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LAUNCHES, PROMOTIONS, MERCHANDISING, EVENTS AND OTHER THINGS TO KEEP YOU IN THE KNOW.

COOPERVISION PROVIDES FREE EYE EXAMS AND EYEWEAR TO CHILDREN
LensFerry S, a subsidiary of CooperVision, recently embarked on a mission trip to Mexico with Optometry Giving Sight to provide free eye exams and glasses to those who otherwise do not have access to vision care. The team visited two schools near Oaxaca, Mexico, and provided 1,000 eye exams to elementary school students. About 80 of those children received glasses. CooperVision Inc., CooperVision.com.

PRACTICE EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED AT AAO
The VSP Global and the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) Practice Excellence Scholarship reception took place on November 10th at the American Academy of Optometry. Nearly $200,000 was distributed among top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Two students from each school or college of optometry were selected to receive the scholarship by nomination of their individual institutions. The awards were funded through VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope Global Charitable Fund in collaboration with FYi Doctors in Canada (for Canadian recipients) and were administered through the AOF. Some key criteria for selecting scholarship recipients included the student’s commitment to enter the independent practice of optometry and clinical and academic performance. VSPGlobal.com

“EYES ON MILLENNIALS” WHITE PAPER NOW AVAILABLE
The National Optometric Association (NOA) and Transitions Optical Inc. have released an educational paper titled “Eyes on Millennials: The Most Culturally Diverse Generation,” which summarizes highlights from a “Multicultural Millennial Matters” panel that took place during the NOA’s 2016 Annual Convention in Chicago. Download the digital white paper to learn about cultural considerations to improve care, who multicultural Millennials are and what they value along with best practices and strategies. Moderated by NOA vice president, Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO, the panel included a mix of experienced and Millennial eye doctors, each having strong familiarity with both multicultural and Millennial patients. MyMultiCulturalToolkit.com.

BAUCH + LOMB LUNCHES ONE BY ONE RECYCLING PROGRAM
Blister packs, top foil and contact lenses have not been widely recycled”¦until now. Bausch + Lomb has partnered with TerraCycle for the ONE by ONE Recycling Program so that you and your patients can recycle contact lenses properly. Bausch + Lomb celebrated the launch of the partnership on America Recycles Day in November with a consumer event hosted by Biotrue ONEday at Marshall B. Ketchum University’s Southern California College of Optometry in Anaheim, CA. The recycling program allows contact lenses and packaging to be repurposed, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. BauschRecycles.com

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON WINS FIRST EVER CUSTOM STABLE CUP
Congratulations to the University of Houston College of Optometry for winning the inaugural Custom Stable Cup at the AAO meeting. The event, co-sponsored by Optovue, Valley Contax and Contamac, drew 172 students and alumni from across the country. Competitors visited the Valley Contax booth, put on a Custom Stable Elite scleral contact lens and had OCT images taken at the Optovue booth. The school was awarded two $500 travel grants to AAO 2017 as well as the  Custom Stable Cup trophy. Runner-up Illinois College of Optometry was awarded one $500 travel grant to AAO 2017. ValleyContax.com

 

NEWS
Allergan received FDA clearance for the XEN Gel Stent,  a surgical procedure for refractory glaucoma.

SunPharma released BromSite to prevent pain and treat inflammation after cataract surgery.

Novartis has agreed to acquire Encore Vision, which is developing a drop to correct presbyopia.

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