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/

University of Houston Student Wins First Place at AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:15 AM DALLAS—Connor Christensen from the University of Houston College of Optometrytook home top honors at the 29th Annual AOSA Optometry Student Bowl, held here June 25. Originally scheduled for Optometry’s Meeting, which was canceled due to COVID-19, the Student Bowl was turned into a virtual event that was broadcast on June 25, 2020 from the Dallas headquarters of Essilor, its longtime sponsor. More than 1500 attendees tuned in to watch the contestants, students from all 25 schools and colleges of optometry, answer optometry-related questions.

AEG Vision Notes Numerous Innovations and Enhancements as Practices Reopen, Remains 'Optimistic' About Expansion Strategy

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 150 leading optometry practices, has successfully reopened all locations after temporarily closing during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keplr Vision Forges Ahead in Pacific Northwest By Adding 4 ECP Businesses

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Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:21 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision, a management organization that offers a comprehensive operational and support platform for optometric practices, announced on Wednesday a series of transactions involving eyecare practices in the Pacific Northwest. Among the transactions are the acquisition of the practices operated by optometric industry leaders Dr. Bradley Smith and Dr. David Wolf.

Patient Safety Alliance Says FTC's New Contact Lens Rule Is 'Seen as Dangerous by Eye Doctors'

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) on Tuesday raised concerns about the final Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Contact Lens Rule, which was issued last week, as VMAIL reported. The Alliance, in its statement, said the FTC’s final contact lens rule “fails to adequately address the dangerous practice of utilizing computer-generated voice calls to verify contact lens prescriptions and places significant burdens on doctors,” among other shortcomings cited by the Alliance for Patient Safety.

EyeCare Partners Acquires Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center of Phoenix

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), one of the leading optical retail groups in the U.S., has acquired Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center (Arizona Eye), a leading ophthalmology group based in the northwest Phoenix market. The deal, in which Physician Growth Partners (PGP) acted as adviser to Arizona Eye, was completed earlier this month, according to EyeCare Partners. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. EyeCare Partners is backed by the global investment firm Partners Group.

Eyemart Express Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Helping People See Better’ and Marks Anniversary With ‘Pay It Forward’ Initiative

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express is celebrating its 30th anniversary by recommitting to its founding mission, “Improving Lives by Helping People See Better,” and will engage with associates and customers to mark this milestone through several other programs, according to a recent announcement. These programs include offering customer giveaways, inviting store associates to participate in “Pay It Forward” programs, seeking to improve lives with charitable giving, and the launch of a commemorative eyewear collection, among other promotions.

Versant Health Debuts New Eyecare Resource Center for Healthy Vision Month

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:24 AM BALTIMORE—In celebration of Healthy Vision Month in July, Versant Health has launched a new resource center providing tools that enable people to take command of their vision health. This is an important, “but often overlooked, indicator of overall health and wellness,” Versant Health said.

Nominations for ARVO and ARVO Foundation Awards to Open July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. —The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announced the opening of nominations for their respective awards, including three new awards— the Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists, the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award, and the Emerging Advocate Award—on July 1, 2020. The Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists will support an early-career emerging vision scientist with a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to promote the generation of promising preliminary research results.

Transitions Optical Offers Transitions Certification Program Online

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has launched a new online training resource, the Transitions Certification Program. This new Transitions Certification Program offers two ways to participate: one for individual eyecare professionals (ECPs) to become a Transitions Specialist and another for eyecare practices to become a Transitions Certified Provider, according to an announcement this week. ECPs can become a Transitions Specialist by completing the required online training and passing a quiz. Once completed, they will receive a certificate, a lapel pin and a social post they can use.

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.

HEA and Abyde Partner to Deliver HIPAA Compliance to Independent ECPs

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:24 AM TAMPA and BOCA RATON, Fla.— Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) and leading HIPAA compliance solution provider Abyde have announced a partnership that will provide access for HEA’s 10,000-plus independent ECP members to Abyde’s complete HIPAA program.

Registration Now Open for Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Online Conference

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:21 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—Registration is now open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) international online conference at the nora2020.com site. The conference will be available live online on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. All presentations will be available on demand through Oct. 31, 2020.

AOA Membership Elect 2020-21 Officers, Trustees in Historic Virtual Election Vote

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Facing the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Optometric Association this week said it was able to make a “historic response” and conduct the election for its 2020-2021 board of trustees via a virtual ballot.

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.