Essilor Vision Foundation Partners With FoxFire Systems Group to Simplify Charitable Donations for Patients and Practices

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced that it is partnering with FoxFire Systems Group to facilitate charitable donations to EVF’s See Kids Soar program. EVF is FoxFire’s first charitable partner. FoxFire specializes in ophthalmic-specific electronic health records and practice management software, and is known for industry-leading technology that helps eye doctors see more patients per day. The company stated it is proud to support the See Kids Soar program which raises money to help children across America receive vision care. FoxFire’s technology will make it easier for eye doctors to collect funds by allowing patients to add a donation at checkout.

Accelmed Partners Closes Acquisition of TearLab, Which Positions Firm to Build Comprehensive Platform for Dry Eye

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:30 AM ESCONDIDO, Calif.—TearLab Corp., a leader in diagnostics for dry eye disease (DED), said its acquisition by Accelmed Partners II (AP-II) has closed. The tentative deal between the companies and a $25 million investment by the Accelmed was announced in May, as VMAIL reported.

Binovi Secures VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses Through Acquisition and Announces Private Placement

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:24 AM OAKVILLE, Ontario, Canada—Binovi Technologies Corp. announced it has signed a binding share purchase agreement to acquire a private entity which owns VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses, its related patents, associated intellectual property, and available inventory.

Reliance Standard Launches RSL Complete Dental+Vision Benefit Plan

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:24 AM Reliance Standard launches dental and vision benefit plan, NAVCP issues policy statement on ocular telemedicine, ECP revenues, eye exams and sales decline, Michael Hoster succeeds James Henne as publisher of Jobson's Review Group and VSP Global names Chris Enslin president of Eyefinity all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed. 

CooperVision Emphasizes Free Registration for Focus on Eye Health National Summit Sponsored by Prevent Blindness

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision is encouraging the optometry, ophthalmology, vision science and public health communities to participate in the 9th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit, presented by Prevent Blindness on Wednesday, July 15. The summit’s online format and no-cost registration will allow broad attendance, helping advance discussions surrounding some of the most important topics in ocular health, including the rising severity and prevalence of myopia, CooperVision said in an announcement. According to a study published in Clinical Ophthalmology in August 2018, 41.9 percent of U.S. children ages 5-19 are myopic. More information and registration details are available at https://eyesummit.vfairs.com/

VisionCare Names Thomas Ruggia as CEO

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:21 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—VisionCare, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced that Thomas Ruggia has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2020.

EnChroma Appoints Mark Mattison-Shupnick COO

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:21 AM BERKELEY, Calif—EnChroma, based here, has appointed vision industry veteran Mark Mattison-Shupnick as chief operating officer. Mattison-Shupnick, who previously served as EnChroma’s vice president of business development, will lead functions related to corporate operations, supply chain, technology, research and human resources. “Mark is a fantastic, proven team leader and a domain expert in the field of lens manufacturing, which makes him the perfect fit for this role,” said Andrew Schmeder, CEO and co-founder of EnChroma, which develops and markets lens technology and eyewear for color blindness and other color vision solutions.

In Anticipation of July 4th Celebrations, Prevent Blindness Warns About the Impact of Fireworks on Eye Health

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The 4th of July is right around the corner and as an influx of people have been setting off fireworks, Prevent Blindnessis warning people about the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

NYSSO to Host ABO Basic Exam Review Course July 26

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:21 AM JAMAICA, N.Y.—New York optician apprentices and students can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written exam with the ABO review course, Sunday, July 26, at the JFK Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jamaica, N.Y. 

Special Report on Telemedicine: The Time for Optometry is Now

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:41 AM Optometrists had already begun exploring telemedicine when a pandemic and stay-at-home orders resulted in an explosion in its use. Download this Special Report from Review of Optometric Business to find out what platforms and technologies are available to start telemedicine in your optometry practice now and keep it going not just to meet safe distancing guidelines but also to improve patient service while adding a new revenue stream going forward.

Making the Leap into Telehealth

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:40 AM Many optometrists began using ocular telehealth this spring, when the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent shutdowns of optometric practices and optical retail stores cut them off from seeing patients in person. We spoke with several optometrists who are new to telehealth about what their experience has been like. They report that remote consultations via a mobile app have proved to be an effective means of providing at least a basic level of care.

ECP Groups Support Members’ Access to Telehealth Solutions

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:39 AM NEW YORK—With interest in telehealth on the rise across eyecare, several ECP alliances and buying groups have taken steps to help their independent OD members gain access to telehealth technologies and/or training resources. Among the groups providing such services to members are Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA), Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), ABB Optical Group and the California Optometric Association (COA), among others.

Retailers Find Telehealth Options Improve the Patient Experience

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:38 AM NEW YORK—With the spread of COVID-19, just about every aspect of life has been affected for U.S. consumers and patients, and health care ranks high among the part of life under transformation. One significant change is that today both patients and providers are asking themselves what “services” need to be in the office and what services can absolutely be done outside the office via video conference or other means of interacting with the patient.

Mapping Ocular Telehealth’s Multifaceted Ecosystem

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:37 AM Navigating the ocular telehealth-scape can be confusing. An increasing number of companies offering a growing array of services are courting consumers or eyecare professionals, and in some cases, both. To help sort it out, we’ve turned to Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, owner of ReVision Optometry in San Diego, Calif. and a longtime observer of the ocular telehealth field.