Sen. Boozman Introduces Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act that Would Eliminate Robocalls for Rx Verification

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:36 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In an effort to offset language in the FTC’s updated Contact Lens Rule, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) last week introduced in the U.S. Senate the Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act,  which would eliminate the use of robocalls to verify contact lens prescriptions, according to a statement by the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS). The bill, which APS endorsed, is co-sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Ballot Challenge to Scope of Practice Law

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:30 AM LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Optometrists in Arkansas had won the right to expand their scope of practice under a 2019 law, but these rights had been held in abeyance while an opposition group sought to have the law put to a vote in a state ballot referendum.

The Vision Council Launches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force in Effort to Work Toward Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Community

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is announcing today the launch of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The task force launch is part of the organization’s larger brand reimagination focused on community-building and industry growth.

The 4th World Congress of Optometry Now Postponed Until 2023

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—After much consideration, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) said it has decided that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) planned for Melbourne, Australia, in 2021, will now be postponed until Sept. 8-10, 2023.

Hundreds of Doctors, Students and Paraoptometrics Participate in AOA’s Virtual Advocacy Event

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Optometric Association (AOA) mobilized hundreds of doctors of optometry, students and paraoptometric professionals across the country to participate in a historic, virtual AOA on Capitol Hill. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of optometry’s national lobbying efforts was moved from early 2020 to Wednesday and Thursday this week. Its goal was to raise awareness around optometry’s policy priorities and reinforce doctors of optometry essential role in health care.

AEVR Hosts Virtual Events Sept. 23 in Conjunction With Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) has announced a series of virtual events on Sept. 23 that are associated with International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2020 and AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill.

Keplr Vision Promotes Throne and Pistone in its Operations Group

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the promotion of Sarah Throne to senior vice president of business operations and Shondra Pistone to vice president of operations. Keplr noted in its announcement that “in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Sarah and Shondra worked tirelessly, providing leadership across the organization and overseeing initiatives that helped bring clinics back after all were shuttered for at least two weeks.” “The recent months have been filled with monumental challenges requiring real-time, complex decision making on a scale that no one could have ever predicted,” Keplr Vision chief operating officer Adam Rosengren said in the announcement. “These two individuals stepped up and worked tirelessly to help us weather the storm and ensure the safety of our patients and team members.”

SECO International and National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Partner to Expand Virtual Education for Opticians

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:15 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, the annual conference providing eyecare professionals with educational opportunities since 1923, has announced a partnership with the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) to expand virtual education opportunities for opticians via the SECOUniversity.com platform. The NAO, founded in 1963, represents over 4,000 opticians worldwide and is committed to providing opticianry education and training in a variety of formats. Their mission is dedicated solely to education and training of all opticians. “The NAO’s core values are rooted in providing all opticians, beginning to advanced, the educational resources they need to succeed with quality, relevant content delivered by key thought leaders,” NAO president Russ Tolar said in the announcement. “SECO’s mission is aligned with these values, and we are confident that our members will benefit from the partnership.”

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2020 Award Recipients

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Friday, September 4, 2020 12:18 AM ORLANDO—Each year, the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “In our virtual world it is more important than ever to honor our exceptional colleagues and celebrate their successes,” John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO and awards committee chairman, said in the Academy’s recent announcement. “They give us hope and help shine a light on our entire profession.” The Academy is pleased to announce the 2020 award recipients. They are:

Services to be Held This Week for Donna Van Green, Well Known Optical Eyewear Exec and Mentor to Many

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Services will be held this week for Donna Van Green, a well known, longtime eyewear sales executive, a good friend and mentor to so many throughout the business, who passed away on Aug. 26.

Academy’s Foundation Announces the Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award and Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant Recipients

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Monday, August 31, 2020 12:18 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced recipients of additional awards and grants for 2020. They are: Kimberly Weisenberger, OD, MS, who was named as this year’s recipient of the Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency award, and Nicole Christie Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, who is the 2020 recipient of the Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020 Hopkins Comprehensive Eye Care Award Recipient

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced that Charlotte Yiyi Wang, OD, is this year’s recipient of the Hopkins Comprehensive Eye Care Award.

OWA to Host ELEVATE, a Virtual Event Celebrating the 2020 OWA Award Recipients and Mastering ‘The Art of Hello’

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Monday, August 24, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) will host ELEVATE, an innovative OWA virtual event sponsored by Luxottica, to celebrate 2020 Pleiades Award honoree Millicent Knight, OD, Essilor of America; Pyxis Award honoree Jean Sabre of Uptown Vision; and Visionary Award honoree Sheena Taff, @OpticianAboutTown. The virtual event will be held on Sept. 17, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read more about the award honorees here. This Zoom event is open to OWA members and non-members alike.

‘FTC at Odds With Congress’ Around New Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) reacted strongly this week after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) moved to publish the new Contact Lens Rule in the Federal Register. The new CL Rule was posted for public inspection on Friday, Aug. 14 and published in the Federal Register on Monday, Aug. 17. As a result of this federal notice, the controversial changes to the CL Rule will now go into effect 60 days after the official publication date, according to APS.

IDOC’s Annual Member Conference, ‘The Connection,’ Moves to a Virtual Setting for 2021

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, an optometric alliance committed to the growth and prosperity of independent ODs, announced Tuesday that its national conference, “The Connection,” which has been held annually for more than a decade, will take place as an interactive online event, Feb. 3-5, 2021.