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AOA Rallies 600+ in Washington, DC

They’re meeting with lawmakers to discuss the role of optometrists in healthcare.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of American Optometric Association optometrists and students from across the U.S. headed to the nation’s capital to meet with lawmakers to discuss the expanding the role of doctors of optometry in healthcare and the importance of eye healthcare for all Americans.

“The tremendous growth of AOA on Capitol Hill — from fewer than 200 doctors attending a decade ago to more than 600 doctors and students this year—shows our commitment to advancing optometry’s pro-access, pro-patient priorities,” said AOA president, Dr. Samuel D. Pierce. “Through direct, face-to-face advocacy, we are mapping the course for the future of eye health care delivery and helping put the trusted doctor-patient relationship at the center of important health care decision-making.”

The contingent is emphasizing the important role of key issues including in-person eye health and vision care provided by AOA doctors of optometry and the urgent need for policies that put patients first. The AOA is particularly focused on fighting back against costly health and vision plan abuses, keeping the FTC from finalizing its proposed contact lens paperwork mandate, making contact lens prescription verification safer and simpler, and ensuring that America’s veterans receive the high-quality eye and vision care that they need and deserve.

AOA’s federal priority issues that are being addressed during several meetings with lawmakers and staff in the House and Senate include:

  • Fight back against costly health and vision plan abuses. The AOA and the American Dental Association (ADA) are backing the bipartisan DOC Access Act, sponsored by Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Buddy Carter (R-GA), to help address abusive vision and dental plan practices and to help put patients and their doctors back in control of important health care decisions. AOA doctors and students will be looking to build even more momentum as this key legislation received a record 105 co-sponsors in the 115th Congress. The AOA and the ADA are also backing the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 1418 and S. 350) to increase competition in the health insurance market by eliminating the special antitrust exemption that the health insurance industry currently has under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945.
  • Stop the FTC from finalizing its proposed contact lens paperwork mandate. AOA doctors and students are continuing to push back against the FTC’s unnecessary and overly burdensome proposal to require eye doctors to obtain a signed form from each contact lens patient and be able to produce these documents in the event of a federal investigation. Following more than 100 lawmakers who have already weighed-in with the FTC in opposition to the proposal, AOA doctors and students are enlisting Senate signors to a letter from Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) urging the FTC to withdraw the proposal.
  • Make the contact lens prescription verification process simpler and safer for patients. AOA and the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety are backing new legislation which aims to address the favorite verification loophole of unscrupulous online contact lens sellers – the automated robocall. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) is the leading champion for priority legislation that would disallow the use of robocalls for contact lens prescription verifications and would also ensure that consumers have an ability to directly upload a picture of their contact lens prescription with the seller of their choice.
  • Support essential eye care for America’s veterans. The AOA, Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) and state optometric organizations continue to fight for better care for America’s veterans. Among these issues are the VA’s continued rollout of an experimental eye exam replacement program, known as Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS), which aims to replace doctor-provided, in-person care with an unproven hybrid of vision and eye disease screenings. With nearly all veterans having access to a local doctor of optometry, the AOA and its Veteran Service Organization partners are pushing back against TECS and its subversion of the standard of care for some veterans.
  • The appropriate use of telehealth. Preserving the doctor-patient relationship is important for meaningful patient care, which is why the AOA continues working to support and advance the appropriate use of telehealth services as a supplement to high-value, high-quality in-person eye and vision care. However, AOA and its Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety partners continue fighting against inappropriate uses of telehealth, including those that aims to break or undermine the doctor-patient relationship.

Doctors of optometry, through innovative yet personalized care, are helping to advance the health and well-being of patients in more than 10,000 communities across the U.S. As America heads into the year 2020, the AOA and its member doctors are committed to effectively removing barriers to care, making health care more efficient and accessible for patients and ensuring every American gets their in-person comprehensive eye exam.

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Sales of Sun Lenses Are Up, According to Data from ABB Optical Group’s Digital Eye Lab Network

Company releases new statistics ahead of National Sunglasses Day on June 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, released market data from its Digital Eye Lab (DEL) Network division showing significant year-over-year growth in the sale of prescription sun lenses.

DEL Network’s data shows that orders were up 25 percent in 2018 over 2017. In breaking down all orders placed in 2018, the data also showed a year-over-year increase of 30 percent for mirrored lenses, 30 percent for photochromic lenses, and 20 percent for polarized lenses.

Just in time for National Sunglasses Day on June 27, DEL Network also identified silver, blue and gold, respectively, as the three most popular colors ordered in polarized mirrored lenses.

“Since 2017, our portfolio of Digital Mirror Solutions has allowed ECPs to expand their lens offerings to meet the growing patient demand for this trending, colorful look,” said DEL Network Managing Director Scott Pearl. “With the kick-off of summer right around the corner, now is an opportune time for ECPs to be discussing the importance of sun wear with their patients and offering them a variety of sun wear to meet their needs, lifestyles and budgets.”

For more information about DEL Network’s products and services, visit DigitalEyeLab.com.

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Coburn Technologies’ Velocity Spin Coater Wins Award for Best Value Enhancer

It’s one of 17 awards given annually.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. announces that its Velocity Spin Coater has been named “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” by the CiO VisionPlus Awards.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this award for our Velocity Coater, especially considering our focus on developing innovative technology for the laboratory market. The Velocity Coater has become the market’s preferred spin coating system, optimizing the yield in many of the world’s largest labs,” stated Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies.

This award is one of 17 awards given annually by the Cairo International Optical Fair’s VisionPlus Awards, landing in the Instruments & Equipment category. Nominations criteria for “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” include utility, value enhancement, innovation and technology.

The Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater is a fully automated industrial hard coating system that conveniently transports lenses utilizing a job tray, beginning the process with a multi-stage pre-cleaning system, followed by a secondary cleaning system, coating and curing, and finally returning the lens to the job tray. Velocity is also available in a stand-alone, manual version.

For additional information about Coburn Technologies and the Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater, visit www.coburntechnologies.com or call 1-800-COBURN-1.

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Marcolin Group Renews Licensing Agreement with Harley-Davidson

It has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE BL — Marcolin Group announced the renewal of the licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and eyeglasses for Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

The agreement for Marcolin Group to produce Harley-Davidson branded eyewear for men, women and kids has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

Marcolin Group remains committed to faithfully incorporating the Harley-Davidson brand’s heritage into every frame produced with subtle call-outs to those same handcrafted parts that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles an enduring fixture on the world’s highways.

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