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Innovega Team Members Honored at Global Specialty Lens Symposium

Three team members were awarded.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA — Awards for achievement in the contact lens field were presented recently to three team members of Innovega, a company engaged in developing stylish, lightweight, wearable display technology with a panoramic field of view for virtual and augmented reality. The individuals were honored during the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), a contact lens conference attended by delegates from more than 35 countries.

Dr. Joe Barr, a member of Innovega’s Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board, received the GSLS Award of Excellence. Dr. Barr is an Emeritus Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where his distinguished 24-year career included tenures as Associate Dean and Chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service. He is a former Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs at Bausch + Lomb. Dr. Barr served for 20 years as Editor of the professional journal Contact Lens Spectrum, host publication of the GSLS meeting, and was founding Editor of Contact Lenses Today, the first e-newsletter in the eyecare field.

Dr. Jerry Legerton, Innovega co-founder and chief clinical and regulatory officer, received the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) Trailblazers Award “for outstanding achievement in product development to the enhancement of the contact lens industry.” Dr. Legerton is an inventor on 57 issued U.S. patents for contact lenses, refractive surgery and diagnostic instruments that are assigned or licensed to industry leaders including Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, and SynergEyes; and to start-up companies Innovega, Myolite, VICOH and Preventive Ophthalmics. He is a Co-founder of SynergEyes, the world’s leading manufacturer of hybrid contact lenses, and is co-inventor of Paragon CRT, the global leader in corneal refractive therapy contact lenses that are now used for regulating the progression of nearsightedness.

Ron Walker, Innovega director of communications, received the CLMA Industry Enhancement Award “for unselfish dedication to the CLMA and the contact lens industry.” His achievements include co-founding Contact Lens Spectrum and Contact Lenses Today, and co-founding AllAboutVision.com, the leading source of online patient education about eye health and vision correction. He also launched the CLMA’s first patient education website in 1998 and assists the GP Lens Institute with online professional education.

“Innovega is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Barr, Dr. Legerton and Ron Walker contributing to the success of our novel contact lens-enabled wearable display technology and its commercialization,” said Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder, president and CEO. “We look forward to our continued successes for shareholders with the benefit of the proven leadership and achievements of these contact lens industry veterans.”

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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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Jen Stewart and Todd Daniels

(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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