Article Date: 4/1/2012



■ According to the online survey of 755 eye allergy sufferers ages 18 and older who wear glasses, contact lenses, or both, 41% say they suffer from mild-to-moderate eye allergy symptoms on a daily basis. The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Vistakon, notes that about one-in-five say they either remove their contact lenses during the day or don't wear them at all due to eye allergy symptoms.

The Power Practice has named Jamie Cassidy, a veteran of Vision Source, CIBA Vision (Alcon) and Marcolin, to its newly created position of vice president of business development and dream management.

Bausch + Lomb announced the addition of Metro Optics, in Austin, Texas, as an authorized laboratory to manufacture B+L's KeraSoft IC silicone hydrogel contact lenses for patients who have irregular corneas, including patients with keratoconus.

CooperVision is a recipient of the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Awards for the company's supply chain initiative. In other news, CooperVision was recognized by REBRAND 100's Eighth Annual Global Awards with a “Best of” award for excellence in brand repositioning.

The American Optometric Society (AOS) called its third annual meeting and CE Seminar in Tampa, Fla. “a huge success,“ with more than 200 in attendance. The Society also reported its membership has added 155 optometrists since January 1 of this year.

■ On June 20, Prevent Blindness America will host “Focus on Eye Health: A National Summit” in Washington, D.C., to serve as a key launching pad for newly revised public health data on vision and eye health. For information, visit

Sonomed Escalon announced the release of its new iPad App for the AXIS Image Management System at the recent World Ophthalmology Congress, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Transitions Optical announced the 2012 Business Resources Guide, which provides an overview of the company's patient education resources. All the resources within the guide can be found on Transitions Optical's trade portal at

Optos announced delivery of the first shipment of 160 Daytona devices, the company's latest ultra-widefield imaging technology, to Luxottica's OPSM optometry stores in Australia and New Zealand. In other news, in recognition of his company's financial performance, Roy Davies, CEO of Optos, has been named “Fife and Central Scotland Regional Director of the Year” at the annual Institute of Directors Scotland Awards.

■ According to Reed Exhibitions and the Vision Council, co-owners of International Vision Expo East, the annual Expo drew a record 16,317 eyecare professionals, a 10% jump from 2011.

■ The Integrated Vision System from Vmax Vision is updated to include “subjective nighttime refraction,” a feature that allows the identification and correction of nighttime-specific visual problems. For more information, visit

■ Last month, The American Board of Clinical Optometry announced it is celebrating its second anniversary since beginning to take applications for board certification.

The Associations of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announced that the winter/spring 2012 issue of Optometric Education can be found on the ASCO website: The cover feature discusses social media in optometric education.

■ Each month, The American Academy of Optometry website offers a preview of the journal Optometry and Vision Science. For information, visit, and click on the link to Academy News.

Optometric Management, Volume: 47 , Issue: April 2012, page(s): 16