Marco Healthcare and Lombart Healthcare Combine to Form Marco Lombart

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:50 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare (AEC), a partnership of companies in the eyecare instrumentation and equipment marketplace, and a provider of ophthalmic instruments, has announced that two of its leading business units, Marco Healthcare and Lombart Healthcare, will combine to form a new business named Marco Lombart. Effective July 1, 2024, Marco Lombart will offer a broad portfolio of eyecare equipment, products and services, as well as advanced technologies, the announcement stated. The combination will also bring together two teams to create a unified sales force with extensive eyecare experience and expertise, as well as knowledge of Marco Lombart’s range of new and pre-owned solutions. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Sun Date

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:45 AM Every day we wear sunglasses is a date with the sun. Sunwear is loved for its protective properties but equally adored for its statements on style. Eyecare professionals have the competitive advantage when it comes to dispensing sunwear—the capability to provide Rx solutions, expertise on fit and the opportunity for that second pair sale. 20/20 presents their annual Sunwear MarketPulse Survey 2024 conducted by Jobson Research, surveying independent optical retailers on their sunwear sales performance as well as emerging market trends. Take a look at the latest data on the sunwear market, and make your date with the sun. Read More

Remembering Willie Mays

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:41 AM On Tuesday, legendary baseball player Willie Mays passed away at the age of 93. Visit The New York Times for a look at Mays' legacy, and his impact on both baseball and the country as a whole. 

CooperVision Promotes Dr. Michele Andrews and Melissa Kiewe to New Leadership Roles

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 11:20 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NASDAQ:COO) and leading manufacturer of contact lenses, has announced the promotion of two of its senior executives, Michele Andrews, OD, and Melissa Kiewe, into new leadership roles. According to the announcement, Dr. Andrews has been promoted to vice president, marketing and professional affairs, Americas. Kiewe, who previously served as vice president of marketing, Americas, has been promoted to vice president, global strategy and planning. Read More

20/20 Europe: British Contact Lens Association Names a New President

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 11:10 AM Sarah Farrant, an international expert in therapeutics and dry eye management has been confirmed as the new president of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), succeeding the outgoing Rakesh Kapoor. Farrant formally took over as president following the BCLA’s AGM on June 5, 2024. Farrant, who represents the U.K. as an ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), previously sat on the council for the College of Optometrists for 12 years and served as chair of the Somerset Local Optical Committee. Read More

What Mosquitoes Like

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 9:36 AM Want to avoid mosquitoes as best you can this summer? Head over to TIME to learn more about what colors and scents the insects are most attracted to, so you can stay far, far away from them. 

Registration Is Now Open for Academy 2024 in Indianapolis

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 12:15 AM INDIANAPOLIS—The American Academy of Optometry has announced that registration is open for Academy 2024 to be held Nov. 6-9, 2024 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.

This Year's Tony Winners

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Monday, June 17, 2024 1:02 PM Broadway's brightest starts gathered at Lincoln Center on Sunday for the 2024 Tony Awards. Head over to The New York Times for a recap of the show, including all of this year's winners. 

National Sunglasses Day Sends the Right Message About the Dangers of UV Rays

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Monday, June 17, 2024 11:45 AM This June 27 will mark 11 years for National Sunglasses Day (NSD), an initiative that began in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness among consumers about the dangers of UV rays to the eyes. VMAIL Weekend sat down with Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, to talk about how the initiative started, where it’s going this year, and how the effort to promote healthy vision has grown in popularity these past 11 years. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Beyond the Blurred Lines

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Monday, June 17, 2024 11:35 AM Myopia and amblyopia are among the most common conditions in pediatric ophthalmology practice. While the diagnoses are relatively easy and the conditions are treatable, knowing when to suspect an underlying cause or a genetic disorder contributing to myopia or masquerading as amblyopia is less clear. Myopia can result from an elongated axial eye length, an abnormal intraocular lens, an abnormal corneal curvature or a combination. Amblyopia represents decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal vision development in infancy or childhood. This feature explores some of the signs and clues for cases where myopia and amblyopia are manifestations of a more severe condition. Read More

EyeCare Partners Announces New Appointments to Its Executive Leadership Team

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Friday, June 14, 2024 1:43 PM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners, a leading provider of clinically integrated eyecare, has announced new appointments to its executive leadership team, with the goal of adding strengthened and integrated capabilities that build on the company’s commitment to clinical leadership, organic growth and superior patient outcomes. Among the team appointments, Andrew Hardesty has been promoted to the new role of chief program officer, effective immediately, the company said. In this role, he will oversee and lead development, implementation and management of organizational transformation and effectiveness programs, acquisition integration and the project management office. He most recently was senior vice president of transformation and integration. Read More

Review of Optometry: Maintain Eye Health to Support the Brain

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Friday, June 14, 2024 1:32 PM Cognitive decline and visual impairment pose significant threats to daily living and reduce quality of life, making these two health concerns—which are thought to be connected—crucial for study. Recently, researchers conducted a longitudinal study to investigate the association of worse baseline visual acuity and dementia likelihood. Their findings, published in American Journal of Ophthalmology, showed that visual acuity as well as contrast sensitivity were linked to incident dementia. In the retrospective study, the researchers analyzed the data of 2,159 adults (mean age 77.9, 54 percent female participants, 88 percent white) from the 2021 and 2022 National Health and Aging Trends Study. Read More

Renew Your Passport Online

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Friday, June 14, 2024 1:23 PM Last week, the State Department debuted a public beta test that allows Americans to apply to renew their passport online, without having to visit an office or mail in paperwork. Head over to Forbes for more on how it works.

National Sunglasses Day Sends the Right Message About the Dangers of UV Rays

By Mary Kane
Friday, June 14, 2024 8:30 AM This June 27 will mark 11 years for National Sunglasses Day (NSD), an initiative that began in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness among consumers about the dangers of UV rays to the eyes. VMAIL Weekend sat down with Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, to talk about how the initiative started, where it’s going this year, and how the effort to promote healthy vision has grown in popularity these past 11 years.

Insta-Pick for 6-15-24

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Friday, June 14, 2024 8:25 AM