VM Leadership Summit ‘Insight, Unseen’ Announces First Speakers

By Staff
Thursday, January 19, 2023 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of the Vision Monday Leadership Summit announced the first speakers for the annual meeting, including business and health care experts who will offer insights about how leaders of companies and organizations can uncover, design and scale innovations. The VM Summit, a live, in-person event on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, will feature prominent voices and key opinion leaders in communications, business consulting, human resources, retailing and vision care. Their ideas will inform “Insight, Unseen,” a daylong program designed for senior decision makers and influencers from throughout the optical industry and eyecare professions.

Essilor Instruments and Espansione Group Enter Distribution Partnership

By Staff
Thursday, January 19, 2023 12:21 AM DALLAS—Essilor Instruments, a division of EssilorLuxottica (ESLOF) and Espansione Group have announced a long-term exclusive partnership for North America.

20/20 Onsite, Warby Parker and Boston Public Schools Reunite for 'Vision for Boston' Program

By Staff
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 12:21 AM BOSTON—For the third consecutive year, 20/20 Onsite, a leading provider of on-site vision care, is partnering with Boston Public Schools, the New England College of Optometry and Warby Parker to provide free vision screenings, eye exams and glasses to Boston public school children.

What’s on the Horizon for Glaucoma Treatment and Detection?

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 13, 2023 8:30 AM According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about three million Americans have glaucoma and the disease is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. January is officially National Glaucoma Awareness month and during this time, it’s important to spread the word about this group of diseases that affects many Americans every year. VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with Ashish Singh, MD, who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers. Here’s what he had to say about the early signs of glaucoma, encouraging high-risk patients to get screened on a regular basis and new glaucoma treatments.

SUNY Optometry’s David Troilo, PhD, Receives NEI Grant to Reveal Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Affecting Myopia Development

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—SUNY College of Optometry announced that its professor and vice president and dean for academy affairs David Troilo, PhD, was awarded a $2.34 million grant from the National Eye Institute for his research examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling eye growth and the development of myopia.

U.S. Optical Retail Market Estimated at $76.5 Billion in The Vision Council’s First Comprehensive Market inSights Report

By Staff
Friday, January 6, 2023 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council will release its first set of comprehensive industry estimates since last year’s inSights Research Program launch. The inaugural Market inSights 2022 Report estimates that the overall size of the U.S. optical retail industry was $76.5 billion as compared to $76.09 billion for 2021, according to an announcement from The Vision Council. Both the 2021 and 2022 figures use the new methodology associated with The Vision Council's Market inSights Report.

InfantSEE Celebrates 165,000 Assessments Since 2005

By Staff
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—Concluding another groundbreaking year, InfantSEE, a program that provides no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision health assessments for infants, celebrated 165,000 assessments since the initiative’s inception in 2005.

AAO Gives Career Development Award to University of Alabama Optometry School Faculty Member

By Staff
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 12:18 AM BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Safal Khanal, OD, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, has received the 2022 Career Development Award from the American Academy of Optometry.

New England College of Optometry Announces Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship

By Staff
Friday, December 23, 2022 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) announced that online eyewear pioneer Zenni Eyewear will provide three, $25,000 scholarships to NECO students.

Cleinman Performance Partners Welcomes Allied Financial Partners

By Staff
Friday, December 23, 2022 12:18 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—Cleinman Performance Partners, based here, announced it has formed a collaborative relationship with Allied Financial Partners, a New York-based full-service financial management firm. The alliance will deliver a new resource for Cleinman’s partner optometry practices throughout North America. “I consider good financial management to be the heart of any good business, without which good decisions are challenging," said Alan Cleinman, CEO and founder. "We are delighted to provide our partner practices with the outstanding resources of Allied Financial Partners. Our respective firms are committed to delivering the very best financial management to our clients.”

Optometry Giving Sight Expands Partnership With VuePoint IDS

By Staff
Monday, December 19, 2022 12:21 AM GOLDEN, Colo. and CALGARY, Alberta—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has announced a newly expanded partnership with VuePoint IDS publications, including CRO (Clinical & Refractive Optometry) Journal and Optik Magazine for the 2023 calendar year.

Parexel Teams With MyEyeDr. to Increase Patient Access and Participation in Ophthalmology Clinical Trials

By Staff
Thursday, December 15, 2022 8:30 AM BOSTON and DURHAM, N.C.—Parexel, one of the world’s largest clinical research organizations (CROs) providing the full range of Phase I to IV clinical development services, today has announced a formal agreement with MyEyeDr., a leading vision healthcare organization with over 850 offices across the U.S., to refer its patients into existing and future ophthalmology clinical trials. Parexel and MyEyeDr. are currently collaborating on recruitment for a diabetic retinopathy clinical trial with future plans to expand into additional therapeutic areas such as endocrinology.

FTC Proposes Changes to Rx Eyeglass Release Rule, Including Getting Signed Confirmations From Patients and Other Measures, as AOA Voices Its Concerns

By Staff
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 12:24 AM WASHINGTON D.C. and ST. LOUIS—The Federal Trade Commission said on Dec. 9 that after previously requesting and receiving hundreds of public comments, based on its regular review of current rules, that it would now recommend implementation to several new elements of its Ophthalmic Practice Rules, also known as the Eyeglass Rule in the U.S. In its "Proposed 16 CFR 456 Ophthalmic Practice Rules Eyeglass Rule, Request for Public Comment," the FTC stated that its new proposal would "ensure ophthalmologists and optometrists provide patients with a copy of their prescription immediately after the completion of a refractive eye exam, get a signed statement from the patient confirming that they have received their prescription, and keep a record of that confirmation for at least three years."

Eyes On 2023 Wraps Up its November Virtual Eyecare Event; Organizers Note First Annual Optometry Innovation Award Winners Took Home $40,000 in Prize Money

By Staff
Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare recently concluded its three-day educational summit, Eyes On 2023. The educational summit, held Nov. 18-20, was one of the largest virtual eyecare events of the year with 5,163 attendees.