O.D. Notebook: It's International Joke Day

Today (July 1) is International Joke Day:
Joke: Why did the smartphone go to see an optometrist?
Answer: It needed contacts.
Event News
  • Envision has announced it is shifting the format for Envision Conference East, a gathering for the sharing of information pertaining to low vision research and rehabilitation, to a live-stream webinar that will take place Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2020. The two-day agenda includes 16 hours of education and research sessions and makes participants eligible to receive up to 16 CE units from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the COPE and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Registration for the Envision Virtual Conference 2020 and the opportunity to sponsor a course or make a presentation in the virtual exhibit hall remain open. Further information is available at
Company News
  • CooperVision has begun producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. A portion of the gel, which is in line with the World Health Organization formulation and regulatory guidelines, is used to support internal requirements and employee hygiene needs, ensuring consistent supply and freeing commercial stocks for distribution elsewhere, the company says. Additional volumes are being donated to community organizations and customers. In other news, CooperVision has appointed Justin Kwan, O.D., senior manager, Myopia Management in its Professional & Academic Affairs group. He will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, including its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 Day lenses.
  • EnChroma, Inc. has appointed Mark Mattison-Shupnick COO. Previously, as Vice President of Business Development for EnChroma, he successfully expanded the company’s retail network from a handful of partners in the United States to nearly 300 spanning Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, the company says. For more information call (510) 497-0048 or visit
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision has donated a total of $320K to Optometry Cares – The American Optometric Association Foundation, and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation to provide financial support to practitioners uniquely impacted by COVID-19 and to support efforts in procuring and distributing masks to practitioners and schools of optometry in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, in the wake of COVID-19. To learn more about these donations and other COVID-19 response and recovery efforts from Johnson & Johnson Vision, visit  
  • Sight Sciences has hired Sam Park, as chief operating officer, and Jeremy Hayden, as general counsel and chief compliance officer. The company's non-surgical dry eye product portfolio consists of the TearCare, a software-controlled, wearable, therapeutic eyelid technology designed to melt and clear obstructions of the meibomian glands within the eyelids. For more information, visit
  • Transitions Optical has launched the online training resource, the Transitions Certification Program. It offers two ways to participate: one for individual eyecare professionals (ECPs) to become a Transitions Specialist and another for eyecare practices to become a Transitions Certified Provider. ECPs and eyecare practices interested in the Transitions Certified Provider Program can view the training resources, read the full program requirements and earn their certification at
Non-Profit News
  • The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association international online conference, being held Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday Sept. 13, is now open for registration. This year’s program offers up to 17 COPE-approved CE credits, and all presentations will be available on demand through October 31, 2020. To register and see a listing of all presentations and presenters, visit  
Product News
  • Coburn Technologies has announced the release of the Velocity LTE Spin Coating System — a space saving, low-cost, semi-automated spin coater that provides the control and ease of use needed by small to mid-sized labs, the company  says. The Velocity LTE features an individual control board for each of its three spindles. It can process 80 lenses per hour, and it has an auto-priming function and eliminates overspray. For additional information about Coburn Technologies and the Velocity LTE UV Spin Lens Coater, visit or call 1-800-COBURN-1.
  •  EyeBridge Consulting Associates and ImageMark Business Services have partnered to provide COVID-19 signage, among other related resources, specifically designed for eye care practices. ImageMark has created banners for sharing office protocols, floor stickers for social distancing, hand-washing reminders for restrooms, face masks and shields, hand sanitizer and other PPE (some of which can be branded), and they have a disinfectant that is FDA-approved for killing the COVID-19 virus. A percentage of sales from the eye care products will be donated to the American Optometry Association’s Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief. Interested eye care businesses should visit to see what’s available and to create an online account.
  • OKIA has received the Intertek Green Leaf Mark, a consumer product and systems verification that confirms the independent verification of environmental claims of its BIO-RPET, a material that features the 3R eco concept (recycle / reduce / recover) and takes form in RESHAPE. RESHAPE is an upcycling eyewear collection made of 100% recycled PET material, a petroleum-based product that is globally known as safe, lightweight and flexible and can ultimately break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass after a five-year biodegradation process. Visit
School News
  • SUNY College of Optometry will host the live webinar “Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation” tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss issues and obstacles impacting black optometrists. Moderated by SUNY Optometry faculty Drs. Delaram Shirazian and Matthew Bovenzi, panelists include co-founders of the Black Eyecare Perspective, Drs. Darryl Glover and Adam Ramsey, as well as SUNY Optometry adjunct faculty member and attending optometrist at BronxCare Health System, Dr. Joy Harewood; president of the National Optometric Association and Chief of Advanced Ophthalmic Care at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry, Dr. Sherrol A. Reynolds; and clinical director of the University of Waterloo College of Optometry, Dr. Andre Stanberry. To register, visit/click Race in Optometry or email the Office of Continuing Professional Education a The live webinar will also be accessible on Facebook at
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