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NEW RESEARCH AVAILABLE FROM THE VISION COUNCIL
First quarter 2018 market research reports are available from The Vision Council. They include the Consumer Barometer Report, the OTC Readers Index Report, the Plano SG Index Report, the Plano Sunglasses Up to $30 Report, the TVC Report Card, the Detailed Market Analysis Report, the Quarterly Market Overview, the Canada Market Overview and the Sports Sunglasses Report. These reports contain top-line and demographic data on the prescription lens, ophthalmic frame, plano sunglass and over-the-counter readers (OTC) markets, including data on aggregate unit and dollar sales. 866-826-0290 TheVisionCouncil.org

APP ENABLES ECPS TO ACCESS BLACKFIN INFORMATION
ECPs can use the new Blackfin Airstream Clients app to improve their interaction with the frame company’s products. Two sections, one for opticians and the other to share with end consumers, can be used to browse the company’s eyewear catalog, show the latest videos and find out the latest news about the brand. Orders can also be managed. The Blackfin Academy section contains brief snippets of information to keep ECPs constantly updated. The interactive app is available for both Android and iOS platforms. 877.889.0399 Blackfin.EU/App

NEW STEREOTESTS FOR CHILDREN INCLUDE LEA SYMBOLS
Three new stereotests for screening young children are available from the Stereo Optical division of Essilor Instruments. The three new stereotests, including LEA Symbols, the Original Stereo Fly, Butterfly and Randot, are designed to screen the vision of young children and supplement the extensive existing Stereo Optical product line. Lea Hyvarinen, MD, created the LEA Symbols in 1976 and designed the circle, square, apple and house so that each symbol measured visual acuity similarly. 800.344.9500 StereoOptical.com

ECPS INVITED TO NOMINATE NON-PROFITS TO RECEIVE GRANTS
Now in its fifth year, ABB OPTICAL GROUP’s ABB Cares community grants program is again seeking nominees of non-profit organizations to receive funding. This year, ABB OPTICAL GROUP will award one ABB Cares Platinum grant of $5,000, two Gold grants of $2,500 each and four Silver grants of $1,000 to charities nominated by professionals in the eyecare industry, including optometrists, opticians and office staff. U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible. Applications for this year’s ABB Cares program are open until Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. 800.852.8089 ABBOptical.com/ABBCares

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