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Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, "During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop most eye emergency cases from going to urgent care and emergency facilities, which clearly assisted in slowing the virus spread and reducing individual exposure. As usual, optometrists still have the ability to treat emergency eye cases and we want every Coloradan to know how to use our emergency services for their own health and safety."

The CDC National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) reported that overall emergency room visits declined 42% early in the pandemic, but the viral infection cases quadrupled making emergency facilities a potential risk for many Coloradans including populations that are more vulnerable to a viral infection (*note 2). Optometry's vulnerable patient population is impacted by diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which are known to complicate COVID-19 cases (*note 3).

The October public health initiative is taking place on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #2020EyesColorado and at 2020EyesColorado.org. Colorado optometry practices across the state have also geared up to join the initiative on social media to help spread the word in their own communities.

To learn more about what to do in an eye emergency, read the newly released 2020 Eyes Colorado article Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do! - https://2020eyescolorado.org/eye-emergencies-pr/

You will learn:

* Symptoms that need immediate attention from an optometrist

* Symptoms that need an eye exam soon

* Emergencies an eye doctor can treat and what to do at home

* How to find an optometrist

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

References
*Note 1: https://www.aoa.org/documents/HPI/HCUP%20HPI%20December_2019.pdf
*Note 2: https://www.cdc.gov/nssp/index.html
*Note 3: https://www.aoa.org/AOA/Documents/Advocacy/HPI/Emergency%20Department%20Diversion%20Brief.pdf

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Pandemic Stress Can Change Eyesight and Impact Eye Health

DENVER, Colo. -- Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched a September awareness initiative to help educate Coloradans on the impact of stress on eyesight and eye health.

"The long-term stress individuals and families are experiencing this year has the potential to impact eye health in a range of ways from mild eye discomfort to vision loss. This is a health issue that is preventable and most related symptoms can be managed at home. If symptoms linger or impact your quality of life, we do recommend an optometric eye exam," says Sheryl Benjamin, COA Executive Director.

Everyone has experienced that familiar moment in a challenging situation when stress takes over the body. This is called fight, flight or freeze and it's where the body moves into protection mode. Initially, the heart may pump faster as adrenaline moves through the body, breathing becomes shallow, and pupils dilate enhancing the ability to see danger. The body is preparing for a physical threat even if the stress is from a non-physical threat like a difficult project at work or a conflict with a friend.

The individual may experience a range of stress from mild stress to high stress. The eyes also experience a range of impact due to stress from mild discomfort to debilitating vision loss.

Symptoms of Stress Impacting Vision Health:
* Tunnel vision - Loss of visual acuity in the peripheral vision. The person feels like they can only see in front of themselves.
* Light sensitivity - An intolerance to light. The person feels like they have to close their eyes when experiencing light and they feel discomfort.
* Eye twitching - Random spasms around the lid of one or both eyes.
* Very dry or very wet eyes - Both of these can be cause by stress depending on the body's response.
* Blurry vision - This is usually mild when caused by stress.
* Eye strain - Fatigue of the eyes may be caused by stress, but can also be caused by too much screen time.
* Vision Loss - The stress hormone cortisol can damage the eye and the brain. Stress is also linked to causing diseases that can lead to vision loss including glaucoma.

It's more likely that the eye's response to stress will be minor, but if any of these symptoms are impacting your quality of life or the symptoms persist contact your optometrist immediately.

Ideas to Lower Stress & Relax Your Eyes
* Reduce your screen time for a few days to reduce eye strain and give eye muscles a break.
* During screen time use the 20-20-20 Rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
* Participate in a daily meditation.
* Exercise daily.
* Walk outside if possible.
* Eat a healthy diet.
* Get good sleep.
* Join an online social group.
* Consider weekly mental health therapy.
* Connect with your doctor about potential medication if stress and anxiety remain unmanageable.

Optometrists know that stress impacts every system of the body including the eyes. Colorado's doctors of optometry want you to know that the benefits of managing stress on a daily basis will not only improve eye health, but overall health. Even picking one stress reducing activity daily can help. Read more at: https://2020eyescolorado.org/pandemic-stress-can-change-your-eyesight-pr/

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado’s Doctors of Optometry Offer 5 Ways to Prepare for School in a Pandemic

DENVER, Colo. -- The 2020-2021 school year is starting with a baseline of caution, anxiety and an ever-changing game plan during a global pandemic. Local doctors of optometry have teamed up with the Colorado Optometric Association and 2020 Eyes Colorado to compile a unique list of five areas to consider as families near the start of school.

Many families are struggling to feel comfortable with an in-person learning environment and others are opting for distance learning this year. Regardless of the learning environment, school in Colorado will be different for now and families are attempting to plan while facing many unknowns.

However, experts do know that about 80% of what a student learns is presented visually, which makes eye health very important for student learning. Optometrists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team of health-care practitioners that contribute to diagnosing learning difficulties when challenges present in school.

Colorado doctors of optometry agree that considering five specific areas of need, families can build a healthy foundation for learning while avoiding unnecessary difficulties.

1. Assess the Student's Vision & Eye Health

It's highly recommended that each student gets a comprehensive eye exam, every year. It's even more important this year as children are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, countless lifestyle changes and more screen time than ever. This can be a recipe for vision changes that can impact learning if they aren't addressed.

A comprehensive eye exam gives the patient and doctor a look at overall physical health in addition to eye health. Optometrists are often able to diagnose general health and eye health conditions before symptoms occur. This makes early intervention and treatment possible before vision and learning is heavily impacted.

"It's so important for each student to get their eyes checked as part of supporting their learning. It's especially important to rule out a visual issue if your child is struggling with reading, headaches, coordination, blurry vision, double vision, or dry eyes. With the recent screen time increases, we want to make sure that student eye health is not a problem for the school year," says Dr. Tom Cruse, President at Colorado Optometric Association.

Visual Skills Essential for K-12 Learning
During a comprehensive eye exam an optometrist is assessing the child's visual skills in the below areas. These areas are essential for learning and if the eyes are not functioning well in these capacities learning is often impacted negatively.
* Good visual acuity at all distances
* Satisfactory eye teaming skills
* Satisfactory eye movement skills
* Satisfactory focusing skills

If a child is already experiencing learning difficulties and has one or more of the below listed symptoms, they may have a learning-related vision problem. It's recommended that the child has a comprehensive evaluation by an optometrist who specializes in children's vision and learning-related vision problems.

Symptoms of Learning-related Vision Problems*:
* Headaches or eye strain
* Blurred vision or double vision
* Crossed eyes or eyes that appear to move independently of each other (Read more about strabismus.)
* Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work
* Short attention span during visual tasks
* Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering one eye
* Placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
* Excessive blinking or rubbing the eyes
* Losing place while reading, or using a finger as a guide
* Slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
* Difficulty remembering what was read
* Omitting or repeating words, or confusing similar words
* Persistent reversal of words or letters (after second grade)
* Difficulty remembering, identifying or reproducing shapes
* Poor eye-hand coordination
* Evidence of developmental immaturity

*Symptoms list created by Think About Your Eyes, April 2017

2. Create a Family Stress Management Plan
Eye twitching, blurry vision, headaches, watery eyes or dry eyes can all be caused by stress. In fact, stress can cause vision issues and vision issues can cause stress. Don't get caught in this cycle!

This year, there are a lot of new stressors for students beyond learning and homework. Having a stress management plan for each person in the home will help everyone stay happy, healthy, learning, and working.

It's a good idea to start talking to each child about what their school day will look like and prepare them for the things that are changing.

By managing stress daily, families can then build a daily schedule and house rules around each family member that helps them find success.

3. Assure the Student is Eating Well

Nutrition can impact how we feel emotionally and physically, but it also impacts eye health. A child's eating habits can change as they experience stress and as daily schedules change. When some people experience stress they eat less and others eat more. What is healthy and effective for each student?

Making sure the child is eating enough breakfast, lunch, and dinner is helpful. Or maybe they aren't into full meals right now so making sure they are grazing throughout the day will help keep blood sugar balanced, stress low, and it also can mean less tantrums or moodiness.

10 Nutrient Dense Foods to keep eyes healthy and brains learning:
* Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids
* Nuts and legumes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
* Seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E
* Citrus fruits rich in vitamin C
* Leafy greens rich in lutein and zeaxanthin
* Carrots rich in vitamin A and beta carotene
* Sweet potatoes rich in beta carotene and vitamin E
* Beef is rich in zinc
* Eggs rich in lutein and zeaxanthin
* Water prevents dehydration and keeps your brain running

4. Determine How Much Exercise the Student Needs

Exercise increases blood flow to the optic nerve and retina, reduces stress, improves alertness, motivation, attention and it even helps individuals retain information.

When schedules change one of the first things to cease is healthy exercise. Whether attending school in-person or online, determine how the child get the exercise they need to thrive? How can exercise be used as a tool during the school year? Some families have students jump on a mini-trampoline or do jumping jacks before tackling homework or a school lesson. Others use it as a motivational reward. Tips for getting kids to exercise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following activity levels for:
* Children ages 3-5 years should have active play throughout the day.
* Children ages 6-17 should have one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Including;
o activities to strengthen bones 3 days per week (ex: running or jumping)
o activities to build muscles 3 days per week (ex: climbing or push- ups)

5. Address Sleep Difficulties

Dark circles around their eyes, moodiness, fatigue, difficulty learning, forgetfulness, and lack of motivation are all common signs of poor sleep. Poor sleep is not conducive to a successful learning environment and it can also strain family relationships. It's a good idea to address everyone's sleep issues in the household for optimal learning, working, playing and relating.

Sleep is clearly important for everyone and students are no exception. It's also very common for sleep to be impacted by stress and anxiety. Improving sleep could be as simple as better sleep hygiene, a new pillow, reducing stress or eliminating screen time before bed. However, sometimes there's an actual health issue at play. If sleep doesn't get better with common sense adjustments and is impacting daily life (like school) it's time to consult a doctor.

During a comprehensive eye exam an optometrist may spot signs of sleep issues including sleep apnea or other health conditions that are associated with sleep difficulties like pediatric myopia, diabetes, glaucoma, or an autoimmune disease.

The CDC recommends the following sleep quantity for:
* Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
* Ages 6-12 years: 9-12 hours per 24 hours
* Ages 13-18 years: 8-10 hours per 24 hours

Tips to Improve Sleep:
* Stick to a sleep schedule, go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time even on the weekends.
* Remove screens from the bedroom including phones, TVs, and tablets.
* Stop the use of any screen one hour before bedtime to reduce blue light exposure.
* Make sure the child's sleep environment is comfortable for them and includes their unique sleep preferences.
* Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and before bed.
* Make sure the child is getting enough exercise during the day.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public.

For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado Optometrists Announce 8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

DENVER, Colo. -- A lot has changed for the summer of 2020, but the Colorado Optometric Association and 2020 Eyes Colorado wants everyone to know that summer eye health is still important. Colorado's sunlight is roughly 20% brighter than at sea level and is even more intense at the top of a mountain as there is less atmosphere at higher elevations to filter out UV rays.

"Coloradans are getting outdoors much more this summer due to the pandemic closures. It's important that when we are enjoying the outdoors that we don't underestimate the intensity of the Colorado sun because it can negatively impact your vision," says Sheryl Benjamin, Executive Director at the Colorado Optometric Association.

Colorado's optometrists give eight ways to protect your eyes this summer:

1. Wear UVA/UVB Blocking Sunglasses
Your eyes can get sunburned. It's true and it's all too common in the bright Colorado sun. Grab a pair of 100% UVA/UVB blocking sunglasses and wear them when outside to protect your eyes from sunburn. Some Coloradans pair sunglasses with a hat for even more UV protection. Make sure the brim is at least 3 inches wide for good coverage. Start kids off right by protecting their eyes early on with a hat and sunglasses. Bonus, tiny sunglasses are cute!

2. Wear Swim Goggles
Chlorine is rough on the eyes so be sure to protect them with swim goggles. Typically, chlorine exposure in a pool will dry out your eyes and make them temporarily red. However, conjunctivitis/pink eye is a common infection for swimmers as it spreads easily in the water. Make sure those goggles are sealed well!

3. Wear a Hat
A hat is a great addition to sunglasses for increased eye protection. Wearing a hat will shade additional parts of the eyeball and skin around the eyes. It's also a great runner up if you forget sunglasses as you're headed out on the trail.

4. Clean Hands Make Healthy Eyes
Yes, washing hands and avoiding face touching is important for eye health and overall health. Hand washing is even more essential during the pandemic, but it was also significant before COVID-19 to prevent the transmission of disease and illness that can enter through touching your eyes and face. Plus, washing your hands reduces your risk of contracting conjunctivitis/pink eye any time of year!

5. Eye Protection for DIY Projects/Activities and Sports
Be sure to wear safety glasses for DIY projects and high-risk activities like sports or lighting fireworks. These high-risk moments can quickly go awry with an unexpected eye injury. Make sure each individual on the project has protective glasses.

6. Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration is very common in the dry Colorado summers, but is easy to avoid. Dehydration can impact the body's ability to create tears and then can cause vision issues. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water consistently throughout the day. Be sure to bring plenty of water for those outdoor activities!

7. Get Sleep!
Humans do better with a good night's sleep and eyes are no different. When and individual doesn't get enough sleep it impacts visual acuity. When this happens, the individual may need to catch up on sleep or may need to rest their eyes for a while.

8. Get an Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam
Keep eyes healthy with a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist. An annual eye exam gives a better look at overall physical health. It will also allow for early detection of eye related diseases and non-eye related health issues. The Center for Disease Control states that, "Of the estimated 61 million US adults at high risk for vision loss, only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Regular eye care can have a life-changing impact on preserving the vision of millions of people." Find a trusted Colorado optometrist today!

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):
The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado Optometrists Announce Tips to Help Avoid Eye Health Challenges from Increased Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic

DENVER, Colo. -- As social distancing becomes a normal way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic many individuals are participating in increased screen time. The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and the public health campaign 2020 Eyes Colorado, have collected tips from its doctors of optometry on how to keep eyes healthy as technology has become the hub for employees, social circles, students, teachers, families, and entire communities to stay connected.

"This increased screen time for many is an important part of life and staying healthy mentally and emotionally, which makes reducing screen time not possible for many. There are still a number of preventative measures individuals can take to reduce the impact of screen time on eye health while staying connected," says Dr. Matt Buchanan, COA Board President.

It can be difficult for some individuals to understand why their vision is suddenly blurry or they're experiencing more headaches. But Colorado optometrists know the eye health challenges that come with increased screen time.

Potential Signs That Screen Time is Impacting Your Eyes
* Increased headaches or migraines
* Dry eyes
* Red eyes
* Itchy eyes
* Watery eyes
* Blurred vision
* Light sensitivity
* Eye strain

Tips for Keeping Eyes Healthy During Increased Screen Time

Observe the 20-20-20 Rule
Adults and children should take frequent screen breaks by practicing the 20-20-20 rule. When using any screen, every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. To get in the habit of this, set a timer every 20 minutes for a few days as a reminder to use the 20-20-20 exercise.

Take Blink Breaks
Looking at a screen naturally has users blinking less and that can cause dry eyes, which can also cause a number of issues including blurry vision. When you take your 20-20-20 break be sure to take a few long blinks. This will help hydrate your eyes and reduce any discomfort from reduced blinking.

Reduce Blue Light
Blue light is linked to computer fatigue and eye strain. Colorado optometrists recommend wearing glasses that filter out this light. If you're unsure about finding true blue light glasses, you can contact your optometry office for recommendations.

Buy an Alarm Clock
Blue light suppresses our bodies production of melatonin. This is one of the chemicals that tells our body it is time to go to sleep. Eliminating nighttime phone use in your bedroom tends to nurture better sleep and it eliminates blue light exposure from looking at your phone during the night. It's recommended that you use an alarm clock in your bedroom and keep your phone in another room or on customized "do not disturb settings" while being placed across the room.

Establish a Screen Schedule
During this time, we can't get away from using screens, but it's important to evaluate if there is any way to reduce screen time. Many families are finding that no screens after 8pm is a great rule to start winding down for bed and reducing stress. Begin looking at ways to reduce mindless social media scrolling and shift some of your entertainment choices to non-screen activities during certain times of the day or week.

Check Your Vision
If you're experiencing more headaches, blurry vision or eye discomfort it's probably a good idea to get a comprehensive eye exam in the near future with your local optometrist. This will ensure that your eyes are equipped with the correct prescription lenses/contacts and that any other vision issues are addressed. Stay away from online eye exams or vision screenings as they are not a reliable tool for the full picture of your eye health.

Colorado's doctors or optometry are fully open and offering all services including routine care! Find a local optometrist here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado Optometric Association Warns Patients to Be Cautious of ‘At-Home Eye Exam’ or ‘Vision Test’ Product Claims

DENVER, Colo. -- Some companies are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and asserting that their devices make it easy to conduct an eye exam at home. The truth of the matter is, there are a number of components that are part of an in-person, comprehensive eye exam with a doctor of optometry and there is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, at-home device or app that people can use to self-conduct all of the elements of a proper eye examination. The Colorado Optometric Association, together with the American Optometric Association (AOA), warns that it is more important than ever to be aware of products that give the mistaken impression that their devices can substitute for a comprehensive eye examination or that they can shortcut getting a contact lens or eyeglasses prescription.

"When patients rely on an app for an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, they can receive inaccurate or misleading information and potentially delay essential sight saving treatment. In addition, changes in refractive status can be an underlying symptom of a number of eye or systemic conditions, which can only be detected through an in-person, comprehensive eye exam," says COA President, Dr. Buchanan. "We want to ensure that patients have access to medically-recognized eye health care and to protect them from companies, platforms or services that may put their health at risk."

The Colorado Optometric Association is joining with the AOA, patient advocacy organizations, state attorneys general and the media in warning the public about the lack of effectiveness and potential dangers of these devices and their marketing promises. With the proliferation of these online apps, optometry and other health care providers have continued to raise concerns about their safety and efficacy-including the potential for inaccurate prescriptions, missed diagnoses of serious and general health conditions, and the creation of a prescription with little input from an eye doctor.

"Eye exams with doctors of optometry, America's primary eye health and vision care providers, are essential health care that provide more than just a prescription but are also a critical component of patient's preventive health regimen. During this time, patients should work with their doctors to make use of health technologies that enhance care, and not be misled by questionable marketing claims that undermine it," AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D., says. "Patients need to be wary of any company that claims its device can replace the care that a doctor provides."

States are beginning to reopen health care access and eye doctors across the country are starting to safely provide comprehensive eye health examinations once again. Patients looking to schedule their annual eye examinations or update their prescriptions should contact their eye doctors, who are employing in-person and telehealth protocols to provide necessary refills and other eye health and vision care with one goal in mind - to protect everyone's health and safety.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Paragon Gives Announces Call for 2020 Koch Kellan Scholarship Applicants

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Paragon Gives, a Paragon BioTeck, Inc. initiative, is excited to announce a call for applications for the 2020 Koch Kellan Scholarship worth $10,000. This annual scholarship is awarded to one (1) outstanding graduate medical student committed to pursuing a clinical, teaching or research career in ophthalmology.

"Through the Koch Kellan Scholarship program, Paragon Gives cultivates a next-generation leader in ophthalmology," stated Patrick Witham, President & CEO of Paragon BioTeck. "By recognizing the talents and commitments of an ophthalmic innovator each year, we help build a stronger profession and further Paragon's mission to continually elevate the standard of eye care."

Applications will be reviewed by scholarship namesakes and industry giants: Paul S. Koch, MD, and Robert E. Kellan, MD, as well as additional members of the Scholarship Review Committee. Once selected, the Koch Kellan Scholar will be invited to attend the 2020 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, to be held on May 15-19. The Scholar will be formally presented with the award during the ASCRS conference and will interact with Paragon representatives and ophthalmologists to learn more about the industry.

"Those for whom ophthalmology is truly a calling; those for whom it would be impossible to pursue any other specialty; and those who are able to convey this personal connection in a captivating matter-these are the students whom the Koch Kellan Scholarship is intended to support," said Patrick Witham, founder of the Koch Kellan scholarship. "It is our honor and pleasure to mark the professional contributions of Doctors Koch and Kellan by continuing their long legacy of mentorship in our field."

The 2019 Koch Kellan Scholarship recipient, Mohima Sanyal, was a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She attends medical school with the personal ambition to apply her interdisciplinary perspectives towards providing excellent, accessible medical care to patients. She believes that access to "excellent healthcare is fundamental to a just society and that it is critical that we engage with community-specific visual health needs and contribute to innovative, culturally-informed solutions." Her projects involve creating a more inclusive, theoretically-grounded approach to visual care research, applying the power of narrative medicine to mitigate implicit bias in physician practice, and eliminating language and insurance barriers for care.

The Koch Kellan Scholarship application and guidelines are available at Koch Kellan.com. Application submissions are open from November 18, 2019, through February 16, 2020, and all supporting materials must be postmarked by February 16, 2020. The Koch Kellan Scholarship reinforces the fundamental mission of Paragon BioTeck, "to drive innovations to address unmet and underserved medical needs and improve the quality of lives around the world."

About Paragon Gives and the Koch Kellan Scholarship

Paragon Gives, a Paragon BioTeck, Inc. initiative, supports several charities and organizations, including those within the biotechnology and health care arena. The initiative also works with individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on our customers, vendors, investors, and industry as a whole.

The Koch Kellan Scholarship affirms the commitment of Paragon BioTeck to elevating the standard of eye care through addressing unmet and underserved medical needs and improving the quality of lives around the world.

Learn more about the scholarship and its recipients at: https://paragonBioTeck.com/gives/KochKellan/.

About Paragon BioTeck, Inc.

Paragon BioTeck, Inc., is a privately held pharmaceutical and medical device company specializing in the development and commercialization of ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, devices, and therapies. Paragon BioTeck's portfolio of products is designed to protect and preserve eyesight and deliver comfort to the eyes. Learn more about Paragon BioTeck at https://paragonBioTeck.com/.

Media Contact:
Caity Fager
Paragon BioTeck, Inc.
(888) 424-1192
marketing@paragonbioteck.com

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*Photo caption: Mohima Sanyal, 2019 recipient of the Koch Kellan scholarship, center, and (from the left) Patrick Witham, CEO and president of Paragon BioTeck, Doctor Robert E. Kellan, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and lens implant surgery, and Doctor Paul S. Koch, co-founder and medical director of Koch Eye Associates, officially presents Mohima with her scholarship. This scholarship is but a piece of the recognition Paragon Gives, a Paragon BioTeck, Inc. initiative, does to support the future of ophthalmology.

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EyeBuyDirect Announces Chillhouse NYC Curated Collection to ‘Stay Chill in the Digital World’

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- EyeBuyDirect has partnered with the wellness experts at Chillhouse NYC to curate a collection of fashion forward eyewear that offers blue-light-blocking lenses to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of digital blue light.

"Digital screens are major sources of blue light, specifically the kind of blue light our bodies use to regulate sleep. So, whenever we use our digital devices, especially late into the night, we're actually telling our brains to keep our bodies awake," said Caroline Dubreuil, Product Marketing Manager for EyeBuyDirect. "Research shows that wearing light-blocking glasses three to four hours before bedtime can lead to better and more restful sleep, which in turn keeps us healthy and productive."

Research also indicates long-term exposure to screen light can have some intense serious side effects: headaches, disorientation, and loss of sleep in the short term, and fatigue and eye health issues in the long term. Blue-light-blocking glasses can help keep your vision healthy and focused.

The Collection Story

The new Chillhouse-curated collection from EyeBuyDirect features trend-forward shapes and lustrous colors that make wearing blue-light-blocking eyewear a pleasure. The collection combines the latest technology with the latest styles to "Stay Chill in the Digital World."

"We opened Chillhouse to be a destination for modern self-care, and we have built our business and our lifestyle brand on how to practice self-care every day," said Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Founder of Chillhouse. "Recently, we started hearing more about the harmful effects of blue light. We are, in part, a digital company, but there's a reason people warn against too much screen time - research indicates it could be bad for your eyes and your overall wellness. Thanks to EyeBuyDirect, Team Chill got to try some blue-light-blocking lenses for ourselves and we were blown away. We were less tired, had fewer headaches and felt better overall."

"That's why we were eager to partner with EyeBuyDirect to curate and launch this collection of fashion-forward frames with blue-light-blocking lenses," continued Ramirez-Fulton. "We selected frames that made us feel calm, cool and collected. Plus, they're super affordable, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of blue-light protection."

"We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Chillhouse," said Sunny Jiang, Chief Executive Officer of EyeBuyDirect. "Their mission for modern self-care aligns beautifully with our mission of eye care for everyone, making fashionable eyewear affordable."

EBDBLUE and SightRelax lenses can be ordered with any of the frames at EyeBuyDirect.com and include scratch-resistant and anti-glare coatings and UV protection. SightRelax lenses also feature reading-enhancement technology. All frames on the site are available for prescription and non-prescription lenses.

Eyewear in the Chillhouse collection starts at just $44 for a complete pair, including frames and EBDBLUE lenses.

Full collection can be found here or at https://eyebuydirect.com/collections/chillhouse-digital-world. Collection Lookbook is also available for additional information, styles and pricing: https://www.flipsnack.com/EyeBuyDirect/eyebuydirect-x-chillhouse-curated-collection-lookbook.html

About EyeBuyDirect:

EyeBuyDirect is a one-stop online optical shop for contemporary men's and women's eyeglasses and sunglasses. Established in 2006, the brand champions bold style choices so customers can see the world in a whole new way and change how the world sees them. To provide customers with over 1,000 affordable frames, EyeBuyDirect conducts the entire process from concept and design to manufacturing. Part of the Essilor Group, the largest manufacturer of lenses in the world, EyeBuyDirect offers fashionable frames starting at just $6. Through their Buy1Give1 program, a pair of eyeglasses is donated to someone in need for every order placed.

Learn more at https://www.eyebuydirect.com/ and follow their social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Chillhouse videos on Facebook can be viewed here, here and here.

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EyeBuyDirect Announces Collaboration with Queer Eye’s Tan France – Fans Will ‘Style the Stylist’ for Chance to Win $500 in Fabulous Eyewear

AUSTIN, Texas -- Global eyewear retailer EyeBuyDirect is teaming up with Tan France in a campaign to let his followers style him. Fans will get to turn the tables on the style guru when they vote on which glasses look best on him. France, who is best known for his role on the Emmy-award-winning series "Queer Eye," has of late found even more followers with the release of his book "Naturally Tan," a personal memoir which chronicles what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family and a mostly white South Yorkshire, England.

"We are excited and honored to work with Mr. France," said Sunny Jiang, Chief Executive Officer of EyeBuyDirect. "His enthusiasm and goal of making fashion accessible and inclusive aligns beautifully with our mission of Fashionable Eyewear for Everyone."

Just in time to close out the 50th Anniversary of Pride Month, @tanfrance will post his eyewear options via Instagram on June 23, and invite followers to vote on the style they like best on him. One follower will win $500 in free eyewear from EyeBuyDirect. The winning frame, and the winning follower, will be announced on June 30.

Here's an exclusive sneak peek:
* Prism in Translucent - https://www.eyebuydirect.com/eyeglasses/frames/prism-translucent-m-15897
* Moxie in Golden - https://www.eyebuydirect.com/eyeglasses/frames/moxie-golden-l-20189
* Anywhere in Tortoise - https://www.eyebuydirect.com/eyeglasses/frames/anywhere-tortoise-m-19061

About EyeBuyDirect:

Part of the EssilorLuxottica Corporation, the largest manufacturer of lenses in the world, EyeBuyDirect is a one-stop online optical shop for trend-forward men's and women's eyeglasses and sunglasses. The brand champions bold style so customers can see the world in a whole new way and change how the world sees them. To provide customers with over 1,000 affordable stylish frames, EyeBuyDirect conducts the entire process from concept to design and manufacturing. offering fashionable prescription glasses starting at just $6.

Learn more at: https://www.eyebuydirect.com/

Vision For Life:

For every pair of glasses sold, EyeBuyDirect donates a pair of glasses to someone in need of vision correction. EssilorLuxottica scores a 96 out of 100 for corporate social responsibility and sustainability (CSRHub.com).

Twitter: #EBDfamily #tanfrance #eyebuydirect

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Mohima Sanyal Named 2019 Koch Kellan Scholar

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Paragon BioTeck, Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical device company, announced today that Mohima Sanyal has been named its 2019 Koch Kellan Scholar. Paragon Gives, a Paragon BioTeck initiative, awards the Koch Kellan Scholarship to an outstanding graduate medical student committed to elevating the standard of eye care through social responsibility and through a clinical, teaching, or research career in ophthalmology.

"Mohima's credentials reflect a commitment to science and to public health. She plans to study ophthalmology and has already shown an interest and an aptitude for that specialty," said Paul Koch MD, one of the doctors whose namesake is attached to the scholarship. "She has the background to apply what she learns in the vast world of underserved populations both here and abroad. If she continues along this path, she will be a valuable teacher and influencer in the world of medicine."

Ms. Sanyal is a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She attends medical school with the personal ambition to apply her interdisciplinary perspectives towards providing excellent, accessible medical care to patients. She believes that access to "excellent healthcare is fundamental to a just society, and that it is critical that we engage with community-specific visual health needs and contribute to innovative, culturally-informed solutions." Her projects involve creating a more inclusive, theoretically-grounded approach to visual care research, applying the power of narrative medicine to mitigate implicit bias in physician practice, and eliminating language and insurance barriers for care.

"It means so much to be recognized by luminaries in this field - Drs. Koch and Kellan, as well as Paragon BioTeck - for my dedication to the field of ophthalmology and to providing excellent, equitable medical care to all," said Sanyal.

Ms. Sanyal has applied her interdisciplinary perspectives through her work with the Primary Open-Angle African-American Glaucoma Genetics Study (a National Institutes of Health study), by giving back to her community with the Give Kids Sight Day as a volunteer coordinator, and through various avenues related to ophthalmology.

"I was extremely impressed with the extraordinary measures she has taken in her pursuit to achieve a global perspective of how best to address visual-related health needs. Her MD-Master of Public Health degree combined with her MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology will give her the necessary credentials and those along with her enviable selfless attitude will guarantee her a leadership role in her field," said Robert Kellan MD, the scholarship's other namesake.

Paragon Gives will formally present the Koch Kellan Scholarship to Ms. Sanyal at a breakfast attended by Drs. Koch and Kellan, and Paragon CEO, Patrick Witham, during the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, held May 5, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Patrick Witham discusses the importance of the scholarship in regard to ophthalmology, "Since its inception, this award has been extended to some of the best and brightest, up and coming stars in this area of medicine. The award's namesake is perfectly apt, given the unparalleled caliber of candidates and recipients that have shown interest in pursuing a career in an area of medicine where both Dr. Koch and Dr. Kellan have made such tremendously important contributions."

About Paragon Gives and the Koch Kellan Scholarship:

Paragon Gives, a Paragon BioTeck, Inc., initiative, supports a number of charities and organizations, including those within the biotechnology and health care arena. The initiative also works with individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on our customers, vendors, investors, and industry as a whole.

The Koch Kellan Scholarship affirms Paragon's commitment to elevating the standard of eye care and enhancing patient quality of life. Mohima Sanyal is the fifth recipient of the scholarship. Previous recipients include Alejandro Arboleda of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Xinxin Zhang of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The scholarship was first awarded to Captain Edward Woodward of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in 2015.

Learn more about the scholarship and its recipients at: https://paragonBioTeck.com/gives/KochKellan/.

About Paragon BioTeck, Inc.:

Paragon BioTeck, Inc., is a privately held pharmaceutical and medical device company specializing in the development and commercialization of ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, devices and therapies. Paragon BioTeck's portfolio of products is designed to protect and preserve eyesight and deliver comfort to the eyes. Learn more about Paragon BioTeck at https://paragonBioTeck.com/.

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angela.morgan@focuslaboratories.com

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