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“Disruption” is the king of all buzz words these days. During this episode of the ODs on Facebook Podcast we will be discussing the current and future impacts of disruptive forces in eyecare. Our guests for this episode are a dynamic duo made up of Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino, an optometrist practicing in Nashville Tennessee and Mr. Andy Barrow, a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record. 

Topics discussed in this episode include private equity, venture capital, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine. This episode is meant to be a start to the discussion within our community on this topic. Please contribute your thoughts and include any questions you have in the comment section below as well as on the post featured on the ODs on Facebook group. Dr. Sonsino and Mr. Barrow will be answering questions and engaging with the community in the comments.


Dr. Sonsino and Mr. Barrow would like to disclose a financial interest in a company called Eyeris which is discussed in this episode. 

Our guests for this episode:

Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino, OD, FAAO, Dipl.

Jeffrey Sonsino is a doctor of optometry and a partner in a high-end specialty
contact lens and anterior segment practice in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Sonsino is a
Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of
Optometry (AAO), an executive board member of the Healthcare Alliance for
Patient Safety, past-chairman of the American Optometric Association’s (AOA)
Contact Lens and Cornea Section and a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.

On the local level, he is past president of the Middle Tennessee Optometric
Association. In the past few years, he has been awarded the 2017 Gas Permeable
Lens Institute (GPLI) practitioner of the year, the 2017 AOA’s Advocate of the Year,
and the 2018 Optometrist of the Year by the Tennessee Optometric Association. Dr. Sonsino is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer for Eyeris, a contact lens company established to promote the success of private practice optometrists and provide a safer alternative to direct-to-consumer contact lens retailers.

Email address: jeff@myeyeris.com

Mr. Andy Barrow

Mr. Barrow is a serial entrepreneur with wide start-up experience. He has raised almost $20M in funding for his startups and has taken 3 startups from concept to profitability over the past 6 years. He also brings to this discussion 20 years of senior executive management experience which includes establishing a division focused on monetizing IP for an applied-futurism firm on Madison Ave, NYC. He has consulted for the likes of Coca Cola (Japan), Bayer, Allergan, CITI Bank, Campbells, and the NFL. Mr. Barrow is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eyeris, a contact lens company established to promote the success of private practice optometrists and provide a safer alternative to direct-to-consumer contact lens retailers. 

Email address: andy@myeyeris.com

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Fayiz Mahgoub
Associate Editor, Eye Care Technology and Vision Therapy for odsonfb.com. Dr. Mahgoub enjoys sharing his thoughts on a variety of eye care topics as a contributing writer to Eyecare Business Magazine, Optometric Management Magazine, newgradoptometry.com and introwellness.com. He also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Defocus Media where he hosts the eye care technology podcast, VisionTECH with Fayiz Mahgoub as well as The ODs on Facebook Podcast. In 2015 Dr. Mahgoub founded the organization Young Leaders in Optometry to bring together the brightest young minds in optometry with the goal of empowering the professional growth of young optometrists and helping them make a positive impact on our profession. Today, Young Leaders in Optometry hosts educational events during optometric conferences to showcase the brightest young leaders in our field. In 2019 Dr. Mahgoub founded Augmented Vision Labs, an eyecare technology company focused on leveraging emerging technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, spatial computing and cloud computing to enhance the delivery of eyecare.

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