Ocular Therapeutix Names Patricia Kitchen as Chief Operations Officer

By Staff
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:18 AM BEDFORD, Mass.—Biopharmaceutical company Ocular Therapeutix has appointed Patricia Kitchen as chief operations officer. Kitchen brings nearly 25 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experience, including roles managing global operations and manufacturing relating to complex product development, technology transfer, supply chain management, and process-scale up and validation. Prior to joining Ocular, she held a number of senior management positions at Mundipharma, including global director of technical operations (ex-U.S.) where she was responsible for leading the transformation of manufacturing operations, supply chain, technical services, and other technical development teams across Mundipharma’s global markets and manufacturing suppliers.

EyeSouth Establishes Presence in Alabama with Montgomery Eye Physicians Partnership

By Staff
Monday, July 8, 2019 12:18 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Montgomery Eye Physicians and Prescription Eyewear, which marks the firm’s first partnership in Alabama, according to an announcement late last week. EyeSouth also noted that Alabama “will be a priority growth state for the company in the future.” Montgomery Eye Physicians will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to its staff, physicians or locations, according to the announcement. EyeSouth, an eyecare-focused management services organization committed to partnering with leading physicians in the Southeast, is backed by Shore Capital Partners, a lower middle-market health care private equity firm.

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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.

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

By Staff
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.

AOA’s New Officers Installed as Association Commits to New ‘2020 Initiative’ for Eye Exams

By Staff
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association wrapped up its annual Optometry’s Meeting here on Saturday with new president Barbara L. Horn, OD, of South Carolina, and four other executive committee members and six trustees being sworn into office for the 2019-20 year following the tabulation of election results. The elections took place in the AOA’s House of Delegates as the four-day Optometry's Meeting neared its close. AOA’s trustees help establish association policy and advocates for the profession of optometry, both in state and federal government offices.

More Than 1,000 Optometrists Attend National Vision’s Annual Continuing Education Symposium

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:21 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, hosted more than 1,000 optometrists from its affiliated practices during the company’s annual continuing education symposium, which was held June 1 through 4 in Dallas. The company’s growing community of optometrists gathered for continued education, recognition for notable tenure and accomplishments, and conversations surrounding the state of the optical industry, according to a company announcement. In addition, the record-number of attendees heard from a respected lineup of speakers, giving all COPE-approved lectures.

Canada’s FYidoctors Announces Addition of First Clinic in Pembroke, Ontario, Market

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:15 AM PEMBROKE, Ontario—FYidoctors, the optometrist-owned eyecare company operating in Canada, announced this week that it has taken its first step toward expanding into Pembroke, Ontario. The practice of Dr. Vernon Prentice, OD, and his staff have officially joining the FYidoctors organization, according to the announcement. This acquisition marks the third for FYidoctors in Ontario within the last two months, the announcement noted. “FYidoctors has shown me that after the 37 years I've spent in practice, it is possible to operate at the highest level of care without the mental overhead private practice constantly demands,” Dr. Prentice said in the announcement.

ICO's Nora Kuby Takes Top Honors at the 28th Annual AOSA Optometry Student Bowl, Powered by Essilor

By Staff
Monday, June 24, 2019 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Illinois College of Optometry's (ICO) Nora Kuby took home top honors at this year's AOSA (American Optometric Student Association) Student Bowl (OSB), powered by Essilor of America, the 28th annual edition of the competition. The Student Bowl is always a major event for the students, faculties, friends and supporters of the national's optometric school. This year, for the first time in its history, the OSB was held offsite at The Pageant, an iconic concert hall in the heart of Delmar Loop, held here during Optometry's Meeting.

RightEye, USA Baseball and Optometrists Team Up on Sports Vision Program

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:18 AM BETHESDA, Md.—RightEye announced that it is working with USA Baseball for the third consecutive year to provide baseline sports vision assessment to all athletes entering the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP), a collaboration between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB). For the first time, RightEye will also recommend local optometrists who can help athletes correct functional vision issues and improve performance on the field.

Sheridan Capital Partners Invests in Atlantic Vision Partners

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Friday, June 14, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Sheridan Capital Partners announced its investment in Atlantic Vision Partners (AVP), a vision practice management company. In the transaction, Sheridan invested alongside AVP’s founders and management, who will retain “a meaningful ownership stake” in the business, according to the announcement. “AVP has achieved meaningful scale in its geography,” said Jonathan Lewis, partner of Sheridan Capital Partners. “The company has grown significantly due to the team’s focus on clinical excellence and its ability to attract strong provider talent to the platform.”

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.

Think About Your Eyes Partners With Airstream for Influencer Family’s Road Trip and Promotional Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, will partner with travel company Airstream in August to send a YouTube influencer family on a road trip though the Western U.S. Airstream’s brand is “focused on a life well-lived through adventure," making them a natural tie-in for TAYE’s campaign, "Seeing is a Gift," according to the TAYE announcement this week. The influencer family, The Daily Bumps, have a robust fan following (their near-daily videos chronicling their family’s life regularly receive more than 500,000 views) as well as a family history of vision correction, the announcement noted.

Delta Dental of Tennessee Teams With VSP Vision Care to Launch DeltaVision in Tennessee

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:18 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Delta Dental of Tennessee announced this week that it is launching its first full vision insurance plan, DeltaVision, which will be administered by VSP Vision Care, a leading managed vision care company. Through the affiliation with VSP, Delta Dental of Tennessee will offer the DeltaVision plans to Tennessee-based companies and residents of the state, a spokeswoman told VMAIL. Delta Dental of Tennessee is one of 39 independent Delta Dental organizations operating across the U.S. and Puerto Rico and which make up the Delta Dental Plans Association.