O.D. Notebook: Prevent Blindness Declares September Sports Eye Safety Month

Prevent Blindness Declares September Sports Eye Safety Month​

Prevent Blindness has declared September Sports Eye Safety Month in an effort to educate the public on the risks of sports eye injuries, the types of eye protection available for individual sports and what to do in case of an eye injury emergency. Free materials are available to eyecare professionals on the nonprofit’s website. (See image.)

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  • Professional Eye Care Associates of America has named Dr. Lance Anderson, co-founder and member of the ownership group for the organization, as vice president of strategic initiatives. 

  • American Academy of Optometry Foundation announced the 2019 Johnson & Johnson Vision residency award recipients: Paula Kutzner, O.D., Southern California College of Optometry; Laurel Roberts, O.D., Illinois College of Optometry; Alexandria Lui, O.D., Indiana University; and Andrew Fischer, O.D., Indiana University. The residents will be recognized on Oct. 26. Additionally, the AAOF has selected the 2019 Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin contact lens residency award recipient: Jocelyn Ou, O.D., a cornea and contact lens resident at Ketchum Health University Eye Center. 
Company news
  • ABB Optical has extended the deadline of its ABB Cares program to Sept. 16. Nominations can be made at More information in this previous edition of O.D. Notebook
  • Advancing Eyecare announced the acquisition of Ophthalmic Instruments, Inc. (OII), a West Coast-based distributor of ophthalmic instruments. In addition to OII, Advancing Eyecare is currently comprised of Marco Ophthalmic, Lombart Instrument, Enhanced Medical Services and INNOVA Medical. The company is owned by Atlantic Street Capital.
  • Alcon has named Carla Mack, O.D., global head of professional affairs. In this position, Dr. Mack is responsible for coordinating and consolidating the company’s Vision Care professional affairs strategy and initiatives, working in partnership with regional professional leaders and teams within the global franchise. Previously, Dr. Mack held positions with Bausch + Lomb and the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She also served as chief editor of Contact Lens Spectrum(CLS). Both CLSand OMare published by PentaVision Media. 
  • The Cooper Companies Inc. introduced its updated corporate brand name, CooperCompanies,  and website, at The former remains its legal name, and the ticker symbol remains COO, trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 
  • Costa’s Untangled Collection — sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets — was recognized for excellence in sustainability at Essilor’s Global Operations Awards Ceremony. The competition drew entries from over 200 international entities.
  • Euclid Systems Corp. received regulatory approval for its new facility in Sterling, Va. The space will manufacture the Euclid Emerald line of contact lenses. It is triple the size of the company’s current facility.  
New products
  • The Dry Eye Module add on to VX120+ Anterior Segment Analyzers, from Luneau Technology, is a screening tool that includes tests, such as TBUT, tear meniscus measurement and color imaging of the meibomian glands. The company will unveil the device at Vision Expo West, booth LP7065. Luneau Technology will also have a new refraction station, which combines Eye Refract and its VX25 Space Saving Chart.  
Research notes
  • A recent study published in Concussionshows that RightEye’s functional vision tests are a useful, precise and objective measure of underlying neurological health that indicates the presence of traumatic brain injuries. Read the full study at
  • New England College of Optometry announced that Dr. Kristen Brown has been selected associate dean of clinical affairs. Dr. Brown received her doctor of optometry from the University of California Berkeley, School of Optometry in 1992; she completed two ocular disease residencies and a two-year fellowship at Pacific Cataract and Laser Center. In addition, she comes to the school with 27 years of experience as a clinician, educator and industry leader. 
  • SUNY College of Optometry’s University Eye Center announced that Dr. Deborah Amster has joined as the chief of pediatric service. She will head the implementation of the new Center for Pediatric Eye Care, set to open in 2020.  
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