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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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Zeiss and IDOC Forge Partnership

This is to bring high-quality medical and vision care products to independent optometrists nationwide.

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(PRESS RELEASE) IDOC, ZEISS Vision Care US and ZEISS Medical Technology announced a five-year agreement to bring ZEISS’ industry-leading lab services, lens products and medical equipment to all 3,000+ IDOC independent optometrists across the US. The latest innovations from ZEISS, including ZEISS UVProtect Technology, ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, ZEISS CLARUS 700, ZEISS CIRRUS HD-OCT and more, are now available to all IDOC practices via new partnership programs.

“This new partnership with a recognized technology leader in optics is exactly what our members need to strengthen independent practices,” said Dave Brown, president and CEO of IDOC. “We’ve heard from our members that they want a lens and equipment partner as independent as they are, and with an unmatched track record of innovation. ZEISS is unique in the industry with its 170+ years legacy of industry firsts.”

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IDOC offers a suite of programs and services that empower its members to grow and succeed. The partnership with ZEISS aligns very well with IDOC’s long-term strategy of bringing high-quality offerings to its independent optometrist members. It further helps the member differentiate their practice with ZEISS’ internationally renowned consumer brand and commitment to a sustainably high level of re-investment into optical science.

“We are excited to join the IDOC community by offering members the very best in patient care solutions as well as a true partnership spirit that will strengthen their ability to remain independent. In a rapidly consolidating industry with vertical integration accelerating, ZEISS achieves this by being a true partner to independent ECPs. This philosophy is deeply rooted in our history, our identity and our corporate values. Additionally, ZEISS empowers its independent partners with breakthrough innovations such as ZEISS UVProtect Technology, the ZEISS C-UVProtect tablet, and ZEISS PhotoFusion, which originate from our passion to raise the standard of optical care well beyond industry norms,” said Jens Boy, president of ZEISS Vision Care US.

“We are pleased to partner with IDOC and its members to ensure quality eye care is available to everyone,” said Jim Mazzo, global president of Ophthalmic Devices at ZEISS Medical Technology. “This partnership will enable doctors to maximize clinical efficiency and performance while advancing eye care, every step of the way.”

To learn more about IDOC, contact a member of the IDOC team at 203-853-3333 or visit the website at idoc.net.

For more information about ZEISS Vision Care US, visit here, and for more information about ZEISS Medical Technology, visit here.

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AOA Supports Smoking Education, Cessation Efforts Amid Vaping Ban

Hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious lung illnesses and teenage vaping continues to rise.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Amid billowing health concerns around vaping, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is raising awareness of the importance of patient education on vision and eye health complications that are linked to or exacerbated by smoking.

This is following the administration’s announcement that it would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious lung illnesses and teenage vaping continues to rise. Hundreds of serious respiratory cases compounded by six deaths prompted this strong federal response into electronic cigarettes as health authorities go after the “safe alternative” to cigarettes.

Although e-cigarettes don’t contain many of the cancer-causing byproducts of cigarette smoke, evidence now suggests there could be ocular health considerations.

Published in September’s Optometry and Vision Science, a small-scale study of 21 vapers and 21 healthy nonsmokers found moderate-to-severe symptomatic dry eye and poorer tear film quality among the former as opposed to the latter. Additionally, researchers noticed significant reductions of noninvasive tear breakup time, fluorescein breakup time and tear meniscus height among vapers while vaping at higher voltages.

Dan Bintz, O.D., AOA Health Promotions Committee member, says doctors of optometry and staff need to continue thinking beyond the eye when it comes to tobacco use. That includes reinforcing patient education of smoking’s negative health consequences, as well as directing smokers to tobacco cessation resources.

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AOA Celebrates Paraoptometric Week

It runs Sept. 16-20.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated Sept. 16-20, 2019 as Paraoptometric Week. Now in its 17th year, the week is the only formal observance in the nation specifically intended to honor optometric practice staff for their dedication to the patients they serve and to the profession of optometry.

Paraoptometrics are key members of the eyecare delivery team in optometric offices all across the country. Their role is even more critical to providing the best patient care possible in today’s healthcare environment.

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New Jersey paraoptometric Linda Rodgriguez, CPO, summarized the important role of staff for a successful practice by stating, “As demand for eyecare services continues to grow, paraoptometrics will continue to be a vital part of the eyecare team. A well-trained optometric staff is invaluable and play a role in every successful optometric practice. Doctors of optometry who are ‘pro para,’ and recognize their paraoptometric staff for their dedication, knowledge and professionalism are rewarded with not just practice growth, but most importantly, satisfied patients.”

Doctors can reinforce the value paraoptometric staff bring to their practice with these three suggestions:

  1. Enroll staff as AOA associate members. It’s included as part of AOA membership, and this step opens the door to AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center.
  2. Encourage paraoptometric certification. Doctors can foster their professional development and encourage staff to seek certification.
  3. Show them you care. Now’s the time to celebrate paraoptometric staff, so consider special recognition events or surprises, such as a “Wall of Fame,” a post on social media, team lunch or decorations-after all, it takes a team to run any practice.

Additional information is available at aoa.org/paraoptometrics/awards-and-recognition/para-week.

The Paraoptometric Resource Center is sponsored by Alcon.

To learn more about paraoptometry and the benefits of certification, visit aoa.org/paraoptometrics or call 800.365.2219, ext. 4108.

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