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Eyeris Announces Industry-First, Environmentally-Conscious Packaging

It will be launching in January of 2020.

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Eyeris trial lens box made from recycled contact lens molds.

(PRESS RELEASE) NASHVILLE, TN — Nashville-based start-up, Eyeris, recently announced its groundbreaking daily disposable contact lens that will be launching in January of 2020. Along with the lens, Eyeris created industry-first trial lens packaging made from their own recycled contact lens molds. Eyeris is dedicated to sustainability and helping the environment and worked for months to perfect this packaging and design.

“As a contact lens manufacturer, it is a huge responsibility to provide convenience for our patients, but also to take care of this planet. Many people are aware of the plastic used in the blister pack, but many people don’t know that there is a positive and negative single-use plastic mold made for every daily lens produced. The Eyeris trial lens box that doubles as a functional travel case and is made from the recycled molds of all of our lenses is an industry first,” said Dr. Jeff Sonsino, OD, FAAO, and co-founder of Eyeris.

In an effort to become a relevant, conscious, and consumer-friendly brand, Eyeris’ goal is to utilize what would typically be a throw-away trial lens mold and recycle the plastic for re-use as multi-use packaging. It is an eye-shaped case with the Eyeris logo and bright color gradient of the Eyeris brand colors. It also utilizes RFID technology in the lens parameter label.

This trial lens packaging was the brainchild of CEO and co-founder, Andy Barrow. Barrow is proficient in every aspect of business and product development cycles from ideation to execution, product design, overall consumer strategies, branding, and entry to market.

“It was important to me, even though Eyeris was just getting started as a company, that we actively considered the environment in every aspect of our manufacturing processes. Making trial packaging from our post-process materials that can be used over and over again as lens travel cases was the most obvious place to start in light of the amount of plastic our industry uses. It will also be a welcome benefit to
environmentally conscious consumers,” said Barrow.

Eyeris has more exciting news to share before the Academy of Optometry at the end of the month where they are sponsoring the welcome reception. Be sure to stop by the Eyeris booth at Academy for giveaways and more.

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Top-rated, independent optometrists who are interested in becoming part of the Eyeris network and being one of the first to prescribe the lens in January can find out more at myeyeris.com/ods.

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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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