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There Might Be a Faster and Cheaper Way to Test for Myopia

The research comes from Flinders University in Australia.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Myopia could become significantly easier to assess, according to a group of scientists.

Progressive research at Flinders University in Australia has identified a new method to measure how it affects the eye, a new article in PLOS ONE reveals.

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The work was based on testing of 70 volunteers, with the Flinders ophthalmology and medical device research institute experts taking a novel approach with optical coherence tomography (OCT), a device already available in most optometric and all ophthalmic practices.

“Our work uses the OCT and finds irregularities at this scale that correlate with the size of the eye, and therefore the degree of myopia,” says eye specialist Dr. Stewart Lake, from Flinders University.

“This may help monitor, measure, and explore the effects of myopia and how it leads to vision loss,” he says, adding that further development could make the system suitable for use in regular clinical practice.

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Prior research elsewhere with MRI scanning has demonstrated large scale irregularities in the eyeball in highly myopic eyes.

OCT can sample the shape of the eye on a much smaller scale than MRI. The OCT testing will be far cheaper, is more readily available and repeatable as a test, researchers say in the article.

Myopia (short or near-sightedness) is for many an inconvenience requiring glasses or contact lens to correct. However, globally it is an epidemic and a major cause of vision loss and sometimes blindness.

Myopia is defined practically by the strength of lens required to correct eyesight. It was already known that myopia relates strongly to the size/length of the eyeball.

Global estimates forecast up to 5 billion people will have myopia and 1 billion people could suffer with high myopia by 2050, placing a significant burden on health systems to manage and prevent myopia-related ocular complications and vision loss.

This seven-fold increase, between 2000 and 2050, would make myopia the leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide.

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High myopia increases the risk of pathological ocular changes such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration, all of which cause irreversible vision loss

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ISVA Appoints Jennifer Stewart and Todd Daniels to Advisory Board

Vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance president says.

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(PRESS RELEASE)NORTH ROYALTON, OH — The International Sports Vision Association(ISVA), an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance, announced the appointment of Jennifer Stewart, OD and Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS to its Advisory Board.

“Jen and Todd bring a wealth of successful experiences in working with and educating athletes, eye care professionals, athletic trainers, and others about the positive impact that vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance,” says ISVA President Alex Andrich, O.D., FCOVD. “We are excited to add their expertise to the ISVA Board.”

Dr. Jennifer Stewart is a partner at Norwalk Eye Care and also the co-founder and chief optometric officer at Performance 20/20, a practice specializing in sports and performance vision. Dr. Stewart has had the opportunity to work with athletes from the NHL, NFL, and NBA, as well as professional athletes in squash, lacrosse and figure skating. She regularly consults with optometrists and practice owners about bringing sports vision and performance to their practice.

Athletic trainers are often described as the “hub of the wheel” in the sports medicine team working with athletes. “They are in constant communication with athletes, coaches, physicians, consultants, strength and conditioning staff, parents, teachers, and administrators and an important partner for any eye care professional looking to build or enhance their sports vision practice,” notes Aldrich.

Todd Daniels is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and massage therapist with over 20 years of experience working with elite athletes. Currently, he is an athletic trainer for Banner University Medical Group in Tucson, Arizona where he specializes in concussion management and provides clinical support for the University of Arizona Athletic Department and FC Tucson professional soccer team. He has international experience with the United States Ski Team and spent 11 years working with professional hockey players in the NHL, AHL, and WHL and has also worked with the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer champions, University of Portland; and the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams. He has continued to advance sports vision in the athletic training community by serving as the official Liaison of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors to the American Optometric Association (AOA) and was awarded the Eagle Award in 2014 from the AOA Sports Vision Section.

For further information, visit www.sportsvision.pro.

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Harris Williams Advises EyeCare Partners on its Sale to Partners Group

This adds to the firm’s successful track record says managing director.

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(PRESS RELEASE) RICHMOND, VA – Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces that it served as an advisor to EyeCare Partners, LLC (ECP) in conjunction with its sale to Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, which invested in the business on behalf of its clients. ECP, a portfolio company of FFL Partners (FFL), is a leading provider of medical eye care services in the U.S. The engagement was led by Andy Dixon, James Clark and Cheairs Porter of the Harris Williams HealthcareHarris Williams Advises EyeCare Partners, LLC on its Sale to Partners Group
& Life Sciences (HCLS) Group.

“This transaction adds to our firm’s successful track record of working with leading eye care providers,” said Andy Dixon, a managing director at Harris Williams. “We look forward to following ECP’s next chapter with Partners Group.”

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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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