O.D. Notebook: Prevent Pilferage From Staff

Practice Tip: One way to prevent pilferage from staff in your practice is to create a buddy system policy. Specifically, do not allow employees to open and close the practice alone. For additional information and tips, visit
  • The Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and the GP Lens Institute (GPLI) recognized Specialty Lens Leaders at its 2020 Rising Stars reception at this year’s Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS)*, held at The Tropicana, Las Vegas. Jeffrey J. Walline, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., was named 2020 GPLI Practitioner of the Year. The Leonardo da Vinci Award was given to C. Lee Dickerson; and the Dr. Josef Dallos Award was given to Karla Zadnik, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O. The Honorary Recognition Award was given to Gretchyn M. Bailey and Adam W. Farkas, M.D., M.B.A. *GSLS is a PentaVision Media-run event. PentaVision Media publishes Optometric Management.  
  • ABB Optical announced a new collaboration with BostonSight, which will allow ABB Optical Group customers to order the BostonSight SCLERAL lens through BostonSight’s FitConnect design and order-management platform. 
  • Boston Sight partnered with Eaglet Eye on the new Image-Guided feature from BostonSight SCLERAL – SCLERAL-IG. The new partnership aims to improve scleral lens fitting and ordering for new practitioners by establishing a connection between Eaglet ESP and FitConnect.
  • CooperVision’s Biofinity toric multifocal contact lenses have been granted FDA approval. The lenses combine the designs of the Biofinity toric and multifocal lenses. CooperVision says it plans to make the lenses available to US ECPs later in 2020. 
  • Essilor announced its Crizal No-Glare lenses have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which recognizes protection against UV light. In other news: Essilor pledged to donate one million glasses and sunglasses to the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF), which aims toaddress factors to improve road safety, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. 
  • Innovega’s team members Joe Barr, O.D., Jerry Legerton O.D., and Ron Walker received the GSLS Award of Excellence; the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) Trailblazers Award and the CLMA Industry Enhancement Award, respectively, at GSLS.
  • Notal Vision has 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 received FDA Breakthrough Device recognition in 2018 and is in the process of obtaining FDA clearance.
  • Safilo Group announced the acquisition of 61.34% of PrivĂ© Revaux, an  eyewear brand. The company will retain 15.5% of the equity, while the remainder will be held by partnered celebrities, senior management and other investors. 
  • ScienceBased Health announced the rollout of redesigned labels and packaging for its product line. The new product labels will have an updated Supplement Fact panel in line with new FDA guidelines for dietary supplements. Quantity units and daily value percentages will also be displayed.
  • Transitions Optical announced the 2019 winners of the Transitions Innovation Awards on February 4, 2020, during Transitions Academy 2020 in Orlando, Fla. The winners:
  • Canadian Retailer of the Year: Grimard Optique 
  • Best in Marketing Award: Value Optical
  • Best in Training: Walman Optical
  • Transitions Brand Ambassador: Professor Edward C. August
  • U.S. Eyecare Practice of the Year: Spring Hill Eyecare
  • U.S. Retailer of the Year: Henry Ford OptimEyes
  • Canadian Eyecare Practice of the Year: Vision Care Centre
  • Lighthouse Guild named Calvin Roberts, M.D., president and CEO, effective April 1. Dr. Roberts also serves as senior vice president and chief medical officer of Eye Care at Bausch Health Companies and is a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.
  • Prevent Blindness is accepting nominations for the 2020 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, as well as the new Rising Visionary Award. The Jenny Pomeroy Award recognizes an individual, team or organization that has made significant contributions in the advancement of vision and eye-related public health. The Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on a given theme. This year’s theme is An Eye to the Future. The deadline for submissions for both awards is Friday, February 28, 2020. For additional details see:
  • Lunor AG released its new octagon frames, part of the A11 collection. The frames, manufactured in Germany, are available in six different acetate colorssuch as vintage blue, vintage gray, and a black tortoise shell, as well as matte and polished finishes.
  • Ovitz Incorporated's OVITZ xwave is an aberrometer device powered by proprietary machine learning and an AI software platform. Specifically, it aids eye care professionals in creating a wavefront-guided contact lens and neutralizing higher-order aberrations of the entire visual system, the company says.  
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