Contact Lens Institute Unveils New Research Supporting 'See Tomorrow' Initiative and Offers Tips to Help ECPs Reconnect With Patients

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Monday, July 26, 2021 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an effort to help ECPs identify and prepare for new opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Contact Lens Institute (CLI) presented findings from its new research looking at how patients’ views of health care and vision care have changed over the past 18 months, and how ECPs can act upon this new patient mindset.

National Optometric Association, Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global Announce Recipients of Visioning the Future Mentorship Program

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In continuing a commitment to increasing awareness about the optometric profession to minority communities, the National Optometric Association (NOA), the Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global, announced the recipients of Visioning the Future mentorship program.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowship Recipients

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 12 recipients of the 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowships. The Ezell Fellowship program is named after the founding president of the AAOF, William C. Ezell, OD. It was established to provide recognition and support to talented post-doctoral students in pursuit of an advanced degree in optometric research and education. More than 440 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949.

Looking Ahead, AOA Leaders and Members Focus on ‘Recovery and Renewal’ at Optometry’s Meeting

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:27 AM DENVER—Gathering for their first in-person meeting in two years, doctors of optometry, students and paraoptometrics brought a renewed energy and sense of purpose to Optometry’s Meeting 2021, the American Optometric Association annual conference held here last week.

AOA Congress Elects 2021-2022 Board of Trustees, Approves Resolutions

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:24 AM DENVER—The 124th Annual AOA Congress elected the AOA’s 2021-2022 Board of Trustees during the final day of Optometry’s Meeting here, last week.

New Issue of Contact Lens Update Summarizes Recent British Contact Lens Association’s Guidance for Contact Lens Practitioners

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:15 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The latest issue of Contact Lens Update, now available for free from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), consolidates conclusions from the new British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR) initiative into an easy-to-read summary for contact lens practitioners. CLEAR author and BCLA certificate program lead Dr. Manbir Nagra wrote the new issue’s editorial. She identifies common themes across the reports, highlights how to interpret scientific publications, examines the evidence base for several widely held beliefs, and looks to the future of contact lens practice, according to a recent announcement about the new issue of Contact Lens Update.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2021 Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award Recipient

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Friday, June 18, 2021 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced the recipient of the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award. Gulnoza Azieva is a second-year OD/MS student at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Her research project focuses on the development of a protocol to assess ocular surface in the marmoset and identify reliable parameters that will help with the assessment of CLIDE (contact lens induced dry eye).

SECO International Names Richard Durocher, OD, as President

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:27 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, a leading educational conference for optometrists and allied health care professionals, announced that Richard Durocher, OD, has become the SECO International president.

British Contact Lens Association's Clinical Conference in Mid-June Now Officially COPE Accredited

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 12:21 AM MANCHESTER, England—The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) announced this week that U.S.-based eyecare practitioners can earn up to 10 COPE points by attending the first-ever virtual BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition. The event, which this year is being live streamed around the world over a 30-hour period across different time zones, will take place June 13-14. COPE accreditation has now been secured, meaning attendees can earn points by attending the sessions that examine the findings of BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR)—equivalent to 10-hours of accredited education, according to the announcement.

Vision Expo East 2021 Explores Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through Series of Panels and Courses

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today shared details on the panels, discussions and education courses dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion planned for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

International Sports Vision Association Announces New Executive and Advisory Board Officers

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:18 AM MONROE, N.J.—The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA), an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance, has announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members.

New Study Identifies More People With Vision Loss and Blindness Than Previously Estimated

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Monday, May 24, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO—In a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, “Prevalence of Visual Acuity Loss or Blindness in the US,” researchers estimate permanent vision loss and blindness in Americans of all ages, including people younger than 40 years old, and adults in group quarters, such as nursing homes or jails.

American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Parke Will Step Down After 12 Years of Leadership

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Monday, May 24, 2021 12:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO—The American Academy of Ophthalmology chief executive officer David W. Parke II, MD, has informed the Academy’s board of trustees that he is stepping down.

The World Council of Optometry and Global Myopia Awareness Coalition Support the Brien Holden Vision Institute Myopia Awareness Week, May 24-28

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Friday, May 21, 2021 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry and Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) have announced their support of the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) Myopia Awareness Week, May 24-28, 2021.

Alliance for Patient Safety and AOA Support the Reintroduction of the Contact Lens Prescription Verification Modernization Act

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Friday, May 21, 2021 12:18 AM WASHINGTON—According to the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, four members of the U.S. House have reintroduced the Contact Lens Prescription Verification Modernization Act (HR 3353). The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-Wa.). The legislation "will modernize the contact lens prescription verification process and make it simpler and safer for millions of contact lens wearers," according to a statement by the Alliance.