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Stereo Optical Launches Newly Designed Website

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(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – Essilor Instruments announced the launch of a newly designed website for its Stereo Optical business unit, which offers offers vision screening tools and equipment.

This website summarizes all major product offerings, including the OPTEC PLUS digital vision screener and Functional Vision Analyzer for use in ophthalmology, optometry, clinical trials, pediatrics, schools, manufacturing, public health, drivers licensing and the military. This website also suggests Stereo Optical products for clinical uses in children’s vision, color deficiency, sports vision and adults 40-plus vision.

“We are excited to introduce this new Stereo Optical website. This website will aid us greatly in communicating with our customers and partners, and be a comprehensive resource to help us raise awareness to the necessity of vision screening for visual impairment detection,” said Samy Lauriette, senior vice president, Essilor Instruments Americas.

 

Stereo Optical has a new website at stereooptical.com.

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National Optometry Hall of Fame Accepting 2020 Nominations

Deadline for online submissions is Jan. 31, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ST. LOUIS, MO — Doctors of optometry may now be nominated for the 2020 National Optometry Hall of Fame, a tremendous honor for doctors who have made a major and enduring impact on the profession. Inductees will be honored at Optometry’s Meeting in June 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland/Washington, D.C.

The National Optometry Hall of Fame is administered by the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) charitable foundation, Optometry Cares, which works year-round to expand eye health and vision care access to all American citizens and communities.

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There are two categories for the award – one for optometrists who work in the academic field of the profession, and the other for optometrists who work in private practice or federal service. There will be a minimum of one person inducted from each category.

Each nomination is valid for National Optometry Hall of Fame consideration for four consecutive years.

To be eligible for the National Optometry Hall of Fame, an optometrist must have records of dedicated service, lifetime achievements and enduring lifetime contributions, as well as involvement in the profession of optometry for more than 30 years. Specific criteria for nominations can be viewed here.

In addition to the information required on the nomination forms, the following materials must be provided:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Letters of support (minimum of two)
  • Photo of nominee (current head and shoulder shot preferred) if available

The deadline for online submissions is Jan. 31, 2020. To access the nomination forms and criteria, visit http://www.aoafoundation.org/halloffame/nomination-form/

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SUNY Optometry Announces Scholarships

It awarded nearly $125,000 to 40 students at annual scholarship presentation.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – As part of its commitment to helping students achieve their professional goals and meet the cost of financing their education, SUNY College of Optometry recognized more than 40 students at the annual Scholarship Presentation. Scholarships, which were provided by the Optometric Center of New York – the college’s related foundation – and its donors, ranged from $1,000 to $5,500 totaling nearly $125,000 for the evening.

The event, coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement, brings students, their families, and donors together for an evening of celebration and recognition of students’ accomplishments. For more than 10 years, SUNY Optometry has held this event, benefitting hundreds of students. In that time, the number of scholarships presented has grown significantly from 11 to 40.

“Investing in our students extends beyond educating and training future optometrists; we also feel a commitment to ensure educational opportunities are provided to bright students who may otherwise not be able to pursue their dream. Thanks to our benefactors, these scholarships ease the burden of financing a doctor of optometry degree, allowing these students to focus more on becoming future leaders in the field,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dawn Rigney.

According to Dr. Guiherme Albieri, vice president of student affairs at SUNY College of Optometry, “These scholarships also offer a competitive edge to attract more students from across the nation to SUNY Optometry, knowing that they will be able to fully engage in the innovative education and clinical experience that we offer.”

Below is a listing of the scholarships and recipients for the 2019-20 academic year:

  • Mary and Samuel Gurkin Memorial Scholarship
    Constadina Manettas Class of 2020
  • Philip & Sylvia Soden Memorial Scholarship
    Rebecca Heaps Class of 2020
  • Dr. Mark S. Feder Scholarship for Clinical Excellence in Primary Care
    Halima Khan Class of 2020
  • New York State Optometric Association Dr. Alden Haffner Scholarship
    Carey Murzynski Class of 2021
    Angela Wen Class of 2021
  • New Jersey Academy of Optometry Scholarship
    Veena Bokka Class of 2023
  • Dr. Sanford and Claire Levy Scholarship
    Elaine Doxtaer Class of 2023
    Ivanna Grynyk Class of 2021
    Prissilla Issa Class of 2020
    Alicia Jones Class of 2020
    Nichole Pollard Class of 2020
  • Dr. Harold Solan Memorial Scholarship
    Raymond Farmer Class of 2021
  • Jeff White Memorial Scholarship
    Melissa Levine Class of 2021
  • Harold M. Spielman Scholarship
    Eden Nourmand Class of 2023
  • Scott Tasker Folsom Scholarship
    Anthony Boyd Class of 2021
    Shuyi Chen Class of 2021
    Holly Knoechel Class of 2021
  • Dennis and Lesley Gehr Scholarship
    Preya Balroop Class of 2023
  • Alumni Association Scholarships
    Natalie Duider Class of 2023
    Nazia Tahia Class of 2023
    Nina Shimunov Class of 2023
  • P. Gregory Hess Scholarship
    Sam Lee Class of 2020
  • Dr. Jerome Weiss Scholarship
    Peiwei Lo Class of 2022
  • Dr. Nathan and Laura Millman Scholarship
    Jared Rahn Class of 2022
    Stephanie Schwartz Class of 2022
    Aviela Segev Class of 2022
    Stephanie Yu Class of 2022
    Julie Song Class of 2022
  • Barbara Saltzman Scholarship
    Gabrielah Baruch Class of 2023
  • Fred Friedfeld Memorial Scholarship
    Calvin Chan Class of 2022
  • Milton Scholarship
    Stefanie Clendaniel Class of 2020
    Amanda Crane Class of 2020
    Brooke Goonetilleke Class of 2022
    Holly Knoechel Class of 2021
    Melody Kordnaij Class of 2022
    Rhea Magee Class of 2021
    Max Paschall-Zimbel Class of 2020
  • Joseph A. Morra, MD Memorial Award
    Mackenzie Chapman Class of 2023
    Caroline Donato Class of 2023
    Jacob Rosenberg Class of 2023

To learn more about the Scholarship Awards or to establish a scholarship, contact Dawn Rigney, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at drigney@sunyopt.edu.

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American Diabetes Association and VSP Vision Care Collaborate to Save Sight for People with Diabetes

The campaign will raise awareness of the role eye exams can play in early detection and prevention of diabetes-related eye disease.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ARLINGTON, VA – The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced a new collaboration with VSP Vision Care, a VSP Global company which serves nearly 90 million members as the largest and only national not-for-profit vision benefits provider, to focus on an often overlooked but costly and devastating complication of diabetes: eye disease. This initiative will focus on the crucial role annual comprehensive eye exams play in the early detection, intervention and prevention of eye disease and vision loss caused by diabetes.

“Diabetic eye disease is one of the complications of diabetes, affecting a third or more of people with diabetes over age 40,” said Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “Fortunately, we can effectively manage and even prevent diabetic eye disease with early detection and treatment. With VSP, we are positioned to make this happen. Preventing these complications is key!”

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There are 30 million American adults living with diabetes. Another 84 million are living with prediabetes, yet 90% of them don’t know they have it. People living with diabetes or prediabetes face increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in working age adults. The cost of diabetes to individuals and society continues to skyrocket, with an economic burden on the healthcare system in the United States estimated at $139 billion for vision related disorders alone. For those living with diabetes, an annual eye exam is a must – offering a simple way to prevent or delay disease and vision loss caused by diabetes.

The new eye health initiative will be multi-pronged in order to meet all those affected by or at risk for diabetes related eye disease. The initiative will include concerted efforts to:

  • Raise awareness and provide actions for those who may be at risk for a diabetes related eye disease;
  • Provide patient support and education to those affected by it; and
  • Educate healthcare professionals about diabetes related eye disease and how to prevent it

“The diabetes epidemic affects the daily lives of millions of Americans and adds to an already strained healthcare system looking for solutions,” said Michael Guyette, president and CEO of VSP Global. “With the delay in diagnosis being one of the most pressing problems still to be solved with diabetes, together with the American Diabetes Association, we’re committed to raising awareness of the crucial role an optometrist plays as an accessible part of a person’s healthcare team, providing a pathway to early detection and ongoing management of disease.”

The new eye health initiative will be launching in 2020 as part of the ADA’s Overcoming Therapeutic Inertia campaign to accelerate care, treatment and early intervention to improve the lives of people living with and those caring for people with diabetes. Additional campaign resources and updates will be released in the coming months.

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