The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation' Panel on July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry will be hosting a timely discussion, "Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation," a live webinar covering the issues and obstacles that impact Black optometrists. It will be held on Wednesday, July 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is being organized by the College’s Office of Continuing Professional Education who noted that this webinar is the first of a two-part series. Part I will discuss the problem; Part II will seek solutions. 

The Vision Council’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue Auction Accepting Bids Until Friday, June 26, Website Now Live

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an auction presented by The Vision Council and featuring frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is accepting bids until Friday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Black Eyecare Perspective Launches '13% Promise' to Encourage Commitment and Action to Increase Black Presence in the Vision Care Field

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:18 AM RALEIGH, N.C. and PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—On the occasion of Juneteenth and a growing awareness of the need to recognize Black Lives Matter and encourage action in the vision care profession and industry, the members of Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) are initiating a 13% Promise today.

UPDATE: A New Dialogue Is Taking Place Within the Optical Industry and Profession Toward Diversity and Inclusion

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Monday, June 15, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—A growing number of companies, individuals, groups and organizations across the optical industry and vision care profession are starting to more openly address the issues of racism and institutional prejudice and to support diversity as part of their stated mission. As sustained civil protests became very visible and vocal across major cities, suburbs and local towns throughout the U.S., executives, owners and individuals in the optical and eyecare field are grappling with a complex issue that has heightened awareness, mirroring concerns in many sectors, business, cultural and political. The communications have taken different forms, from internal statements to employees and associates to formally posted letters of support and principle.