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Costa Expands Lens Recyling Program to Optical Labs

They can send waste to 13 Piedmont Plastics locations.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Following the launch of the Kick Plastic Lens Recycling Program for ECPs in March, Costa announces in time for Vision Expo West 2019 that optical labs are now able to send both their plastic lens waste as well as any dry plastic finishing “swarf” (plastic lens waste) to 13 Piedmont Plastics locations for recycling and repurposing.

The Kick Plasitc Lens Recycling Program has facilitated the recycling of over 700 pounds of discarded plastic lenses at two Piedmont Plastics locations. This is in addition to over 22 tons (approximately 44,000 pounds) of plastic recycling processed from Costa’s Daytona Beach lab.

Protecting the oceans it calls home is one of Costa’s main brand values, and it inspired the company’s larger Kick Plastic initiative to raise awareness for how waste from single-use plastic pollutes them. Plastic takes over 400 years to decompose , and an estimated 420 million plastic lenses (including new purchases and redos ) are disposed by the optical industry every two years.

The program launched earlier this year encourages optical practices to collect and recycle discarded plastic lenses (including clear demo, tinted, photochromic, sunwear, mirror, AR-coated, broken/scratched, prescription, CR-39, high index, polycarbonate, and Trivex/Hivex).

“The early response to our Kick Plastic Lens Recycling Program has confirmed our belief that there is a strong will to do right for the planet from eyecare professionals, given the right tools,” said T.J. McMeniman, vice president of marketing, Costa. “We strive to identify ways to protect what we love and share this learning with our partners. Expanding the program to the hundreds of labs across the US is a way for us to scale our efforts as an industry and create more impact.”

“As the recent recipient of the IAPD Silver-Level Environmental Excellence Award, which celebrates environmentally responsible practices, we are very proud to partner with Costa on the Kick Plastic Lens Recycling program. Costa is a steward of the environment and the Kick Plastic lens recycling program is an excellent example of how our companies work together to impact such an important initiative,” said Marty Sparks, spokesperson for Piedmont Plastics.

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Labs can now send all discarded plastic optical lens waste and dry plastic finishing swarf directly to select Piedmont Plastics locations, where it will be recycled and repurposed into safety glasses, motorcycle helmet shields and scuba masks.

To better accommodate a national roll out of the program, Costa and Piedmont Plastics have expanded the number of locations able to accept plastic optical lens waste from two to 13:

• Atlanta 2410 Tech Center Parkway, Suite 150, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
• Birmingham 171 Business Center Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244
• California 17000 Valley View Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638
• Charlotte 5010 W WT Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28269
• Columbus 460-A Schrock Road, Columbus, OH 43229
• Daytona 2175 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32117
• Houston 13279 N. Promenade Blvd, Stafford, TX 77477
• Las Vegas 5180 Cameron St. Suite 1, Las Vegas, NV 89118
• Mass. 360 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 100, Marlborough, MA 01752
• Memphis 4105 Hickory Hill Road Ste., 105 Memphis, TN 38115
• Phoenix 5720 South 40th Street Ste 3, Phoenix, AZ 85040
• Pompano Beach 3147 N. Andrews Ave. Extension, Pompano Beach, FL 33064
• Tampa Bay 8615 126th Avenue North Suite 600, Largo, FL 33773

ECP’s who want to get involved and who are Costa dealers can also become Costa Kick Plastic Ambassadors – in return for their support, they receive a special designation on the Costa dealer locator website, as well as Kick Plastic water bottles for their staff and communication materials to encourage patients to join the movement and #kickplastic.

Labs and ECPs interested in participating in the lens recycling program (both Costa dealers and non-Costa dealers) can contact Costa at lensrecycle@costadelmar.com for more information.

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BHVI Collaborates with Global Experts to Launch the Myopia Education Program

The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BHVI launches their leading Myopia Education Program at the 2019 American Optometry Academy. The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format. This enables eyecare professionals to complete the program in their own time.

“We want to make our education program easily available to our community of professionals, so they have the flexibility to sign up and learn while still managing myopia in their busy practices” said Pamela Capaldi, Director of Professional Services with BHVI

BHVI has developed the program in collaboration from both BHVI and global experts. The use of interactive case studies, videos, polls and discussions gives participants an interactive, engaging and supported learning experience. Participants have a six-week time frame in which to complete these internationally accredited and recognized courses.

Uniquely, the BHVI Myopia Education Program comprehensively addresses managing Myopia from both a clinical and business practice perspective. The current program includes three key modules; 1. Managing Myopia – Changes the way you understand and treat myopia. 2. Complex Cases – Strategies and tools to help confidently manage more complex myopia cases. 3. The Business of Myopia –Maximize business results and grow your practice through managing myopia.

More about the Myopia Education Program can be found at education.bhvi.org

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Optometry Giving Sight Establishes New Board

Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón is the president.

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(PRESS RELEASE) GOLDEN, CO – Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announces that it has established a new Board of Directors to oversee the organization. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for a several years.

Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry, Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry and Dr. Earl Smith, former dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry. The OGS Board is meeting in Orlando during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and the World Congress of Optometry.

The past year has been one of transition for Optometry Giving Sight, as it is now focusing most of its fundraising priorities in the United States and Canada. The Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, one of the founding members of OGS, continues as a major implementing project partner. The World Council of Optometry, also a founding member of OGS, continues as a partner.

“We are very excited for Optometry Giving Sight’s future as we will be building on our strong history of supporting projects that bring accessible and sustainable eye care to those who are in need in the developing world. We look forward to enhancing our existing relationships in the vision care community and to establishing new partners throughout the industry” says Dr. Aragón.

Currently, Optometry Giving Sight is conducting its largest fundraising campaign of the year, the World Sight Day Challenge. Optometrists, practices and staff, vision care companies and others are all invited to participate in giving sight and hope to thousands of people around the world.

To learn more or make a donation please visit: https://www.givingsight.org/giving/world-sight-day-challenge.html

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Essilor Laboratories of America to Move Bell Optical to ‘State-of-the-Art Industrial Lab’ in December

It will be the largest integrated lab in the ELOA network.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Essilor Laboratories of America announced that it is moving its Bell Optical Lab and building it out into a “state-of-the-art industrial lab” in Columbus, OH.

The Bell Columbus lab will be the largest integrated lab in the ELOA network and will co-locate with the company’s largest distribution center in the U.S., according to a press release. The move is occurring within the Columbus area, from 3671 Interchange Rd, Columbus, OH, to 2400 Spiegel Drive, Suite L, Groveport, OH.

“Bell Columbus will use the latest surfacing, coating, and finishing equipment with advanced sustainability standards to reduce waste and water usage, with faster processing – which supports the company’s efforts to be environmentally friendly and support the communities in which it serves,” the release states.

Employees from Bell Optical will move to the new location later this year, and the company will more than double the number of employees in Bell Columbus.

“Our lab network has a single ambition of improving lives by improving sight by serving customers, patients and consumers with the industry’s most technologically advanced products and highest service levels,” said Christophe Leger, Essilor of America’s senior vice president of operations and supply chain. “Moving Bell Columbus is the next step in our investment and vision of a truly integrated supply chain that leads the industry in delighting our customers and exceeding the expectations of their patients.”

The Bell Columbus Lab will be fully automated with “the most technologically advanced equipment and technology to deliver rapid turnaround times and the highest quality manufacturing of lenses for both Ohio customers and customers across the U.S.,” according to the release.

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