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

AOA AND ASCO GET THE SCOOP ON EYE CARE. The National Eye Care Workforce Study, which was jointly launched by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), revealed that the U.S. will see an increased demand for optometric services through 2025. According to the study, there appears to be an adequate projected workforce. This number of patients is based on demographic trends in the U.S., including growth and aging in the population and an increased prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes. The complete study is available at AOA.org/Marketplace. American Optometric Association, 800-365-2219, aoa.org.

AAO GOES LIVE. The newly launched Live Learning Center, from the American Academy of Optometry, offers an online collection of educational session recordings from past annual meetings. Access is free for AAO members, and non-members can access the content for a fee. Individuals can purchase tests online for $25 (for select courses), which enables them to claim COPE-approved distance learning credits. Go to aaopt.sclivelearningcenter.com/ to access the center. American Academy of Optometry, 800-969-4226, aaopt.org.

VISION SOURCE GETS ON “˜BOARD.’ In addition to the 170 local leaders who make up the Vision Source Administrator organization, Vision Source recently named seven leading optometrists to its Administrator Advisory Board. The board includes Dr. Dori Carlson, Grafton, ND; Dr. Mario Gutierrez, San Antonio, TX; Dr. Brett Hagen, Spokane, WA; Dr. April Jasper, West Palm Beach, FL; Dr. Pete Kehoe, Galesburg, IL; Dr. Amir Khoshnevis, Charlotte, NC; and Dr. William Strickland, Oxford, MS. Vision Source, 888-558-2020, visionsource.com.

TOPCON EDUCATES 24/7. With the launch of its online university, Topcon introduces a new training system, which features a series of online modules, starting with the company’s CV-5000S Automated Vision Tester. According to the company, this online training module highlights the key features and operating procedures of the CV-5000S Refraction System. Additional training modules will be added in the future. Topcon Medical Systems, Inc., 800-223-1130, topconmedical.com.

VSP VISION CARE AND ZEAVISION KEEP AN EYE ON WELLNESS. A new partnership between VSP Vision Care and ZeaVision kicked off the fourth year of VSP Eye on Wellness. This campaign raises awareness of the two leading causes of blindness in the U.S. through free Eye on Diabetes and Eye on AMD continuing education seminars for ECPs. Vision Services Plan (VSP), 800-877-7195, vsp.com.

NEWS:

The Cooper Companies enter agreement to acquire Sauflon Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.

Eschenbach Optik of America named exclusive distributor of Low Vision International’s video magnification products in the U.S. and Mexico.

Nicox acquires Aciex Therapeutics, Inc.

Alcon licenses Google Inc’s “smart lens” technology for all ocular medical uses.

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