Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C works to accelerate cancer research so that all cancer patients can become long-term cancer survivors. Eyemart Express will donate $5 for every pair of SU2C frames purchased through Oct. 24, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $20,000, according to an announcement this week. “We are pleased to support Stand Up To Cancer as this fundraiser is an important tradition in our stores and for the local communities that we serve,” chief executive officer Michael Bender said.

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.

Representatives of the Black Optical Community Come Together for the 'Open Your Eyes' Independent Ad Campaign

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Select representatives from the optical industry have come together to launch an independent ad campaign titled “Open Your Eyes,” which is designed to raise awareness of the need for the amplification of black voices in the optical industry.

The Vision Council to Kick Off 'Open Your Eye's Virtual Frame Auction' on June 19

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is announcing the Open Your Eyes Frame Auction, a virtual auction during which frames with special significance designed by leading independent eyewear designers will be auctioned off to support two charities, the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

Services Held for Pioneering Optical Executive Alan Ritter

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:19 AM GLEN HEAD, N.Y.—Services were held here yesterday for Alan Ritter, a pioneering optical industry executive who was instrumental in creating The Vision Council as well as Vision Expo East and West. He was 81 years old.

Vision Source Envisions a Future of Sustainable Eyecare for Northern Tanzania

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Building upon a legacy of giving back, Vision Source and longtime member Moes Nasser, OD, in collaboration with nonprofit Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) and the Tanzanian government, are planning for the construction of two new optometric clinics in Northern Tanzania. The clinics are tentatively scheduled to open later this year. Two surgical centers, which will be included in the optometry clinics, will serve over 2 million people and will be the first surgical centers located in the respective districts, according to a recent Vision Source announcement.

Vision Expo East 2020 Spotlights The Union Neighborhood

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Show organizers have announced additional details about The Union, one of three new distinct neighborhoods being unveiled at Vision Expo East 2020 and a key component of the larger reimagination of the signature event by The Vision Council and co-owner of the Show, Reed Exhibitions. “An evolution of the dynamic Galleria, The Union offers the ultimate exhibition and shopping experience for boutique and premium independent brands with a discerning edit of exclusive, hip, and fashion-forward eyewear,” according to the announcement. 

Vision Source Next Champions Private Practice With Engaging Student ‘Practice Crawl’ Events

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, under the auspices of its Vision Source Next program, said a unique series of events for optomerty students this year has resulted in Vision Source practices hosting “approximately 20 percent of the nation’s optometry students” for local field trips to visit member practice locations. One of the objectives of the initiative is “to perpetuate private practice optometry,” Vision Source said in its announcement. Vision Source Next, launched in 2018, is a “professional advancement program shaping the future of independent optometry by providing a path to start, buy or work in private practice,” according to the announcement.

David Hall, Former CEO of Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, Dies at 67

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15 AM BALTIMORE, Md.—David Hall, former CEO of managed vision care vision care company Spectera/United HealthCare Vision, passed away at home on September 6, following a brief illness. He was 67 years old. Hall had led the growth of Baltimore-based Spectera from a small, regional vision care plan into one of the nation’s largest plans with over $450 million in revenue at the time of his retirement in 2007. Hall also fostered the sale of Spectera to health care giant United Health Group in 2001 and continued as CEO of UHG’s United HealthCare vision care and dental divisions until his retirement.

Businesses and Residents Across the Carolinas Return to Work, Assess the Damages

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As parts of the Carolinas braced for more flooding this weekend following the heavy rains dumped on the states by Hurricane Florence, residents and businesses across the two states, as well as other areas of the Southeast, began returning to their homes and businesses Wednesday as they began to assess the damage and work on recovery.

OSU Student Wins 2018 Student Innovator Award Sponsored by VSP Global

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, The Rick Bay Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Optometry (OSU) announced Marielle Blumenthaler, a fourth-year OD student, as the first-ever recipient of the OSU Student Innovator Award. The award recognizes innovative, creative, and feasible ideas of a current student at different optometry schools. This is the first year OSU has offered the award. Blumenthaler’s winning idea proposes the integration of vision therapy services into elementary schools serving low-income students. The idea is to bring in sensory motor evaluations, vision therapy sessions, and progress checks to the school to neutralize barriers to care and to optimize children’s academic success.

AOA Trustee Farias Appointed to Texas Higher Education Foundation’s Board

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:15 AM AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Higher Education Foundation has announced the appointment of Fred Farias III, OD, to the Board of Trustees. The Foundation, official nonprofit partner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has raised more than $22 million in support of the state’s higher education strategic goals since being founded in 2001, according to an announcement this week. Dr. Farias, a Rio Grande Valley native, is chief executive officer of 20/20 Vision Care in McAllen, Texas, and has served as president of both the Texas Optometric Association and the Rio Grande Valley Optometric Association.

American Academy of Optometry Names Dr. Akio Kanai as Winner of Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Monday, August 13, 2018 12:18 AM SYDNEY—Dr. Akio Kanai, chief executive officer of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award is awarded annually by AAO as a way to honor the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. The award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eyecare within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities.

Registration Opens for The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit

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Friday, August 3, 2018 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration has opened for The Vision Council's 2019 Executive Summit, an exclusive event filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies, according to an announcement from the organization. The Executive Summit, titled Contagious Leadership - Strategies for Cultivating People While Producing Business Results will take place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Ritz Carlton & JW Marriott in Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.

Services to be Held for Dr. Donald ‘Doc’ Golden, Industry Pioneer and Founder of D.O.C Optics

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:18 AM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Services will be held Thursday (Aug. 2) for Dr. Donald Golden of Bal Harbour, Fla., who, two months shy of 100 years, passed away peacefully July 30, 2018, according to a notice posted by his family. He is survived by his wife, Marion (and her children Daniel Bloomfield and Tania Bloomfield); sons and daughters-in-law Michael Golden, Richard and Shelley Golden, Randy and Tracey Golden; grandchildren Seth (Hilary) Golden, Bradley (Diana) Golden, Jessica (Nici Maruri) Golden, Jaclyn, Jaynee, Jenna Golden, and great-grandchildren Claudia and Miles Golden, Gabriella, Giuliana, and Gemma Golden.