■ A CooperVision-released study reports that after three and six months of starting contact lens wear, 31% say they are likely to cease wear in the next six months, citing handling and comfort issues. Yet 12 months after starting wear, only 18% say they would stop wearing lenses in the next six months. See bit.ly/2sJxnzw. In other news, the company appointed Jane Abgbontaen as senior brand director for Myopia Management in the Americas.
■ Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has launched its 2020 campaign, Vote For Vision. To vote for Vision by donating to EVF, visit bit.ly/2uj4tGT . In other news, the company’s Crizal No-Glare lenses earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for their protection against UV light.
■ Notal Vision released the performance data for it’s NOTAL-OCT V3.0, an at-home patient-operated OCT device. The results show that areas of fluid seen on the OCT’s intra- and subretinal fluid thickness maps correlate to locations of abnormal vessels and leakage areas in AMD patients. The technology is in the process of obtaining FDA clearance.
■ Transitions Academy 2020 hosted more than 1,000 attendees from 40 countries at Orlando’s J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes. Themed “2020 Light It Up,” the 24th annual event featured educational opportunities, such as “Developing and Understanding Your Leadership Brand,” a team-building scavenger hunt, the announcement of additional colors in Signature GEN 8 lenses and XTRActive Polarized Lenses, which, “achieve extra darkness and polarize outdoors in the sun.”
■ Vision Expo East, taking place March 26 to March 29 at New York City’s Javits Center, provides east.visionexpo.com to help attendees prepare. It includes “Plan,” Education,” “Experiences” and “Exhibit” tabs.
CORRECTION: In the “What’s New,” column, (February 2020, p.50), the “Scleral Contact Lens” item should have listed X-Cel Specialty Contacts as the vendor, along with the website xcelspecialtycontacts.com . These items are corrected in the online version. Optometric Management apologizes for the error. OM