Zeiss Ranked Best Company in 2019 Public Value Atlas

By Staff
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:15 AM OBERKOCHEN, Germany—Zeiss was named Germany's highest-ranked company in the 2019 Public Value Atlas (Gemeinwohlatlas 2019). The announcement was made in Berlin yesterday by the authors of the study, the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen (CLVS-HSG) in cooperation with the Dr. Arend Oetker chair of business psychology and leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. “We are delighted about our company receiving the highest score for the 2019 Public Value Atlas. It demonstrates that Zeiss still embodies those values bestowed by the founders on this foundation company: economic success and innovation with the goals of providing society with meaningful work and advancing scientific and technological progress,” said professor Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG.

Coburn Names New Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has named Ezequiel Lukin as national sales manager, with a specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the U.S. market. “Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” according to vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

Deadline Is June 21 to Submit Eyewear and Sunwear Products to Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The deadline is June 21 for companies to submit nominations for The Accessory Council's inaugural Design Excellence Awards, to be bestowed upon outstanding products in 15 award categories including Eyewear, Handbags, Personal Accessories, Jewelry, Watches, Footwear and Tech and Innovation. The Accessories Council board of directors and the Accessories Innovation Committee will select four to five finalists per category based on the criteria of excellence in design, unique appearance and/or function, consumer needs addressed by product, appropriate aesthetics, innovative materials or technology, market positioning and competitive performance, social images, emotional appeal, and sustainability.

LAST CHANCE! Nominate by This Wednesday Night for 2019 Most Influential Women in Optical Nominations

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There is one final extension for the deadlines for people to submit their nominations to be considered for VM's Most Influential Women in Optical. Nominations will be accepted until May 22 at 11:59 p.m. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 17th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Create ‘Eye Bonds’ for Supporting Eye Disease Research

By Staff
Thursday, May 16, 2019 12:24 AM WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., a Georgia Democrat, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who represents eastern Washington state, recently introduced the “Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act (HR 2620).  The bill supports funding for translational research and advances treatments and cures for blindness and other eye conditions. It also lays the groundwork for a new financial instrument, Eye Bonds, that are intended to speed treatments and cures across the spectrum of eye diseases and disabilities, according to a statement on Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ website.

Southern College of Optometry Awards Honorary Degree to Dr. Ron Blum

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:36 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry has bestowed its prestigious honorary degree, the doctor of ocular science, on Ronald Blum, OD, at its 2019 commencement ceremony, held here Friday. The college recognized Dr. Blum for his significant contributions to the field of optometry. A distinguished entrepreneur, Blum is the mind behind companies such as The Egg Factory, NewSight Reality, PogoTec, Innotech, and Dr. Blum, Newman, Blackstock and Associates and Optometrists, P.C., among others. A 1972 graduate of SCO, Blum also delivered the commencement address.

Do You Know an Influential Woman?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:30 AM NEW YORK—Do you know an influential woman in the optical industry? Perhaps you know someone who is playing a vital role in optical and is truly making a difference at their company or organization.

Nomination Committee for The Vision Council’s Lab Division Is Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The nomination committee for the Vision Council’s Lab Division is now accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame. Individuals selected for membership to the Hall of Fame are those who have influenced or contributed to the advancement of the optical laboratory industry. In addition to their contributions to the industry, a nominee’s accomplishments, reputation and character, and number of years actively involved in the industry are considered.

Haris Mirza Is Your Future ‘Baby Eye Doctor’

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 10, 2019 1:27 PM Haris Mirza is a first-generation Pakistani-American who is a second-year optometry student at the Western University of Health Sciences. Born and raised in California, Mirza’s love for the field has been growing over the years and was only fueled during his undergraduate studies when he took cognitive psychology and philosophy classes and started to view our ability to see differently.

GrandVision Names Jorge Gervasi as Managing Director of its For Eyes Business Unit

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Friday, May 10, 2019 12:45 PM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision N.V. (EURONEXT: GVNV) has named Jorge Gervasi as the new managing director of For Eyes, the company’s U.S. business division. The move was effective May 1, a GrandVision spokeswoman told VMAIL. Gervasi, an experienced retailer who has held senior level posts with GrandVision for several years, will take over the responsibilities previously handled by former For Eyes chief executive officer Jose Costa. Costa left the company on March 1, as VMAIL reported.

Galimedix, Inc. Appoints Ophthalmic Field Veteran Thomas Hohman, Ph.D. to Board of Directors

By Staff
Friday, May 10, 2019 12:18 AM KENSINGTON, Md. and SHORASHIM, Israel—Galimedix Therapeutics, which is developing new solutions for ophthalmic and neuro-degenerative diseases, announced the appointment of Thomas Hohman, Ph.D., an established industry leader who oversaw the development of multiple ophthalmology therapies for more than 30 years, to its board of directors. Hohman was formerly head of retina discovery and vice president of retina translation medicine at Allergan, where he was responsible for discovering and advancing new treatments for retinal diseases.

Do You Know an Influential Woman?

By Staff
Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Do you know an influential woman in the optical industry? Perhaps you know someone who is playing a vital role in optical and is truly making a difference at their company or organization.

AOA’s ‘United in Possibilities’ Campaign Earns Gold Circle Award

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced that the American Optometric Association's new membership initiative, United in Possibilities, has earned a 2019 Gold Circle Award in the Membership Recruitment Campaign category. With more than 200 entries across 15 categories, the Gold Circle Awards is a competition that recognizes the premier marketing, membership and communications programs among associations and nonprofits.

ASOA Names Janna Mullaney, COE, OCS, OSC 2019 President as Society Unveils New Brand

By Staff
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) has named Janna Mullaney, COE, OCS, OSC their 2019 president. She began her role during the ASOA Opening General Meeting on May 4, 2019. Janna Mullaney, of Katzen Eye Group in Maryland, brings more than 33 years of ophthalmic administration experience to her role as president of the ASOA. Her appointment comes at the same time as the ASOA is beginning a rebrand, unveiling their new logo and tagline: Your Practice. Our Passion.

Nick Mamalis, MD, Named 2019 ASCRS President as ASCRS Unveils New Branding

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Nick Mamalis, MD, a well-known ophthalmologist and longtime co-editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, assumed his role as president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) during the ASCRS meeting's opening general session here this past weekend. “This is a pivotal time to be taking the helm of ASCRS,” said Dr. Mamalis. “It has never been more important than today for us to come together to protect the interests of anterior segment surgeons and advance the profession of ophthalmology. ASCRS makes this possible, and I am honored and excited to play a leadership role in shaping our future.”