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NCCVEH Names First Partners in ‘Better Vision Together – Community of Practice’ Program

The goal is to improve vision and eye health in at-risk, minority and vulnerable populations of young children.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by announcing the first partners of its “Better Vision Together – Community of Practice” program. The goal of this three-year project is to improve vision and eye health in at-risk, minority and vulnerable populations of young children.

NCCVEH will work with selected groups to implement actions and solutions anchored in population health strategies through a peer-support approach, including policy change, systems of vision and eye health, public awareness and data collection. Eight groups from across the country were selected to work with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded project led by the NCCVEH.

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Selected community/state teams include:

  • Overgaard Ponderosa Vision Screening Program, Overgaard Ponderosa Lions Club and Foundation- Overgaard, AZ.
  • Eyes on Learning, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust- Phoenix, AZ.
  • Better Vision Together San Francisco, University of California, San Francisco – San Francisco, CA.
  • Amblyopia Elimination Project, Naples Lions Club Foundation – Naples, FL.
  • Eyedaho Vision Team, Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind – Gooding, ID.
  • Haverhill Promise of Children’s Vision, Haverhill Public Schools and Haverhill Promise – Haverhill, MA.
  • Improving Childhood Vision Health Task Force, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education – Minneapolis, MN.
  • Texas Children’s Vision Coalition, Prevent Blindness Texas – Houston, TX.

At-risk, minority and vulnerable children ages birth through 5 years are targeted for improved children’s vision care systems. The selected teams work with children and families from African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American communities in rural and urban areas as well as American Indian reservations. Additionally, several teams will serve immigrants and refugees from such countries as Iraq, Congo, Burma, Somalia, Afghanistan and Laos as well as migrant agricultural worker families.

In 2009, NCCVEH was established to develop a coordinated public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care for young children. NCCVEH continues to work with leading, volunteer advocates and professionals in ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, public health and related fields, to review the current scientific literature, explore best practices, establish partnerships, develop data and gain consensus on the best approach to children’s vision and eye health.

Better Vision Together is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H7MMC24738. The total award amount for the “Vision Screening in Young Children” grant is $299,999 (percentage financed with nongovernmental sources .5%). This information or content and conclusions are those of the NCCVEH and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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“Through the new Better Vision Together- Community of Practice program, we can continue our mission to provide our children with the best opportunities for healthy vision, school readiness and more,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Our team is eager to work closely with all of our new partners to determine the most effective ways to improve vision services and hopefully expand and apply the best practices to all children across the country.”

For more information about the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, or the Better Vision Together – Community of Practice program, visit https://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/better-vision-together or contact Donna Fishman at or (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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Etnia Barcelona Foundation Partners with Von Miller’s Von’s Vision Foundation

Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) – In continuation of expanding its growth and outreach efforts in the U.S. market, Etnia Barcelona has announced a partnership with Linebacker Von Miller of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and his charitable foundation, Von’s Vision. With support from its own foundation, Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers, one of the signature community outreach program’s Von’s Vision.

The newest program of Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision Centers allow in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are a customized optical center kiosk, located at select Boys & Girls Club facilities in Metro Denver and soon-to-be Texas A&M University, that hold fashionable eyewear and accessories, creating a unique and exciting optical center on wheels.

Volunteer medical providers, provided through Hero Practice Services, will use portable equipment to conduct onsite eye exams and the children and young adults will “shop” for fashionable eyewear, provided by Etnia Barcelona Foundation. Once ready, their fulfilled glasses with lenses will be delivered back to the participating Von’s Vision Center location for a reveal day.

As a part of their contribution the Etnia Barcelona Foundation has recently donated over 3,000 frames with its anticipation for the Von’s Vision Center to serve a minimum of 600 children this year alone. The first Vision Day will commence on May 14, 2019, with a combination of several other charitable events throughout the year.

Together, Etnia Barcelona hopes to continue our partnership in the years to come and expand the outreach of both programs across the entire United States.

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L’Amy America Launches Tri-Flex Performance Series

It offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – America’s athletic wear originator, Champion brings a new 3-tiered sub collection of performance-based eyewear, to a market thirsting for heritage sport brands offering value-added features and true performance.

Perfectly suited for active lifestyles, Champion’s new Tri-Flex collection offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system which provides custom fit, secure grip, and on face stability. The tip, which adjusts from 1 to 90 degrees downward, gently but securely fits over the mastoidal bend, allowing the frame to fit snuggly and comfortably over the ear. An easy click and the system is engaged-the wearer can perform any task from basketball and golf to yard work and boating without worry of frames slipping, bouncing, or moving around during wear. Offering the same security as other eyewear retaining devices, the Tri-Flex tip is built-in to the frame. No extra “cord” required to insure frame security.

The Tri-Flex collection is comprised of 5 ophthalmic models for adults (2 in Extended Size), 4 ophthalmic models for tweens, and 4 sunglasses also for adults. With features such as handmade acetate and stainless steel fronts, optical quality polarized lenses and custom-crafted color selections, the new Tri-Flex series offers the same fine quality construction and powerful consumer brand recognition as its core eyewear collection.

L’Amy America Lifestyle Brands Director, Connie Reiss reminds “Champion was Lyst.com’s #2 most-searched brand of 2018. We are fueling this explosive brand-trajectory with the Tri-Flex series of eyewear, while ultimately drawing upon Champion roots of athletic functionality.”

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Coburn Technologies New National Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

He will focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

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Ezequiel Lukin

(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. welcomes Ezequiel Lukin as its new national sales manager, with specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

“Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” states vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

Lukin is an experienced veteran in the optical industry. As the former global sales manager for Volk Optical, Lukin brings more than 20 years of sales and optical experience to Coburn Technologies. His experience includes general sales with a specific focus on diagnostics instruments to eye care practitioners in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

“I am excited to be joining Coburn Technologies,” Lukin said. “Coburn is a well-respected company in the industry, and I believe that with my experience and their history, we will drive the company’s share in the diagnostics instruments market to new heights.”

Lukin joins Coburn Technologies’ sales team, which has recently added a number of industry veterans including Marina Vaynberger, international regional sales manager, Al Bednar, director of laboratory sales, Mark Kaplan senior territory sales representative and Jason Frank, sales manager for Latin America.

“Ezequiel represents the latest addition to strengthening our international sales organization,” states Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies. “With specific focus on developing our ophthalmic instruments business, Ezequiel is an integral addition and will help drive our diagnostics product offering and market leadership.”

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