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Prevent Blindness to Hold 8th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

It’s set for July 17.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO — Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, will hold its eighth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 17, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “A Lifetime of Vision.”

Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies and legislative staff. Those unable to attend in person will have an opportunity to watch a live video stream of event presentations as well as follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit.

Bill Barkley, a visually impaired adventurer, advocate and author, will be the keynote speaker for the Summit. Barkley will inspire the audience by reflecting on building a life without limits and overcoming barriers as he shares tales of his accomplishments including being the first deaf-blind individual to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2008, leading expeditions for deaf teenagers to the Amazon jungle and the Grand Canyon, and being the first deaf-blind person to complete the Boston Marathon.

Additional presentations at the Focus on Eye Health Summit include:

  • The Scope of Vision and Eye Health – Guidance from Surveillance- David Rein, PhD, and John Whittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Emerging Sight – Vision and the Young Child- Moderated by Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH, Boston University and Sandra S. Block, OD, MEd, MPH, Illinois College of Optometry, this session will include presentations by Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco, Dawn DeCarlo, OD, MS, MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Edwin Marshall, OD, MS, MPH, Indiana University
  • Looking Forward – Promoting Sight in Young Adults- Kristina Beaugh, MPH, National Eye Health Education Program
  • Losing Vision and Gaining Perspective – Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • Strategic Vision: Population Health and Vision in the Military- Moderated by James Jorkasky, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, this session will include presentations by Col. Mark Reynolds, MD, MPH and David Eliason, MD, DoD/VA Vision Center of Excellence
  • Center on Vision and Population Health- Moderated by Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, Duke University, this session will include a presentation by Kira Baldonado, Prevent Blindness
  • The Keystone for Independence: Low Vision, Vision Loss, and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults- Moderated by Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, Duke University, this session will include presentations by Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, Joshua R. Ehrlich, MD, MPH, University of Michigan, and Marcus Escobedo, MPA, The John A. Hartford Foundation

At the Summit, Prevent Blindness will formally present the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health to 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 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.

Summit sponsorship opportunities are available. Current Gold sponsors are Genentech, International Retinal Research Foundation, Lighthouse Guild, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, NORC at the University of Chicago, Shire, the Center for Vision and Population Health and The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama.

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Silver sponsors include the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Optometric Association, Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, Bausch Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, CooperVision, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Lions Clubs International, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, OneSight, Research to Prevent Blindness, Vision 2020 USA, Vision Impact Institute and VisionServe Alliance.

“Every year, the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit brings dedicated leaders in the vision and eye health field together with those in public health and community outreach to discuss the best ways to improve vision for children, adults, and seniors,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We especially thank all of our sponsors for their instrumental role in making this important event so successful.”

Prevent Blindness will also hold its annual Eyes on Capitol Hill event, providing volunteer patient advocates with the opportunity to meet with their government representatives on Tuesday, July 16. A reception for the Congressional Vision Caucus will be held the evening of this Capitol Hill event.

To register or for more information about the 2019 Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit and sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.preventblindness.org/eyesummit or call (800) 331-2020.

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Etnia Barcelona Foundation Partners with Von Miller’s Von’s Vision Foundation

Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) – In continuation of expanding its growth and outreach efforts in the U.S. market, Etnia Barcelona has announced a partnership with Linebacker Von Miller of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and his charitable foundation, Von’s Vision. With support from its own foundation, Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers, one of the signature community outreach program’s Von’s Vision.

The newest program of Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision Centers allow in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are a customized optical center kiosk, located at select Boys & Girls Club facilities in Metro Denver and soon-to-be Texas A&M University, that hold fashionable eyewear and accessories, creating a unique and exciting optical center on wheels.

Volunteer medical providers, provided through Hero Practice Services, will use portable equipment to conduct onsite eye exams and the children and young adults will “shop” for fashionable eyewear, provided by Etnia Barcelona Foundation. Once ready, their fulfilled glasses with lenses will be delivered back to the participating Von’s Vision Center location for a reveal day.

As a part of their contribution the Etnia Barcelona Foundation has recently donated over 3,000 frames with its anticipation for the Von’s Vision Center to serve a minimum of 600 children this year alone. The first Vision Day will commence on May 14, 2019, with a combination of several other charitable events throughout the year.

Together, Etnia Barcelona hopes to continue our partnership in the years to come and expand the outreach of both programs across the entire United States.

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L’Amy America Launches Tri-Flex Performance Series

It offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – America’s athletic wear originator, Champion brings a new 3-tiered sub collection of performance-based eyewear, to a market thirsting for heritage sport brands offering value-added features and true performance.

Perfectly suited for active lifestyles, Champion’s new Tri-Flex collection offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system which provides custom fit, secure grip, and on face stability. The tip, which adjusts from 1 to 90 degrees downward, gently but securely fits over the mastoidal bend, allowing the frame to fit snuggly and comfortably over the ear. An easy click and the system is engaged-the wearer can perform any task from basketball and golf to yard work and boating without worry of frames slipping, bouncing, or moving around during wear. Offering the same security as other eyewear retaining devices, the Tri-Flex tip is built-in to the frame. No extra “cord” required to insure frame security.

The Tri-Flex collection is comprised of 5 ophthalmic models for adults (2 in Extended Size), 4 ophthalmic models for tweens, and 4 sunglasses also for adults. With features such as handmade acetate and stainless steel fronts, optical quality polarized lenses and custom-crafted color selections, the new Tri-Flex series offers the same fine quality construction and powerful consumer brand recognition as its core eyewear collection.

L’Amy America Lifestyle Brands Director, Connie Reiss reminds “Champion was Lyst.com’s #2 most-searched brand of 2018. We are fueling this explosive brand-trajectory with the Tri-Flex series of eyewear, while ultimately drawing upon Champion roots of athletic functionality.”

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Coburn Technologies New National Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

He will focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

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Ezequiel Lukin

(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. welcomes Ezequiel Lukin as its new national sales manager, with specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

“Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” states vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

Lukin is an experienced veteran in the optical industry. As the former global sales manager for Volk Optical, Lukin brings more than 20 years of sales and optical experience to Coburn Technologies. His experience includes general sales with a specific focus on diagnostics instruments to eye care practitioners in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

“I am excited to be joining Coburn Technologies,” Lukin said. “Coburn is a well-respected company in the industry, and I believe that with my experience and their history, we will drive the company’s share in the diagnostics instruments market to new heights.”

Lukin joins Coburn Technologies’ sales team, which has recently added a number of industry veterans including Marina Vaynberger, international regional sales manager, Al Bednar, director of laboratory sales, Mark Kaplan senior territory sales representative and Jason Frank, sales manager for Latin America.

“Ezequiel represents the latest addition to strengthening our international sales organization,” states Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies. “With specific focus on developing our ophthalmic instruments business, Ezequiel is an integral addition and will help drive our diagnostics product offering and market leadership.”

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