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AOA Wants to Make 2020 the ‘Year of the Eye Exam’

Participating organizations will be highlighted through a year-long communications program.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ST. LOUIS — As part of the American Optometric Association’s #2020EyeExam initiative, the organization and doctors of optometry nationwide are calling upon visionary companies across the country to join the 2020 Employer Pledge program – affirming the importance of caring for the overall health and wellbeing of employees and their families by reminding them of the importance of an annual comprehensive eye exam.

“Comprehensive eye exams are one of the most important, preventive ways to preserve vision and overall health,” says AOA President Barbara L. Horn, OD. “We have engaged more than 30 employers to join our pledge. Through them, we will reach more than 300,000 employees with the message that it’s more important than ever to ensure a comprehensive eye exam with an AOA doctor of optometry is part of their routine, primary health care. We are encouraging all employers to join in this movement and make 2020 the year of the eye exam. ”

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The AOA’s American Eye-Q consumer survey revealed that many respondents were not aware of how vision impacts overall health. Only 53 percent visit an eye health professional at least once a year and one-third of those surveyed lacked an understanding of how to take care of their eyes and vision.

AOA notes that in- person, annual eye exams with a doctor of optometry can detect early signs of visual system diseases such as glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. In addition, eye exams safeguard overall health by enabling the doctor of optometry to detect more than 270 serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.

Employers are the gatekeepers to health care for 49 percent of Americans and have a vested interest in ensuring their health and wellness. Through AOA’s #2020EyeExam Pledge, employers large and small have the opportunity to uphold the eye health of their employees and promote high-value care by fostering awareness and encouraging everyone to get their annual, in-person comprehensive eye exam with an AOA family doctor of optometry.

Participating organizations will also be highlighted through a year-long communications program reaching the public and AOA’s more than 44,000 doctors of optometry, optometric professionals and students.

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For more information on the #2020EyeExam initiative or to take the pledge, visit AOA.org/2020EmployerPledge.

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ISVA Appoints Jennifer Stewart and Todd Daniels to Advisory Board

Vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance president says.

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(PRESS RELEASE)NORTH ROYALTON, OH — The International Sports Vision Association(ISVA), an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance, announced the appointment of Jennifer Stewart, OD and Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS to its Advisory Board.

“Jen and Todd bring a wealth of successful experiences in working with and educating athletes, eye care professionals, athletic trainers, and others about the positive impact that vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance,” says ISVA President Alex Andrich, O.D., FCOVD. “We are excited to add their expertise to the ISVA Board.”

Dr. Jennifer Stewart is a partner at Norwalk Eye Care and also the co-founder and chief optometric officer at Performance 20/20, a practice specializing in sports and performance vision. Dr. Stewart has had the opportunity to work with athletes from the NHL, NFL, and NBA, as well as professional athletes in squash, lacrosse and figure skating. She regularly consults with optometrists and practice owners about bringing sports vision and performance to their practice.

Athletic trainers are often described as the “hub of the wheel” in the sports medicine team working with athletes. “They are in constant communication with athletes, coaches, physicians, consultants, strength and conditioning staff, parents, teachers, and administrators and an important partner for any eye care professional looking to build or enhance their sports vision practice,” notes Aldrich.

Todd Daniels is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and massage therapist with over 20 years of experience working with elite athletes. Currently, he is an athletic trainer for Banner University Medical Group in Tucson, Arizona where he specializes in concussion management and provides clinical support for the University of Arizona Athletic Department and FC Tucson professional soccer team. He has international experience with the United States Ski Team and spent 11 years working with professional hockey players in the NHL, AHL, and WHL and has also worked with the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer champions, University of Portland; and the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams. He has continued to advance sports vision in the athletic training community by serving as the official Liaison of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors to the American Optometric Association (AOA) and was awarded the Eagle Award in 2014 from the AOA Sports Vision Section.

For further information, visit www.sportsvision.pro.

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Harris Williams Advises EyeCare Partners on its Sale to Partners Group

This adds to the firm’s successful track record says managing director.

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(PRESS RELEASE) RICHMOND, VA – Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces that it served as an advisor to EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) in conjunction with its sale to Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, which invested in the business on behalf of its clients. ECP, a portfolio company of FFL Partners (FFL), is a leading provider of medical eye care services in the U.S. The engagement was led by Andy Dixon, James Clark and Cheairs Porter of the Harris Williams HealthcareHarris Williams Advises EyeCare Partners, LLC on its Sale to Partners Group
& Life Sciences (HCLS) Group.

“This transaction adds to our firm’s successful track record of working with leading eye care providers,” said Andy Dixon, a managing director at Harris Williams. “We look forward to following ECP’s next chapter with Partners Group.”

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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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