Covenant Surgical Announces Partnership with De La Peña Eye Clinic of Los Angeles

By Staff
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:21 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Covenant Surgical Partners here said it has formed a new partnership with Los Angeles-based De La Pena Eye Clinic, A Medical Group, one of the largest private eyecare practices in Southern California. De La Peña Eye Clinic offers a full spectrum of ophthalmologic, optometric and optical services, according to the announcement earlier this week. Whereas typical eyecare clinics only focus on one or two elements of eyecare, De La Peña Eye Clinic offers multiple services in its one facility, including ophthalmology, optometry, optical and surgical capabilities, among others, the announcement noted. Covenant is acquiring the majority ownership of De La Peña Eye Clinic through this partnership transaction, a spokeswoman told VMAIL.

OneSight and The Gambia Sign Memorandum Guaranteeing Vision Care Access to all Gambians

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Monday, July 1, 2019 12:24 AM CINCINNATI—OneSight, a vision care nonprofit organization, and The Gambia government signed a Memorandum of Understanding transitioning oversight of the country’s sustainable vision care infrastructure.

Low-Cost Retinal Scanner Could Help Prevent Blindness Worldwide

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Monday, July 1, 2019 12:18 AM DURHAM, N.C.—Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Thanks to a redesigned, 3D-printed spectrometer, the scanner is 15 times lighter and smaller than current commercial systems and is made from parts costing less than a tenth the retail price of commercial systems—all without sacrificing imaging quality. In its first clinical trial, the new OCT scanner produced images of 120 retinas that were 95 percent as sharp as those taken by current commercial systems, which was sufficient for accurate clinical diagnosis, according to Duke.

The Vision Council Hosts Congressional Briefing in Recognition of National Sunglasses Day

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:25 AM WASHINGTON—To celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27, 2019, The Vision Council took to Capitol Hill to brief congressional staff on the brief Congressional staffers on the importance of UV protection for the eyes.

Prevent Blindness to Hold 14th Annual ‘Eyes on Capitol Hill’ Advocacy Event

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will hold its 14th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy day on Tuesday, July 16, in Washington, D.C.

NuSight Granted U.S. Patent Covering the NuLids System for Treating Dry Eye Disease

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:15 AM RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif.—NuSight Medical announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent for its NuLids System for the treatment of dry eye/ocular surface disease, blepharitis and related conditions. “The patent protects our entire NuLids system – the device and methods for its use, the disposable soft-tips, and product safety features” said Robert Foster, CEO of NuSight Medical. All 29 claims in U.S. Patent No. 10,314,763 were approved providing key declarations that involve stimulating the meibomian glands to effectively treat dry eye.

The Vision Council Gears Up for June 27 National Sunglasses Day

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is promoting the importance of protective eyewear with the annual celebration of National Sunglasses Day, to be observed this week on Thursday, June 27. The commemorative holiday, which has garnered support and promotions from organizations, companies, practitioners and optical suppliers across the eyewear and eyecare industry, reminds consumers that wearing sunglasses is not only fashionable, but also a health necessity to protect the eyes from long- and short-term damage from the sun’s harsh UV rays.

Remote Possibilities

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 10, 2019 12:30 AM Many different forms of ocular telemedicine—also referred to as ocular telehealth—have emerged in the past few years. They create a dynamic but fragmented market in which different business models and service offerings compete for consumer dollars and buy-in from eyecare professionals. The proliferation of ocular telehealth options and the growing investment in the category leaves little doubt that it is gaining momentum, VM has learned for this special Megatrend report.

Center for Vision and Population Health at Prevent Blindness Appoints New Advisory Committee Members

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, has announced the appointment of its new Advisory Committee members for the Center for Vision and Population Health at Prevent Blindness (CVPH). The CVPH was established in December 2018 as a national coordinating body for effective practices, state-level technical assistance, and programmatic interventions. This month, the CVPH convened the full membership of the Advisory Committee in Chicago for the first time, led by committee chair Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine, associate professor in ophthalmology, and deputy director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University.

World Council of Optometry and Brien Holden Vision Institute Collaborate for Myopia Awareness Week, May 13 to 19

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:18 AM LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Myopia Awareness Week will be May 13 to 19, and is designed to build awareness about myopia among eyecare professionals and to inspire action in caregivers to protect their children's vision. The World Council of Optometry and the Brien Holden Vision Institute are collaborating on the initiative and encouraging others to join in. “We know that almost half the world’s population will be myopic by the year 2050, with nearly one billion people in the high myopia category. Myopia Awareness Week is about getting people talking about myopia in homes and optometry practices around the world,” stated WCO president, Dr Scott Mundle.

Essilor Partners With Groupe Renault to Promote Importance of Good Vision for Road Safety

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:15 AM PARIS-CHARENTON—To honor the United Nations’ fifth annual Road Safety Week, Essilor and Groupe Renault have announced their joint signing of a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) for two years, with the goal of together raising awareness about how good vision is related to road safety, as well as to explore innovative solutions that will improve drivers’ visual experiences. According to Essilor, research shows that 1 in 5 drivers worldwide has uncorrected poor vision. Since 90 percent of the information needed to drive comes from the eyes, this can make driving extremely dangerous.

Prevent Blindness Names May UV Awareness Month for 2019

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared May UV Awareness Month. The goal is both to educate the public about the dangers of UV exposure to our eyes, and to provide information on how people can protect themselves. According to Prevent Blindness, everyone should wear both sunglasses and a brimmed hat while outside. UV damage to the eyes has been linked to the development of macular degeneration, cataract, and cancer, and can cause corneal sunburn.

April Is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:43 AM With Women’s History Month behind us and Mother’s Day right around the corner, Prevent Blindness has continued to show some love to the ladies by reminding them to take care of their eyesight this month. The organization declared April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month to highlight the different needs in addressing women’s eye health. According to Prevent Blindness, women often make the majority of their family's health care decisions; in addition to being responsible for their own health, women are often responsible as caregivers for the health care choices of their children, partners, spouse and aging parents.

Presby-What? New Alcon Survey Shows Patients' Knowledge Gaps About Presbyopia

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:15 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon has initiated a program this month to educate consumers about presbyopia, a condition that is expected to impact 123 million U.S. residents by 2020. Most ECPs know that presbyopia is the inability of the eye to focus on things up close, a natural part of aging that usually happens around age 40. However, new survey findings from Alcon show this common condition has a name people often do not recognize, symptoms they do not understand, and a lack of knowledge of vision correction options other than reading glasses that many see as inconvenient.

Johnson & Johnson Posts Sales Increase in 1Q 2019

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:21 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported sales of $20.02 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, reflecting growth of 0.1 percent, operational growth of 3.9 percent and adjusted operational growth of 5.5 percent increase. The increases were driven in part by strong sales of Acuvue contact lenses by its vision business, J&J said. The health care conglomerate said net profit fell to $3.75 billion from $4.37 billion in the prior year. “Our strong first-quarter results reflect continued underlying operational sales and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) growth,” said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO.