Gogosha Optique Announced as Winner of Vision Expo’s Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo today announced Gogosha Optique, located in Los Angeles, Calif., as the winner of the third OPTImum Retail Award, an annual award created in 2016 to celebrate independent retailers and showcase their products, stores, visions and stories. Past winners include Edward Beiner in South Miami, Fla. and Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover, Mass. Gogosha Optique and the other 2020 finalists—Black Optical (Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City); G is for Glasses (Winnipeg); Globe Specs (Kyoto); and The Eye Place (London)—received awards to recognize their accomplishments and will also be honored at a cocktail party during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Additionally, Gogosha Optique will be featured in 20/20 Magazine this Spring.

2020 Bressler Prize Awarded to Dr. Gerrit Melles for Outstanding Accomplishments in Vision Science

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Monday, March 16, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild announced that Gerrit Melles, MD, PhD from The Netherlands has been awarded the 2020 Bressler Prize for his outstanding advances in vision science, particularly in the field of corneal transplantation. With a clinical focus on the management of corneal disorders and the research and development of new ophthalmic surgical procedures, Dr. Melles has invented several advanced lamellar keratoplasty techniques, including Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) and Bowman layer transplantation (BLT), among others.

Eco’s FW19 Recycled Collection Wins Gold in iF Design Awards

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:18 AM BERLIN—Eco, from Modo, has been awarded Gold distinction in the iF Design Awards for its Eco FW19 Recycled metal collection. All Eco glasses are made with recycled metal and bio-based plastic derived from castor seeds, and each pair of frames in the award winning collection comes with a magnetic sun clip. The iF Design Awards jury said, “This sustainable eyewear collection is unique in many ways. It is modular, easily customizable and highly functional. This eyewear collection combines incredibly lightweight metal frames with a seamlessly integrated sun clip-on made of bio-plastic. A sensational eyewear product!”

Vision Expo Names Winners of 2020 Talent Search Supported by edCFDA: Designers SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Expo announced the winners of the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA)—SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear are the recipients of the inaugural award. The Talent Search aims to identify and support emerging designers and foster their talent during the symbolic year for the eyewear industry, 2020. “The votes are in! Seven edCFDA designers have selected two creative talents with an entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s recipients, Morganne Leigh, founder of Tyche + Iset Eyewear, and Judge Khanna, creative director and co-founder of SpiltMilk, represent the industry’s dynamic future,” said Christian Roth, co-founder and designer of Christian Roth Eyewear.

AOA Foundation Opens Nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award, which recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program, according to an announcement. The award honors the memory of Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., and the late optometrist's inspiring and passionate leadership as a driving force in the profession of optometry. A memorial fund was established after his passing in 2005 and led to the creation of the award.

Tables, Tickets Still Available for Prevent Blindness' Person of Vision Event Honoring VSP Global and Michael Guyette

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:23 AM CHICAGO—Tables, tickets and event sponsorships are still available for the upcoming Prevent Blindness 2020 Person of Vision Award, which will go to VSP Global and its president and CEO Michael Guyette at the annual dinner to be held in New York on March 26. Prevent Blindness, the nation's oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, will benefit from all proceeds from the event, supporting the sight-saving programs of the organization. This year's event will take place at a new venue, at 583 Park Avenue, in New York City, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.

Optical Women’s Association Announces 2020 Award Honorees

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced the organization's 2020 OWA Award Honorees. Millicent Knight, OD and senior vice president, customer development group, at Essilor of America, will receive the OWA Pleiades award to recognize her exceptional action in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. Jean Sabre, owner of Uptown Vision, will receive the Pyxis award to honor her as a member of the OWA who actively participates in the organization and contributes to its continuing growth. Sheena Taff, optician and optical writer, also known as Optician About Town, will receive the 2020 Visionary Award, newly created this year to recognize her as an OWA member who demonstrates progressive thinking and actively cultivates the professional development of women.

ABB Optical Group’s Tom Burke Named a ‘Power Leader’ in South Florida Health Care

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Friday, December 20, 2019 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group chief executive officer Tom Burke has been named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s 2019 Power Leaders in Health Care. The annual list honors 50 South Florida-based health care industry leaders who drive innovation and award-winning patient care, according to an ABB Optical announcement. A health care logistics leader with nearly 40 years of experience, Burke has guided world-class organizations through extraordinary growth trajectories, the announcement noted. During his time at ABB Optical Group, he has helped expand the company’s operations and solidified its role as a leading national provider of optical products and business solutions for the eyecare industry, the announcement noted. Most recently, he has led the rebranding of ABB Optical Group, refreshing the company’s brand identity and reinforcing its commitment to eyecare professionals.

CooperVision Receives Puerto Rico Environmental Award for Fifth Consecutive Year

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) has honored CooperVision for the fifth consecutive year with its Pre-Treatment Excellence Compliance Award, according to an announcement this week. The award was given to the company’s Juana Diaz contact lens production and packaging facility. The recognition is based on adherence to operating permit conditions, made possible by ongoing investment in the site’s sustainable infrastructure and employee training, according to the announcement.

Transitions Optical Announces 2019 Transitions Innovation Award Finalists

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:24 AM
PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical Inc. has named the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The finalists and winners will be honored during Transitions Academy, which runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 5, 2020, in Orlando. “Our finalists have displayed a passion for the Transitions brand that is truly unmatched,” Jose Alves, general manager, Americas, Transitions Optical, said in the announcement. “Through their creativity and ingenuity they have taken our products and brand to the next level. We cannot thank these businesses and individuals enough for their loyalty and willingness to promote the brand.”

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2019

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Monday, December 9, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 11th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 16 distinct categories. 

Only 1 Day Left to Vote for the 2019 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:00 AM NEW YORK—Time is running out to vote in this year’s 11th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards—voting will end tomorrow, Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m. The Readers’ Choice Awards are sponsored by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine. The two Jobson Medical Information publications have teamed up once again to collect readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 16 distinct categories.

Women In Optometry Announces Theia Excellence Award Winners for 2019

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Monday, October 7, 2019 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—The Women In Optometry editorial board has completed the process of voting for the Theia Awards for 2019. This is the fourth year for Theia awards, named after the Greek goddess of vision, to recognize excellence and service. More than 200 people submitted nominations for these awards, which were narrowed down to several names in each category. The winners will receive their awards at a cocktail reception on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Orlando, Florida. Register online at womeninoptometry.com/theia.

Prevent Blindness Names VSP Global and Michael Guyette as the 2020 Persons of Vision Award Recipients

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation's oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, announced that the 2020 Persons of Vision Award will go to VSP Global and its president and CEO Michael Guyette. The event will take place on March 26, 2020, at 583 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., in conjunction with Vision Expo East. All proceeds from the event will go to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness.

Deadline Is Aug. 30 to Submit Nominations for Women in Optometry's Theia Award

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Aug. 30 deadline is approaching for anyone to submit names to be considered for the Women in Optometry Theia Awards, which recognize female optometrists for their accomplishments in the categories of Leadership ( organizational or community leadership or advocacy ), Mentorship (active role in guiding others in practice management and more beyond optometry school), Innovation (outreach, marketing, practice models, inventions, etc.), Education (inspirational, motivational educator) and Young ODs (an OD within 10 years of graduation who shows any/all of the above qualities).