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Meet the Dry Eye Divas   Amy Gallant Sullivan  @Eyeppl  @DryEyeMakeup Ms. Sullivan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.  She was the mastermind behind the creation of the DryEye Divas, a profession-bridging collaboration of women in eyecare that are dedicated to expanding awareness about dry eye in the aesthetics and cosmetics market. She is a leader in legislating dry eye care on Capitol Hill, and put significant

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When you talk with Dr. Maria Sampalis, the founder of corporateoptometrycareers.com and the Corporate Optometry group on Facebook, you realize that the distinction between corporate optometry and private optometry isn’t as strictly delineated as we often think. Her personal practice Sampalis Eye Care has a beautifully constructed website with all it’s own branding and appointment scheduling capabilities; it just happens to be with Sears Optical.  Dr. Sampalis breaks down how corporate optometry jobs can be as

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You Can’t Miss Vision Expo East with Dr. Justin Bazan Every spring there’s one weekend that’s the first to get circled on our calendar — the can’t miss optometric education and social event of the year: Vision Expo East. This spring the dates are March 30th-April 2nd, and NYC will be alive with the biggest names in the eyecare industry, celebrating innovative eyewear design and the latest innovations in technology, diagnosis and treatment strategies, and

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In 1977, Alan and Cynthia Shapiro founded Europa eyewear out of their garage and the result shaped American eyewear design forever. Their son, Scott Shapiro has continued this pioneering tradition by making the biggest statement in American eyewear this century: real, luxury eyewear that is made in America with his new line, STATE Optical Co.  It takes about 75 steps to manufacture one pair of STATE acetate eyeglasses; about 50% of these have to be

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Over the last month, the optometric industry has exploded with some game changing news from disruptive technology, renewal of the Contact Lens Rule and the Essilor Luxottica merger. This week we decided to change things up. Today’s podcast is full of vibrant humor and creativity. Imagine an optometric office with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Thanks to Jonathan Jacesko and his skilled team of artists what was once a thought has now come to fruition.

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We’re not breaking any news here – -unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past month, you know that the merger of Essilor and Luxottica is the biggest disruption to eyecare this year.  What we don’t know is exactly what’s happening. Dr. Howard Purcell is the Vice President of Customer Development at Essilor, and he’s been the company’s face for answering the questions, concerns, and displeasure expressed by the eyecare community about the risks of

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Want to stay up on the latest publications, new tech, and eyecare pop culture references without having to read every journal hat piles up on your desk and every discussion post on ODs on Facebook? That’s Dr. Garlich’s brainchild 20/20 Glance: a short and sweet email breaking down the top news of the week with humor and brevity sitting in your inbox every Monday morning.  We sat down with Dr. Garlich to talk how she

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We apologize for the technical difficulties with sound quality on this podcast, but we felt the topic and Dr. Alexander’s insights were too important and our time before the FTC comment period ends too limited to delay sharing this podcast. “And here is your prescription.  If you can sign here stating you’ve received your prescription and that you understand that you can buy this on the internet.” Sounds like something you do at the end

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With over 12,000 followers since first launching her @GlamOptometrist Instagram account at the beginning of 2016, Dr. Fartash has set the standard for what it means to be a social media success in optometry.  She’s reaching eyewear and ocular enthusiasts around the globe with her posts about glasses fashion and ocular health and beauty advice.  And people are engaging on the topics we as optometrists care about – when she posted advice about disposing mascara

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Picture this: it’s 1969 in Richmond, Virginia and 25 African American optometrists are gathered at the Executive Motor Hotel to establish their own optometric organization, the National Optometric Association (NOA). They were met with outright resistance by some, but even others that had no frank prejudice against the idea questioned why separating minorities outside of the 20,000 member AOA at the time was necessary?  It’s an argument that years later we’ll still see popping up

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