Eyemart Express Focuses on Military Hiring and 20 Percent Discount for Veterans Day

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Friday, October 30, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—With approximately 8 percent of veterans finding themselves unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, optical retailer Eyemart Express will team up with the U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) to work on programs that seek to reduce this statistic.

Allergan and NFL’s Von Miller Encourage People With Glaucoma to Design Their Disease Management Plan

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:18 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Von Miller, a standout Denver Broncos linebacker and advocate for healthy vision, is once again partnering with Allergan, an AbbVie company, for “My Glaucoma, My Design,” an awareness campaign that asks people living with glaucoma to share photos and stories on social media that show how they are managing their disease.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Announces a New College of Optometry and Appoints Dr. Adam Hickenbotham as Dean

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:21 AM PROVO, Utah—Addressing what it said is a shortage of optometry colleges in the western U.S., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions will develop a new college of optometry with Adam Hickenbotham, OD, MPH, PhD, selected as the founding dean.

CooperVision Begins Search for 2021 Best Practices Honorees

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Friday, October 2, 2020 12:36 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Celebrating the innovative ways that U.S. optometric practices deliver exceptional patient care and advance the profession, CooperVision  has begun its sixth annual search for the nation’s Best Practices. Honorees not only gain widespread recognition; they are given exclusive opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other creative, motivated practices that have forged their own pathways to success, according to an announcement Thursday. Since 2015, 50 eyecare practices from across the U.S. and representing all facets of the profession have been named to this prestigious group.

EyeCare Partners Launches Crisis Aid Relief for Employees Foundation

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices and surgery centers, has launched its nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ECP employees in need, the Crisis Aid Relief for Employees (ECP CAREs) Foundation,  according to an announcement this week. The Foundation awards grants to employees across the country that are in need of financial support due to a disaster event, such as a flood, tornado or house fire, or a personal hardship, such as extended illness or domestic violence.

Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation.

Representatives of the Black Optical Community Come Together for the 'Open Your Eyes' Independent Ad Campaign

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Select representatives from the optical industry have come together to launch an independent ad campaign titled “Open Your Eyes,” which is designed to raise awareness of the need for the amplification of black voices in the optical industry.

The Vision Council to Kick Off 'Open Your Eye's Virtual Frame Auction' on June 19

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is announcing the Open Your Eyes Frame Auction, a virtual auction during which frames with special significance designed by leading independent eyewear designers will be auctioned off to support two charities, the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

Services Held for Pioneering Optical Executive Alan Ritter

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:19 AM GLEN HEAD, N.Y.—Services were held here yesterday for Alan Ritter, a pioneering optical industry executive who was instrumental in creating The Vision Council as well as Vision Expo East and West. He was 81 years old.

Vision Source Envisions a Future of Sustainable Eyecare for Northern Tanzania

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Building upon a legacy of giving back, Vision Source and longtime member Moes Nasser, OD, in collaboration with nonprofit Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) and the Tanzanian government, are planning for the construction of two new optometric clinics in Northern Tanzania. The clinics are tentatively scheduled to open later this year. Two surgical centers, which will be included in the optometry clinics, will serve over 2 million people and will be the first surgical centers located in the respective districts, according to a recent Vision Source announcement.

Vision Expo East 2020 Spotlights The Union Neighborhood

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Show organizers have announced additional details about The Union, one of three new distinct neighborhoods being unveiled at Vision Expo East 2020 and a key component of the larger reimagination of the signature event by The Vision Council and co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions. “An evolution of the dynamic Galleria, The Union offers the ultimate exhibition and shopping experience for boutique and premium independent brands with a discerning edit of exclusive, hip, and fashion-forward eyewear,” according to the announcement. 

Vision Source Next Champions Private Practice With Engaging Student ‘Practice Crawl’ Events

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, under the auspices of its Vision Source Next program, said a unique series of events for optomerty students this year has resulted in Vision Source practices hosting “approximately 20 percent of the nation’s optometry students” for local field trips to visit member practice locations. One of the objectives of the initiative is “to perpetuate private practice optometry,” Vision Source said in its announcement. Vision Source Next, launched in 2018, is a “professional advancement program shaping the future of independent optometry by providing a path to start, buy or work in private practice,” according to the announcement.

David Hall, Former CEO of Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, Dies at 67

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15 AM BALTIMORE, Md.—David Hall, former CEO of managed vision care vision care company Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, passed away at home on September 6, following a brief illness. He was 67 years old. Hall had led the growth of Baltimore-based Spectera from a small, regional vision care plan into one of the nation’s largest plans with over $450 million in revenue at the time of his retirement in 2007. Hall also fostered the sale of Spectera to health care giant United Health Group in 2001 and continued as CEO of UHG’s United HealthCare vision care and dental divisions until his retirement.

Businesses and Residents Across the Carolinas Return to Work, Assess the Damages

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As parts of the Carolinas braced for more flooding this weekend following the heavy rains dumped on the states by Hurricane Florence, residents and businesses across the two states, as well as other areas of the Southeast, began returning to their homes and businesses Wednesday as they began to assess the damage and work on recovery.