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Visioneering Technologies Names Exec Director of Professional Affairs

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His leadership in contact lenses spans 30+ years.

(Press Release) ATLANTA – Visioneering Technologies Inc. has named Dr. Douglas P. Benoit to the newly created position of executive director, professional affairs. INVISION Doug Benoit print

In his new position, Benoit will be responsible for interfacing with eyecare professionals to increase awareness and use of the NaturalVue 1 Day Contact Lenses product line and its unique advanced-technology designs. He will also be working with professional organizations and educational institutions to raise awareness of VTI and its NaturalVue products.

“The appointment of Dr. Benoit comes at an important time for VTI, as we expand our sales force nationwide to better meet the needs of additional eye care professionals and patients,” said Dr. Sally Dillehay, chief medical officer for VTI. “He is one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected educators and practitioners in the field of contact lenses today. We look forward to having Dr. Benoit bring his vast knowledge and expertise to our growing company.”

Benoit’s leadership in the contact lens industry spans more than 30 years. For approximately 21 years, Benoit served on the executive committee for the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies, including as chair of the section in 2011 and 2012. He earned distinction as a diplomate in this section of the academy, a title earned by less than 170 eyecare professionals worldwide. He is a distinguished practitioner and fellow in the National Academies of Practice-Optometry Section, and a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He has conducted multiple FDA clinical studies and published numerous articles, and he lectures frequently on contact lenses and external disease. Benoit received his doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA.

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Benoit noted that one reason he decided to join VTI is the company’s focus on patient health, as well as its innovative design for one-day multifocal lenses.

“I am looking forward to contributing to the VTI team with its exciting and innovative product line,” said Benoit. “I know how special the NaturalVue Multifocal lenses are because I have participated in research studies with the design, prescribed it to patients for over two years, and I wear it myself. It is the only daily disposable multifocal contact lens in the U.S. market today with a center distance design, which enables us to address a broad spectrum of visual needs with a full range of powers available in 0.25D steps. It’s a great lens for practitioners and patients who have tried and been disappointed by other products on the market.”

To contact Benoit directly, call 1-844-VTI-LENS (1-844-884-5367), extension 136, or email dbenoit@vtivision.com.

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ISVA Appoints New Members to Its Board of Directors

It welcomes Donald Teig, O.D., FAAO and Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D.

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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 Donald Teig, O.D., FAAO and Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors.

“Don and Greg bring a rich mix of backgrounds and experiences that will help ISVA increase public and professional awareness of the positive impact that vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance, and educate practitioners about how to build and enhance a sports vision specialty,” says ISVA President Alex Andrich, O.D., FCOVD.

A pioneer in the field of Visual-Neurocognitive Training, Dr. Teig began his sports testing & training career with 15 teams in Major League Baseball in 1980 and, throughout his career, has evaluated and trained athletes from virtually every sport. He has authored numerous articles and books on the relationship of vision to improved athletic performance, lectured throughout the world, and has originated much of the equipment and techniques being used in the field today.

He is the founder and medical director of The A Team – High Performance Vision Associates, a 65-member group of elite sports medicine professionals, and executive director of “The I Gym”, a cutting edge Visual Performance training center in Sunrise, Florida, that serves as the exclusive vision care providers for the NHL Florida Panthers Hockey Team.

Dr. Teig was a past president of the former International Academy of Sports Vision which was affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine, and past chairman of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, where he received Sports Vision Specialist of the Year honors.

Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Duke University School of Medicine where he heads the Human Performance Optimization Lab (Opti Lab) and directs the Brain Stimulation Research Center. Dr. Appelbaum holds appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience and is an affiliate of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

His research addresses the brain mechanisms underlying visual-motor control, and how these systems can be improved thorough behavioral, neurofeedback, and neuromodulatory interventions. Since 2011, Dr. Appelbaum has been conducting DARPA and Army Research Office-funded research addressing the role of vision, and vision training in sports. This line of research has included randomized and controlled studies testing vision training interventions, has been conducted with thousands of athletes at all levels of accomplishment, and has led to over a dozen research articles and three review articles.

For further information, visit www.sportsvision.pro.

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ABB OPTICAL GROUP Announces New Director of Strategic Partnerships

He will work in identifying, developing and maximizing the relationships between ABB Optical and leading organizations.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB OPTICAL GROUP, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eye care industry, welcomes Mike Austin as the company’s new director of strategic partnerships.

In his new position, Austin will be instrumental in identifying, developing and maximizing the relationships between ABB Optical and leading organizations in the optical industry. These relationships will focus on developing programs that focus on the ECP, the patients they serve and the teams that they lead, while delivering strategic value for the participating organizations.

“Mike brings vast knowledge, proven experience and real passion for this industry to his role with us at ABB Optical Group,” said Senior Vice President of Manufacturer Partnerships Aaron See. “I know that he will be a strong asset not only to our partners and leading organizations in optical, but to our company and entire customer base, as well.”

An optical industry veteran of 20 years, Austin has held leadership roles with Luxottica, EyeMed and Total Eye Care Partners in the areas of operations, strategy, finance, managed care and product development. He earned his degree from Kent State University and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and his two sons.

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Planetva Launches Unique Eyewear Virtual Try-On Platform That Creates a 3D Face Model from Selfie

It leverages current augmented reality trends and the latest artificial intelligence algorithms.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PlanetVA, a private company registered in Australia and Europe with a 16-year footprint in the virtual eyewear try-on arena, announces the launch of its latest eyewear virtual try-on platform vmPRO. By just taking a selfie the app creates a 3D face model of the user in just a matter of seconds. This app leverages current augmented reality trends and the latest artificial intelligence algorithms to allow the user to view their eyewear in every possible direction simply by dragging the face. Its unique reflection simulation permits the user to experience premium lens features in real time.

The PlanetVA vmPRO app boosts the fastest and easiest user experience of any high-end virtual try-on available today. It also allows the user to easily change and try-on sunglasses and optical frames without re-calibration. As a result, the service offers a faster and simpler way of virtually trying on eyewear. This is of utmost importance for an online presence as most users click away when they need to wait for too long and it is equally important for the major search engine rankings.

Ludwig Heymbeeck, founder of PlanetVA, says: “Our commitment and focus on creating the ultimate mobile experience allows retailers both online and in-store to provide the most robust and efficient virtual try-on experience to date. We also plan to introduce additional features of vmPRO such as accurate optical measurements and integration with our style assistant app by the end of this year.”

“Unlike our competitors, we have not applied for patents yet as we want to keep our solution proprietary. It will allow us to be better positioned in order to adapt to the fast-changing world of technology and use the latest and best available algorithms for the end user”, Ludwig says.

PlanetVA’s North American solution slated to launch later this year will position independent optical retailers with a total retail solution aimed at creating new patient experiences. Our partnership with a network of eyecare professionals specializing in marketing, equipment and e-commerce will give PlanetVA the necessary tools to deliver this exciting new ecosystem.

For more information see https://planetva.com or contact press@planetva.com

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