Vision Monday VMail Weekend

April 13, 2019|


April Showers Bring an Important Reminder About UV Protection

NEW YORK—I recently returned from a week-long vacation to Ireland. When our flight landed in Dublin, I stood up and gathered my things, ready to disembark. I put on my jacket, wrapped up my scarf, and slid my sunglasses onto my face—only for the friendly Irishman seated behind me to laugh and say, “Ah, you won’t be needing those here! It’s always overcast.” While my momentary airplane friend might’ve had a point about the Irish weather, he was wrong about one thing—as many of us know, our eyes benefit from UV protection all the time, not just on hot, sunny, summer days. Exposure to UV rays, even for a short period of time, can damage our eyes, and long-term exposure can lead to cataract, macular degeneration, growths on the eye, and eye and skin cancer. Those harmful UV rays don’t disappear just because the sun is hiding behind a cloud.
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

An acquisition for Eye Health America, Shopko to auction optical biz, Alcon debuts as a public company, Clearside Biomedical names CEO and AOA announces award winners all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Eye Health America Makes Acquisition of Carolinas Centers for Sight

Shopko Set to Auction Optical Business and Reports ‘Advanced Negotiations’

Alcon Debuts as Public Company and Begins Trading on NY and Swiss Exchanges

Clearside Biomedical Appoints George Lasezkay as Interim Chief Executive Officer

AOA Announces Seven Annual Optometry’s Meeting Award Winners

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Registration Opens for ‘Flex Your Superpowers,’ the Women In Optometry Leadership Summit

NEW YORK—Leadership trainer and coach Amina AlTai will be the keynote speaker discussing on the concepts of Living Your Best Life – Professional and Personally at the inaugural Women In Optometry Leadership Summit, titled 'Flex Your Superpowers,' sponsored by lead sponsor Allergan, on Wed., June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry. AlTai says that her coaching methodology for professional and personal success “combines my experience in brand building and marketing with training in nutrition, fitness and mindfulness to help emerging entrepreneurs build businesses the healthy way.” AlTai’s presentations will be interspersed with panel discussions by women ODs and followed by a lunchtime small-group discussions.
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Optical on Main Street

Sydney Madrigal Is Representing Her Fellow Latinxs

Sydney Madrigal is a third-year student pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health as well as her doctorate in optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Though she spent most of her life in South Florida, Madrigal is of Cuban decent and has created Latina Optometrist, a light-hearted and inspirational page that gives a voice to one of the minority groups in the optical industry. “Upon starting school in Birmingham, I knew I would be a minority in my class, but over time I realized I was also a minority in the field,” Madrigal explained. “My parents didn’t know much about applying to optometry school, I was pretty much on my own; this is what made me really start to think about the potential impact I could make.”
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