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CooperVision Enhances North American Academic Programs to Support Education and Training of Future Eye Care Professionals

Building upon the success of its array of academic programs, CooperVision has introduced several enhancements to provide additional educational opportunities to U.S. and Canadian optometry students and residents. These include the integration of specialty contact lens initiatives, the rebranding of its student-focused philanthropic program, and a new in-person educational summit for members of the CooperVision Student Leadership Societies.

Enhancements Empowering Future Optometrists

CooperVision’s Give BrightlyTM program—formerly known as Adopt-a-Patient®—offers optometry students with additional “hands-on” fitting experience while enabling them to gift a one-year supply of contact lenses to patients in need. While the company previously offered a separate and similar initiative for its specialty lenses, Give BrightlyTM now includes CooperVision’s diverse portfolio of soft and specialty contact lenses, including MiSight® 1 day* for age-appropriate children.

Through the program, each student may select one patient per academic year to fit with complimentary CooperVision 1 day, scleral, hybrid, or CRT contact lenses, then provide the appropriate follow-up care.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Eye Care Professionals

Members of CooperVision’s Student Leadership Societies will also have access to a new benefit this year. These students, who represent schools and colleges of optometry across the U.S. and Canada, will attend an educational meeting with networking opportunities at CooperVision’s facilities in Rochester, N.Y. The three-day summit includes tours of two of the company’s global, Rochester-based manufacturing and distribution sites, as well as a variety of educational sessions. Student Leadership Society members are second- or third-year optometry students selected by faculty at their schools to serve a one-year term. Selected students receive several other opportunities throughout the year, including a grant to attend the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting. A list of the 2023-2024 members can be viewed here.

“At CooperVision, we believe that advancing the profession includes investing in the future of optometry. From access to industry conferences to valuable networking connections and everything in between, we are deeply committed to strengthening the academic experience of today’s optometry students with ample learning opportunities that will best support the next generation of eye care professionals.”

Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President, Professional & Government Affairs, Americas, CooperVision

In addition to Give BrightlyTM and the Student Leadership Societies, CooperVision’s academic programs include the Best PracticesSM Student Program, complimentary contact lenses for students, and Myopia Management Certifications with MiSight® 1 day and Paragon CRT®. To learn more about CooperVision’s student programs, visit www.coopervision.com/practitioner/student-programs.

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*Indications for use: MiSight® 1 day (omafilcon A) soft (hydrophilic) contact lenses for daily wear are indicated for the correction of myopic ametropia and for slowing the progression of myopia in children with non-diseased eyes, who at the initiation of treatment are 8-12 years of age and have a refraction of -0.75 to -4.00 diopters (spherical equivalent) with ≤ 0.75 diopters of astigmatism. The lens is to be discarded after each removal.

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