When Vision Care Disrupted Hollywood

By Ted Gioia
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM Hollywood needed something exciting in the 1950s to compete with the newfangled home entertainment gadgets, from television to hi-fi record players, keeping people out of movie theaters. In an unprecedented move, studios turned to a vision care company for help—specifically to American Optical (now part of Carl Zeiss Vision). The result of this unusual partnership would change the course of cinema history.

Williams Group Expands its Complete Practice Management Solution for ODs

By Staff
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:24 AM LINCOLN, Neb.— Williams Group, a business consulting and practice management firm, has expanded its services to include a new “Total Freedom” program offering a complete practice management solution for optometrists, according to an announcement. Total Freedom is an “optometrist-requested, comprehensive service that allows optometrists to continue to own their practices and see patients while leaving the day-to-day management to Williams Group experts,” the announcement noted. “Many of our colleagues have expressed concern regarding the value of their practices over the course of their careers, as well as the emotional and financial investment they have made,” Williams Group chief executive officer Gilan Cockrell said in the announcement.

American Vision Announces ‘Strategic Partnership’ With McDougal Eye Center

By Staff
Monday, December 10, 2018 12:24 AM TEMPE, Ariz.—American Vision Partners, a private-equity backed practice management organization, and Southwestern Eye Center, an affiliate of American Vision Partners, said late last week they have established a “strategic partnership” with Mesa, Ariz.-based McDougal Eye Center. “The affiliation of the two businesses will improve the quality of care for patients in the Mesa area by bringing more comprehensive vision care services to the community,” American Vision said in its announcement. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vision Expo Starts ‘7 Days of Giveaways’ Holiday Contest

By Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo, has announced the first ever “7 Days of Giveaways” holiday contest. For a week straight starting Dec. 5, Vision Expo will reveal a new giveaway item each day on their Instagram, in collaboration with various merchandise and exhibiting companies. According to Vison Expo, the week of giving, “features frames, plus eye-related and eye-inspired items available for participants to win.” To enter the contest, individuals must follow both the participating company and Vision Expo on Instagram plus comment on the image based on the rules for the day. Winners will be announced by 10 a.m. EST the following day.

Envision Announces Dates, Locations for 2019 Conferences on Low Vision

By Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—For the first time since its inception in 2006, Envision Conference will be split into two events in 2019, according to an announcement from the organization. The format change will expand the reach of Envision Conference, making accredited continuing education more accessible to a greater number of students and professionals around the country, Envision said. Envision Conference East is slated for March 22 to 23, 2019, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.; and Envision Conference West is scheduled for Oct. 5 to 6, 2019, at the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

Vision Expo East 2019 Registration Opens and Is Free to All Until Dec. 31

By Staff
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration  for Vision Expo East 2019 is now open and for the first time ever, Vision Expo is waiving all attendee Exhibit Hall registration fees, a total savings of $150 off the on-site fee, until Dec. 31, 2018.

National Board of Examiners’ Pass-Rate Data Now Posted on ASCO’s Website

By Staff
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:21 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—For the second year, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has partnered with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) to make the pass rates for the 2017-2018 academic year at every institution available on its website, according to a joint announcement this week. The pass-rate data is found here. Last year’s report also is posted for comparison. “The NBEO is pleased to provide this pass rate data,” NBEO executive director Dr. Jill Bryant said in the announcement. “The results are from calculations using candidates’ scores who have both graduated during the listed time frame and attempted all three parts at least once. This information provides a consistent reporting mechanism as we continue our collaboration with ASCO in years to come.”

Versant Health and Transitions Optical Partner on Vision Loss Simulator

By Staff
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:15 AM LINTHICUM, Md.—Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, has partnered with Transitions Optical to create a Vision Loss Simulator to help people see how failing eye health can impact vision. The Vision Loss Simulator was sent to 10,000 vision care providers to use in their practice to educate their patients. With this tool, viewers can see through the eyes of someone living with glaucoma, cataract, diab etic retinopathy, presbyopia, glare and macular degeneration.

FYidoctors Adds to Presence in Southwestern Ontario With Acquisition of Neff and Tessel Practice

By Staff
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:21 AM CALGARY—FYidoctors, an optometrist-owned eyecare company with locations across Canada, announced this week that Neff and Tessel Optometrists of Guelph, Ontario, has become part of the FYidoctors operating group. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but FYidoctors noted in its announcement that this transaction adds to its growing presence in southwestern Ontario and is part of the company’s largest growth year ever. “I continue to be humbled by the growth of our company in Ontario,” FYidoctors chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer said in the announcement.

American Academy of Optometry Names Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, as President

By Staff
Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:27 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry has named Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the incoming president of the American Academy of Optometry.

Water St. Eyecare Joins the FYidoctors Family

By Staff
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:18 AM CALGARY, Ontario—FYidoctors, one of the largest optometrist owned eyecare companies, has added Water Street Eyecare, located in Cambridge, to the FYidoctors family, according to an announcement from the company. This acquisition adds to FYidoctors growing presence in Ontario. Equipped with a range of diagnostic technology, a wide selection of designer and exclusive label frames and internal freeform lens designs, this location demonstrates FYidoctors’ continued commitment to the southwestern Ontario region, according to the company.

CooperVision Recommits to Philanthropic Support for Optometry Initiatives During AAO Meeting

By Staff
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:18 AM SAN ANTONIO—CooperVision, one of the world’s leading contact lens providers, reaffirmed its extensive philanthropic support for domestic and international optometry initiatives during this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Held here Nov. 7 to 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the meeting drew thousands of eyecare professionals, researchers, educators and students every year. “CooperVision has always been dedicated to strengthening optometry through industry partnerships. Making meaningful contributions to a range of like-minded organizations that support the optometric profession is one component of that effort,” said Simon Seshadri, vice president of Marketing, North America.

Ashley O’Dwyer, OD, aka the Dry Eye Guru, Aims to Change Patients’ Mindsets

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Ashley O’Dwyer has been a practicing optometrist for just over a year and she has hit the ground running. In February of this year, she created thedryeyeguru.com in an effort to educate patients about different causes and treatments of dry eye disease. “I started realizing a majority of my female patients had dry eye disease, and it had never been addressed before,” Dwyer told VMail Weekend.

Erika Mabus, OD, Takes Readers into the World of Organic Products

By Stephanie Sengwe, Contributing Editor
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—On Instagram, Organic Optometrist is an airy page, with carefully curated posts whose color schemes mostly feature green, blue and white. Curated by Erika Mabus, OD, Organic Optometrist is not just a page made to please the eye, it was made purposefully to educate its viewers on some of the skincare products in the ever-changing organic product market. Created in January of this year, Organic Optometrist has garnered over 1,000 followers in just 10 months.

PECAA Hosts Inaugural Strategic Partner Summit in Austin, Texas

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas—PECAA, a nationwide doctor alliance group for independent eyecare professionals, hosted its inaugural Strategic Partner Summit here in mid-October. The invitation-only event brought together senior leadership from integral industry vendor partners to discuss the inevitable changes impacting the industry and to explore solutions on how the group, collectively, could best serve their mutual customers and help support the future of independent optometry, according to an announcement.  Jamie Hughes, PECAA’s general manager, led the summit meeting, and Bart Foster, managing director of Sanitas Advisors, acted as the facilitator.