Essilor Vision Foundation Promotes Clear Vision for Schoolchildren

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS, TEXAS—As the new school year approaches, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is raising awareness among school nurses, teachers and parents of the need for children to have clear vision through its Champions for Sight and Kids Vision for Life programs. Being able to see clearly is especially critical for school-age children, since 80 percent of what a child learns in their first 12 years is visual. Students with undiagnosed vision impairments are three times more likely to fail a grade than children with 20/20 vision. One in four schoolchildren has a vision impairment significant enough to affect their ability to learn, according to the American Optometric Association.

EyeCare4Kids Reaches '400,000 Kids Helped' Milestone

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:15 AM MIDVALE, Utah—EyeCare4Kids has announced it has officially helped 400,000 children access eyecare. Nine-year-old Santi Morales became the nonprofit’s 400,000th child helped when he visited a mobile clinic at a Salt Lake City-area Boys and Girls Club and received free vision care and eyeglasses. Established in 2001, EyeCare4Kids has both stand-alone and mobile clinics in four states. The nonprofit is also just three months away from the grand opening of its main clinic in Midvale, Utah, on October 29. This clinic will provide EyeCare4Kids with sufficient space to care for an additional 20,000 children annually in Utah.

Unprecedented UN General Assembly Resolution Commits Countries to Eyecare for the World's 1.1 Billion People With Preventable Sight Loss by 2030

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Monday, July 26, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Last Friday the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/75/L108 committing the international community to eyecare for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable sight loss by 2030.  Sight loss is calculated to cost the global economy $411 billion in productivity each year. The resolution is a milestone and the first agreement designed to tackle  preventable sight loss to be adopted by the United Nations and enshrines eye health as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The Vision Council Announces First Seven Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund Recipients, Extends Application Deadline

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Monday, July 26, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the selection committee for the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund has chosen the first round of scholarship recipients.

International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Kicks Off World Sight Day 2021 Photo Competition and Names Judging Panel

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Monday, July 26, 2021 12:18 AM LONDON—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has kicked off its annual World Sight Day 2021 Photo Competition and named the members of its Judging Panel for the initiative.

NECO Announces $100,000 Diversity Scholarship Donation from National Vision

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced that National Vision, Inc. donated $100,000 to establish a new scholarship geared toward first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds.

Safilo to Exhibit Ocean Cleanup Recycled Sunglasses at Casa Italia, Tokyo 2020

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and TOKYO—On the occasion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to take place from July 23 through Aug. 8, Safilo has announced it will exhibit its recycled plastic sunglasses made exclusively for The Ocean Cleanup at Casa Italia, the headquarters of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

Eyes On Glaucoma 2021 Raises Dollars for Optometry Giving Sight

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Monday, July 19, 2021 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Glaucoma hosted a virtual charity spotlight on June 18 to 19, 2021 and raised $1,550 for the charity Optometry Giving Sight. The charity was spotlighted in the Virtual Conference Bag, and attendees were invited to click a button for which Eyes On Glaucoma would donate $1 in their name. The charity spotlight was first debuted at Eyes On Dry Eye, the specialty event held in April by Eyes On Eyecare. At that event, attendees initiated a gift of $1,500; this gift was met and exceeded by participation at Eyes On Glaucoma.

Binovi Announces Board and Management Changes as Company Shifts from ‘Technology Development to Commercial Growth’

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 12:21 AM TORONTO and NEW YORK—Binovi Technologies Corp. (TSX-V:VISN) announced Tuesday that Tania Archer has been appointed as interim CEO of the company, succeeding Adam Cegielski, who stepped down from his positions as CEO and board member.

Focus on Eye Health Virtual Summit Kicks Off This Week

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Monday, July 12, 2021 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Kicking off with a presentation from Michael F. Chiang, MD, director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), this week's Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit will bring together a roster of voices and experts examining the issues and opportunities facing eyecare.  This year’s Summit will be held as an interactive virtual event on July 14-15, with a variety of presentations related to the theme, "Our Changing Vision.”

Global Alliance Announces ‘Love Your Eyes’ Theme for World Sight Day 2021

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:27 AM LONDON—With 100 days to go until World Sight Day 2021, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and its members yesterday announced "Love Your Eyes" as the theme for this year’s World Sight Day, which falls on October 14, 2021. IAPB has been joined by six World Sight Day Global Partners this year: Allergan, Bayer, Novartis, OneSight, Seva Foundation and World Council of Optometry. 

EssilorLuxottica and the FIA Renew Commitment to Promote Good Vision for Safer Roads

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT and PARIS, France—EssilorLuxottica and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have renewed their partnership to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye checks for all road users and, more broadly, to promote good vision for safer roads.

National Vision’s 'Made Locally, Given Globally' Charitable Program Surpasses 100,000 Eyeglass Donations

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced that its philanthropic outreach program, “Made Locally, Given Globally,” has surpassed 100,000 donations of eyeglasses to people in need in 26 countries around the world.

Digital Diagnostics and Orbis International Announce Study to Help Save Sight in Bangladesh

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:30 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics, developers of IDx-DR, an FDA De Novo-cleared autonomous AI system for the detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME), and Orbis International, the influential nonprofit dedicated to fighting avoidable blindness around the world, have partnered on a study that will bring high-quality disease detection to communities in Bangladesh.

Modo Announces Support of 10 Terra Carta Transition Coalitions at G7 Summit

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK and CORNWAL—Modo was one of the first companies to support HRH the Prince of Wales and the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s (SMI) Terra Carta charter. Launched in January 2021, the Terra Carta lays out an ambitious roadmap for businesses to move toward a sustainable future, as reported in VMAIL in March of 2021. Now, as part of the initiative, HRH The Prince of Wales has met with G7 leaders and global CEOs to call for coordinated action to tackle climate change and launch the 10 Terra Carta Transition Coalitions. As a supporter of SMI’s Terra Carta, Modo announced that it welcomed this announcement, made on June 11.