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Prevent Blindness Declares April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Women have higher rates of several eye diseases.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO — According to Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, women have higher rates of eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Women have a higher prevalence of dry eye and may also experience changes in vision related to pregnancy and menopause.

Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate women about these issues as well as provide recommendations on the best ways to take care of vision.

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According to the National Eye Institute, women have greater instances of eye disorders because they tend to live longer, are more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that may affect vision, and experience normal age-related hormonal changes that may affect their eyes. Additionally, the American Academy of Ophthalmology states that in general, women are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than men, many of which affect vision, such as lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome and hyperthyroiditis.

Prevent Blindness recommends steps that should be taken to protect vision and eye health, including:

  • Getting regular eye exams
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Consulting a doctor about taking nutritional supplements
  • Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and a brimmed hat outdoors
  • Learn of any family history of eye disease
  • Using eye cosmetics safely
  • Using contact lenses safely

Expectant mothers and those going through menopause should be aware of possible vision changes. If cost is an issue, Prevent Blindness offers a free listing of financial assistance services in English and Spanish at: https://www.preventblindness.org/vision-care-financial-assistance-information.

Long-time Prevent Blindness partner, OCuSOFT  Inc., a privately held eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and ocular health, will support April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month with a donation to Prevent Blindness.

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“More women than men have eye disease and vision loss. But there are steps they can take today to help prevent significant vision loss in the future,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “In addition to getting a regular eye exam, we encourage everyone to talk to their eyecare professional about family medical history as well as ask for recommendations about proper eye protection in order to keep eyes as healthy as possible for years to come.”

For more information on women’s eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, and eye protection, please visit https://www.preventblindness.org/see-jane-see or call (800) 331-2020.

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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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(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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