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South Jersey Eye Center receiving the 2015 ABB Cares award. (Left to Right): Shelley Farley, Brad Weinbrum, Dr. Shelby Baker, Dr. Charles Fitzpatrick and Kevin Montone.

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

ABB CARES BENEFITS NON-PROFITS
ABB Optical Group will begin accepting applications for its ABB Cares program on August 1. The program is open to eyecare professionals who want to nominate an outstanding non-profit organization in their community. The organization does not need to focus on eye health to qualify but must be a 501(c)(3), and its local office must be within 30 miles of the nominating practice’s primary location. ABB Optical Group will award an ABB Cares Platinum grant of $5,000, two Gold grants of $2,500 each and four Silver grants of $1,000. Applications must be submitted online; deadline is August 31, 2016. For more information or to submit an application, visit ABBconcise.com/ABBCares.
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TEARSCIENCE CREATES DRY EYE EDUCATION SITE
TearScience launched a new consumer education portal for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The website, DryEyeandMGD.com, is also an additional source for eyecare professionals to educate about MGD  and how it can be treated. “The goal of the new site is to inform and elevate knowledge about MGD so that patients can take action to prevent permanent gland loss,” said Joe Boorady, OD, president and CEO of TearScience. The new website features an MGD quiz and a forum for patients to ask  about symptoms of and treatment for their disease, along with a doctor locator so patients can find a provider who offers treatment for MGD with the TearScience LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System. For more information, visit DryEyeandMGD.com or TearScience.com.

AOA CO-SPONSORING FDA WORKSHOP ON MYOPIA    
The American Optometric Association (AOA), along with the FDA Center for Devices and Radiology, and other organizations are co-sponsoring  a one-day workshop entitled “Controlling the Progression of Myopia: Contact Lenses and Future Medical Devices.” The event is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2016, from 8am to 6pm at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD. Topics of discussion include appropriate selection criteria for trial participants, key safety and effectiveness outcomes and other design features that could impact the evaluation of these devices. This workshop will greatly inform the premarket evaluation of contact lenses and other devices designed to control myopia progression. The meeting will bring together internationally renowned scientists and clinicians to discuss critical aspects of myopia progression. For more information, or to register, visit cfom.info/meetings/myopia.

 

NEWS
Kerry Beebe, OD, from Brainerd, MN, received the 2016 Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award.

ABB Optical Group’s Angel Alvarez was named Florida EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2016 in distribution and manufacturing.

Bausch + Lomb’s Specialty Vision Products has renewed its platinum sponsorship of the International Keratoconus Academy.

Jim Vitkus was named chief revenue officer and executive vice president of Cleinman Performance Partners.

Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry, received the 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health.

Envision partners with e2e Fund, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. and LC Industries to create high tech jobs for the blind and visually impaired.

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