AOA NAMES DAVID REDMAN OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR
At its annual meeting in Denver last month, the American Optometric Association named David M. Redman, OD, (pictured above) partner in Precision Eyecare Centers in San Jose and Mountain View, CA, as its “Optometrist of the Year” for 2017. Redman served as president of the California Optometric Association from 2008 to 2009 and currently chairs its legislative and regulatory committee. He advocated for expanding optometrists’ roles in treating glaucoma and caring for diabetic patients and has been a voice in the effort to expand eyecare access to school-age children. He has organized and participated in vision care clinics, served on the board of Salud Para La Gente clinics and on the First 5 San Benito Children’s and Family Commission, and he has made numerous appearances on the NBC affiliate channel KNTV to educate viewers about dry eye and children’s vision issues.
COOPERVISION UNVEILS EYEDEA LAB
CooperVision, Inc. unveiled the Best Practices EYEdea Lab, with this “think tank” taking place on June 21 in the exhibit hall. 2018 Best Practices honorees were joined in the EYEdea Lab by several past award recipients to develop novel, high-value solutions for the industry, working together to conduct research, collect ideas, and bring recommendations forward. The collaboration is being facilitated by Prof. David S. Ricketts, PhD, Innovation Fellow at Harvard University. These outcomes will be unveiled at the Global Contact Lens Forum at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas this September. More details will be revealed in the Mile High City. For more information about the EYEdea Lab, visit EyecareBestPractices.com/EYEdea-lab.
NUSIGHT MEDICAL INTRODUCES AT-HOME DRY EYE TREATMENT
NuSight Medical introduced the NuLids System, a doctor-prescribed, home-use medical device for treating clinical signs and symptoms of blepharitis and dry eye. Requiring just one minute per eye, NuLids gently stimulates, de-caps and rejuvenates the meibomian glands to a healthier state. The compact and cordless device is only available through licensed eyecare practitioners. Visit NuSightMedical.com, or call 1.833.3NULIDS (1.833.368.5437.)
NATURALVUE MULTIFOCAL NOW IN PLUS POWERS
Visioneering Technologies Inc. announced that its NaturalVue (etafilcon A) Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses are now available in Plus Powers. This expansion will take the full power range of the lens from +4.00D to -12.25D (0.25D steps), with an expansion to up to +6.00D planned for the future. NaturalVue plus powers will be available in 30- and 90-packs as well as 10-pack trials. For more information, visit VTIvision.com, or call 844.884.5367, ext. 104.
EYECARROT INOVATIONS OFFERS SACCADIC FIXATOR
Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. used Optometry’s Meeting to showcase its new Binovi Touch Saccadic Fixator. Eyecarrot’s Binovi platform helps optometrists treat vision issues with in-office therapy as well as lead home-based activities. Features include 49 tactile responsive buttons, multi-colored button options, four LED Matrix displays, Bluetooth connectivity through the Binovi Touch mobile app, secure data connectivity to the Microsoft Azure API, and modular design that allows for scaling the size of the device. The device weighs about 14kg. Visit Eyecarrot.com/Binovi-Platform, or call 416.943.6271.
OPTOMETRY STUDENT BOWL INCLUDES 25 SCHOOLS
More than 700 attendees at Optometry’s Meeting gathered to watch students from all 25 schools and colleges of optometry to play Essilor’s 27th annual Optometry Student Bowl. Students answered optometry-related questions while their fellow classmates cheered them on wearing war paint and school colors while displaying brightly colored banners. The winning school, Northeastern State University College of Optometry, took home $1,000 and will house the coveted crystal trophy until next year’s meeting in St. Louis. David Hurd, Class of 2019, answered the winning question. As in previous years, each contestant was presented with a Volk Pan Retinal 2.2 blue ringed lens, donated by Volk Optical president Jyoti Gupta, PhD, and the first place winner received six Volk diagnostic lenses. For more information and to see this year’s Essilor Optometry Student Bowl, go to Facebook.com/EssilorPro.
AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES SWORN IN AT OPTOMETRY’S MEETING 2018
Leaders of the American Optometric Association (AOA) were sworn in to office on June 23 at Optometry’s Meeting in Denver. The board leadership for 2018-2019 consists of Samuel D. Pierce, OD, president; Barbara L. Horn, OD, president-elect; William T. Reynolds, OD, vice president; Robert C. Layman, OD , secretary-treasurer; and Christopher J. Quinn, OD, immediate past president. The trustees are James P. DeVleming, OD; Ronald L. Benner, OD; Steven T. Reed, OD; Jacqueline Bowen, OD; Fred Farias III, OD; and Lori L. Grover, OD, PhD.
In other news, the House of Delegates approved resolutions to:
• Advocate for states’ drivers’ licensing requirements to include sufficient vision screenings.
• Establish an AOA Education Center.
• Support bolstering optometric education.
• Commit AOA to the nationwide opioid response.
• Urge licensing exam entities to reform exams.
• Urge licensing exam agencies to reform testing administration.
• Reform the nominating process for AOA’s Nominating Committee.
For more about the board of trustees, visit AOA.org/About-The-AOA/Board-of-Trustees.