Press ReleasesVSP Global and Heart of America Eye Care Congress Honor Legacy of ‘Uncle Frank’ with Creation of the Fontana Scholarship It will be awarded annually, beginning in 2020. Published 3 months agoon February 27, 2019By INVISION Staff Share Tweet (PRESS RELEASE) RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — VSP Global and Heart of America Eye Care Congress announced that they have partnered to launch a new optometry scholarship in honor of Frank Fontana, OD, affectionately known to all as “Uncle Frank.” After a storied career as a doctor of optometry for nearly seventy years, Dr. Fontana passed away last fall at the age of 96, leaving an unmatched legacy behind as a colleague, mentor, and friend to so many. The Fontana Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2020.“Dr. Fontana was committed to helping others – from his patients to fellow doctors of optometry, which included optometry students starting their careers,” said Gordon Jennings, OD, and VSP Global chairman of the board. “We are proud to celebrate his legacy through this scholarship and recognize the next generation who carry the same commitment to care and passion for our profession that he embodied.” INVISION PodcastPodcast: What the Heck is Marketing? And What Should ECPs Focus on to Attract New Clients? INVISION PodcastPodcast: More Ways to Motivate Your Own Eyecare Business Team INVISION PodcastPodcast: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Fontana Scholarship will be open to third and fourth year optometry students actively engaged in patient care. Applicants will be judged in four areas in which Dr. Fontana excelled at: 1) clinical performance; 2) empathetic patient care; 3) ability and interest to adopt modern technologies; and 4) a strong interest in developing and participating in the optometric community. The scholarship recipient will receive $4,250 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend Heart of America’s Eye Care Congress Conference in 2020.“As a National Optometry Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Frank Fontana was an icon in the field of optometry and helped found the Heart of America Contact Lens Society in 1961, serving as a charter Board Member,” said Sean Mulqueeny, OD, president of Heart of America Eye Care Congress. “Earlier this month, at the 58th annual Heart of America Eye Care Congress, we honored Dr. Fontana’s career and the many accolades he received, including the 1987 Heart of America OD of the Year award, as well as the Heart of America Founder’s Award in 2016. We are thrilled to establish this scholarship and award it to the optometry student who best exemplifies the personal character and integrity of Uncle Frank – a true visionary.”Additional details about the application submission process will be shared in the coming months. Since 2010, VSP Global has provided more nearly $2 million in scholarship support to hundreds of optometry students. Advertisement Related Topics:Heart of America Eye CareVSP Global click to Comment(Comment)Up NextPrevent Blindness Declares March Workplace Eye Wellness MonthDon't MissWestgroupe USA Names Sales Director Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEOSPONSORED BY HOYAHoya: The Right Lenses for Sun ProtectionEye safety has never been more important--or fashionable. 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Published 3 days agoon May 16, 2019By INVISION Staff (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. INVISION PodcastPodcast: What the Heck is Marketing? And What Should ECPs Focus on to Attract New Clients? INVISION PodcastPodcast: More Ways to Motivate Your Own Eyecare Business Team INVISION PodcastPodcast: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? “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 RulesThird 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. Continue ReadingPress ReleasesSafilo and David Beckham Announce 10-Year Eyewear License Agreement The first David Beckham eyewear collection will launch in January 2020. Published 3 days agoon May 16, 2019By INVISION Staff (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.” Continue ReadingPress ReleasesBooth Space Available at Academy 2019 Orlando and World Congress of Optometry It will take place Oct. 23-27. Published 4 days agoon May 15, 2019By INVISION Staff (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 email@example.com. 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