World Sight Day Festivities Raise Dollars, Commitments to Eye Tests and Advocacy for Raising Awareness for Eyecare Access as UN Diplomats Mark World Sight Day

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Friday, October 15, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—In events and communications that spanned the world, World Sight Day 2021, yesterday, Oct, 14, enabled many eyecare professionals, companies, NGOs and volunteer organizations to contribute to a crescendo of messaging about the importance of preserving sight with annual sight tests and advancing the need to provide access to more than one billion people around the world suffering from preventable vision loss. Yesterday, to mark the day, key United Nations (UN) diplomats joined together with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Global World Sight Day partner OneSight, for a special sight screening.

My Vision Show Announces Rewind, Opens Doors to All Exhibitors

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Friday, October 15, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—My Vision Show, a producer of virtual and interactive events, has announced the first My Vision Show Rewind.

Months After Entering Canada, Specsavers Sets the Bar High With a Goal to Open 200 Locations by 2024

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Specsavers, the world's largest optometrist-owned and led business, is disclosing ambitious expansion plans for its brand in Canada, just seven months after the U.K.-based company made its first move into the country.

CooperVision Launches New Myopia Education Campaign for U.S. Parents

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, a leader in myopia management, announced a new U.S. education initiative called “Take Control: Myopia & You” to increase awareness of the disease and encourage parents to schedule eye exams for their young children. Childhood myopia has been increasing in prevalence and severity in recent decades, a trend that may have been exacerbated by increased time spent on screens and other “near work” indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company’s announcement Tuesday.

Salus University 2021 Alumni and Presidential Medal Awards Announced, Including Medal Winner Reade Fahs of National Vision

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:15 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University has announced the 2021 recipients of the Alumni Association Awards and the Presidential Medal of Honor Awards, with the latter group including National Vision Holdings chief executive officer Reade Fahs. Both groups of awardees were honored during a ceremony on Sept. 27 at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. Award recipients from across the Salus University community were chosen by their peers through a nomination and voting process, according to the university’s announcement of the 2021 honorees.

California Approves Expanded Scope of Practice Legislation That California Optometric Association Had Supported

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:24 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Two bills signed into law recently by Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom will expand the scope of practice for optometrists in the state, according to a recent announcement by the California Optometric Association (COA).

Nvision Eye Centers Acquires a Majority Interest in Los Angeles' East West Eye Institute

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:21 AM LOS ANGELES—Nvision Eye Centers, one of the larger providers of comprehensive eyecare, LASIK and cataract surgery services in the U.S., has acquired a majority interest in East West Eye Institute (EWEI), one of the largest independent eyecare platforms in California, according to an announcement by the investment banking firm Intrepid.

Women In Optometry Announces 2021 Theia Awards Of Excellence Winners

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The sixth annual Theia Awards of Excellence will be presented on Nov. 2, 2021, toward the end of the Women In Optometry (WO) Women’s Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Black Eyecare Perspective to Host Second Annual IMPACT HBCU Event Tonight

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:15 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective will host its second annual IMPACT HBCU Event tonight, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. IMPACT HBCU is a community awareness and targeted recruitment event that aims to create more Black Doctors of Optometry; Black EyeCare Perspective reports that, “Although, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) produce about 40 percent of all doctors, future optometrists that identify as Black or African American make up approximately 3 percent of students in the 23 schools and colleges of optometry and less than 2 percent of practicing optometrists in the United States.”

Unifeye Vision Partners Completes Partnership With Southern California Desert Retina Consultants

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Monday, October 11, 2021 12:24 AM DALLAS—Unifeye Vision Partners (UVP), a leading network of comprehensive eyecare providers, has completed a new strategic partnership with Palm Desert-based Southern California Desert Retina Consultants (Desert Retina), according to an announcement late last week.

SECO Opens Nominations for 2022 Awards

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Monday, October 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW ORLEANS—SECO International is officially accepting 2022 nominations for its three prestigious awards: Optometrist of the South, Paraoptometric of the South and Young Optometrists of the South, according to an announcement from the organization.

2021 Canadian ECP Myopia Study Results Are Now Available

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Monday, October 11, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The 2021 Myopia study final report of Canadian ECPs attitudes is now available. The purpose of the Canadian Myopia Management ECP study is to characterize the attitudes toward myopia management and use of the various therapies. The initial study, conducted in 2019, revealed the extent to which Canadian ECPs were engaged in myopia control and the extent to which the various clinical treatment options were used. The study also measured the perception of efficacy for each of the major therapeutic categories.

Nominations for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Friday, October 8, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 13th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

New England College of Optometry to Launch Innovative Agile Campus Learning Model, Hybrid OD Degree Program

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Friday, October 8, 2021 12:24 AM BOSTON—New England College of Optometry (NECO), the longest continually operating college of optometry in the country, has announced that it is expanding its program offerings to include an innovative hybrid teaching and clinical training model called the Agile Campus.

The Power Practice Names Dr. Bethany Fishbein as New CEO

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Friday, October 8, 2021 12:21 AM TAMPA, Fla.—The Power Practice has named Bethany Fishbein, OD, as its new chief executive officer.