November 07, 2018

Company Celebrates Leadership Contributions to CCLRT Resident Travel Fellowships, American Academy of Optometry Foundation, AFOS and IACLE at San Antonio Events

SAN ANTONIO, November 7, 2018—With the American Academy of Optometry (AAOptom) Annual Meeting drawing thousands of eye care professionals, researchers, educators and students to San Antonio this week, CooperVision is reaffirming its extensive philanthropic support for domestic and international optometry initiatives.

“CooperVision has always been dedicated to strengthening optometry through industry partnerships. Making meaningful contributions to a range of like-minded organizations that support the optometric profession is one component of that effort,” said Simon Seshadri, Vice President of Marketing, North America.

Today, CooperVision Professional and Academic Affairs representative Mark Andre will be a featured speaker at the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) meeting, held at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio. As a top-level Patriot Sponsor, CooperVision assists AFOS in its mission to improve eye care for military personnel, veterans, and their families, elevating standards of practice.

While in Texas, the company is also recommitting to its longstanding sponsorship of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation, which enables financial support through fellowships, scholarships, grants, and student and residency award programs. CooperVision began its support of the Foundation in 2014 and has given nearly $150,000 since that time. Company representatives will attend the Foundation’s An Evening at the Grotto reception on Wednesday, November 7 to celebrate.

For the fourth consecutive year, CooperVision is underwriting the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships, allowing 30 residents from U.S. and Canadian universities to make the trip to Academy ‘18. Recipients will be recognized at the CooperVision booth (#1635) on Thursday, November 8 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

On the evening of Friday, November 9, CooperVision is sponsoring the International Reception. During the festivities in the Lone Star Ballroom, CooperVision will join the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) leaders in bestowing the prestigious IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to four members of the profession from Canada, India, and the Netherlands. In addition to its awards underwriting, CooperVision is the only Gold-level sponsor of the organization.

“Combining philanthropic contributions like these in support of current and future leaders in optometry, along with initiatives such as our Best Practices program and government advocacy efforts, make a measurable difference in how optometry is perceived and practiced. We’re enthusiastic about how our industry partnerships have evolved, and remain committed to partnering with eye care professionals and the organizations that support them,” noted Seshadri.

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About CooperVision

CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection 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

About The Cooper Companies

The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to being A Quality of Life Company™ with a focus on delivering shareholder value. 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 families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on women’s health, fertility and diagnostics. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Cooper has more than 12,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit


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