Tag Archives : aMerican Optometric Association

Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Did you know that 80 percent of what a child learns is through his eyes and that almost 25 percent of school children may have vision issues that affect their ability to learn? (American Optometric Association) In an effort to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Kids Vision for Life, a program in partnership with Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation will host Kids Vision Fest on Thursday and Friday, April 30th & May 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Lincoln Elementary School, located at 425 S. Sullivan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Kids Vision Fest will provide vision screenings, eye exams and new eyeglasses at no cost to children in need ages 5 to 12. Kids Vision Fest organizers estimate more than 300 students in need of vision services will receive eye exams and new glasses at no cost to the family. Optometrists will be on hand to provide the services, and, if an eye doctor determines a child needs glasses, the child will choose from a selection of designer eyeglass frames. The glasses will be delivered to the child’s school within 4 to 5 weeks from the event. Kids Vision Fest 2015 is providing a resource that is needed by...
Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting  Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon, the global leader in eye care, announced its support for the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign. This national campaign, presented by the Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. As a Leadership Partner, Alcon will work closely with Think About Your Eyes to provide insights and educational information to the public about a number of eye care topics. “This campaign is about doing the right thing for patients. It’s not about specific companies or products, it’s about how our industry can partner with eye care professionals to transform eye care,” said Eric Bruno, Vice President and General Manager for US Vision Care at Alcon. “We know many eye health and systemic issues can be identified through regular, comprehensive eye exams, so it’s critical that we make annual eye exams part of every person’s healthcare routine.” Since the national launch of the Think About Your Eyes campaign, eye exams have increased 4.5 percent, leading to an additional 5.2 million annual eye exams and the diagnosis of more...
Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation and Essilor of America Announce the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship

Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation and Essilor of America Announce the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship

A new scholarship is now available for third-year optometry students: the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor and administered by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association (AOA). One winner will be selected annually for the $10,000 scholarship. “The Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship is an exciting and much-appreciated opportunity for countless students of optometry who are striving to reach their maximum potential as eye care providers,” said T. Joel Byars, O.D., Optometry Cares president. “I offer my sincere gratitude to Essilor for helping to make this scholarship possible for our soon-to-be ODs who are determined to make a difference in the lives of patients.” The scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens. In 2012 alone, 50 million progressive addition lenses were prescribed and dispensed in the United States. Maitenaz also worked at Essilor for 43 years and served as chief operating officer, chief executive officer and chairman of the company. “We are excited to have this opportunity to...
Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the progressive lens and Chairman and CEO of Essilor from 1980-1991, was presented with the prestigious Apollo Award at this year’s 117th Annual American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. The Apollo Award honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. This year’s award not only pays tribute to Maitenaz but also to the groundbreaking nature of the innovation behind progressive lenses – both today and in the past. In 1959, following eight years of research, Maitenaz, a young mechanical engineer at Essilor in France, created Varilux®, the world’s first progressive lens. Since then Varilux lenses have gone on to set the standard of visual comfort for people with presbyopia by providing seamless vision at all distances. Presbyopia is the most widespread vision problem in the world – affecting everyone over the age of 45 regardless of location, health or economic circumstance; yet more than 50 percent of people with presbyopia across the world do not benefit from glasses or adequate correction. By 2020, it’s estimated that 2.3 billion people will have presbyopia. In 2012, in its continued mission...
How to Adopt the Affordable Care Act in Your Practice

How to Adopt the Affordable Care Act in Your Practice

By Bryan M. Rogoff, OD, MBA, CPHM The US government’s effort to increase the quality and affordability of health care, while decreasing the costs and protecting consumers, has been extremely political and highly criticized. Even after March 23, 2010, when President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, the matter was hardly settled. Indeed, the questions and confusion had only just begun. Lawmakers, providers, patients and managed care companies have been scrambling to prepare for the biggest overhaul in health care since 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were introduced. As recently as a couple months ago, President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services came under fire for the initiative’s poorly functioning website, HealthCare.gov. Despite a rocky start, the program is picking up steam—as of January 1, more than 2.1 million Americans had enrolled for coverage. And, before HealthCare.gov even launched, Americans were already benefiting from the early provisions of the ACA: • Young adults under 26 years of age can remain on their parents’ health care plan. • Children with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage. •...
Filed in: Medical Compliance
Parents Feel ECPs Can Do More to Educate Children

Parents Feel ECPs Can Do More to Educate Children

Hoya Vision and PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG) are strongly committed to promoting children’s vision and parent education on the importance of children’s eyewear and the benefits of Phoenix® lenses made from TRIVEX® lens material. To draw attention to these topics and to provide a platform for industry dialogue, HOYA and PPG are hosting a roundtable of optometrists during the American Optometric Association’s (AOA’s) Optometry’s Meeting®. “Engaging With Today’s Parents to Promote Pediatric Vision” will be held on Friday June, 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (room 306 B, on the third-floor “Aqua” level), and will be open to optometrists attending the Optometry’s Meeting, optical trade media, and representatives from HOYA and PPG. “We all know from raising and being around children that they need specific direction from authority figures,” noted Barney Dougher, president of HOYA Vision Care, North America. “Parents can’t do it all alone,” he continued, “and it is no different when it come to their children’s eye health and instructions on the benefits and care of their glasses.” Research Results Recent research1,...
2012 Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

2012 Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, once again pulled out all of the stops to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the ever-popular Varilux Optometry Student Bowl™, held at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting in Chicago. This year promised to be bigger and better than ever and did not disappoint. Contestants, students from all schools and colleges of optometry, answered optometry-related questions while their fellow classmates energetically cheered them on wearing war paint, school colors and displaying brightly-colored banners. The stakes were high. In addition to bragging rights, the winning school, Indiana University School of Optometry, took home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy. Second and third place winners, UAB School of Optometry and Illinois College of Optometry, received $750 and $500, respectively. The winning question, “You perform retinoscopy using loose lenses at a working distance of 67 cm. When the streak is oriented vertically, your result is +1.00 D. When the streak is oriented horizontally, your result is -1.50 D. What minus cylinder prescription do you record in the patient’s chart?” was correctly answered by...
People, Pride, Purpose & Passion

People, Pride, Purpose & Passion

“I’m an incredibly passionate person. I love this business and everything we do to support our customers and their patients,” exclaimed Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, North America at the conclusion of the firm’s national sales meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL. He continued, “Our guest speakers did a great job showing our sales force the impact of their work out in the field. They were given due credit for their day-in and day-out efforts by two highly accomplished people.” Dr. Dori Carlson, President of the American Optometric Association, was the key note speaker on Monday morning. “Everyone at HOYA can take great pride in their accomplishments,” noted Dr. Carlson, “I had the privilege of sharing their impact on children’s eye health through their sponsorship of the School Readiness Summit: Focus on Vision, an advocate for comprehensive eye exams for all school aged children.” The three day event was education intensive for the participants with guest speakers, classes and small group break out sessions all designed to prepare them for an exciting year ahead. The theme of the meeting was “People, Pride, Purpose and Passion” which was woven into...
Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Salt Lake City, UT – Today at the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Bausch + Lomb celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the launch of Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution, with the release of U.S. preference data. These data showed that Biotrue is preferred among patients and eye care professionals (ECPs) when compared to the leading multi-purpose solution.1 In fact, both patients and ECPs have expressed overwhelming satisfaction with Biotrue. Ninety-seven percent of patients who have tried Biotrue1 and 99 percent of ECPs who have recommended it2 were satisfied with the solution. Those individuals reporting satisfaction with Biotrue reported being either somewhat, very, or extremely satisfied with the solution. “We studied what the eye does naturally to clean, hydrate and keep itself healthy, in order to provide contact lens wearers with a unique new solution to make wearing contact lenses easier on the eyes,” said Mohinder Merchea, OD, PhD, MBA, FAAO, FBCLA, Director, Medical Affairs – Vision Care, North America, Bausch + Lomb. “It is rewarding to see those years of research come to fruition through the positive real-life experiences...
Filed in: Soft Contacts
Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Bausch + Lomb, the company that brought the first soft contact lens to market 40 years ago this month, will showcase product innovations and scientific research focused on improving patient care, outcomes and quality of life this week at the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) annual meeting in Salt Lake City. “Bausch + Lomb’s commercialization of the soft contact lens was a major breakthrough for consumers. By making contact lens wear so much more comfortable, Bausch + Lomb’s soft contact lenses made glasses-free vision available to so many more patients.” said Dr. Calvin Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Bausch + Lomb. “We continue to pursue similar innovations within vision care, surgical and pharmaceutical platforms staying true to our unwavering goal of helping millions of patients around the world see better to live better.” The company will be showcasing the following eye health innovations in Salt Lake City this week: Biotrue™, a bio-inspired contact lens solution that works like the eyes to help lenses stay clean and moist throughout the day. A recent study indicated Biotrue could keep lenses moist for 20 hours.  Biotrue...
Filed in: Soft Contacts
AOA, 3D@Home Consortium to Cooperate on Research About 3D/S3D

AOA, 3D@Home Consortium to Cooperate on Research About 3D/S3D

NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA) announced that is has formed a partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium, a group of more than 45 companies, to improve the understanding of 3D/s3D viewing as a safe and appropriate technology for all viewing audiences. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating their intent to share data and jointly promote vision health utilizing stereoscopic 3D displays (S3D). The two groups signed the agreement following the “3D Vision and Health Symposium,” organized by the two organizations and hosted by SUNY College of Optometry. The event was sponsored by Marchon 3D. The cooperative relationship will be a conduit for the exchange of the most current information and research, the organizations said. Both the AOA and the 3D@Home Consortium acknowledge vision and eye health may enhance consumers’ abilities to view 3D/S3D images, and ultimately increase their use of such technology. The two groups will collaborate in the development of common interest strategies, exchange of ideas, and shared best practices. With the range of new 3D products now available for home use, the quality of viewing is not based...
Filed in: Eyewear, Technology
President Proclaims ‘Save Your Vision Week,’ Industry Responds

President Proclaims ‘Save Your Vision Week,’ Industry Responds

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an official statement from the White House last week, President Obama proclaimed the week beginning March 4 as Save Your Vision Week. “Across America, millions of men and women experience vision loss or are affected by low vision or blindness. During Save Your Vision Week, we reinforce the importance of routine eye care and remind all Americans to take action to safeguard their eyesight,” Obama said. He added, “Vision is important to our everyday activities, and we can all take steps to protect and prolong our eye health,” making mention of both Healthy People 2020 (the Department of Health and Human Services’ science based agenda to prevent disease and promote health) and the website of the National Eye Institute, which he encourages Americans to visit in order to find an ECP. The presidential proclamation, which originated in 1963, comes in time for the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Save Your Vision Month. According to AOA spokesperson Susan Thomas, the organization is “of course pleased to have President Obama issue this important announcement.” In response to the proclamation and March’s corresponding Save Your...
Filed in: Industry Info
Healthy Eyes Healthy People Opens Grant Application Period

Healthy Eyes Healthy People Opens Grant Application Period

ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation announced the 8th annual funding of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People (HEHP) Community Grant Program. Application forms and instructions are now available online and must be submitted by March 25. In an effort to challenge the status quo in vision objectives for children from Healthy People 2010 and encourage the growth of community-based solutions to tackle undiagnosed children’s vision disorders, the AOA said this year’s HEHP grants will focus directly on Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) children’s vision objectives. “We believe this public health emergency in children’s vision and eye health must be resolved and that targeted efforts and new data from carefully selected 2011 HEHP grant applicants will be helpful in steering a course of action to more fully address the vision and eye health needs of America’s children,” the organization added. Applications should address one of two objectives: To increase the proportion of children age 5 years and under who have visited (had an eye examination by) an eye care provider in the preceding 12...
Filed in: Industry Info
Less than a Quarter of Infants Receive Comprehensive Eye Assessments, AOA’s Latest Eye-Q Survey Shows

Less than a Quarter of Infants Receive Comprehensive Eye Assessments, AOA’s Latest Eye-Q Survey Shows

ST. LOUIS—One in 10 infants in the U.S. have undetected vision problems, ranging from crossed eyes to cancer, according to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA)  Eye-Q survey released last week. While most parents know eye and vision problems can be detected in children before they’re a year old, 19 percent of those who participated in the survey report taking their infant for a comprehensive eye assessment. Thirty-three percent of parents wait until their child is between one and two years of age, while 26 percent wait until their child is five years of age or older, the AOA said. “It is critical that infants undergo a comprehensive eye assessment from an optometrist by the time they turn a year old,” said Glen Steele, OD and chair of the InfantSEE committee, a program of Optometry Cares, the AOA Foundation. According to the fifth annual survey, Hispanics (26 percent) are more likely than Caucasians (17 percent) and African-Americans (16 percent) to take their baby for a comprehensive eye assessment before their first birthday. The majority of Caucasians (35 percent) wait until their child is between one and two years of age, while the majority...
Filed in: Industry Info
© 2010 C&E Vision's Industry News Feed. All rights reserved.
Service Provided By CandE Vision Services.