Essilor Vision Foundation and Walman Optical Renew Partnership for Kids With a Vision Program

By Staff
Friday, March 13, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced today that it ishas renewed its partnership with Walman Optical to continue Walman’s Kids With a Vision program throughout 2020. For every pair of digitally surfaced lenses treated with non-glare treatment produced by Walman Optical labs purchased by participating eyecare professionals through Dec. 31, 2020, Walman Optical will donate $5.00 to EVF. It is estimated that one in four children in the U.S. has a vision issue significant enough to affect their ability to learn.

Rockin' for New Eyes Fundraiser Cancelled, Event Organizers Say

By Staff
Monday, March 9, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual fundraiser for New Eyes for the Needy, is being cancelled, the event’s organizers said Friday. The move follows the announcement by the Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions that Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26-29, is being consolidated with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Sept. 23-26.

Vision Source Envisions a Future of Sustainable Eyecare for Northern Tanzania

By Staff
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Building upon a legacy of giving back, Vision Source and longtime member Moes Nasser, OD, in collaboration with nonprofit Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) and the Tanzanian government, are planning for the construction of two new optometric clinics in Northern Tanzania. The clinics are tentatively scheduled to open later this year. Two surgical centers, which will be included in the optometry clinics, will serve over 2 million people and will be the first surgical centers located in the respective districts, according to a recent Vision Source announcement.

Orbis International and Johns Hopkins-Led Group With OneSight Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

By Staff
Monday, February 24, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation last week unveiled the Top 100 organizations that have submitted proposals for its 100&Change competition. Orbis International and a Johns Hopkins-led group that includes OneSight are among the 100 finalists in the competition. The winner of the competition receives a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges. The 100&Change program and grant were designed as a way to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time, according to the website.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Announces ‘Prioritize Your Eyes’ Program to Elevate Eye Health

By Staff
Friday, February 21, 2020 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has announced the launch of Prioritize Your Eyes, a worldwide effort to raise awareness about the connection of eye health to overall health. Prioritize Your Eyes encourages everyone to take the single most important step to protect their eyes—getting an eye exam—and is part of the company’s ongoing commitment and collaboration with various partners and professional organizations to elevate eye health and make 2020 the year of greater eye health awareness, according to the announcement.

Essilor Joins Forces With the United Nations in a Global Effort for Road Safety

By Staff
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor, announced it has pledged a first of its kind donation of 1 million glasses and sunglasses to the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNSRF), as they partner to promote global action on good vision for road users. The announcement comes ahead of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference, set for Feb. 19-20 in Stockholm, to set the agenda for achieving the UN 2030 goals for road safety. Every day 3,700 people die on the world’s roads, making road accidents the leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 5–29; a trend which has grown in the past years as mobility develops worldwide.

Vision Source Announces Mobile Vision Clinic Tour Across 13 Cities

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Source has announced a mobile vision clinic tour of 13 major U.S. cities in 2020 to raise awareness for the importance of an annual comprehensive eye exam. Along the tour, Vision Source doctors and staff will provide free exams and corrective eyewear to families across the country who do not have access to vision care. The tour began in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and will also travel to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Locally licensed doctors within the Vision Source network will staff the events, which will be equipped to support all aspects of a comprehensive eye exam.

New Chair, Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors

By Staff
Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:15 AM ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Eversight has announced that two new members and a new chair have been named to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. Joining the Eversight board of directors are Carolyn Welsh, vice president & chief clinical officer, NJ Sharing Network, and Mahmoud N. Ghazzi, MD, Ph.D, MPH, an experienced researcher and biopharmaceutical consultant.

Essilor Vision Foundation to Launch Vote for Vision Campaign

By Staff
Friday, January 10, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) believes all kids can be winners with clear vision and is kicking off 2020, by launching its Vote for Vision campaign. Vote for Vision encourages people to prioritize their children’s vision and to donate to the foundation so children in underserved communities around the country can receive critical vision care. In its announcement, the foundation noted, "To most people, 2020 is just another year. But for the vision industry, 2020 is the year of vision -- a year when everyone should make their eye health a priority and be advocates for the estimated 12 million kids in America with a vision impairment. It is estimated that half of those 12 million kids are not getting the care they need due to barriers of awareness, access and affordability of vision services. You can help a child receive life-changing vision care by Voting for Vision in 2020."

CooperVision Launches First-Ever Scholarship for Best Practices Program

By Staff
Monday, December 30, 2019 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced the launch of its first-ever Best Practices Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be offered to outstanding third-year optometry students as an expansion of the company’s annual Best Practices initiative, which recognizes practices that advance the optometry profession through innovation, leadership, and exceptional patient experience. This scholarship will provide recipients with an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 Best Practices Summit, a three-day event where they will be able to meet and collaborate with the year’s honorees.

Glaucoma, ‘The Sneak Thief of Sight,’ Continues to Affect Vision of Millions of Americans

By Staff
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—According to estimates from the Prevent Blindness report, “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more than 3.2 million Americans ages 40 and over have glaucoma in the year 2020. The number is expected to increase as the population ages. Glaucoma, often referred to as the "The Sneak Thief of Sight," is a leading cause of vision loss that damages the optic nerve. Although symptoms may not be noticeable at first, glaucoma slowly diminishes peripheral vision (side vision), making activities such as driving increasingly, according to a Prevent Blindness announcement this week.

Vision Benefits of America Grants $298,000 to the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation

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Monday, December 23, 2019 12:18 AM
PITTSBURGH—Vision Benefits of America, Inc. (VBA), a commercial group benefits organization, announced donations totaling $298,000 to the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation in 2019. The donations will provide essential eyecare to those in need.“VBA is proud to support the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation in its mission to offer fundamental eyecare and preserve human eyesight,” said Jeff Hollowood, CEO and president at VBA. “In addition to providing our own members with access to high-quality eyecare, we are privileged to be able to give to the community through the relationships we’ve built in the optical industry.”

Social Purpose

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Mark Tosh
Monday, December 16, 2019 12:30 AM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. Indeed, perhaps more powerful than ever, according to a Kantar Consulting report, “Purpose 2020 – Inspiring Purpose-Led Growth.”