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2020 Virtual Optometric Summit Livestream!

2020 Virtual Optometric Summit
March 26 & 27 LIVE ONLINE
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





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.”

A 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. 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 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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What Happened to Refresh PM? Consumers Upset by Lack of Availability

Refresh PM disappeared from store shelves last fall, much to the dismay of people with severe dry eye.

In this interview, we speak with Dave Gibson, Associate VP of Consumer Eyecare at Allergan and ask him:

* What happened?
* What alternatives are available?
* When will Refresh PM will be back on store shelves?!

ODwire.org members can comment in this thread.

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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!

Taking CE Has Never Been Easier

Receiving your COPE credits is incredibly simple:

1. Register for CEwire 2019
2. Login and watch the lectures live online, January 26th & 27th, OR on demand through July 1st, 2019
3. Complete a short quiz after each hour of class (take the quizzes as many times as you need to in order to pass)
4. We transmit your credits to ARBO automatically, and also provide you with a digital certificate after you complete each course

There is no better education value in eye care!

Profits for Charity

Profits from the event are being shared with leading eye care charities:
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation
VOSH International

Learn more about the missions of each organization by clicking on the links above. CEwire is proud to have contributed to both organizations at our prior four virtual conferences!

 

Exhibit Hall


CEwire2019 also features a virtual exhibit hall, where leading vendors will demo their products and provide you with the most up-to-date information. Many will have staff available live via text chat during the event!

Several exhibitors will be offering exclusive show discounts to CEwire2019 attendees.

Check here to get the latest news on show discounts and information about the show.

 

CEwire2019 Livestream!

As in prior years, the team will broadcast live from CEwire HQ, giving you the latest updates on the conference, current discounts being offered at the show, and interviewing leaders in eye care.

They will be joined in studio by special guest analyst Gretchyn Bailey, NCLC, FAAO, Editor in Chief and Content Channel Director at Optometry Times.

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

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Walman Instruments Opens ODwire Store

I’m happy to announce that Walman Instruments has opened a store in the ODwire.org Classifieds!
Here’s a brief description of the company, for those who are unfamiliar:
Walman Instruments is a multi-line distributor of ophthalmic instrumentation that has been serving eye care professionals since 1915. We offer the finest products from more manufacturers than anyone in the industry. Our extensive selection enables our sales professionals to create custom designed solutions to meet the unique needs of your practice. We will exceed your expectations!
 
We have the largest showroom and training center in the U.S., and a multi-million dollar inventory. You can see the latest in diagnostic instruments before you buy, and get delivery when you need it. Our exclusive financing and trial programs are designed so that you can provide the best patient care, and stay within your budget.
 
Walman is proud to be a 100% employee-owned company. Our people own the company; our people make the difference. From eyewear, Rx and contact lens service to equipment sales and repair, Walman has a vested interest in ensuring your complete satisfaction and future success.
Check out the store & leave any questions for the company in their official thread.
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