Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild
announced that it is awarding 12 college scholarships of $8,500 each to graduating high school students who are legally blind. The awardees also include three students who will receive $2,500 each to attend graduate schools. Lighthouse Guild scholarships are based on strong academic accomplishment and merit to help students with vision loss make a successful transition to college and graduate education. The 2020 recipients, from across the country, will be attending some of the nation’s most competitive universities.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:21 AM
BATH, England—Inspecs Group PLC
, a Bath-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to global retailers, has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. This marks the second time that Inspecs has won this award, which it first won in 2007. This award also follows the company’s successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM in February.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognize and celebrate business excellence across the U.K., and are among the most prestigious awards for U.K. businesses to win.
Monday, April 20, 2020 12:18 AM
CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness
(NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the sixth annual “Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award.”
The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The deadline for submission is June 5, 2020. The award will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Meeting of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this date may be postponed.
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:24 AM
ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association
(AOA) has announced the five association members who have won its prestigious annual professional awards, which are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision
. The award winners and categories are:
• Optometrist of the Year Award—Kenneth Lawson, OD,
of Florida, for his outstanding service on behalf of the profession.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:27 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo today announced Gogosha Optique, located in Los Angeles, Calif., as the winner of the third OPTImum Retail Award, an annual award created in 2016 to celebrate independent retailers and showcase their products, stores, visions and stories. Past winners include Edward Beiner in South Miami, Fla. and Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover, Mass. Gogosha Optique and the other 2020 finalists—Black Optical (Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City); G is for Glasses (Winnipeg); Globe Specs (Kyoto); and The Eye Place (London)—received awards to recognize their accomplishments and will also be honored at a cocktail party during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Additionally, Gogosha Optique will be featured in 20/20 Magazine
Monday, March 16, 2020 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild
announced that Gerrit Melles, MD, PhD from The Netherlands has been awarded the 2020 Bressler Prize for his outstanding advances in vision science, particularly in the field of corneal transplantation. With a clinical focus on the management of corneal disorders and the research and development of new ophthalmic surgical procedures, Dr. Melles has invented several advanced lamellar keratoplasty techniques, including Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) and Bowman layer transplantation (BLT), among others.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:18 AM
, from Modo
, has been awarded Gold distinction in the iF Design Awards
for its Eco FW19 Recycled metal collection. All Eco glasses are made with recycled metal and bio-based plastic derived from castor seeds, and each pair of frames in the award winning collection comes with a magnetic sun clip. The iF Design Awards jury said, “This sustainable eyewear collection is unique in many ways. It is modular, easily customizable and highly functional. This eyewear collection combines incredibly lightweight metal frames with a seamlessly integrated sun clip-on made of bio-plastic. A sensational eyewear product!”
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Vision Expo announced the winners of the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA)—SpiltMilk
and Tyche + Iset Eyewear
are the recipients of the inaugural award. The Talent Search aims to identify and support emerging designers and foster their talent during the symbolic year for the eyewear industry, 2020. “The votes are in! Seven edCFDA designers have selected two creative talents with an entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s recipients, Morganne Leigh, founder of Tyche + Iset Eyewear, and Judge Khanna, creative director and co-founder of SpiltMilk, represent the industry’s dynamic future,” said Christian Roth, co-founder and designer of Christian Roth Eyewear.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:15 AM
ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation
is now accepting nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award
, which recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program, according to an announcement. The award honors the memory of Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., and the late optometrist's inspiring and passionate leadership as a driving force in the profession of optometry. A memorial fund was established after his passing in 2005 and led to the creation of the award.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:23 AM
CHICAGO—Tables, tickets and event sponsorships are still available for the upcoming Prevent Blindness 2020 Person of Vision Award, which will go to VSP Global
and its president and CEO Michael Guyette at the annual dinner to be held in New York on March 26. Prevent Blindness
, the nation's oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, will benefit from all proceeds from the event, supporting the sight-saving programs of the organization. This year's event will take place at a new venue, at 583 Park Avenue
, in New York City, in conjunction with Vision Expo East.
Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:24 AM
DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association
(OWA) has announced the organization's 2020 OWA Award Honorees. Millicent Knight, OD and senior vice president, customer development group, at Essilor of America, will receive the OWA Pleiades award to recognize her exceptional action in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. Jean Sabre, owner of Uptown Vision, will receive the Pyxis award to honor her as a member of the OWA who actively participates in the organization and contributes to its continuing growth. Sheena Taff, optician and optical writer, also known as Optician About Town
, will receive the 2020 Visionary Award, newly created this year to recognize her as an OWA member who demonstrates progressive thinking and actively cultivates the professional development of women.
Friday, December 20, 2019 12:18 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group
chief executive officer Tom Burke has been named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s 2019 Power Leaders in Health Care. The annual list honors 50 South Florida-based health care industry leaders who drive innovation and award-winning patient care, according to an ABB Optical announcement. A health care logistics leader with nearly 40 years of experience, Burke has guided world-class organizations through extraordinary growth trajectories, the announcement noted. During his time at ABB Optical Group, he has helped expand the company’s operations and solidified its role as a leading national provider of optical products and business solutions for the eyecare industry, the announcement noted. Most recently, he has led the rebranding of ABB Optical Group, refreshing the company’s brand identity and reinforcing its commitment to eyecare professionals.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:18 AM
SAN RAMON, Calif.—The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority
(PRASA) has honored CooperVision
for the fifth consecutive year with its Pre-Treatment Excellence Compliance Award, according to an announcement this week. The award was given to the company’s Juana Diaz contact lens production and packaging facility. The recognition is based on adherence to operating permit conditions, made possible by ongoing investment in the site’s sustainable infrastructure and employee training, according to the announcement.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:24 AM
PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical Inc. has named the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The finalists and winners will be honored during Transitions Academy, which runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 5, 2020, in Orlando. “Our finalists have displayed a passion for the Transitions brand that is truly unmatched,” Jose Alves, general manager, Americas, Transitions Optical, said in the announcement. “Through their creativity and ingenuity they have taken our products and brand to the next level. We cannot thank these businesses and individuals enough for their loyalty and willingness to promote the brand.”