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Prevent Blindness Issues Call for Nominations for Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the fifth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award. The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

The award was established by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the United States. Strickland served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau prior to her retirement in 2014. An all-volunteer committee for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award review all nominations and select the award winner.

Nominees for the award may include individuals or a group comprised of diverse stakeholders, including family/caregiver and community leaders, who are implementing changes to improve children’s vision in the United States. Nominees should demonstrate an impact in one or more areas of a public health system supporting children’s vision including:

  • Key Stakeholder Engagement or Collaboration, including representation from families and diverse racial/ethnic/geographic and socio-economic levels target populations
  • Training and Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Provision of Resources and/or Services
  • Surveillance and Accountability
  • Reduction of Health Disparities
  • Infrastructure Development-Local, State, or National Level
  • Making the connection between vision and overall health, early childhood development and learning

The award will be presented at the NCCVEH annual meeting, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, recognition and opportunity to present at the Annual Meeting, and roundtrip transportation for one to Baltimore, MD, along with one night of lodging. The award recipient will be featured on the website for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health with an overview of their program.

Past recipients of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award include the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group, Richard Bunner, retired from the Ohio Department of Health, Sean P. Donahue, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University, the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at Princeton Vision Clinic, and the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC).

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“Prevent Blindness is an organization founded on saving sight in children, and the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award provides us with the opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of those dedicated to protecting vision and keeping eyes healthy for our kids,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information or to submit a nomination for the 2019 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award, please visit here, or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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Modo Americas Names CEO

The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Following a 15-year tenure at Modo, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

Giefer started at Modo in 2004 as a customer service representative and quickly rose through the ranks, achieving the position of chief operating officer five years ago.

According to a press release from the company: “Over the past 5 years, Rebecca has overseen significant growth for the company across various sales channels. Last year, Rebecca was awarded equity in MODO as a reward for her incredible work ethic and contributions to MODO’s outstanding results and achievements.”

Within the industry, Giefer has also spread her influence, speaking on various panels and participating in different groups within the Vision Council, on which she is a current board member.

“I am very proud today with this announcement of Rebecca being made CEO of MODO Americas,” said Alessandro Lanaro, Modo’s founder and main shareholder.

“Many years ago, I jokingly told Rebecca that I should watch my chair, and sure enough she did it! Naming Rebecca CEO of MODO Americas was for me a very natural decision. I personally have never met a person that is so committed and has such an incredible work ethic. Together with Giovanni Lo Faro, CEO of MODO International and Tara Montanari, Director of M Factory, we form a formidable team that is so well-aligned to create the opportunities of our constant growth. I will assume the newly created position of Global CEO of our Group that consists of several companies.”

Giefer said: “I’m thankful for Alessandro’s vision and leadership and I’m thankful to have such an amazing team in New York and throughout the Americas. This step in my career at MODO is a very special one and I hope that my story will be an inspiration to members of the team. Last but not least, I’m thankful for the customers that have been on this journey with us. Being an independent eyewear company in the U.S. requires us to constantly reorient ourselves to the ever-changing landscape of the industry.”

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Texas State Optical Elects New Board Leadership

Dr. Reid Robertson is serving as chairman.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HOUSTON,TX — The doctors of Texas State Optical announce the election of the organization’s board of directors and board officers, effective July 1, 2019. The following TSO board members will serve as reappointed officers: Dr. Phong Pham of Houston, TX; Dr. Leigha Nielsen of New Braunfels, TX; Dr. Stephen Stanfield of San Marcos, TX; and non-shareholder C. Edward Buffington of Rancho Cordova, CA. Elected to the board of directors chairman position is Dr. Reid Robertson, past committee chairman of the nomination committee, of Allen, TX.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Chair of the Board for Texas State Optical,” said Robertson. “Our network is like no other in the ophthalmic world. Our former Vision Quest has aptly been renamed the TSO Family Reunion to celebrate our unique organization. We truly are like a family which works together to support one another. Our strength comes from our doctors and our ability to leverage our power as a group to do more than any single optometrist can do. I am continually grateful for the strength that TSO provides for each of us. I hope to fortify our group for the future.”

John Marvin, president of TSO, said, “TSO Network is pleased to formally announce the inauguration of its new Board of Directors and Officers. We thank these dedicated and talented professionals for contributing their valuable time and expertise on behalf of the Doctors of TSO. Our Board members have been in the TSO Network for under a decade. We are geared to embrace the future changes of the profession with their leadership. We are especially honored to have Mr. Jack Gunion, Dr. Mark Wright, and Mr. C. Edward Buffington continue as non-shareholders on our board.”

In 2014, the TSO board decided to dedicate three board positions to professionals in the industry from outside the group of TSO shareholders. These board positions provide the organization with an outside and more national perspective of the optometry and optical industries.

Each year at the TSO Annual Shareholder Family Reunion Conference, the board elections results are announced. Formerly known as the Vision Quest Conference, Texas State Optical’s annual meeting was renamed to recognize the cultural dynamic that makes Texas State Optical different from other eyecare organizations.

For the first time in a decade, the conference reconvened in Texas at the Lost Pines Resort in Lost Pines, TX. The Family Reunion Conference welcomed 81% of the TSO Network’s shareholders to the conference, alongside over 400 staff and vendors.

“This year’s conference reflected what truly makes Texas State Optical a different and special organization,” said Marvin. “TSO is a family, and that family is not only a family of optometrists and their families. It includes staff members and their families. It also includes our vendor partners and their families. It just made sense to rebrand our annual meeting the Texas State Optical Family Reunion.”

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eyeOs Announces New Website Launch

New website goes beyond showcasing product.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — eyeOs Eyewear, the producer of eyeOs Premium Readers, announced the launch of its new website eyeosreaders.com.

“The importance of a website cannot be overstated in our web-connected culture. At eyeOs we recognize that we have a responsibility to be in sync with the needs of the connected consumer by providing a well-organized, efficient, informative, and aesthetically appealing browsing experience. And, we ensured that the new site strategically drives consumers to the doors of our valued retail partners,” said Sam Kotob, the founder and designer of eyeOs.

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“As a vital connection between eyeOs, our consumers and our valued retailers alike, the new website clearly expresses our culture, brand, and value. Our customers expect convenient and secure and easy-breezy browsing when searching the site for product information, dealer locator, or to shop. Our goal is to provide exceptional customer service and a personalized experience at every touchpoint, and we’re confident that the new site interface will have an immediate and positive impact on consumers and our valued retail partners alike,” Kotob said.

eyeOs credits their success to transparency relative to product quality and claims. The new site gives product details supported by informative content pages for those that want to learn more. Take blue light for example: it is a huge driver in the readers market to help even emmetropic eyes reduce digital eyestrain. When visiting the site, the consumer or ECP can learn why a blue filter helps DES.

eyeOs new website goes beyond showcasing product and the lens and frame technology highlights that make eyeOs the premier in reading eyewear.

eyeOs produces an extensive range of OTC reading eyewear, including BlueBuster blue light filtering lenses, OfficePal, and PcPal progressive readers as well as photochromic and polarized bifocal readers.

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