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Prevent Blindness Announces Winner of 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award

It will be presented to Dr. Cynthia Owsley.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced the recipient of the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health as Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Nathan E. Miles chair of ophthalmology and director of the clinical research unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) school of medicine, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. The award will be presented at the 8th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, DC, on July 17. Owsley will highlight her work as the closing plenary speaker of the summit.

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, team or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national and/or international level. The award is named for Jenny Pomeroy, who served as CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013 and was an advocate for championing the role of public health in vision and eyecare services and programs.

Owsley was selected by an all-volunteer committee for her decades of work dedicated to vision and public health services. Owsley has over 30 years of experience conducting research on vision impairment, eye disease and aging funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-profit foundations and various industries. Her areas of focus include:

  • Vision impairment and driving
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetes
  • Quality of and access to eye care for under-served, older populations
  • Vision impairment and its impact on quality of life

At UAB, Owsley’s research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment, using a variety of research techniques from epidemiology, clinical trials, psychophysics, health behavior, and health services research.

In addition to work in research and public health, Owsley has also been a longtime volunteer at Prevent Blindness, serving on various committees, including chairing its Scientific Committee for seven years. She served on the national Board of Directors from 2011 to 2018.

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“For more than 30 years, my passion has been to use the power of research and data to improve patient outcomes, and expand programs that help to address the various vision issues that impact all of us,” said Owsley. “I thank Prevent Blindness for this acknowledgement and will continue to work to advance these important issues.”

The 2018 recipient of the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was the Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team.

“All of us at Prevent Blindness enthusiastically congratulate Dr. Owsley on her award, and also offer our tremendous gratitude for all of her contributions to improve vision health,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information on the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.

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ABB OPTICAL GROUP and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Fifth Annual Optometry Student Challenge

It will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 GSLS.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces it is accepting abstract submissions for the fifth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

The Optometry Student Challenge will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), held on January 22-25, 2020, in Las Vegas and present a scientific poster on a topic related to contact lenses. Last year, more than 90 optometry students submitted contact lens related abstracts focused on study projects or student-based case histories.

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“Every year we have an incredible response from students who amaze us with their outstanding submissions and we certainly expect the same for this year’s challenge,” said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB Optical Group. “The passion, dedication and commitment to their chosen profession are evident in each student’s submission, and we look forward to seeing what the 2019 challenge brings.”

Optometry Student Challenge Program Rules

Third and fourth-year students who are interested in participating must register by August 9, 2019. Registered students must then submit an abstract on their proposed poster topic by October 11, 2019.

Abstracts must focus on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses. Topics can include, but are not limited to, contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, and orthokeratology.

Abstracts will be judged in two categories: case study report and research. Five finalists will be selected and notified by October 25, 2019.

The finalists will then be required to convert their abstracts into scientific posters for further judging. The posters must be submitted in digital, PDF format to ABB Optical Group no later than November 15, 2019.

Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by November 27, 2019.

The lead authors of the top three posters will be awarded travel grants of $1,500 each to attend the symposium and present their posters. Additionally, two runner-ups will receive honorable mention prizes of $250 each.

“The optical industry of tomorrow is in the hands of the bright, intelligent optometry students of today,” said Paragon Vision Sciences President Rich Jeffries. “We’re proud to once again partner with ABB Optical Group to bring the Optometry Student Challenge as a way to encourage and support the next generation of optometrists.”

For more information on the Optometry Student Challenge, including full contest rules and guidelines, visit ABBOptical.com/OptometryStudentChallenge.

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Safilo and David Beckham Announce 10-Year Eyewear License Agreement

The first David Beckham eyewear collection will launch in January 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/LONDON – Safilo Group and global icon David Beckham announced a global 10-year agreement for the eponymous license for sunglasses and prescription glasses. The first David Beckham eyewear collection will launch in January 2020.

“Safilo has a long history of creating high quality eyewear brands. I wear sunglasses all the time and this is a category that I love. So, it’s important to me to work with a partner who cares as much about the design and craftsmanship of the product as I do,” said Beckham. “I’m really enjoying the process of creating a collection with the Safilo team – and I can’t wait to launch it next year.”

“It is a great honor for me to welcome to our portfolio this brand that carries the name of one of the most famous and successful players in the world,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group.

“With this ten-year license, Safilo is set to create a top global male brand in the premium segment, complementary to the other prestigious men’s brands already present in our portfolio, working in synergy with the extraordinary power of David’s global audiences to further strengthen the presence of Safilo in the digital universe.”

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Booth Space Available at Academy 2019 Orlando and World Congress of Optometry

It will take place Oct. 23-27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The American Academy of Optometry is accepting applications for booth space in the exhibit hall at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry. In addition to exhibit space, there are multiple corporate sponsorship opportunities available. This joint meeting, held in conjunction with the World Council of Optometry, will be held Oct. 23-27, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

This year’s exhibit hall will feature more than 200 companies displaying the latest products and technology. The exhibit hall offers opportunities to be present among leaders in the eyecare industry, in addition to showcasing innovative products and services to the vision science community. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of extended learning in Vision Theater session presentations by exhibitors right on the exhibit hall floor.

Academy 2018 San Antonio, the most recent annual meeting of the Academy, was the largest meeting in the Academy’s history with a total of 7,948 registrants including 4,625 optometrists and vision scientists and 1,168 students. Attendees engaged in high-quality continuing education sessions, experienced new products and technologies in the exhibit hall, and learned about the latest in vision research that is advancing the profession.

The Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry Program Preview provides an overview of the exciting events and CE that will be offered. Registration and housing are now open and early bird registration ends Aug. 23, 2019.

For more information on booking space in the exhibit hall and corporate sponsorship opportunities, visit www.aaopt.org/2019/exhibits or contact sales@aaoptom.org.

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