|■ Allergan launched the Optometry Jumpstart program developed specifically to address the needs of new doctors. The program provides educational resources and the latest information on Allergan products, including access to product samples and patient assistance programs. New to the program is free access to a 3D Vision Simulator application by Eyemagination for iPad. Enroll in this free program at www.allergan odjumpstart.com.|
■ Transitions Optical is accepting nominations for the first-ever Transitions HR Visionary of the Year award at HealthySightWorking-ForYou.org/HRAward, through Oct. 28, 2012. The award formally recognizes human resource professionals who are promoting healthy sight to their workforce through “superior vision care benefit offerings and education.”
■ Are you prepared to meet the needs of your culturally diverse patients? To find out, take the quiz offered by the Transitions Cultural Connections program, which can be accessed at MyMulticultural Toolkit.com/Quiz.
■ Corcoran Compliance Connection, a proprietary web-based application that interacts with your EHR to “improve coding compliance, reduce risk associated with fraud and abuse and increase practice management efficiency,” from Corcoran Compliance Connection, LLC will now be available on Medflow's EHR software.
■ QLT recently announced that it has completed the sale of the Company's Visudyne business to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Under the agreement, QLT received a payment of $112.5 million at closing and is eligible to receive additional amounts in contingent payments.
■ Williams Group, a practice-management consulting firm, announced that Brad Rourke, CPA, the company's vice president of finance and general manager of the software division, has been promoted to chief executive officer. Meanwhile, Brad Williams O.D., F.A.A.O., will assume the role of chairman of the board.
■ SynergEyes announced it has retooled its policies and procedures for Duette multifocal contact lenses to make it easier to fit everyday patients. Included is a 100% satisfaction guarantee, rebates, preferential pricing and a reorder reminder program.
■ The Optometric Historical Society will present “Lights, Camera, Contacts: A History of Contact Lenses in the Movie Industry” by Society board member Morton K. Greenspoon, O.D., during the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Phoenix. Dr. Greenspoon received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Bram Stoker's Dracula. The meeting will be held in room 229A of the Phoenix Convention Center on Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.
■ American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) Trustees and student representatives from the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) are participating in the World Sight Day Student Challenge by participating in events such as talent shows and bake sales, among other activities. All North American Colleges of Optometry are participating. For more information, visit www.givingsight.org.
■ For its annual conference in Spain next April, the European Academy of Optometry and Optics is accepting the submission of abstracts. The deadline is Nov. 16, 2012. For further information, visit www.eaoo. info/abstract.
■ Carl Zeiss Vision and Hoya Vision Care entered into a license agreement under Carl Zeiss Vision International's patents (U.S. Patent No. 6,089,713 and Australian Patent No. 739,849), which cover certain types of back-surface freeform progressive lenses and processes by which they are made.
■ The Opticianry Summit Steward Team has announced it will begin to form the Opticianry Summit Foundation, which will provide a way for others in the optical industry to contribute to opticianry projects. For more information, visit www.opti cianrysummit.com.