The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Is Extended to Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council is extending the deadline to participate in the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey until Tuesday, November 24 at midnight.

The Vision Council Launches 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council today announced the launch of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey. Developed in partnership with Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting, the custom survey is intended to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance. The survey is open to all members of the vision care products and services industry and participation is confidential.

Pennsylvania Legislation Expands Scope of Practice for ODs

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:15 AM HARRISBURG, Pa.— Doctors of optometry in Pennsylvania, who have been working to win legislative approval for expanding their scope of practice for almost two decades, finally claimed victory late last month as the state approved new scope of practice regulations, according to the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA).

VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announce 2020 Practice Excellence Scholarship Recipients

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Friday, October 30, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarship.

Eyeing Telehealth’s Rapid Rise in Optometry, AOA Updates its Stance

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—Responding to the rapid rise of telehealth-based care among U.S. optometrists, many of whom began using the technology to remain connected with patients during the coronavirus pandemic, the American Optometric Association(AOA) is shifting its stance toward virtual vision care.

CVS Health’s Prescription Renewal Platform Draws Strong Reaction from AOA and ECPs

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:27 AM WOONSOCKET, R.I.—CVS Health’s announcement this week that its CVS Pharmacy division has launched an online prescription renewal service for contact lenses has prompted strong reaction from ECPs across social media and has drawn a rebuke from the American Optometric Association (AOA).

Dr. C. Clayton Powell, Co-Founder of National Optometric Association, Dies at 93

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK— Dr. C. Clayton Powell, a co-founder of the National Optometric Association (NOA), passed away Friday in Atlanta where he had practiced for many years. He was 93.

In New Awareness Campaign, Prevent Blindness Encourages Everyone to ‘Take a Screen Time-Out’

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Friday, October 23, 2020 12:24 AM CHICAGO—In response to increased virtual activity during the coronavirus pandemic, Prevent Blindness, launched Screen Time-Out, an awareness campaign to encourage Americans, especially parents of young children, to introduce regular screen breaks into their daily routines.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020 Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarships

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, has announced the 2020 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients. This award is bestowed annually to a second- or third-year optometry student who best demonstrates the ideal eyecare standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extracurricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities, according to an announcement this week.

The Vision Council Announces Dates for the 2021 Virtual Executive Summit: January 26-28, 2021

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council today announced that the 2021 Executive Summit will take place from January 26-28, 2021. Presented under the banner of “An OPTImistic View of the Future,” the 2021 Executive Summit will be conducted in an all-new, virtual format designed to accommodate the needs of attendees from around the globe. “While we would typically be looking forward to gathering in person for this important annual event, The Vision Council is committed to offering the same unparalleled opportunities for meaningful networking and leadership development to the leaders of our community,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. 

Prevent Blindness 'Small Steps for Big Vision' Launch Webinar Is Tuesday, Oct. 20

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Monday, October 19, 2020 12:15 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) are joining together to launch the new “Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers.” 

CooperVision Sponsors Optometry Students from Ghana to Attend Virtual Academy 2020 Conference

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In support of the education of future eyecare professionals around the world, CooperVision has partnered with The Optical Foundation to sponsor registration to this year’s American Academy of Optometry  (AAO) virtual conference for more than 75 optometry students from Ghana.

Mido 2021 Rescheduled for June 5 to June 7

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Monday, October 12, 2020 9:20 AM MILAN—Organizers of Mido 2021 announced today that the annual international optical trade show is returning after a hiatus this year resulting from COVID-19 and is scheduled for June at Fiera Milano in Italy. The new dates represent a postponement of the previously announced February 2021 dates and a departure from the show's usual March dates. The organizers characterized the new dates— Saturday, June 5 to Monday, June 7—as “a sensible choice, driven by the aim to ensure exhibitors and visitors an exhibition offering peak international traffic potential and profitable business transactions.”

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020-2021 Allergan Foundation Research Grant Recipients

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, has announced two grant recipients this year in the areas of the anterior segment and glaucoma. The recipient of the Allergan Foundation Grant in the area of the anterior segment is Suzanne MJ Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO. Dr. Fleiszig is a professor of optometry and vision science, microbiology, and infectious disease and immunity at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.