BIRMINGHAM—MacuHealth LP, the Birmingham-based provider of supplements designed to protect eyesight, announced the signing of an agreement with MacuLearn.com, a transatlantic partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland, and the College of Optimetry at Salus University, a private university offering health care programs in Elkins Park, Pa.
The two learning institutions have partnered in the creation of an online educational learning resource, allowing optometrists and eye care technicians to complete certified training on the importance of nutrition for eye health, either via computer or mobile device.
MacuLearn.com is the brainchild of Professor John Nolan of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, part of the School of Health Science at the Waterford Institute, and James Stringham, of the Duke University Medical School Visual Performance Laboratory.
The pair, who have both earned international reputations for their research on how nutrition impacts visual performance, see a significant opportunity to open global access to a range of video tutorials. Nolan was a Fulbright Scholar and is a Fellow of the European Research Council, while Stringham has authored or co-authored more than 35 research papers on visual performance, macular health, and more, primarily in relation to the use of dietary supplements.
“This is a remarkable and crucially needed educational tool that has breached the gap between doctors and patients by offering a state of the art scientific accreditation for optical technicians and providing them the knowledge, confidence and certification to assist patients with their ocular nutritional needs,” said Frederic J. Jouhet, founder and CEO of MacuHealth. “At MacuHealth, our quest has always been to embrace the science and provide the best solutions to both eye care professionals, technicians, and patients. MacuLearn is the perfect platform to assure this quest is completed and proper focus is given to improving visual performance and preserving vision.”