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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eyemart Express Strengthens Partnership With Mental Wellness Nonprofit PeaceLove Foundation

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Friday, October 8, 2021 12:15 AM DALLAS—Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Sunday, Oct. 10, Eyemart Express said it has strengthened its partnership with PeaceLove Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is changing how people talk about mental health. The move will expand access to mental wellness resources for Eyemart Express’s employees and customers, according to an announcement this week. The expansion includes the launch of a charitable eyeglasses collection that will expand access to mental wellness resources. With each purchase from the exclusive glasses collection, Eyemart Express will donate 15 percent of sales to PeaceLove to aid its mental health mission.

Essilor of America, Transitions Optical and Vision Source Support Live2Lead

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:15 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America, Transitions Optical and Vision Source are teaming up with Dr. Pete Kehoe, Kelly Poyner and The Transformational Team in support of Live2Lead, a top leadership and personal/professional development event, to be held virtually on Oct. 8, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. As sponsors of the event, the companies hope to shine a spotlight on this development opportunity for members of the eyecare community.

Optical Industry to Be Recognized Among Honorees at Upcoming 25th Anniversary ACE Awards Nov. 2 in New York

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—A special recognition for the optical industry will be part of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Nov. 2 ACE Awards (Accessories Council Excellence) to be held in person at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Diego Jimenez Joins Coburn Technologies as Sales Manager for Latin America

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies is welcoming Diego Jimenez as sales manager for the Latin America market. Coburn Technologies continues to expand their presence and service in Latin America, and Jimenez will further develop the company’s growth in lens processing labs and eyecare practices across the region, the company said. “We are fortunate to have Diego join the team with his idyllic blend of professional experience in the technical support, service and sales areas of the optical industry in Latin America,” said Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales. “His decade-long experience and customer-focused approach makes him a great addition.”

OWA Plans 'Elevate' Virtual Event Oct. 19 to Celebrate its 2021 Pleiades Award Honoree, Gai Gherardi and Pyxis Award Honoree, Debbie Myres

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:15 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women's Association (OWA) is inviting its members and non-members to join the organization on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST for an OWA virtual event celebrating and toasting the OWA's 2021 Pleiades Aware honoree, Gai Gherardi (co-founder and co-designer of l.a. Eyeworks) and its Pyxis Award honoree, Debbie Myres (owner of Visual Inspirations). The evening event, sponsored by EssilorLuxottica, will also feature an encore presentation of the acclaimed 2021 OWA Connection Series keynote speaker, Dr. Connie Mariano.

Orasis Pharmaceuticals Names Julie Speed as SVP, Head of Strategy and Marketing, to Lead Commercial Growth Plan

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:15 AM HERZLIYA, Israel—Orasis Pharmaceuticals, an emerging ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on developing an innovative pharmaceutical solution for the treatment of presbyopia symptoms, has named Julie Speed as senior vice president, head of strategy and marketing.

Bollé Recruits New Design and Engineering Executives

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:12 AM LYON, France—Over the past few months, Bollé has strengthened its expertise in helmet and sunglass design with the addition of key industry talent in significant new roles. The company is also making a significant statement in its commitment to developing sustainable products. Quentin Chapelain, formerly head of the carbon neutrality project at Air Liquide, has recently joined Bollé Brands as the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) manager.

Transitions Announces Winners of the 2020 Transitions Innovation Awards

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Monday, October 4, 2021 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has named the winners for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support Transitions lenses. “Our Innovation Award winners and finalists approached the difficult year of 2020 as an opportunity to rejuvenate their efforts around Transitions lenses,” said Drew Smith, director, North America Channels, Transitions Optical.

Bausch Health Releases Annual Environmental, Social and Governance Report

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Friday, October 1, 2021 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) has released its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report (previously referred to as the Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR report), highlighting the company's ongoing commitment to drive a sustainable and equitable impact for its various stakeholders.