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Outdoor Eyewear Company Names US CEO

The firm is based in France.

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WILLISTON, VT — Julbo Eyewear, a French eyewear brand based in the Jura Mountains, has named David Crothers as CEO of its U.S. operations.

Crothers has been marketing manager at Julbo, which focuses on outdoor eyewear, since 2015, growing the brand’s visibility within the ski and bike categories.

In 2008, Crothers started the climbing website Climberism, which was eventually absorbed by Height of Land Publications. Crothers managed Height of Land’s digital assets and eventually was promoted to photo editor for all Height of Land publications, before moving into the marketing role at Julbo.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill. Nick has been the face of the brand for a long time,” Crothers says. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity. Julbo is a terrific brand and we have a great team.”

Julbo will continue building on its core mountain and outdoor heritage while focusing on growing its ski, bike and lifestyle categories, according to a press release.

“We strongly believe that with Dave’s experience, combined with the full support of France, we will continue to build our presence in the U.S. market,” said Pierre Burgelin, international sales director for the company.

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Eyecare Charity to Enter 3 More Countries

It will hold charitable vision clinics in remote communities.

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OneSight plans to expand its programming to three new countries in 2019.

The organization will host charitable vision clinics in remote communities across Jordan, Mongolia and Nepal, reaching those who otherwise would have no way to get an eye exam and glasses.

Through the use of mobile vision care technologies and manufacturing solutions, OneSight is “leading the charge to help the world see and proving their commitment to delivering vision care anytime and anywhere,” according to a press release from the organization.

On a recent expedition to the Amazon, OneSight “validated that mobile technology will not only enable the organization to see more patients, but will also empower a more agile response to vision need around the globe,” the release states.

“The Amazon clinic demonstrated OneSight’s capability to respond to vision need in one of the most remote communities in the world,” said K-T Overbey, OneSight president and executive director. “Through programming innovation and technology, we are able to expand programming to reach even more communities, anytime and anywhere.”

In Jordan, OneSight will provide thousands of Syrian refugees from the Al Zaatari and Al Zarqa camps with free vision care and glasses. OneSight has built a local partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ministry of Health, who will provide the facility for the clinic and on the ground support.

Southeast Asia currently has some of the world’s worst vision impairment problems. OneSight will be using a new nimble clinic approach to reach remote communities in Nepal and students in Mongolia who would otherwise not have access to vision care. The approach will include a smaller team and lightweight, accurate, reliable and mobile equipment. In both Mongolia and Nepal, OneSight has established local partnerships, including the Better Vision Foundation Nepal and Orbis in Mongolia. OneSight will host charitable clinics in both countries serving primarily students and will evaluate if and when a self-sustaining solution can be developed.

“My team and I are on the ground in each community we serve to ensure the right approach is in place to enable access to vision care,” said Wayne Tennent, OneSight director of programming for Asia Pacific. “We are ultimately striving to provide a permanent vision care solution in Mongolia and Nepal to enable people with poor vision to gain a better education and a better life.”

OneSight also announced the complete list of 2019 charitable vision clinic locations. Over 1400 Luxottica volunteers and optometrists will join OneSight to provide vision care and quality eyewear to 22 communities worldwide.

2019 US clinic locations include National City, CA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Browning, MT; Fishkill, NY; Puerto Rico; Houston, TX; and Walking Shield.

2019 global clinic locations include Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Columbia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Peru, Tanzania and Thailand.

Every week OneSight sees an average of nearly 4,000 patients through sustainable and charitable programs around the world.

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State Proposal Would Require Preschool Eye Exams

A NJ Senate committee OK’d the measure.

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TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Legislature’s Senate Education Committee has passed a bill that would require children aged 6 and under who are entering public schools or Head Start Programs for the first time to have a comprehensive eye examination.

The exam would have to be completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist by Jan. 1 of the child’s initial year of
enrollment, according to a press release from the Vision Impact Institute.

“According to experts, up to 80 percent of all learning occurs visually, meaning that children with poor
vision are likely to have a major disadvantage when starting school,” said Kristan Gross, global executive director of the Vision Impact Institute. “We’re grateful that the Senate Education Committee is committed to the future of our students by advocating for their vision right from the start.”

The bill was sponsored by Sens. Teresa Ruiz and Shirley Turner and co-sponsored by Sens. Patrick Diegnan and Troy Singleton.

Gross added: “The decision to pass this legislation is the work of so many partners. When we started the Kids See: Success initiative, in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight and others, we knew it would be the power of partnership that could bring this issue to the forefront.

“Now, the additional collaboration of new legislative advocates, teachers, school administration professionals and parents will be the catalyst that can turn this legislation into action. Children have a fundamental right to see clearly and achieve full academic success in the classroom. SB 2804 ensures that New Jersey children will have that opportunity.”

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Eyecare People Now Have Their Own Font

It’s called Optical Sans.

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Design firm ANTI Hamar has created a typeface based on the traditional eye chart.

It’s called Optical Sans, Fast Company reports.

The standard chart has only 10 letters, so the company had some work on its hands to develop the full alphabet. It released the product as a free font, available here.

According to Fast Company, the effort “began as a rebranding for the Norwegian family optometrist business Optician-K.”

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Simen Schikulski, art director for ANTI Hammer, said that in developing the new letters, the firm “took some liberties on some parts, and stayed very conservative on other parts.”

“We saw that there was some inconsistencies in the original letters in terms of shapes and sizes – as we expected, since the letters were created for optometrists, not as a typeface,” Schikulski said.

Read more at Fast Company

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