ECPs Can Play Key Role in Re-Engaging Patients with Chronic Conditions Into Care, UHC Study Says

By Staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:24 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—A new UnitedHealthcare study shows that 57 percent of patients with chronic conditions who receive a comprehensive eye exam became re-engaged with a primary care physician or specialist in managing their ongoing illness. In addition, the study also showed that employers that adopt integrated eye health and medical benefits, along with health and wellness programs, may improve employee well-being and reduce medical costs.

Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation Aims to Break a Guinness World Record at Optometry’s Meeting

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Friday, May 15, 2015 12:19 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation, The Vision Council, The American Optometric Student Association and Essilor of America are aiming to make history at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting by breaking a Guinness World Record  for “the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.”

OD Excellence to Offer Program of Optometric Workshops

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Friday, May 15, 2015 12:18 AM HEALDSBURG, Calif.—OD Excellence (ODX) and PFO Global will debut the Pinnacle Program, a series of optometric workshops at the 5th annual International Vision Conference scheduled for Aug 27 to 29, 2015.

Vision Source's Jim Greenwood on April 29 'Power Hour' Live at The Exchange

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Monday, April 27, 2015 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Vision Source’s CEO, Jim Greenwood, and other execs from the group, will be the guests on the April 29 edition of the “Power Hour.”

Private Exchanges to Radically Transform Health Insurance

By John Sailer
Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:04 AM Private health insurance exchanges are expected to grow substantially and dramatically change the way employers provide health care, including vision, to employees.

Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness Announce ‘Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center of the Year’ Award Winners

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Friday, April 24, 2015 12:15 AM FAIRFIELD, N.J.—Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness  honor 12 leading eyecare practices in the U.S. as “Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center of the Year” award winners.

The Internet of Things (IoT): Where Are All These Connections Taking Us?

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:29 AM The Internet of Things (IoT) has often been referred to as the third wave of connectivity and with today’s technology constantly morphing into smaller, cheaper and more insidious devices, it begs the question, where is this web of smart, connected products and services taking us?

‘Smart Technologies Reshape the Patient Experience’

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:27 AM There are almost twice as many people in the world who have smartphones than there are people who have corrected vision,” said Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, chief clinical editor of Jobson’s Review of Optometry, to put things in perspective at the start of the VM Global Leadership Summit session on “How Smart Technologies are Reshaping the Patient Experience.”

Wide Ranging Eye² Session Explores New Ways of ‘Seeing’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:20 AM Vision Monday’s lenses and technology editor, Andrew Karp, introduced a dynamic Eye2 session that explored how wearable and implantable technologies are creating new ways of “seeing.” Drawing an analogy with media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s famous maxim, Karp said, “The deeper we get involved with wearable and implantable technology, the more the medium becomes the message, and the more we really become part of the Internet of Things.”

How Will Private Exchanges Impact Optometrists?

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:04 AM In three to five years, more than one-quarter of employers are considering moving to a private exchange, according to recent surveys by Aon Hewitt and Mercer, both of which manage private exchanges that include vision benefit options.

Vision Care’s Place in the Realm of Private Exchanges

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:03 AM Broadly defined, private exchanges are websites that enable consumers to compare and purchase health insurance, typically with a defined contribution provided by their employer. Most are operated either by insurance companies themselves, benefit consultants, or technology platforms. (Private exchanges should not be confused with the public health insurance exchanges established as a result of the Affordable Care Act, see “Public vs. Private: What’s the Difference?”)

Spendwell: A Unique Type of Exchange

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:02 AM Initially launched in 2012 as a direct-to-consumer marketplace, Spendwell has morphed into an e-commerce platform in which consumers can spend defined contributions provided by their employer. Not a private exchange in the sense that consumers can select health insurance plans from the website, Spendwell is instead an online marketplace where people can shop and buy health care services directly from providers.

Prof. Brien Holden, OD on April 15 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, April 13, 2015 12:16 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Professor Brien Holden, OD joins the April 15 edition of the “Power Hour,” to discuss a worldwide epidemic of myopia and what it means for economies and for eye health.

The Vision Council’s Portal Helps ECPs and Retail Outlets Promote National Sunglasses Day

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Friday, April 10, 2015 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, V.A.—In raising awareness for National Sunglasses Day on June 27, 2015 The Vision Council’s recently launched online portal will provide access to marketing materials for retailers and ECPs.

WestGroupe Increases Support of TAYE Campaign By Joining the Initiative

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Friday, April 10, 2015 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, V.A.—WestGroupe is the newest industry partner to support Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign that educates consumers on the benefits of vision health.