The American Optometric Association is launching a new Integrated Eyecare Project Team, which will analyze existing models of integrated eye care with the intention of identifying specific elements that facilitate the highest-quality, most efficient patient care. Unlike previous versions of integrated eye care models that were chiefly centered upon the best interests of individual ophthalmologists, “optometry’s vision for how our professions can work together will be focused on better patient care and outcomes,” says project team chair Christopher Quinn, OD.

The World Council of Optometry presented Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, LOSc, of the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia, with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, on April 21. He is just the sixth individual to receive the award, which recognizes optometrists who have made an outstanding effort to increase access to high-quality vision care. During the last 20 years, the Brien Holden Vision institute has invested more than $450 million in research, education and humanitarian funds to create advanced vision correction products and provide quality vision care to people in need throughout the world.

A compound found in pine bark extract reduces the risk of cataract formation, according to a study in the March 28 online version of Current Eye Research. The researchers reported no short-term side effects of the ingredient, dietary pycnogenol. However, they suggested that long-term, in vitro testing is required before any supplemental recommendations could be made.