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Academy 2018 San Antonio Attendance Shatters All Previous Meeting Records

It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL – Academy 2018 San Antonio, held November 7-10, was the 97th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. It was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants (a 3% increase over 2017), including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and technologies in the exhibit hall, and learned the latest in vision research that is advancing the profession.

The Plenary Session was titled “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice: The Future of Health Care Delivery.” Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Gordon Guyatt, and Anthony Cavallerano covered trends affecting the future of providing patient care.

The third joint educational program of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Imaging Structure and Function in the Eye,” took place in San Antonio, and was also presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in October. Moderators Drs. Austin Roorda and Joel Schuman were joined by Drs. Christopher Leung, Donald Miller, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Adrian Glasser, Stacey Choi, and Jay Duker. The speakers each provided an update on the anterior segment, retinal and glaucoma applications of ocular imaging and their clinical implications. This collaboration represents a continued effort by the two Academy organizations to work together to better prepare and support their members in delivering the highest quality eye care.

A highlight of the meeting was the confirmation of 303 new Fellows – the largest class of new Fellows in the Academy’s history. Fellows of the Academy must complete a candidacy process that includes submitting written work demonstrating their skills as an optometrist or vision scientist, and sitting for an oral exam at the annual meeting of the Academy. It is estimated that 10% of practicing optometrists in the United States are Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Optometrists, scientists, educators, librarians, administrators and editors are eligible to become Fellows of the Academy and earn the right to use “FAAO” after their name.

In addition, an impressive record 17 individuals were awarded Diplomate status by Sections of the American Academy of Optometry. Diplomates are Fellows of the Academy who wish to demonstrate their skill in a specific area. Currently eight Sections offer Diplomate programs: Anterior Segment; Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry; Comprehensive Eye Care; Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Glaucoma; Low Vision; Optometric Education; and Public Health & Environmental Vision.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the Academy’s foundation supporting research and education, would like to thank registrants, sponsors, donors, awardees, and volunteers for making Academy 2018 San Antonio another huge success. The meeting resulted in nearly $200,000 in donations and new pledges. Approximately 200 supporters attended the Foundation’s Celebration Luncheon. Special thanks go to the seven individuals and couples who joined the Presidents Circle or moved up a level during the meeting by making pledges or donations of $10,000 or more. Because of their commitment, the AAOF Circle of Giving, which includes President’s Circle, now has more than 185 members. Additionally, the AAOF would like to thank the Alcon Foundation for their donation in the amount of $25,000, triggered by participants who shot a total of 2,020 digital baskets in the exhibit hall as part of the Hoop it Up 20/20 Challenge.

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In addition, Dr. Barbara Caffery of Toronto, Canada was inducted as President of the American Academy of Optometry on Saturday, November 10 at the Fellowship Banquet. She will serve her 2019 and 2020 term alongside the following board members: Dr. Timothy McMahon (President-Elect), Dr. Susan Cotter (Secretary-Treasurer), Dr. Joseph Shovlin (Immediate Past-President), Dr. Jenny Coyle, Dr. Andrew Mick, Dr. Carl Spear, and Dr. Jeff Walline.

2018 New Diplomates

Anterior Segment

  • Anne Mika Moy, Berkeley, California

Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry

  • Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, St. Thomas Mount Chennai, India

Comprehensive Eye Care

  • Bisant Labib, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie A. Klemencic, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Danielle L. Weiler, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tina R. Porzukowiak, Auburn, New Hampshire

Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

  • Daniel G. Fuller, Germantown, Tennessee
  • Melanie J. Frogozo, San Antonio, Texas
  • Julie DeKinder, Saint Louis, Missouri

Low Vision

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  • Hendrik Peter Derksen, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Greg R. Hopkins II, Columbus, Ohio
  • Gay Tokumaru (posthumously)
  • Matt S. Valdes, San Antonio, Texas

Optometric Education

  • Daniel Arnett Taylor, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Raymond H. Chu, Fullerton, California

Public Health and Environmental Vision

  • Ruth Hyatt, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Hector C. Santiago, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

New Fellows Class of 2018

  • Batoul Fayez Abuharb, Houston, Texas
  • Stephanie M. Aguilar, San Antonio, Texas
  • Joseph Bryan Ahlborn, Harker Heights, Texas
  • Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Denise D. Alexopoulos, Chicago, Illinois
  • Joseph J. Allen, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Peter M. Allen, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Muhammed S. Alluwimi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kingsley Osemwegie Alohan, Makurdi Benue State, Nigeria
  • Thomas Andrea, Salem, Massachusetts
  • Reuben A. Arunasalem, San Antonio, Texas
  • Bita Asghari, Needham, Massachusetts
  • Bright Senyo Ashimatey, Los Angeles, California
  • Siavash Assar, San Jose, California
  • Javeria Azhar, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
  • Vanessa Bachir, Montreal, Canada
  • Adam Wesley Baird, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Morgan A. Baker, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Jill M. Bakota, Spring Lake, North Carolina
  • Lisa Beard, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Matthew Nicholas Beard, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Jessica M. Beauregard, Sunnyvale, California
  • Lindsey Behrendt, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Monica Bentley, San Antonio, Texas
  • Amitabha Sankar Bhakta, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Robert C. Binkley, Granger, Indiana
  • Sondra Black, Toronto, Canada
  • Jenna Blechman, New York, New York
  • Mary Botelho, Staten Island, New York
  • Daniel Brigham, Dublin, Georgia
  • Cerina Buchanan, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Emily Bucher, Seattle, Washington
  • Laura L. Capelle, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Kelsey A. Carriere, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nicholas A. Castellano, Ballwin, Missouri
  • Steven Chang, Los Angeles, California
  • Kenny Chen, Fresh Meadows, New York
  • Taylor Chesnut, Johnston, Iowa
  • April G. Chiu, Portland, Oregon
  • Dorothy Chou, Berkeley, California
  • Alexander Chow, Bellevue, Washington
  • Joanna Chu, Bayside, New York
  • Sharon Chua, Singapore, Singapore
  • Ashley Greenawalt Chung, Santa Clara, California
  • Cameron Waters Clinard, Bath, North Carolina
  • W. Reid Cluff, Henderson, Nevada
  • Jeffrey James Connor, Temecula, California
  • Cheryl Conovaloff, San Jose, California
  • Joseph S. Conrad, Howell, Michigan
  • Luisa Holguin Colorado, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • Andrea N. Cotler, New York, New York
  • Halie Cottrill, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Emily Crane, New York, New York
  • Allison Cronin, San Antonio, Texas
  • Nicole Sangani Cumella, New York, New York
  • Brad Thomas Cunningham, Fort Eustis, Virginia
  • Jeffery T. Curry, Alachua, Florida
  • Avani Dave, Mississauga, Canada
  • Matthew L. Decker, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Dirck DeKeyser, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Sean P. Dempsey, Saint Cloud, Minnesota
  • Maria Rachel Denietolis, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Lisa M. Dok, Mill Creek, Washington
  • Katherine D. Dronka, Sealy, Texas
  • Eva Duchnowski, Bethpage, New York
  • Kim S. Duong, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Ikechi Caius Duru, Kingstown, St. Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Amanda S. Duty, Shalimar, Florida
  • David Edmunds, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tybee Eleff, Flushing, New York
  • Leah Ellenberg, Great Neck, New York
  • Candace Marie Ellis, Naples, Florida
  • Emily Eng, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Elizabeth Escobedo, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Karisa Jean Etter, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Noelda Karen Fernandes, Scarborough, Canada
  • Lauren Anne Feroli, Campbell Hall, New York
  • Veronica M. Ferris-Metzger, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Sarah Galt, Houston, Texas
  • Janet Garza, Houston, Texas
  • Jeremy Gerritsen, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Alex Gibberman, Loveland, Ohio
  • Nina Glauch, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Celia R Gong, Brisbane, California
  • Jill Gottehrer, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lauren Ashley Grainger, Dacula, Georgia
  • Katherine Green, Davie, Florida
  • Nicholas Green, Irmo, South Carolina
  • Carly J. Grondin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Kelsey Deitz Guth, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Mark S. Hakim, Oak Park, Michigan
  • Meghann Hamidiani, Denver, North Carolina
  • Mengli Han, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Sulman Hans, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Brooke Morris Harkness, Portland, Oregon
  • Marni M. Harris, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pinar Haytac, Davie, Florida
  • Genna D. Higbee, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sara Hitchman, Beachwood, Ohio
  • Catherine M. Hogan, Ooltewah, Tennessee
  • Katherine M. Hogan, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • J. Mark Hooton, Mineola, Texas
  • Alexandra Horne, Gorham, New Hampshire
  • Robert D. Houghteling, Kingsland, Georgia
  • Lindsay B. Howse, Park City, Utah
  • Sarah E. Huff, Glendale, Arizona
  • Janice Hui, Markham, Canada
  • Adrian Nichole Hulbert, Vacaville, California
  • Sara Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas
  • Alexander F. Hynes, Mississauga, Canada
  • Jonathan J. Jacesko, Groton, Connecticut
  • Maria C. Jen, Berkeley, California
  • Stephanie Jian, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Petra Jo, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jaclyn Johnson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Susan L. Johnson, Los Angeles, California
  • Kelsey Lynn Jordan, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Joseph Edward Kane, Jr., Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Ashley Katsikos, San Francisco, California
  • Mary Kelinske, Houston, Texas
  • Michael William Kerekgyarto, Anacortes, Washington
  • Nareh Keshishyan, Long Island City, New York
  • Protiva Khan, New York, New York
  • Jewearly S. Kho, University Place, Washington
  • Philip Kim, Hollywood, Florida
  • Alicia Elizabeth Kinch, Chicago, Illinois
  • Nicole Marie Klein, Platteville, Wisconsin
  • Steven R. Klein, Raeford, North Carolina
  • Piana Krymskaya, Lakewood, Ohio
  • Doan Trang Huynh Kwak, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Zoe Lacroix, Bath, Canada
  • Julie Lafreniere, Leawood, Kansas
  • Jessica Amanda Lam, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Colleen McIntyre Largent, Westfield, Indiana
  • Joanne Chih-Ann Lee, Ottawa, Canada
  • Michelle C. Lee, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rachel B. Lee, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Annie C. Lee Kim, Alhambra, California
  • Laura Leis, San Francisco, California
  • Suzzane Li, Tucson, Arizona
  • Millie Mei Liu, Orange, California
  • Kristine Loo, Elon, North Carolina
  • Katelyn Lucas, Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Jeanie C. Lucy, Willowbrook, Illinois
  • Paul D. Luong, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Karin Rose Lypka, Davie, Florida
  • Jonathan Jay Lytle, Galloway, Ohio
  • Ann M. MacDonald, Millington, Tennessee
  • Kelsey Etheredge Mach, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Christie Mackenzie, Hunt Valley, Maryland
  • Megan Claire Mannen, Saint Helens, Oregon
  • Pamela Martin, Denver, Colorado
  • Simin Masoudi, Sydney, Australia
  • Ancil S. Mathew, Missouri City, Texas
  • Jeffrey Mattson, Spokane, Washington
  • Lauren May, Rossville, Tennessee
  • Esmeralda Carrillo McClean, San Diego, California
  • Darah L. McDaniel-Chandler, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Megan L. Meyer, Chicago, Illinois
  • Calista Siobhan Ming, Manhattan Beach, California
  • Kasie J. Mix, Roseville, Minnesota
  • Ayda Moaven Shahidi, Mississauga, Canada
  • Karen Eula Molina, Berkeley, California
  • Rebecca Moran, New York, New York
  • Hunter Morgan, New York, New York
  • Chrisoula Morris, Columbus, Ohio
  • Azinda Morrow, Brooklyn, New York
  • Sarah R. Munther, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Marc Musto, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Manbir Nagra, London, United Kingdom
  • Sandra A. Nassar, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Christine Wing Wah Ng, San Jose, California
  • Ryan T. Ngo, New York, New York
  • Natalie Nguyen, Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Nathania C. Nhouyvanisvong, Bellevue, Washington
  • Ashley Elizabeth Nickell, Modesto, California
  • Alisa Nola, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kerri Norris, Kennewick, Washington
  • Clement I. Nwadozi, Mt Pleasant, Michigan
  • Brett O’Connor, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jaclyn G. Oliver, Akron, Ohio
  • Chibueze Elechi Onyelucheya, Basseterre, St. Kitts/Nevis
  • Mark Ortiz, Columbus, Ohio
  • Raelyn Anne Michelle Ottenbreit, San Antonio, Texas
  • Desiree V. Owen, Riverwoods, Illinois
  • Janki H. Parikh, Old Bridge, New Jersey
  • Reed Breckenridge Parker, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Anisha K. Patel, Orlando, Florida
  • Haina Patel, Medina, Ohio
  • Harshil R. Patel, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Forum Patel, Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Pratik Patel, New York, New York
  • Bethany A. Peebles, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Alyssa Perlman-Hensen, Lexington, South Carolina
  • Marcella E. Pipitone, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Stephanie Pisano, Bexley, Ohio
  • Amanda Polacco, Yonkers, New York
  • Samantha Lynn Polster, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Cameron K. Postnikoff, Irondale, Alabama
  • Winston Blair Posvar, Columbus, Ohio
  • Clinton Roger Prestwich, Meridian, Idaho
  • D’Laine Pulliam, Hurst, Texas
  • Leigh Purvis, Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Sloan Rajadhyksha, New York, New York
  • Jennifer Ramey, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Kirsti K. Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas
  • Monica V. Ramirez, El Paso, Texas
  • Samantha J. Rao, Cheshire, Connecticut
  • Ayeswarya Ravikumar, Manvel, Texas
  • Jennifer Reilly, Stoughton, Massachusetts
  • Markus Ritzmann, Taegerwilen, Switzerland
  • Brenna Robertson, Fairchild AFB, Washington
  • Becky L. Rock, Highland, Illinois
  • Kimberly L. Rock, Hilliard, Ohio
  • Joshua James Rogers, Macedonia, Ohio
  • Bryan Michael Rogoff, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Rebecca Rojas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Jamie Rosenberg, Jackson, New Jersey
  • Tracy E. Rossi, Bethpage, New York
  • Sean Patrick Rowan, Tucson, Arizona
  • Grace M. Salone, Georgetown, Texas
  • Vanessa Saltzgaber, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Waziha Samin, Irving, Texas
  • Ellen T. Sanders, Lexington, Kentucky
  • May Sanguanlosit, Glendale, California
  • Michael Santos, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Lea Sawicki, Macedonia, Ohio
  • Diane N. Sayah, Montreal, Canada
  • Austin L. Schipper, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
  • Katherine Schmidt, Centennial, Colorado
  • Rachel Alexandria Schreiber, Longmont, Colorado
  • Sari Rachel Schwartz, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Alexandra Scovill, San Diego, California
  • Jenna Sembrat, Rockville, Maryland
  • Avni Ajay Shah, San Diego, California
  • Vidhi Shah, Fremont, California
  • Angela Shahbazian, San Francisco, California
  • Julie Shalhoub, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Andrea Christine Shank, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Kelli Y. Shaon, Columbia, Missouri
  • Erin Sherman, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
  • Justin Sherman, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
  • Neha P. Sheth, Manhasset, New York
  • Rina K. Sheth, Elgin, Illinois
  • Linda Shi, Portland, Oregon
  • Hannah Shinoda, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Delaram Shirazian, New York, New York
  • Megan K. Shirey, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Lor Sildiryan, Toronto, Canada
  • Charlene Singh, Long Beach, California
  • Soney Siriphone, Brooklyn, New York
  • Kelsea Vance Skidmore, Greenville, Texas
  • Stephanie M. Sloan, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Nancy Catherine Sorrell, Granbury, Texas
  • Kevin Sorya, Hammond, Louisiana
  • Lauren Soukup, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jared W. Staats, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Andrew Steele, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jeffrey Adam Sterling, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Jenae Stiles, Waynesville, Missouri
  • Kassy Swanson, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Emmylou M. Swartz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Abby Tang, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Noah Maxwell Tannen, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Rachel Tanner, Greer, South Carolina
  • Holly Ternus, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Alicia Loren Thibodeaux, Gallup, New Mexico
  • Matthew C. Tholl, APO, Armed Forces
  • Sony Thomas, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Emy Katherine Thompson, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Amanda Mariah Thurmes, Saint Michael, Minnesota
  • Erin S. Tomiyama, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
  • Amanda M. Tompkins, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Angelina Anh Tran, Houston, Texas
  • Nguyen Tran, Pasadena, California
  • Alan Tsai, Morganville, New Jersey
  • Barbara Katarzyna Tylka, Hickory Hills, Illinois
  • Pavanjeet Ubhi, Vaughan, Canada
  • Amanda Umlandt, Grundy, Virginia
  • Sierra Unruh, Minot, North Dakota
  • Melissa Valdellon, Berkeley, California
  • Jennifer Vicente, Kearny, New Jersey
  • Michelle Jenn Vickers, Prince Albert, Canada
  • Kristen M. Vincent, Dewey Beach, Delaware
  • Kelly Voltz, San Francisco, California
  • Betty Wang, Orlando, Florida
  • Steven Weifenbach, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Kathryn Werner, Long Island City, New York
  • Jing Zeng Wickenburg, Bellevue, Washington
  • Emily Katrina Wiecek, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Leah Wiedemann, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Denise Thomas Wilcox, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Casey John Wilgenbusch, Raeford, North Carolina
  • Meagan G. Williams, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Alexandra Williamson, Commerce Township, Michigan
  • Kristin S. Wilson, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Rebecca Wong, Toronto, Canada
  • Meng-Hua Wu, San Francisco, California
  • Ziwei Wu, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Nayuta Yoshioka, Kensington, Australia
  • Carol Yu, Hollywood, Florida
  • Cathy Yuen, Rochester, New York
  • Amy Zhang, Herndon, Virginia

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Learn How to Leave Vision Plans Behind and Stay Profitable

The event provides guidance for Optometrists who want to reduce their reliance on low margin, high maintenance Vision Plans.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ONEONTA, NY — Cleinman Performance Partners (CPP), the nation’s leading Optometry business development consultancy for larger practices, has announced that its highly successful conference, “Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably” will be held on two upcoming dates. The event provides guidance for Optometrists who want to reduce their reliance on low margin, high maintenance Vision Plans.

“Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably!” is part of Cleinman Performance Partners’ unique Business of Eyecare Forum conference series. The all-day events will be held on Tuesday, April 21st in Phoenix, Arizona and May 12th in Orlando, Florida. This deep-dive meeting will feature speakers with broad knowledge of Vision Plan management strategies.

“Many Optometrists have a love–hate relationship with Vision Plans,” says Cleinman Performance Partners’ founder Alan Cleinman. “What they lack is independent, knowledgeable resources to help them decide how to reduce or eliminate their dependence on deep-discount Vision Plans. Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably! brings together those resources,” he said.

Conference attendees will hear from a cadre of highly experienced speakers who will discuss:

  • How to separate one’s practice from the competition
  • How to understand vision plan economics and financial impact
  • How to attract more self-pay patients
  • How to maximize reimbursements
  • How to plan an exit from vision plans… and much more

“I attended the Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably! Conference and it gave me the tools and methods to analyze what VCPs were specifically doing to our practice and what our practice would likely look like without them. I highly recommend that you check it out,” stated Dr. Andrew Neukirch of Illinois’ Carillon Visioncare.

The conference provides strategies and tactics on how to exit vision plans as well as how to maximize economic opportunity while within plans.

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CooperVision Becomes Global Patron of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

They will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN RAMON, CA — CooperVision has become a global patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. The company becomes part of a select group of leaders including Allergan, Bayer, Novartis and Standard Chartered Bank that supports IAPB at the highest level to help achieve universal access to eye health.

As part of the relationship, CooperVision and IAPB will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children worldwide. A seminal 2015 report on the issue from the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “myopia and high myopia are increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathologic conditions associated with high myopia.”

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“CooperVision has a heritage of addressing widespread refractive issues such as astigmatism and presbyopia. More recently, we have taken on even greater challenges such as childhood myopia, not only correcting it but also successfully slowing its progression,” said Daniel G. McBride, president of CooperVision. “Even with the remarkable progress we’re making, no single organization can do this alone. We’re optimistic about what our new partnership with IAPB will mean for millions of children, adults and families worldwide.”

“IAPB are excited about the opportunity to partner with CooperVision to create sustainable and lasting change in eye health, including addressing the substantial global increase in myopia,” said Peter Holland, chief executive, IAPB. “The leadership, insight and innovation of our Patrons regularly unearth new approaches, models and alliances for greater collective and individual impact. By working together, we exponentially increase our abilities to confront and overcome vision impairment issues.”

In addition to its IAPB patronage, CooperVision contributes significant funding, knowledge and time to a range of eye health-focused organizations every year. These include being a founding member of the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition, a Global Platinum sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight, and partner in Our Children’s Vision. As part of its corporate responsibility initiatives, CooperCompanies is also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, concentrating on good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production and complementary partnerships.

CooperVision develops a range of products designed to aid eye care professionals. Silicone hydrogel soft contact lens brands such as Biofinity and clariti 1 day are worn by millions worldwide. Its myopia care portfolio includes advanced lenses such as Paragon CRT and Procornea DreamLite designed for overnight wear (orthokeratology), as well as innovations such as MiSight 1 day contact lenses for slowing the progression of myopia in children (8-12 years of age at the initiation of treatment).

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ClearVision Optical Named to New York State’s ‘Best Companies’ List for 2020

It will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – ClearVision Optical, a Long Island-based eyewear distributor, announces that it has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2020. Making the list in itself is an honor, but to now be recognized for a fifth time shows a true commitment to innovation and adherence to CVO’s founding values. This award falls on the heels of having also been named to Newsday’s list of Top Long Island Workplaces in late 2019.

Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are part of a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment. It is often said that culture is a competitive sport; this statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, whose practices benefit the state’s businesses, economy and workforce.

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ClearVision will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. During the event, all nominated organizations will learn where they rank within their company’s size category.

ClearVision will compete against 21 other New York workplaces in the ‘Medium Sized Business’ category, defined as having 100-249 New York-based employees.

“We take tremendous pride in our culture and welcome the opportunity to attract talent with similar values,” stated Jennifer Trakhtenberg, Senior Talent Leader at ClearVision. “As a learning organization that is committed to identifying ways to improve, participating in the Best Companies to Work For gives us a great chance to discover best practices from other organizations that also recognize our first customers are our employees.”

A formal press release with ClearVision’s final ranking will be sent in early May. In the meantime, for additional information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York State program, including the entire list of nominated companies, please visit BestCompaniesNY.com.

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