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The NORA2020 Virtual Conference Starts Saturday!

NORA2020

REGISTER HERE

NORA2020: The Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association™ Virtual Conference
Live Online: September 12 & 13, 2020
On Demand: Through October 31, 2020

The premier event for eye care and other health care professionals who provide rehabilitative services to individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Your registration includes access to all courses!

Watch the Livestream during the live events, and interact with other NORA2020 attendees online!

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2020 Virtual Optometric Summit Livestream!

2020 Virtual Optometric Summit
March 26 & 27 LIVE ONLINE
11am ET - 2pm ET
REGISTER HERE

ODwire.org and CovalentCareers invite you to attend the 2020 Virtual Optometric Summit sponsored by ZEISS.

This two-day complimentary online program offers live sessions and an interactive product showcase – all within a virtual exhibit hall – designed to let you explore technological and clinical innovations from the comfort of your own home.

Taught by industry leaders, the multi-track educational program will provide you the opportunity to learn about current trends in technology and innovation, practice development, and advancements in ocular disease management.

See how your practice can benefit from the latest in the world of optometry at the 2020 Virtual Optometric Summit.

Register here, and watch the livestream above from 11am - 2pm ET on Friday and Saturday!
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Dr. Adam Farkas Given CLMA Recognition Award for ODwire & CEwire

Dr. Adam W. Farkas at GSLS2020

At the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) 2020 in Las Vegas, Dr. Adam Farkas was one of two recipients (along with Gretchyn Bailey) to receive an Honorary Recognition Award from the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association.

The award was "In Appreciation for a Lifetime of Dedication and Service to the Contact Lens Industry", through Dr. Farkas' work at ODwire.org, the CEwire series of education events, and the production of the virtual specialty lens conference GPLIwire.

During his acceptance speech, Dr. Farkas dedicated his award to his father, Dr. Paul Farkas, who "fit his first contact lenses in the 1950s, and somehow still manages to show up at his desk every day to keep us focused and in the right direction. He's the heart of what we do."

He also thanked the doctors who make use of ODwire and CEwire's services, as "we would be nothing without them. I can push all the right buttons, but without them there is no site."

full list of honorees has been posted to the CLMA web site.
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Apply Today to Become a Best Practice in 2020!


The application process to become a Best Practice in 2020 is now open!

In this interview, I catch up with Dr. Steve Rosinski and we talk about why every optometrist reading this should consider applying to the 2020 Best Practices program!

I also took a quick video of Dr. Rosinski at Vision Expo West kicking off the application process for 2020.

Former Best Practice's winner Dr. Thomas Quinn also takes a turn at the mic describing the program, and why you should apply. The video ends with Dr. Michele Andrews and a giant chocolate cake:


Learn more at https://www.eyecarebestpractices.com, and leave any comments or questions for Dr. Rosinski in this thread.
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Top 7 Takeaways from the Big Alcon Media Event!

In what has become a something of a September tradition, Alcon invited members of the eye care press to their headquarters in Ft. Worth to update everyone on the most important developments at the company, and what you might see in the coming year.  I decided to take the trip to check out what was going on.

group-photo-alcon-event
(this group of people is responsible for most of what you read about your chosen profession.. scary thought!)

Sergio Duplan, the President of Alcon North America, kicked off the presentations, and was followed by: the GM of Alcon US Vision Care, Sean Clark; the GM of Alcon US Surgical business, Jim Di Filippo; and a VP from their Medical Affairs division, Dr. Roee Lazebnik.

Here are my notes from the talks I thought ODwire folks would be most interested in. These are my totally biased opinions, mixed with some actual facts.

(Disclosure -- Alcon provided a buffet lunch for all attendees, and invited everyone who stayed in Ft. Worth after the event to dinner.  Other than that, the trip was on our own dime...)
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Dr. Ben Chudner on Private Equity in Optometry, Circa 2019


In this InSight Studio interview from Optometry's Meeting 2019 in St. Louis, Dr. Ben Chudner sits down with us to discuss private equity in optometry. He hits on:

* What private equity is
* The differences between different private equity groups
* Where companies are looking to invest
* What makes a practice an attractive target for private equity
* Should your practice be acquired by private equity?

Leave any comments or questions for Dr. Chudner in this thread.
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First Look at AB Max, the Newest Instrument to Treat Anterior Blepharitis


I'm happy to announce the launch of a new product (and a new ODwire.org site sponsor), the AB Max!

It is the latest instrument designed to treat anterior blepharitis.

I got a first-look at the devicee at SECO, and spoke with the device's inventor, John Choate.

The comparison with the BlephEx is natural and obvious (John was one of the designers of the original), the big differences that I could see:

1) the device has a patent-pending "pulse mode", which is more comfortable for the patients and...

2) the cost -- the device itself is billed as 1/3rd the cost, and the consumables (ie, the tips) are priced at about 50% of other devices.

They are running a SECO special including the device, tips, patient literature, an i-Chek and a cute little demodex mite toy to show to patients.

If you have any questions, post them in this thread, or visit their web site, www.AB-Max.com, or call them at 1-800-721-8006.

Discussion:
https://www.odwire.org/community/threads/ab-max-the-newest-instrument-for-treating-anterior-blepharitis.118919/
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CEwire2019 Starts on January 26th! $189 for 56 COPE credits; Large Vendor Discounts


CEwire2019 is coming! REGISTER HERE!

Over 9,000 ODs have chosen to participate in CEwire events over the past five years, and this year features our biggest roster of speakers and vendors yet.

Watch LIVE online on January 26th & 27th, or ON DEMAND at your own pace and on your own schedule through July 1st, 2019.

Visit the virtual exhibit hall to get exclusive discounts from leading vendors, and tune in to the CEwire2019 Livestream, where we'll chat with optometric thought leaders and eye care industry executives.

Learn more at https://www.cewire2019.com or REGISTER HERE. We look forward to seeing you at the event!


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