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Optometry Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

They are optometrists who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the profession.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The AOA and Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation congratulated four optometrists who have been selected for the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

Since 1998, the National Optometry Hall of Fame has honored doctors of optometry who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to the optometric profession.

The 2019 inductees are:

Murray Fingeret, OD

Murray Fingeret, OD, earned his optometry degree in 1976 from The New England College of Optometry. Fingeret then completed a primary care residency program at the Genesee Valley Group Health Association, Joseph C. Wilson Health Center in Rochester, NY. He served two years as staff optometrist there and became chief of the optometry section at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1980, and three years later chief of the optometry section at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York Harbor Health Care System, Brooklyn and St. Albans Campus, in Queens, NY, where he has served veterans for more than 30 years. His efforts in education, professional collaboration and clinical research in the area of glaucoma have benefited all optometrists and the patients under their care. He founded and served as the first president of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. He is an active member of the AOA and the New York State Optometric Association and has served on the AOA’s New Technologies Committee.

Donald Jarnagin, O.D.

The late Donald Jarnagin, OD, earned his optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in 1970. Jarnagin was drafted into the U.S. Army as a captain and optometry officer in the Medical Service Corps from 1971-73, where he received an Army Commendation Medal. He then entered private practice in Arizona with his own personal doctor of optometry who had provided his vision care as a youth. Less than a decade later, he would ascend Arizona Optometric Association’s leadership as president and later as AOA president. He served more than 30 years in private practice, caring for the community of Glendale and the West Valley, before starting a new chapter as optometric educator and leader. Involved in numerous community service organizations, Jarnagin was passionate about volunteering with multidisciplinary medical missions to Guatemala that provide eye care and glasses to underserved populations. It was on one of these trips that he passed away.

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Michael Mittelman, OD

Michael Mittelman, OD, earned his optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Commissioned in the Navy Medical Service Corps in 1980, Mittelman immediately impacted the needs of U.S. Marine Corps personnel and dependents through optometric patient care. He became the first optometrist designated as an Aerospace physiologist in 1989 and used the training to develop the foundation from which he created the U.S. Navy Aerospace Optometry program. He became the first optometrist to be assigned Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy. In 2013 he became president of Salus University. He is an active member of the AOA, having chaired the AOA State Government Relations Center’s Licensure and Regulation Committee, the AOA Multidisciplinary Practice Section and a special AOA project team on licensure by endorsement, and he is a past president of the Armed Forces Optometric Society.

Glen Steele, OD

Glen Steele, OD, earned his optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. Steele then joined the institution as a faculty member as well as opened a private practice, which he ran for more than 40 years. He co-founded InfantSEE, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation, designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Since its launch in 2005, nearly 4,000 participating doctors of optometry have provided exams to 140,000 infants. He has served in leadership roles for numerous boards and task committees for optometric and health organizations, such as the AOA, West Tennessee Optometric Society, and the American Public Health Association, among others.

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony during Optometry’s Meeting in St. Louis on Thursday, June 20, from 7-8 p.m. Click here to register and learn more.

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Morel’s Wins the 25th Annual Communicator Award of Excellence

It wins the award in the B2B category.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WYCKOFF, NJ — Morel, the French reference in eyewear, established in 1880, is very excited to receive a Communicator Award for the 2018 B2B campaign, See More, See Morel.

This international award was granted in recognition of Morel’s 360° communication campaign, launched at Silmo 2018. The new campaign features circles that are multicolor and fun, leaving an everlasting footprint. More than just an image, the circles blend Morel’s rich heritage and expertise in designs.

The Morel team is honored to accept the award and be on the lookout for the See More, See Morel campaign on Morel’s advertisements.

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Marcolin Group Announces Operational Changes

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties involved.

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Giovanni Zoppas

(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE, BL — Marcolin Group, one of the worldwide leading eyewear companies, announces that Giovanni Zoppas is leaving his responsibilities in the group, while still remaining as a director of the board.

Giovanni Zoppas moves on to Thélios in the role of CEO and general manager of the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group.

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties, aimed at maximizing the overall value of Marcolin Group.

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House Subcommittee Urges FTC to Modernize Contact Lens Verification Process

Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON – The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) this week expressed its support of the House Committee on Appropriations for urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the process by which contact lens prescriptions are verified.

The Committee report, which accompanies the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) funding bill, comes as the FTC is accepting additional public comments on the proposed Contact Lens Rule. Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

The FSGG report, which can be read here, states:

Contact Lenses. — In May, the FTC released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking detailing potential adjustments to its proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. This ensures that the FTC will receive additional input from the public and stakeholders on potential improvements to the rule to address patient safety and enforcement mechanisms, among other issues. The Committee urges the FTC to address the need for the prescription verification process to be modernized to provide for adequate enforcement of the law.

Thomas Swinnen, North America President of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and member of the Alliance, stated, “This report language reflects the importance of amplifying patient eye health and safety issues with policymakers. We’re pleased that the Committee recognizes the need to modernize the prescription verification process—a critical step in maintaining the doctor-patient relationship at the center of patient care.”

For several years, Alliance members and patient safety advocates have called for updated verification methods that would ensure patients receive the proper medical devices they were prescribed by their eye care professional.

In 2018, the Alliance submitted comments to the FTC that highlighted the problems with the current prescription verification system. The comments read, in part, “FTC action to modernize its guidance around passive-verification communication while excluding antiquated technology (e.g. robocalls) would provide greater documentation and the possibility of greater oversight in the [prescription] verification process. Greater oversight, understanding and documentation will ultimately create a safer and more efficient environment for contact lens wearers and the verification of their prescriptions through clearer, concise and accurate communication between the prescriber and the seller.”

“The doctor-patient relationship is central to the widespread enjoyment of contact lenses. A key part of that equation is ensuring what was prescribed is ultimately provided, as each contact lens is precisely selected for a patient’s specific vision and health needs,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director, North American Professional & Academic Affairs, CooperVision. “We are committed to advancing healthy contact lens wear for millions of consumers and encourage the FTC to share in this responsibility by addressing and fixing outmoded verification techniques.”

The Alliance encourages patients to share their stories of how antiquated technology in the prescription verification process has been detrimental to their vision health. To share your story and tell the FTC to protect patient safety, visit www.PatientSafetyToday.com/Share_Your_Story.

Deanna Alexander, OD, chairwoman of the Alliance, concluded, “For a significant period of time, patient safety advocates, like the members of the Alliance, have shared the potential dangers that could stem from the FTC’s current rules related to contact lens prescription verification. Now, as Congress makes it clear that they believe it’s time for a verification system that protects patients’ vision health, the Alliance is hopeful that the FTC will carefully consider adjustments to the Contact Lens Rule to better safeguard patients.”

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