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Prevent Blindness Joins Allergan’s ‘See America’ Effort

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They’re promoting healthy vision.

(Press Release) CHICAGO – Prevent Blindness and Allergan (NYSE: AGN) have embarked on a joint effort to promote healthy vision. As part of their recently launched See America initiative, Allergan is working with Prevent Blindness to sponsor vision screening events across the country. As well as learning about the leading causes of preventable blindness and vision loss, attendees will receive a free Prevent Blindness certified vision screening, referral to professional eye care and financial assistance as needed.

Initial See America events include:

  • Prevent Blindness Texas- March 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX, 77007
  • Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate- April 8, from 9 a.m.-noon at the YMCA of Central Ohio, 130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43203
  • Prevent Blindness North Carolina- May 5, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the Goldsboro Family YMCA, 1105 Parkway Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534
  • Prevent Blindness Georgia- May 16, 9 a.m.-noon, at Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303

According to the recent Prevent Blindness study “The Future of Vision, Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” vision loss in the U.S. is projected to grow by 135 percent from 4.4 million to more than 10 million people by 2050.

Along with the increase in the prevalence of vision problems, the total real cost of vision problems is expected to increase by 157 percent from $145 billion in 2014 to $373 billion by 2050.

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“We cannot wait any longer to address America’s vision health threats,” said Herm Cukier, senior vice president of eyecare at Allergan, who is leading the See America initiative. “By working together with groups like Prevent Blindness, we can directly impact individuals who are at-risk for vision problems and those who are currently experiencing vision loss. Through education and direct access to vision care, we can fight against preventable blindness and vision impairment.”

See America’s commitment to increasing awareness of diseases that cause preventable blindness extends beyond these initial one day events, as Allergan is providing support for ongoing program initiatives in the communities Prevent Blindness serves.

“Prevent Blindness thanks Allergan for their valued partnership and continued commitment to vision and eye health programs,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Working with our affiliates around the country, the See America program will make a tremendous impact toward protecting the precious gift of sight.”

For more information on See America vision screening events or general eye health, call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit www.preventblindness.org.

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Learn How to Leave Vision Plans Behind and Stay Profitable

The event provides guidance for Optometrists who want to reduce their reliance on low margin, high maintenance Vision Plans.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ONEONTA, NY — Cleinman Performance Partners (CPP), the nation’s leading Optometry business development consultancy for larger practices, has announced that its highly successful conference, “Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably” will be held on two upcoming dates. The event provides guidance for Optometrists who want to reduce their reliance on low margin, high maintenance Vision Plans.

“Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably!” is part of Cleinman Performance Partners’ unique Business of Eyecare Forum conference series. The all-day events will be held on Tuesday, April 21st in Phoenix, Arizona and May 12th in Orlando, Florida. This deep-dive meeting will feature speakers with broad knowledge of Vision Plan management strategies.

“Many Optometrists have a love–hate relationship with Vision Plans,” says Cleinman Performance Partners’ founder Alan Cleinman. “What they lack is independent, knowledgeable resources to help them decide how to reduce or eliminate their dependence on deep-discount Vision Plans. Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably! brings together those resources,” he said.

Conference attendees will hear from a cadre of highly experienced speakers who will discuss:

  • How to separate one’s practice from the competition
  • How to understand vision plan economics and financial impact
  • How to attract more self-pay patients
  • How to maximize reimbursements
  • How to plan an exit from vision plans… and much more

“I attended the Exiting Vision Plans…Profitably! Conference and it gave me the tools and methods to analyze what VCPs were specifically doing to our practice and what our practice would likely look like without them. I highly recommend that you check it out,” stated Dr. Andrew Neukirch of Illinois’ Carillon Visioncare.

The conference provides strategies and tactics on how to exit vision plans as well as how to maximize economic opportunity while within plans.

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CooperVision Becomes Global Patron of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

They will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN RAMON, CA — CooperVision has become a global patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. The company becomes part of a select group of leaders including Allergan, Bayer, Novartis and Standard Chartered Bank that supports IAPB at the highest level to help achieve universal access to eye health.

As part of the relationship, CooperVision and IAPB will collaborate to bring greater awareness and action to the growing prevalence and severity of myopia in children worldwide. A seminal 2015 report on the issue from the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “myopia and high myopia are increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathologic conditions associated with high myopia.”

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“CooperVision has a heritage of addressing widespread refractive issues such as astigmatism and presbyopia. More recently, we have taken on even greater challenges such as childhood myopia, not only correcting it but also successfully slowing its progression,” said Daniel G. McBride, president of CooperVision. “Even with the remarkable progress we’re making, no single organization can do this alone. We’re optimistic about what our new partnership with IAPB will mean for millions of children, adults and families worldwide.”

“IAPB are excited about the opportunity to partner with CooperVision to create sustainable and lasting change in eye health, including addressing the substantial global increase in myopia,” said Peter Holland, chief executive, IAPB. “The leadership, insight and innovation of our Patrons regularly unearth new approaches, models and alliances for greater collective and individual impact. By working together, we exponentially increase our abilities to confront and overcome vision impairment issues.”

In addition to its IAPB patronage, CooperVision contributes significant funding, knowledge and time to a range of eye health-focused organizations every year. These include being a founding member of the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition, a Global Platinum sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight, and partner in Our Children’s Vision. As part of its corporate responsibility initiatives, CooperCompanies is also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, concentrating on good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production and complementary partnerships.

CooperVision develops a range of products designed to aid eye care professionals. Silicone hydrogel soft contact lens brands such as Biofinity and clariti 1 day are worn by millions worldwide. Its myopia care portfolio includes advanced lenses such as Paragon CRT and Procornea DreamLite designed for overnight wear (orthokeratology), as well as innovations such as MiSight 1 day contact lenses for slowing the progression of myopia in children (8-12 years of age at the initiation of treatment).

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ClearVision Optical Named to New York State’s ‘Best Companies’ List for 2020

It will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – ClearVision Optical, a Long Island-based eyewear distributor, announces that it has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2020. Making the list in itself is an honor, but to now be recognized for a fifth time shows a true commitment to innovation and adherence to CVO’s founding values. This award falls on the heels of having also been named to Newsday’s list of Top Long Island Workplaces in late 2019.

Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are part of a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment. It is often said that culture is a competitive sport; this statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, whose practices benefit the state’s businesses, economy and workforce.

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ClearVision will join 75 other organizations at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. During the event, all nominated organizations will learn where they rank within their company’s size category.

ClearVision will compete against 21 other New York workplaces in the ‘Medium Sized Business’ category, defined as having 100-249 New York-based employees.

“We take tremendous pride in our culture and welcome the opportunity to attract talent with similar values,” stated Jennifer Trakhtenberg, Senior Talent Leader at ClearVision. “As a learning organization that is committed to identifying ways to improve, participating in the Best Companies to Work For gives us a great chance to discover best practices from other organizations that also recognize our first customers are our employees.”

A formal press release with ClearVision’s final ranking will be sent in early May. In the meantime, for additional information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York State program, including the entire list of nominated companies, please visit BestCompaniesNY.com.

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