July 13, 2023

Over 80 ODs Participate in Cutting-Edge Education and Career Guidance Seminars at the Third Annual Summit

SAN RAMON, CALIF., July 13, 2023—Over 80 new optometry graduates actively participated in CooperVision’s third annual New Graduate Summit, held at the Westin Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. The new ODs, who were nominated to participate by their faculty, had the opportunity to immerse themselves in three days dedicated to contact lenses, myopia management and personal finance success. The event was intentionally scheduled prior to the annual American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2023 Optometry’s Meeting held in Washington, D.C., to support the profession at large.

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“Hosting the New Graduate Summit offers many of us throughout CooperVision a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most talented individuals from their graduating classes and the ability to initiate a relationship with them that can last throughout their career,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President of Professional and Government Affairs, CooperVision, North America. "Our team equips the new ODs with the latest insights in contact lens technology, provides the newest tools in myopia management, and shares invaluable career guidance as they embark on their new professional journey.”

Attendees participated in educational sessions lead by Dr. Justin Kwan, Dr. Christopher Lopez, Dr. Shalu Pal, Dr. Steve Rosinski, Dr. Louise Sclafani, Dr. Arti Shah, Dr. Cindy Shan, Dr. Felicia Timmermann, Dr. Tara Vaz, and Dr. Kelly Voltz. Topics ranged from the latest developments in the world of contact lenses, to strategies and tools needed for success in their new career.

“Through the New Graduate Summit, I learned that every patient can be a contact lens wearer until proven otherwise,” said Melanie Mae Patterson, OD, a new graduate from the Kentucky College of Optometry. “CooperVision made taking care of our patients’ needs that much easier with its wide range of contact lenses, and I received tips and tricks to fit an irregular cornea on my first day!”

CooperVision’s unwavering commitment to new optometry school graduates extends well beyond the event itself. As a testament to this commitment, CooperVision will continue to provide in-person educational workshops and seminars, as well as digital on-demand support through ECP Viewpoints, its online site that provides insights, resources, and perspectives on various topics relevant to eye care professionals and the optometry industry.

For more information about CooperVision’s many partnerships with students and educators, visit https://coopervision.com/practitioner/ecp-viewpoints/optometry-students-and-educators

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About CooperVision
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com

About CooperCompanies
CooperCompanies ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 14,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com

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