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And the Optometry School with the Highest Exam Pass Rate Is …

The pass rate nationally was 92 percent.

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Southern College of Optometry had the highest exam pass rate for 2017-18, according to newly released data.

For the second year, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry partnered with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry to make the pass rates for the 2017-18 academic year at every institution available on its website. Data for the 21 schools is found here.

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“The results are from calculations using candidates’ scores who have both graduated during the listed timeframe and attempted all three parts at least once,” said Dr. Jill Bryant, NBEO’s executive director. 

The ultimate pass rate for Southern College of Optometry’s 130 candidates was 100 percent. The school requires students to take and pass parts I and II for graduation.

The school with the next highest pass rate was the University of California/Berkeley, at 98.41 percent.

The ultimate pass rate nationally was 92.09 percent.

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“The national pass rates from our institutions are important information for all stakeholders in our profession, and we are happy to make this information readily available,” said Dr. David Damari, ASCO president.

“Faculty at every one of our member institutions aims to equip each optometry student with the skills and knowledge to pass each part of the exam. We all are always working toward 100% pass rate.”

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Vision Care Company to Add 8 Centers Across US

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

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Treehouse Eyes, a company specializing in myopia care for children, has added 8 location in four states.

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas, Healio.com reports.

The company’s original two locations are located in the Washington, DC-area communities of Bethesda and Tysons Corner, according to its website.

Healio.com quoted Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of the company, saying, “By partnering with carefully vetted practices that meet certain predetermined requirements, we will rapidly accelerate myopia management within those practices and will continue our growth across the country and are currently lining up partners outside the U.S.”

Gerber said 20 more practices will be added to the U.S. network in 2020.

Read more at the Healio.com

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Sports Eyewear Brand Acquired

Its products include sunglasses, goggles, helmets and prescription eyewear.

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BOSTON, MA — Bollé Brands announced that it has acquired the Spy Optic brand, a move that “signals a strong commitment to playing a leading role in the premium performance sports and sports lifestyle eyewear and helmets markets.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1994 and based in Southern California, Spy Optic designs, markets and distributes premium sunglasses, goggles, helmets and prescription eyewear. Spy Optic joins Bollé’s brand portfolio of Bollé, Bollé Safety, Serengeti, Cébé and H2Optix.

“We are excited to have acquired such an amazing brand. SPY Optic has its own unique and irreverent identity with huge growth potential in North America, its home market, and internationally where SPY Optic will leverage our Bollé Brands international distribution network,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Bollé Brands. “Our dedicated approach, support, and investment will drive exciting new developments in product innovation and design which will form the basis of considerable global growth. This new acquisition establishes Bollé Brands as one of the key players in the premium performance sport and lifestyle eyewear and helmets markets.”

Bollé was acquired by A&M Capital Europe in August 2018.

 

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These Eyeglasses Block Facial Recognition Technology (VIDEO)

They’re called IRpair and Phantom.

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Chicago startup firm Reflectacles is creating eyeglasses to thwart facial recognition technology, Chicago Inno reports.

The company is raising money via Kickstarter for its latest products, called IRpair and Phantom. They’re expected to be delivered in April.

Chicago Inno reports that they “block 3D infrared facial mapping during both day and night and block 2D video algorithm-based facial recognition on cameras with infrared for illumination.”

Company founder founder Scott Urban says he’s heard from people in other countries who want to stay out of facial recognition data banks while participating in protests.

So far, about $34,000 has been pledged on Kickstarter from 193 backers.

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