California’s Total Vision Adds New Partnership With Golden Hills Optometry of San Jose Region

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:24 AM Total Vision forms new partnership, Bausch Health adds directors to board, Alcon reports Q4 sales gain, Jobson Research issues COVID-19 special report and Solstice Sunglasses files for bankruptcy protection all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

Eyes On Eyecare Releases First Optometry Student Report, Reflecting U.S. Students' Views Toward Clinical Education and Professional Development

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare, a digital site and publication offering clinical and career content, events, and career services for eyecare professionals, has released its 2021 Optometry Student Report. The report is based on data collected from 1,476 optometry students in the U.S. and Canada.

California Optometric Association Notes State’s Decision to Allow Optometrists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:15 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In a move to address the state’s shortage of health care providers available to administer COVID-19 vaccines, the California Department of Consumer Affairs approved a public health emergency waiver that will allow doctors of optometry to administer COVID-19 vaccines to persons 16 years of age or older, according to the California Optometric Association (COA). Optometrists can immediately help with surge capacity at mass vaccination sites once more vaccine is available, COA noted earlier this month.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Cataract Patients With the ‘See More’ Campaign and Global Patient Story Search

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Monday, February 22, 2021 12:15 AM SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said it has begun a month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the TECNIS platform, the proprietary combination of materials and design on which Johnson & Johnson Vision IOLs (intraocular lenses) are built.

IDOC Connection 2021 Successfully Draws More Than 1,100 Attendees, With 85 Sessions Featured via Interactive Virtual Meeting Platform

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Friday, February 19, 2021 12:18 AM NORWALK Conn.—IDOC's Connection 2021, the alliance’s annual national conference, took place for the first time this year via a virtual platform that featured general sessions, exhibitor booths, nightly entertainment, and networking opportunities for the more than 1,100 attendees.

Neurolens Reports Strong Growth and Demand in 2020, a Year When More People Worked from Home and Increased Their Screen Time

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Friday, February 19, 2021 12:15 AM COSTA MESA, Calif.—Neurolens, an eyeglass lens company dedicated to providing pain-relieving comfort for hardworking eyes, has announced that it experienced “meaningful growth” in 2020 with the onboarding of more than 130 new practices.

The Vision Council Releases Results of January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey. The Vision Council fielded the survey to the organization’s panel of more than 1,700 eyecare providers during the last week of January.

VM's Conversation With HEA’s Justin Manning, OD: Eyecare Professionals Adapt and Prosper Through a Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare professionals have shown both their resilience and their willingness to adapt over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic has forced practice closings, upended in-office procedures and put more emphasis on digital offerings and meeting new patient expectations. But through it all, many ECPs have managed to continue growing their practices and making the changes that will be necessary to succeed going forward after the COVID-19 threat subsides, according to Justin Manning, OD, MPH, FAAO, executive vice president, professional strategies for Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA).

Healthy Eyes Advantage Expands Support of State Associations, Adding Alabama and North Carolina as Partners and Enhancing Collaboration with Maine and Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:24 AM BOCA RATON, FLA.—Healthy Eyes Advantage Inc. (HEA) has moved to expand and continue its strategic initiative to increase support of independent optometry by entering into new partnership arrangements with the Alabama Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society, according to an announcement this week.

AEVR Announces March 11 Virtual World Glaucoma Week 2021 Congressional Briefing

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research's (AEVR) new Research Saving Sight, Restoring Vision Initiative announced a World Glaucoma Week 2021 Congressional briefing titled, “Glaucoma: Clinical Practice and Research to Optimize Patient Outcomes.”

Shopko Optical Rebrands Project Eyecare Program to Kids in Focus

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has rebranded its Project Eyecare program to Kids in Focus. The Kids in Focus program is organized in partnership with the Lions Club. Its mission is to continue to enrich the lives of children in need by contributing to their visual wellness through complimentary eyecare and eyewear in the communities Shopko Optical serves, according to the company’s recent announcement. The Lions Club will continue to identify children in need between the ages of 5 and 17 to receive a comprehensive eye exam and a pair of eyeglasses at no-charge from Shopko Optical.

CooperVision and CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Sponsor 2021 Educators’ Meeting at Global Specialty Lens Symposium

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—For the sixth consecutive year, CooperVision and CooperVision Specialty EyeCare sponsored the Educators’ Meeting at the 2021 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS).

VSP Ventures Announces Acquisition of Nevada’s Family Eyecare Associates

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures said Monday that is has acquired Family Eyecare Associates, which comprises two offices located in Sparks and Reno, Nev.

WebMD Launches Effort to Combat Vaccine Misinformation

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Monday, February 8, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—WebMD has launched the WebMD Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation Center to help combat vaccine inaccuracies with facts. The Center will provide reliable vaccine resources and online tools to help consumers make informed decisions, driven by science. The Center features articles and videos on topics including vaccine myths and how they take root, public health challenges, and the role of social media in misinformation. Medscape, a division of WebMD, will feature content and resources at its Covid-19 Resource Center, including vaccine overviews, late stage vaccine development updates, and news on vaccine research.