Great Western Council of Optometry Hosts Record Number of Attendees to Its Annual Congress

By Staff
Friday, October 31, 2014 12:15 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—A record-breaking number of optometrists attended the Great Western Council of Optometry annual congress at the Oregon Convention Center and Crowne Plaza hotel here earlier this month, Oct. 9 to 12, 2014. The 635 ODs, 127 allied ophthalmic professionals, and 231 students in attendance came from 41 states and three Canadian provinces.

To Prevent the Spread of Ebola, American Optometric Association Directs ECPs to Online Resources

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—As the largest Ebola outbreak in history worsens and more U.S. cases are possible, the American Optometric Association (AOA) advises optometrists and optometric staff to turn to online resources for recent protocols and information.

10 ‘Optical Pioneers’ Honored at Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM LAS VEGAS—Members of The Vision Council’s Optical Lab Division celebrated the contributions of 10 industry veterans at the Director’s Choice and Fifteenth Annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, held Sept. 15 at the Mirage Hotel.

Accessories Council Honors 20/20 Magazine With ‘Hall of Fame’ Award

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM LAS VEGAS—The Accessories Council, the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing accessory design in America, honored 20/20 Magazine on Sept. 19 with its annual Hall of Fame Award.

Corporate Optometry Reports Meeting Packs in the Audience and Information

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM LAS VEGAS—National and regional optical retailers and other industry executives attended the Alcon-sponsored Corporate Optometry Reports (COR) Meeting, which presented trends impacting today’s optical business in a half-day session on Sept. 17, at the Venetian.

Optical Women’s Association Networking Event at Expo

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM LAS VEGAS—Members and friends of the Optical Women’s Association (OWA) gathered at the annual networking reception and raffle event held Sept. 19 in the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center.

Prevent Blindness Offers Resources Supporting October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

By Staff
Friday, October 10, 2014 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has again designated October as “Home Eye Safety Awareness Month” to help educate the public on steps that can be taken to avoid eye injuries in and around the home.

Vision Council Partners With AARP for Ad Campaign Running Remainder of 2014

By Staff
Monday, October 06, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced it is partnering with AARP for an advertising campaign that will run on the AARP website, AARP.org, for the reminder of the year.

‘Back-to-School Device Advice’ From the American Optometric Association

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, October 06, 2014 12:00 AM ST. LOUIS—Ever wonder how much time kids are spending on digital devices?

COPE Advisory Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting, Discusses Changes to Accreditation Standards

By Staff
Friday, October 03, 2014 12:30 AM SAN ANTONIO—The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) Advisory Committee, established by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), held its inaugural meeting here last month.

IDOC Names Stephanie Sheets New Director of Marketing

By Staff
Friday, October 03, 2014 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Stephanie Sheets has joined Independent Doctors of Optometric Care (IDOC) as its new director of marketing.

PECAA Partners With Optometric Professional Network

By Staff
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:30 AM PORTLAND, Ore.— PECAA (Professional Eye Care Associates of America), the national doctor alliance group operating in 43 states for independent doctors, has formed a strategic partnership with Optometric Professional Network (OPN), a regional doctor alliance group based in Houston. The organizations stressed that this is a partnership and not a merger.

College of Optometrists in Vision Development Seeks Convergence Insufficiency Patients for National Eye Institute Study

By Staff
Monday, September 29, 2014 12:30 AM AURORA, Ohio—The College of Optometrists in Vision Development has issued a request for patients between the ages of nine and 14 with symptomatic convergence insufficiency to participate in the National Eye Institute’s five-year, $8 million Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial – Attention and Reading Study (CITT-ART).

Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness Public Health Award Recipient Announced

By Staff
Monday, September 29, 2014 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Eye and vision research non-profit organization Fight for Sight (FFS) and Prevent Blindness announced last week that Hannes Devos, PhD will be the recipient of the new “Fight for Sight-Prevent Blindness Public Health Award,” a one-time $20,000 grant for a year of full-time research on improving the public’s eye health and safety.

Opticians Association of America Announces Winners in the Great American Optician Video Contest

By Staff
Friday, September 26, 2014 12:21 AM LAS VEGAS—American Idol’s Randy Jackson announced the winners of the Opticians Association of America’s (OAA) Great American Optician Video Contest at the Zyloware booth during Vision Expo West at the Sands Expo & Convention Center here last week on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
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