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Optometry Cares — The AOA Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Optometry students received awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ST. LOUIS — Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association, administers numerous scholarships that encourage students to make a difference for their community and the profession of optometry. Optometry Cares and the AOA announce the winners of the following scholarships for 2019:

Paul Eckel and Christy Alfano

Vision West Inc. and Healthy Eyes Advantage Scholarship for InfantSEE
1st place – Paul Eckel, Ohio State University College of Optometry ($7,500)

2nd place – Christy Alfano, Southern College of Optometry ($3,000)

Vision West Inc. and Healthy Eyes Advantage offer a national scholarship to promote InfantSEE. The InfantSEE Scholarship requires optometry students to have a desire to participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life.

Abood Dahnoun

Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship
Abood Dahnoun, Southern College of Optometry ($10,000)

Sponsored by Essilor, this scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens and worked at Essilor for 43 years.

Sterlin Blakley

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship
Sterlin Blakley, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry ($5,000)

Sponsored in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision and in tribute to father and son, the Cummings family established the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry Cares. This scholarship allows the legacy of two amazing individuals to live on by honoring the student who best exemplifies Cummings’ passion for public health.

Kaitlin Speth

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship
Kaitlin Speth, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University ($2,500)

Established at the bequest of longtime AOA member Dr. Seymour Galina, Optometry Cares offers the scholarship to a third-year student who best demonstrates financial planning experience that will be useful in a professional optometric practice.

Krystal Matson

Dr. Larry J. Alexander Scholarship for Education
Krystal Matson, University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry ($2,500)

Sponsored in part by Optovue, this scholarship was established to honor the late Dr. Larry J. Alexander and his dedication to his work as an educator. Dr. Alexander’s impact on optometry is only surpassed by his kindness and commitment to helping others.

To learn more about endowment and scholarships offered through Optometry Cares or to make a donation to support these scholarships, visit www.aoafoundation.org/scholarships.

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Sales of Sun Lenses Are Up, According to Data from ABB Optical Group’s Digital Eye Lab Network

Company releases new statistics ahead of National Sunglasses Day on June 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, released market data from its Digital Eye Lab (DEL) Network division showing significant year-over-year growth in the sale of prescription sun lenses.

DEL Network’s data shows that orders were up 25 percent in 2018 over 2017. In breaking down all orders placed in 2018, the data also showed a year-over-year increase of 30 percent for mirrored lenses, 30 percent for photochromic lenses, and 20 percent for polarized lenses.

Just in time for National Sunglasses Day on June 27, DEL Network also identified silver, blue and gold, respectively, as the three most popular colors ordered in polarized mirrored lenses.

“Since 2017, our portfolio of Digital Mirror Solutions has allowed ECPs to expand their lens offerings to meet the growing patient demand for this trending, colorful look,” said DEL Network Managing Director Scott Pearl. “With the kick-off of summer right around the corner, now is an opportune time for ECPs to be discussing the importance of sun wear with their patients and offering them a variety of sun wear to meet their needs, lifestyles and budgets.”

For more information about DEL Network’s products and services, visit DigitalEyeLab.com.

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Coburn Technologies’ Velocity Spin Coater Wins Award for Best Value Enhancer

It’s one of 17 awards given annually.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. announces that its Velocity Spin Coater has been named “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” by the CiO VisionPlus Awards.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this award for our Velocity Coater, especially considering our focus on developing innovative technology for the laboratory market. The Velocity Coater has become the market’s preferred spin coating system, optimizing the yield in many of the world’s largest labs,” stated Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies.

This award is one of 17 awards given annually by the Cairo International Optical Fair’s VisionPlus Awards, landing in the Instruments & Equipment category. Nominations criteria for “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” include utility, value enhancement, innovation and technology.

The Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater is a fully automated industrial hard coating system that conveniently transports lenses utilizing a job tray, beginning the process with a multi-stage pre-cleaning system, followed by a secondary cleaning system, coating and curing, and finally returning the lens to the job tray. Velocity is also available in a stand-alone, manual version.

For additional information about Coburn Technologies and the Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater, visit www.coburntechnologies.com or call 1-800-COBURN-1.

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Marcolin Group Renews Licensing Agreement with Harley-Davidson

It has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE BL — Marcolin Group announced the renewal of the licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and eyeglasses for Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

The agreement for Marcolin Group to produce Harley-Davidson branded eyewear for men, women and kids has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

Marcolin Group remains committed to faithfully incorporating the Harley-Davidson brand’s heritage into every frame produced with subtle call-outs to those same handcrafted parts that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles an enduring fixture on the world’s highways.

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