Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM
In simpler times, schoolchildren who failed to do their homework would make the excuse, “My dog ate it.” But what if the dog has the homework? Teachers training companion animals for the visually impaired don’t typically send their canine students home with assignments, but that doesn’t mean the work they do is any less important than classwork in other educational environments. In fact, it’s arguably more vital, given that these dogs need to be prepared to help their owners navigate the world.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:15 AM
PLEASANTON, Calif.—With the rising levels of myopia predicted to effect nearly five billion people by 2050, it’s becoming more important for organizations to band together to fight this public health epidemic. CooperVision
has supported the Our Children’s Vision
campaign for the last two years by donating a percentage of its CooperVision MiSight 1 day contact lens sales to the organization, and has now extended the program to recommit to the cause. Through its continued support, CooperVision expects to contribute up to $500,000 from its global MiSight sales to Our Children’s Vision by the end of 2020, the company said.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:15 AM
CHICAGO—The 2019 Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament
, held in conjunction with Vision Expo West, will take place on Wednesday Sept. 18 at the Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Registration and breakfast begins at 6:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. All proceeds from the event will go to support Prevent Blindness
, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health non-profit organization. The Swing Fore Sight golf committee is being chaired by Joe Savarese, Jobson Interactive.
Monday, July 8, 2019 12:15 AM
CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France and LONDON, England—The International Opticians Association
(IOA) and Essilor’s
online review of ophthalmic optics Points de Vue
have announced a partnership to develop continuing education for ECPs. The program aims to embrace the diversity and expertise of opticians around the world. By leveraging intersections between the many different professionals within the eyecare sector, this CE partnership is designed to build knowledge sharing networks between opticians, ophthalmologists, and optometrists. Olga Prenat, global director of professional relations at Essilor International and chief editor of Points de Vue, said, “In the context of the profound transformation of the eyecare sector, opticians, ophthalmologists and optometrists alike need to have access to the latest information and trends in their field and relevant training programs to be able to meet the different challenges successfully.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:24 AM
DALLAS, Texas—The Essilor Vision Foundation
introduces Khloe, a first grader who also happens to be the recipient of the one-millionth pair of glasses provided by Essilor Vision Foundation since 2007. Alongside being one of the 10 million children in the United States who needs vision care, Khloe loves unicorns, dancing, and shopping with her mom. She also loves reading with her tablet, but was having vision trouble and began struggling in school—until she got the glasses she needed.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild
announced that it is awarding 18 college scholarships of $7,500 each to students who are legally blind. The awardees include 17 students who are entering undergraduate schools and one student who is entering medical school. Paralympic athlete Caitlin Sarubbi, born and raised in Brooklyn, is receiving a scholarship to help achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. The daughter of a retired New York City Firefighter who was active during 9/11, Ms. Sarubbi was born with a very rare and severe syndrome called Ablepharon Macrostomia, which left her legally blind, partially hearing impaired and having to undergo over 60 reconstructive surgeries starting at three days old.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:24 AM
DULUTH, Ga.—Eyeglass World
, a National Vision Holdings
(NASDAQ: EYE) optical retail brand, has launched a new philanthropic outreach program, “Made Locally, Given Globally” across its more than 100 locations nationwide. As part of this new program, when customers buy a pair of eyeglasses at the retailer, another pair will be handcrafted by Eyeglass World associates at the in-store lab and donated to someone with vision impairment around the world, according to an announcement Monday.
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM
She’s a winner and an authentic all-around champion. Is there a better way to describe Billie Jean King? Well, add vision care advocate to the long list of King’s achievements over a long and legendary career, both on and off the tennis court.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Warby Parker
is announcing a milestone today for its "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" program. The company reports it has officially distributed five million pairs of glasses to those in need in more than 50 countries around the world. The company noted, "This means five million more people now have the glasses they need to learn, work and achieve better economic outcomes. Helping people see has been core to the company since our launch (over nine years ago), and Warby Parker has worked hard to prove the power of a socially conscious business at scale."
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—Tickets are still available for Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy. The popular show, which will take place at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square on March 23, features volunteer performers from throughout the optical industry and is a highlight of Vision Expo week.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:33 AM
What’s in a name? Everything when it comes to Magno, the young, German Shepherd guide dog puppy that Eschenbach Optik of America is financially sponsoring through its cause marketing partnership with the legendary Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. The hope is that after two years, Magno, whose name is a play on Eschenbach’s product line, magnifiers, will be placed with a person navigating life with a visual impairment. And Eschenbach wants the vision-care community to follow the puppy on his journey, via the company’s web site and social media accounts. Members of the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Ophthalmology have already participated by being part of a contest to name the dog.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—Whether you hit the local swap meets, cruise a vintage store, seek out a second hand shop or merely reach way back into your closet, do not come to New York for Vision Expo Week without packing your best ’60s “threads.” That’s the message that the organizers of Rockin’ for New Eyes
are sending out to anyone who is planning to attend the annual fund-raising concert for New Eyes for the Needy
, a highlight of Vision Expo East week.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:27 AM
BRIDGEWATER, NJ—Bausch + Lomb
has announced the launch of a new website, SightMatters.com
, which will serve as an educational online resource for people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). February is AMD Awareness Month. SightMatters has been specifically designed for the visually impaired, featuring increased font size and color contrast. The goal of the site is to help patients take charge of their condition by offering a one-stop shop resource that is clear and concise, and offers actionable content. SightMatters will allow patients to take control of their AMD, as well as foster a community of others living with AMD.
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM
The holiday season tends to get tangled with sales and gift-giving rather than giving thanks for what we have that others may not—such as our sight. Two Blind Brothers, a non-profit clothing site, founded by Bradford and Bryan Manning, donates 100 percent of their profits toward research to cure eye disease. The two are generating sales and widening an awareness and fan base recognition this season with their unique and creative take on sharing messages that underscore the experience of visual impairment and blindness while raising money to help 11 million people with vision loss.