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Alcon marks 30th anniversary of partnership delivering education and training to optometry students and residents

  • Since 1986, Alcon has hosted optometry students and residents at its Global Campus in Fort Worth, Texas, for immersive, hands-on education and training
  • In 2016, more than 600 students and residents will participate in training as part of the Academy for Eyecare Excellence in the new Alcon Experience Center


Fort Worth, Texas, April 26, 2016 – Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis is pleased to recognize its 30th year of providing immersive, hands-on education and training to optometry students and residents from academic institutions in the US and Canada.  


Since 1986, more than 10,000 students and residents have completed the Academy for Eyecare Excellence program, receiving training related to Alcon products.

“I participated in the program in 2010. What I expected might be a standard training experience turned out to be a very memorable, hands-on program, with a focus on innovation and the complexities behind the development of a medical device and the best ways to use those products with patients.” said Lindsay A. Sicks, OD, FAAO, Assistant Professor, Illinois College of Optometry. “My experience at Alcon as a student augmented what I was learning in optometry school and helped me to better understand how industry can partner with practitioners to drive better patient outcomes.”

Academy for Eyecare Excellence participants in 2016 will learn about Alcon’s broad portfolio of medical devices and practice hands-on training at the Alcon Experience Center, a state-of-the-art 36,000-square-foot facility at Alcon’s global headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The center features a fully equipped optometric exam lane, an enhanced wet lab for training in the ophthalmic surgical environment, and a variety of interactive technologies to create a world-class training experience in eye care. 

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“We are proud of our 30-year legacy of educating future optometrists and residents,” said Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO, Vice President, Vision Care Professional Affairs, US. “We know the time spent here at Alcon is really important for students and residents to understand the way Alcon operates, innovates and delivers high-quality products as part of our shared passion for helping people see, look and feel their best.”

About Alcon

Alcon is the global leader in eye care.  As a division of Novartis, we offer a broad portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our products touch the lives of more than 260 million people each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors, and there are millions more who are waiting for solutions to meet their eye care needs. Our purpose is reimagining eye care, and we do this through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that enhance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.alcon.com.  

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