Maureen Beddis, EVP of Membership & Strategic Initiatives, Will Leave The Vision Council

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In a communication sent to The Vision Council members on Friday morning, CEO Ashley Mills announced the departure of Maureen Beddis, The Vision Council’s executive vice president, Membership & Strategic Initiatives.

CooperVision’s MiSight 1 Day Myopia Control Contact Lens Is Honored by German Design Council

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day myopia control contact lens was recently recognized in the German Design Council’s 2022 German Innovation Awards. In the field of Medical & Health, it received a special mention in Excellence in Business to Consumer. “This award represents a tremendous sense of achievement and means a lot to us,” said Johannes Zupfer, general manager of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at CooperVision.

ViaLase Founder and CEO, Tibor Juhasz, PhD, Honored for Helping Develop Bladeless LASIK

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Friday, September 30, 2022 12:18 AM ALISA VIEJO, Calif.— Tibor Juhasz, PhD, founder and CEO of ViaLase, Inc., was among five researchers who received the 2022 Golden Goose Award for scientific breakthroughs leading to the development of bladeless LASIK, an innovation that revolutionized refractive surgery.

Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

Optometric Profession Mourns Passing of Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Colleagues and friends from across the optometric profession are mourning the loss of Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FABCMO, DPNAP, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness Names Dr. Donny W. Suh as Recipient of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:15 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has announced the recipient of the eighth annual “Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award” as Donny W. Suh, MD, FAAP, MBA, FACS, chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine. The award will be formally presented at the NCCVEH Annual Meeting, to be held virtually, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.

Silmo Celebrates 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:21 AM PARIS—Silmo announced its 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners on Saturday, September 24. The Silmo d’Or Award winners are chosen by a jury each year; this year, interior architect and designer Jun Gobron acted as jury president, as reported by VMAIL this August.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University Recognizes Contributions of Black Eyecare Perspective Founders and Several Others With 2022 Presidential Medals of Honor

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:18 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University honored several eyecare professionals recently at its annual recognition event here earlier this month, including three Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University alumni who were recognized for their work as leaders of Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) with 2022 Presidential Medal of Honor recipients.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Appoints Weiwen Chen to Lead Asia-Pacific Region Expansion

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has named Weiwen Chen as business manager, Asia-Pacific. In this newly-created role, she will lead the organization’s rapid growth and category expansion across the region.

MacuHealth, Optos, and MemoryHealth Encourage Eyecare Community to Participate in a Global Leadership Development Simulcast, Live2Lead

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:21 AM ATLANTA—MacuHealth, Optos and MemoryHealth are teaming up with Dr. Pete Kehoe, Kelly Poyner and The Transformational Team to bring the top global leadership and personal/professional development event for 2022.

Smith Promotes Rob Retzlaff to Global VP of Sales

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:15 AM PORTLAND—Smith has announced the promotion of Rob Retzlaff to the role of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff joined Smith in 1999 as Canadian marketing manager to work on increasing brand reach and awareness across North America. Over the past two decades at Smith, Retzlaff has held numerous positions at the company including national sales manager for Canada and, most recently and for the past 14 years, general manager for Canada. In that time, Retzlaff worked alongside Smith’s CFO to roll out an industry-leading, cross-border direct shipping platform and expanded the integration into Smith headquarters.

Women In Optometry Announces 2022 Theia Awards of Excellence Winners

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:36 AM NEW YORK—Women in Optometry has announced the winners of its 2022 Theia Awards of Excellence. The Awards will be presented  toward the end of the Women In Optometry Women’s Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry in San Diego, California. Each year, WO asks readers and friends to submit the names of women who have been extraordinarily influential in the industry, with the WO advisory board voting on the year’s winners. This year, more than 250 nominations were submitted.

Ocuco Appoints Clodagh Nic Canna as Chief Product Officer

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:21 AM LARGO, Fla.—Optical software company Ocuco, has named Clodagh Nic Canna as chief product officer. Already a crucial part of Ocuco's corporate management team, Nic Canna has been leading the product development department for the past 12 years.

EssilorLuxottica NA Wholesale Elevates Sales Leadership to Serve Independent Optical Channel

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—In order to continue growing its support for independent ECPs while leveraging the combined resources of the entire group, EssilorLuxottica N.A. has announced changes to its wholesale organization. Ludovic Ladreyt is named chief commercial officer – U.S. Optical.

Prevent Blindness Names National Vision’s Megan Molony as the 2023 Person of Vision Award Recipient

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:30 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, announced today that the 2023 Person of Vision Award will be presented to Megan Molony, senior vice president, chief merchandising and managed care officer, of National Vision Inc.