosts Virtual Events Sept. 23 in Conjunction With Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

By Staff
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) has announced a series of virtual events on Sept. 23 that are associated with International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2020 and AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill.

The Vision Council Launches New Brand Identity and Member-Focused Website

By Staff
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, the non-profit organization serving as a global voice for the eyewear and eyecare industry, today announced the launch of a new brand identity, including a reimagined logo and a new website designed to better serve and accommodate the needs of members and the vision care community at large, according to an announcement from the organization. The rebrand and website launch represent the initial phase of the plan The Vision Council announced in January 2020 when it set a new direction for the organization based on community-building and industry growth.