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Longtime CEO of Vision Charity to Step Down

He’s leaving after a 52-year career in vision and health.

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Alan R. Morse

NEW YORK — Alan R. Morse will step down later this year as president and CEO of the Lighthouse Guild, an organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss, after a career of almost 52 years in the field of vision and health.

James M. Dubin, chairman of the Lighthouse Guild board, said, “Dr. Morse is an innovator with a deep commitment to providing quality programs and services for people with vision loss. His leadership has changed how we as a society think about blindness and low vision. During his distinguished 52-year career at Lighthouse Guild, his extraordinary work and dedication have led to the creation of the largest and most comprehensive vision and related healthcare organization in the United States.

“He has made an indelible impact on the history of our organization and the direction of low vision care. We salute him and thank him for his tremendous contributions that enable us to lead the way in vision loss prevention and care.”

Morse began his career at what was then known as The Jewish Guild for the Blind in 1968 as a rehabilitation counselor. He became COO in 1977 and was named president and CEO in 1998.

In 2013, Jewish Guild Healthcare and Lighthouse International merged to form Lighthouse Guild. Morse spearheaded the merger, which created the largest vision and healthcare organization in the country.

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Morse is credited with transforming Lighthouse Guild from an organization focused on providing services to people living in the New York City area to a nationally renowned organization.

“It has been an honor to work with the dedicated Board and Staff of Lighthouse Guild,” Morse said. “I have been privileged to be part of an organization committed to addressing and preventing vision loss.”

Morse’s leadership in the field of vision and health includes an extensive academic portfolio. His research interests include the influence of vision loss on healthcare use, functional implication of vision loss, patient communication issues in care delivery and patient engagement and adherence. He has published numerous articles, editorials and book chapters on these and related topics. Morse is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology of Columbia University. He has served on the editorial board of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has been a consultant to the Academy’s Vision Rehabilitation Committee. He also has served on the editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology of the American Medical Association and was a member of the Advisory Panel of Addressing Disparities of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) among many other professional activities over his career.

Lighthouse Guild has been conducting a national search for Morse’s successor since he advised the board of his plans earlier this year.

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Burglary at Optometry Office Is Seventh in 2 Months

The front door lock was broken.

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The burglary of an optometry office in San Diego County, CA, marks the seventh such crime in the region since July.

The latest break-in occurred at an office in Mira Mesa, NBC 7 San Diego reports. The article doesn’t identify the practice, but in an accompanying photo, the sign says “Dr. Satnick.”

Police were called to the scene overnight Wednesday. It wasn’t clear right away how much merchandise was stolen.

The Times of San Diego reports that the front door lock was broken.

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Authorities haven’t said whether the burglary might be connected to six other recent incidents, NBC 7 San Diego reports. No arrests have been made.

In August, burglars hit three optometry offices in San Diego County in a three-hour period.

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10-Location Eyecare Group Is First to Join Medical Optometry America

The group has 29 optometrists.

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BLUE BELL, PA, and ASHBURN, VA — Medical Optometry America has signed an agreement with Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists, which will become first group of independent optometric practices to adopt the Medical Optometry America.

Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists has 29 optometrist working in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, areas.

“Many of us have known for some time that medical eye care is the future of our profession” said Robert Allen, OD, who serves as CEO of AIE, “and the state-of-the-art MOA System will allow our practices, and thousands more around the country, to accelerate this necessary advancement.”

Ken Krieg, CEO of Medical Optometry America, said, “MOA will provide independent optometrists the ability to participate in building a brand and practice management system that stands for exceptional medical eye care and inspires consumer confidence and demand for those services. In addition, optometry practices that choose to remain independent will now have viable marketing muscle to stay competitive in a fast-changing market.”

The foundation of the Medical Optometry System “is the creation of an education platform that facilitates the adoption of best practice protocols,” according to a press release.

Allen added, “We’re excited to be the flagship practice for MOA. No doubt the total MOA System will position us for the future and enable us to lead the transformation of our profession.”

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Vision Care Company to Add 8 Centers Across US

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

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Treehouse Eyes, a company specializing in myopia care for children, has added 8 location in four states.

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas, Healio.com reports.

The company’s original two locations are located in the Washington, DC-area communities of Bethesda and Tysons Corner, according to its website.

Healio.com quoted Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of the company, saying, “By partnering with carefully vetted practices that meet certain predetermined requirements, we will rapidly accelerate myopia management within those practices and will continue our growth across the country and are currently lining up partners outside the U.S.”

Gerber said 20 more practices will be added to the U.S. network in 2020.

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