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Fifth Annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award Recipient Announced

Award to be presented to Dr. Anne L. Coleman.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – In celebration of its 10th Anniversary of helping to establish and promote children’s vision programs and services, The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has announced the recipient of the fifth annual “Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award” as Anne L. Coleman, M.D., MPH, UCLA Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Coleman is the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology at Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine; Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology; Professor of Epidemiology in the UCLA Jonathon and Karin Fielding School of Public Health; Director of the Stein Eye Institute Center for Community Outreach and Policy and president-elect of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision award recognizes significant efforts to improve children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The award will be presented at the NCCVEH Annual Meeting on Sept. 14, 2019, in Baltimore, Md.

The Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award was established by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the United States. Strickland served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau prior to her retirement in 2014.

Dr. Coleman was selected by the volunteer Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award Committee for her efforts to improve children’s vision through stakeholder engagement, resource development, and services to high-risk populations of children. Specifically, through her work at the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic (UMEC).

Highlighted contributions to children’s vision and eye health under her direction at the UMEC include:

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  • Strengthening ties with program partners, community advocates and schools (including Head Start programs).
  • Screening a total of 90,000 preschool students in underserved communities through a grant from First 5 LA.
  • Expanded the reach of the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic, now providing vision screening, eye exams and treatment in hundreds of locations including schools and Head Start Programs annually at no cost.
  • Created educational materials, including videos and other materials for teachers, parents and caregivers in English and Spanish through a grant from UCLA Changemakers on the importance of eye care for preschool children.
  • Achieved increases in the follow-up rate of children accessing treatment and children wearing their eyeglasses.
  • Collaborating on a study of Return on Investment (ROI) on the social, environmental, and economic value created by the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic.

“Providing vision care and education to children and their families can enhance quality of life by using preventative measures to avoid vision loss,” said Dr. Coleman. “Receiving the Bonnie Strickland Award is an immense honor as it recognizes the importance of using and improving public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health, a mission I am passionate about.”

Past recipients of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award include the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group, Richard T. Bunner, retired from the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Sean Donahue, Vanderbilt University, the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at Princeton Vision Clinic based at the Illinois College of Optometry, and the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC) based at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Prevent Blindness commends Dr. Coleman for her outstanding efforts to improve the vision and eye health of children through partnerships, resource development, and research,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We hope her program successes will serve as a platform for other vision leaders to learn from and build on across the country.”

For more information on the 2019 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award, Prevent Blindness or the NCCVEH, please visit http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org, or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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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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CooperVision Becomes Global Patron of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

They will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN RAMON, CA — CooperVision has become a global patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. The company becomes part of a select group of leaders including Allergan, Bayer, Novartis and Standard Chartered Bank that supports IAPB at the highest level to help achieve universal access to eye health.

As part of the relationship, CooperVision and IAPB will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children worldwide. A seminal 2015 report on the issue from the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “myopia and high myopia are increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathologic conditions associated with high myopia.”

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“CooperVision has a heritage of addressing widespread refractive issues such as astigmatism and presbyopia. More recently, we have taken on even greater challenges such as childhood myopia, not only correcting it but also successfully slowing its progression,” said Daniel G. McBride, president of CooperVision. “Even with the remarkable progress we’re making, no single organization can do this alone. We’re optimistic about what our new partnership with IAPB will mean for millions of children, adults and families worldwide.”

“IAPB are excited about the opportunity to partner with CooperVision to create sustainable and lasting change in eye health, including addressing the substantial global increase in myopia,” said Peter Holland, chief executive, IAPB. “The leadership, insight and innovation of our Patrons regularly unearth new approaches, models and alliances for greater collective and individual impact. By working together, we exponentially increase our abilities to confront and overcome vision impairment issues.”

In addition to its IAPB patronage, CooperVision contributes significant funding, knowledge and time to a range of eye health-focused organizations every year. These include being a founding member of the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition, a Global Platinum sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight, and partner in Our Children’s Vision. As part of its corporate responsibility initiatives, CooperCompanies is also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, concentrating on good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production and complementary partnerships.

CooperVision develops a range of products designed to aid eye care professionals. Silicone hydrogel soft contact lens brands such as Biofinity and clariti 1 day are worn by millions worldwide. Its myopia care portfolio includes advanced lenses such as Paragon CRT and Procornea DreamLite designed for overnight wear (orthokeratology), as well as innovations such as MiSight 1 day contact lenses for slowing the progression of myopia in children (8-12 years of age at the initiation of treatment).

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ClearVision Optical Named to New York State’s ‘Best Companies’ List for 2020

It will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – ClearVision Optical, a Long Island-based eyewear distributor, announces that it has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2020. Making the list in itself is an honor, but to now be recognized for a fifth time shows a true commitment to innovation and adherence to CVO’s founding values. This award falls on the heels of having also been named to Newsday’s list of Top Long Island Workplaces in late 2019.

Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are part of a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment. It is often said that culture is a competitive sport; this statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, whose practices benefit the state’s businesses, economy and workforce.

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ClearVision will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. During the event, all nominated organizations will learn where they rank within their company’s size category.

ClearVision will compete against 21 other New York workplaces in the ‘Medium Sized Business’ category, defined as having 100-249 New York-based employees.

“We take tremendous pride in our culture and welcome the opportunity to attract talent with similar values,” stated Jennifer Trakhtenberg, Senior Talent Leader at ClearVision. “As a learning organization that is committed to identifying ways to improve, participating in the Best Companies to Work For gives us a great chance to discover best practices from other organizations that also recognize our first customers are our employees.”

A formal press release with ClearVision’s final ranking will be sent in early May. In the meantime, for additional information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York State program, including the entire list of nominated companies, please visit BestCompaniesNY.com.

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