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Transitions Optical challenges consumers to test their Eye-Q with new online quiz

November 30, 2013

Transitions Optical, Inc. is challenging consumers to put their eye health knowledge to the test through a new, interactive quiz found at TestYourEyeQ.com. Supported by the Transitions Cultural Connections™ program, the quiz explores the eye health risks more commonly faced by culturally diverse groups and urges those who are at risk to take charge of their eye health by scheduling regular eye exams and wearing the right eyewear to protect and enhance their vision. Read the rest of this entry »

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ABB Optical Group now authorized Rose K manufacturer

November 30, 2013

ABB Optical Group has been the largest distributor of Rose K lenses over the past 15 years and has become an authorized manufacturer of the complete line of Rose K lenses, including the new Rose K2 XL. Read the rest of this entry »

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Younger Optics releases Adage Trilogy short corridor progressive lenses in clear Trivex

November 29, 2013

Adage, the short corridor progressive lenses with wide and balanced near and distance zones, are now available in clear Trilogy®, the impact resistant material with superior optical quality. Read the rest of this entry »

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SynergEyes to modernize, streamline policies and procedures for lenses

November 28, 2013

SynergEyes, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the Duette and UltraHealth families of contact lenses, has announced that it will modernizing its policies for ordering and returning lenses. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Mexico ODs team up with HEHP, Taos Lions Club KidSight program to improve vision in schools, community

November 27, 2013
Taos Lions Club volunteers work with area children.

Taos Lions Club volunteers work with area children.

The KidSight program increased the vision screening rate for amblyogenic risk factors in young students to 95 percent, but they aren’t stopping there. To sustain this and increase screenings, the Taos Lions Club, with the help of New Mexico Optometric Association (NMOA) OD members, is extending the program to children ages 2 to 5 and home-schooled students at scheduled in-school screenings. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the least amount of insurance I can get by with?

November 26, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

That is question we ask ourselves whenever we consider insurance of any kind. On a recent family vacation I found myself wrestling with exactly that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Texas OD finds huge need for eye care in Kenya

November 25, 2013
Dr. Ransom Anderson poses with some of the younger patients in Kenya.

Dr. Ransom Anderson poses with some of the younger patients in Kenya.

Texas practitioner Vanessa Ransom Anderson, O.D., traveled to the other side of the globe this past January to deliver eye care to those in great need.

As part of a multifaceted team from a church in her hometown of Bloomfield, N.M., Dr. Ransom Anderson was asked to go because the local missionaries found the need for eye care in Kenya to be huge.

Her husband, David, accompanied her as well and served as an assistant/ optician/ counselor/ porter/ whatever else was needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical record compliance audits are looming

November 25, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy (MPPR), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and International Classification of Diseases 10th edition (ICD-10) are all hot topics that will continue to impact our practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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HIPAA rule affects medication e-reminders

November 22, 2013

Recent changes to the federal Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule’s marketing provisions apply to electronic refill reminders and other e-communications about drugs or biologics currently being prescribed for individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Former AOA-PAC director Brazil remembered

November 22, 2013
Former longtime AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Former longtime AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Former AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Brazil worked for optometry and the AOA for more than 30 years. After retiring, she became a certified tour guide of Washington, D.C. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of living and working in New York City.

“Optometry has been blessed over the years to have long-term staff people who believed in the profession and had ‘optometry in their blood,’” said Darlene Eakin, executive director of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “Noel Brazil exemplified the dedicated professionals who devote their entire careers to optometry. She was loyal to the profession and all the friends she made throughout her time with AOA. Upon her retirement, her contributions were recognized by optometrists from all over the country. She was a positive face for optometry in D.C., known and respected by members of Congress and many others. As a person, she was a true friend that you could count on to be there. She will be missed.” Read the rest of this entry »