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Registration Now Open for Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

The theme is ‘Education. Collaboration. Rehabilitation. Achieving Favorable Outcomes Through Interdisciplinary Care.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) MANALAPAN, NJ — Registration is now open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International Clinical Skills Pre-Conference (Sept. 19-20) and 28th annual General Conference (Sept. 21-22) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resorts, Scottsdale, AZ.

Nowadays, patients are rarely looked after by just one health professional. In delivering healthcare, an effective team approach can immediately and positively affect patient safety and outcomes. Additionally, the need for effective teams is increasing due to increasing co-morbidities and increasing complexity of specialization of care.

“NORA advocates the values and principles of working as an interdisciplinary team with other professionals to deliver quality patient care to those patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury,” says NORA president Susan Daniel, OD. “To emphasize our commitment toward advancing professional knowledge and understanding of Neuro-Optometric care and encouraging strong working relationships among professionals that are built on mutual respect of each other’s skill sets this year’s conference theme is Education. Collaboration. Rehabilitation. – Achieving Favorable Outcomes Through Interdisciplinary Care.”

The 2019 conference will feature key opinion leaders from optometry and other specialties, offering a combination of hands-on and lecture style continuing education presentations for professionals who provide rehabilitative services to individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Clinical Skills Pre-Conference (Thursday, 9/19 – Friday, 9/20)

The Clinical Skills program provides 14 hours of continuing education and includes both hands-on and lecture style presentations with emphasis on integrated therapeutic approaches to rehabilitation. It offers three different levels which run concurrently and cannot be taken simultaneously.

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• Skills Level I – An introduction to neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology in relation to traumatic brain injury rehabilitative care, with a specific focus on the principles and application of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, including strategies and practices on lenses, prisms, etc. with vestibular and proprioception dynamic movement.

• Skills Level II – Provides advanced applications of general rehabilitation and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.

• Advanced NORA Symposium:
-New this year, Day #1 of the Advanced Course will feature a dual-track program. “Attendees can choose from among morning and afternoon hands-on workshops led by experts from different specialties,” explains NORA VP and Conference Education Chair DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD. “We believe this approach will provide colleagues from different practice areas an opportunity to learn more about how to work together to achieve better results for patients.”

-Day #2 will feature an all-day symposium, “The Importance of a Mind Eye Connection” led by Deborah Zelinsky, OD, FNORA. This interactive hands-on symposium presents the basic foundation for a 21stcentury optometric practice by learning how to stimulate neuroplasticity in a logical way.

General Conference (Saturday, 9/21 – Sunday, 9/22)

The NORA General Conference offers up to 15 additional hours of continuing education for optometrists and allied professionals.

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Registration Information

NORA members receive discounted pricing for both the pre-conference and general conference and all General Conference attendees are eligible for early-bird pricing if registered by June 30, 2019. Conference agenda and links to information about conference fees, Frequently Asked Questions, and Registration Form are available at https://noravisionrehab.org/about-nora/annual-conference.

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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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