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

THE VISION COUNCIL SUPPORTS YOUNG PROS.  As part of Vision Expo’s Student Program, the newly established Young Professionals Club offers several benefits to ODs in their first five years of practice. For example, membership includes free Exhibit Hall entry to Vision Expo East and West and six free hours of continuing education at both shows. The Vision Council, 703-548-4560, thevisioncouncil.org.


READING WITHOUT LIMITS OPENS ITS DOORS.
Developed by San Diego-based optometrist David Bloch, Reading Without Limits was established to help children whose reading success is affected by vision impairments. The program is currently open to welcoming more ECPs in order to expand on a national level, through a licensing agreement and training program. Reading Without Limits, 760-672-8966, readingwithoutlimits.com.

PREVENT BLINDNESS AMERICA LAUNCHES NEW RESOURCES. The sVMA Learning Center is the newest addition to Prevent Blindness America’s online educational library (preventblindness.org/svma). The Learning Center highlights symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (sVMA) with information about the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for sVMA. Living Well with Low Vision (now available as part of Prevent Blindness America’s website), is another resource geared toward seniors and their caregivers. It offers searchable directories a library of self-help guides and workbooks for people living with low vision as well as their caregivers, and relevant news and features (lowvision.preventblindness.org). Prevent Blindness America, 800-331-2020, preventblindness.org.


SOLUTIONREACH AND FIRST INSIGHT LIKE A CLOUDY FORECAST. With access to Solutionreach™ services, MaximEyes® users can now communicate with patients through automated appointment reminders, customizable patient surveys, personalized newsletters, and more. The integration of Solutionreach and First Insight®’s cloud-based platforms will increase efficiency and improve communication. Solutionreach, 866-605-6867, solutionreach.com. First Insight, 800-920-1940, first-insight.com.


NEWS:

First Insight’s MaximEyes EHR software, Version 1.5.0.0, receives certification as an EHR Module, in compliance with the ONC 2014 criteria, by the CCHIT.

iFusion™’s combination of iVue® SD-OCT and the iCam™ color fundus camera receives FDA clearance.

VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. makes capital investment of $218 million to expand and refurbish its ACUVUE® brand contact lenses.

Menicon’s Lagado Corporation receives FDA clearance for Lagado LSH, a new silicone hydrogel material.

First Insight Corporation and Kowa Optimed, Inc. announce one-click interface between MaximEyes HER and Kowa’s DigiVersal Digital Image Viewing Solution.

Jewish Guild Healthcare and Lighthouse® International to join forces as Lighthouse Guild International in early 2014.

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