50th Commencement Ceremony for SUNY College of Optometry Will Feature Two Honorary Degree Recipients

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has announced it will award honorary degrees during the 50th commencement ceremony to two professionals who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of optometry, vision research and public health care: Richard E. Feinbloom and Stephen A. Burns Ph.D.

New Research From Hoya Shows High Adaptation Rate and Tolerability of MiyoSmart Chameleon Lenses in Myopic Children

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:18 AM BANGKOK, Thailand—Results from Hoya Vision Care's Early Experience Program (EEP) research program showed that patients could wear MiyoSmart sun solution Chameleon lenses an average of 12 hours per day during weekdays, and did not need to switch lenses when spending time outdoors.

The Vision Council Welcomes Members to Washington, D.C. for Congressional Hill Day Visits

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, a trade association dedicated to supporting the optical industry, has announced the successful culmination of its 2024 Congressional Hill Fly-In. Members from the vision community traveled to the nation’s capital and met with more than 20 offices of influential policymakers to discuss pivotal policy matters affecting optical manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Registration Opens for THE Myopia Meeting Vancouver, Scheduled for June 9

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Monday, April 22, 2024 12:30 AM VANCOUVER—Registration has opened for THE Myopia Meeting’s first in-person meeting of the year, scheduled for Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The live, in-person meeting will feature four hours of COPE-approved CE presented by world-renowned experts in the field. Additionally, periodic clinical reviews will cover the latest diagnostic and monitoring technologies along with the newest treatments to slow the progression of myopia. Break times and lunch will provide peer-to-peer networking opportunities among eyecare professionals who are either starting their myopia management practice or growing an existing one. Registration is available online here.

Vision Source Wraps Up The Exchange 2024, Announcing Student Loan Debt Relief and Health Care Benefits Programs for Members

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Friday, April 19, 2024 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Vision Source, a North American network of independent private practice optometrists, has expanded its roster of offerings with two new programs for its membership of 4,500 optometrists and 3,000 locally owned practices. Announced at The Exchange 2024, Vision Source’s annual national meeting that was held this year from April 10 to 13 and attracted 3,100 members, staff and industry partners, the two individual programs offer the opportunity for student loan debt relief as well as employee health care benefits. See VMAIL’s additional coverage of The Exchange here.

Review of Myopia Management and BHVI Launch Myopia Awareness Week 2024 Website

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Friday, April 19, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK and SYDNEY—Myopia Awareness Week 2024 is set for May 13-19; ahead of the week, Review of Myopia Management and the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) have officially launched the website for the week-long event.

Vision Source Reaffirms Its Commitment to Private Practice Optometry at The Exchange 2024

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Monday, April 15, 2024 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Last week, Vision Source, North America's largest network of private practice optometrists, gathered here to celebrate their members' success at the group's annual national meeting, held from April 10 to 13, here at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Vision Source reaffirmed their commitment to supporting private practice at The Exchange 2024 and kicked off the meeting by celebrating a major milestone for the Vision Source NEXT program and the future of private optometry.

Eyecare Republic, a New Doctor Alliance Group, Is Launched

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Friday, April 12, 2024 12:18 AM PLANO, Texas—Eyecare Republic (ECR) a new doctor alliance group serving the needs of private practice optometrists and prioritizing collaborative solutions, community engagement, and leadership from within the eyecare community, has launched, according to the company.

VisionSpring, BRAC and Queen’s University Belfast THRIVE Study Finds Wearing Glasses Boosts Income by a Third in Low-Income Communities

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Thursday, April 11, 2024 12:21 AM NEW YORK—VisionSpring, founded in 2001 with the goal of reaching and providing affordable, quality eyeglasses worldwide to people in need, BRAC, an international development organization that works with marginalized communities, and Queen’s University Belfast recently released the findings of their collaborative THRIVE (Tradespeople and Hand-workers Rural Initiative for a Vision-enhanced Economy) study, which found that a pair of reading glasses increases the earnings of people in low-income communities by 33 percent. THRIVE, carried out across rural Bangladesh, is the first randomized controlled trial to measure the impact of reading glasses on income.

Orbis and Heidelberg Engineering Offer Free E-Learning Opportunities for ECPs

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:18 AM LONDON—Orbis, a global non-governmental organization that works in the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness, and high-tech imaging and data solutions company Heidelberg Engineering are leveraging technology to provide free clinical education for ECPs around the world.

Doheny Eye Institute Starts Construction of New Eye Center in Pasadena, Calif.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024 12:15 AM PASADENA, Calif.—Doheny Eye Institute has announced that construction is underway for the new Doheny Eye Center UCLA location in Pasadena, Calif. The center will be housed on the first floor of the seven-acre Doheny Eye Institute campus.

'The Power Hour' Podcast Relaunches With Eugene Shatsman as New Host for Season 12

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Friday, April 5, 2024 12:15 AM CLEVELAND, Ohio—"The Power Hour" podcast, optometry’s longest-running, practice-building show, has announced that Eugene Shatsman is the new host for its 12th season, which was just relaunched late last month. After analyzing feedback from listeners and stakeholders, The "Power Hour’s" new format is redesigned to maximize the impact on listeners and their practices.

Southern California College of Optometry Celebrates 120 Years

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Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:18 AM FULLERTON, Calif.—Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution headquartered in Fullerton, Calif., has announced the 120th anniversary celebration of its Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) this year.

Prevent Blindness Provides Free, Sight-Saving Resources as Part of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month for April

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Monday, April 1, 2024 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a leading nonprofit eye health organization, has declared April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to Orbis International, an international nonprofit that builds sustainable eyecare systems, globally 112 million more women than men live with vision loss, including blindness. Prevent Blindness is offering free resources, including fact sheets, shareable social media graphics, educational videos and web pages, on a range of eye health issues that predominantly affect women, according to an announcement from the organization.

It’s a Wrap as Optical Industry Celebrates Grand Finale of Vision Expo East in NYC

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Monday, March 25, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK—After nearly four decades of showcasing some of the best eyewear products, eyecare technologies and countless hours of continuing education at Vision Expo in New York City, attendees at this year’s Show soaked in every moment and celebrated an Expo East that was held for the final time at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.