Friday, October 9, 2015

New Daily Contact Lens for Hyperops from Alcon

"Alcon announced that Dailies Total1 single-use contact lenses will be available in plus powers in November," reports Healio. "The expanded power range will include -0.50 D to -6.00 D in 0.25-D steps, -6.50 D to -10 D in 0.50-D steps and now +0.50 D to +6.00 D in 0.25-D steps, the company announced at a press conference here at the American Academy of Optometry meeting." Read more.

New Badgley Mischka Eyewear from McGee Group

Here's the start of the Midwest Lens post about the new eyewear from Badgley Mischka: "Introducing the 2015 Badgley Mischka men’s optical collection. Exquisite attention to detail is directly translated through optical styles, while featuring only the highest quality products and design elements." Read more.

New Eyewear from Anne Klein

"Anne Klein Eyewear transitions from summer to fall with five optical and three sun styles infusing classic shapes, feminine touches, and sophisticated Leo Lion logo treatments. The modern treatment of the iconic trademark embodies both the versatility and careful attention to detail showcased in this collection," according to Midwest Lens. "Three vintage-inspired shapes integrate wearability with a contemporary logo design for sophisticated style. The Leo Lion logo cut out on temples adds a modern detail to a beloved classic. AK5043 offers a deep square shape in solid handmade acetate and is available in Black, Merlot and Tortoise. AK5044 features a soft cat eye shape in milled metal/acetate and is available in Black, Mocha and Merlot while AK5045 is a subtle square shape in milled metal/acetate and is available in Black, Mocha and Merlot." Read more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gene Therapy Treats Inherited Eye Disease

"What could become the first gene therapy to win approval in the United States moved closer to market on Monday, when its developer announced that the medicine had succeeded in a late-stage clinical trial in treating an inherited eye disease that can cause blindness," according to the New York Times. "The developer, Spark Therapeutics, said the treatment had allowed people with certain so-called inherited retinal dystrophies to more easily maneuver in dimmer light than they could before. The company said it planned to apply to the Food and Drug Administration next year for approval to sell the product. 'We saw substantial restoration of vision in patients who were progressing toward complete blindness,' Dr. Albert M. Maguire, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and a lead researcher in the study, said in a news release being issued by Spark." Read more.

Birth Weight and Growth Associated with Poor Vision

"A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age," reports Medical News Today. "Researchers in Manchester, Nottingham, Cincinnati and Madison, Wisconsin analysed data from up to 433,390 UK adults from the UK Biobank study. Associations with birth weight - an index of prenatal growth - were complex. Larger babies falling within the 10th and 90th percentile of weight had better hearing, vision and cognition in adulthood. But very small and very large babies had the poorest hearing, vision and cognitive function. Better growth during childhood (as indexed by adult height) was associated with better hearing, vision and cognition in adulthood." Read more.

New Macular Degeneration Treatment with Stem Cells

"Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to findings published today by Professor Gilbert Bernier of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. ARMD is a common eye problem caused by the loss of cones, " according to Medical News Today. "Bernier's team has developed a highly effective in vitro technique for producing light sensitive retina cells from human embryonic stem cells. 'Our method has the capacity to differentiate 80% of the stem cells into pure cones,' Professor Gilbert explained. 'Within 45 days, the cones that we allowed to grow towards confluence spontaneously formed organised retinal tissue that was 150 microns thick. This has never been achieved before.'" Read more.

New Eyewear from Modern Optical International

"Modern Art makes elegance and sophistication accessible to all women. Ultra-feminine detailing and tasteful embellishments define this well-curated collection," writes Midwest Lens. "Practical as well as beautiful, many styles include highly desirable features such as spring hinges, deeper silhouettes, and silicone nose pads. With 57 styles in a diverse color palette, Modern Art designs range from sleek chic to modern vintage. Every woman deserves her very own piece of Modern Art! Modern Optical International debuts five new Modern Art styles representing an eclectic selection of contemporary designs." Read more.

New Eyewear from Morel

"This fun feminine frame adds a light, contemporary and comfortable option to Lightec," according to Midwest Lens. "Alpha 35B features a two-toned acetate front which is laser etched with lines that continue onto the .8mm stainless steel temples. The combination of the two-toned acetate with the indented details creates a graphic design." Read more.

New Eyewear from Cyclists from Kopin

"Kopin Corporation, a leading developer and provider of innovative wearable technologies and solutions for head-worn computing and display systems, unleashes Solos, an ultra-lightweight performance eyewear streamlined for aerodynamics, style and comfort," posts Midwest Lens. "Solos allows cyclists to easily access real-time performance data from their smartphone or wearable sensors on its high-resolution head-up display." Read more.

3D Printers Take Eyewear Design to Unusual Level

"We have seen impressive applications of 3D printing technology in such realms as clothing fashion, jewelry, and footwear, and now, thanks to Iranian architect Nasim Sehat, 3D printing’s role in fashion and design is being extended into eyewear with her most recent design venture called Biz Eyes." That's the start of a post on 3ders. Read more.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Goodwin College's Ophthalmic Science Department Offering Free ABO/NCLE Test Review on Oct. 18

For the expense of an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items, individuals in the optical field will receive a six-hour ABO/NCLE test review. Goodwin College will host the event on Sunday, Oct. 18, at its East Hartford campus. Registration will begin at eight. The school will provide lunch, and the afternoon sessions will end at four.

Do you want to attend? You will need to pre-register by emailing Maryann Santos, who is the director of Goodwin's Ophthalmic Science Department. You will receive a registration form by email that must be filled out and submitted in advance.

Registration on Oct. 18
ABO Review by Rebecca Soto
NCLE Review by Maryann Santos
Lunch provided by Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science Department

Remember. Goodwin's Ophthalmic Science Department is offering this opportunity only for the cost of an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food, which it will distribute to underprivileged families in the East Hartford community.

Decorative Contact Lenses Test Positive for Chlorine and Other Chemicals

A recent study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) shows that several varities of costume contact lenses tested positive for chlorine and other harmful chemicals. 

The research found chlorine in three types of non-prescription costume contact lenses. Iron was found on four pairs of lenses. The chemicals may come from colorants used to tint and create playful patterns on the lenses. One pair seeped chlorine after a routine rinse, prompting concern from researchers about toxicity to the eye. The study also noted that colorants printed or pressed onto some decorative lenses create an uneven texture. Those rough surfaces could scratch the eyes, potentially allowing in bacteria that can cause infection and even blindness. 

Four of the five lenses in the study are not available legally in the United States the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has not approved them. Contact lenses not approved by the FDA may be made with materials that can harm the eyes, causing corneal ulcers or keratitis. Both of these conditions can result in scarring that impairs vision or causes blindness. For this reason, the Academy advises against wearing decorative lenses without a prescription. Even so, consumers can buy these and many other decorative potentially dangerous lenses online. Around Halloween, they often crop up for sale at beauty parlors or even gas stations.  

Guidelines to Pass Onto Your Patients
To safely wear decorative contact lenses this Halloween or any time of year, the AAO recommends following these guidelines:
  • Only buy decorative contact lenses from retailers who require a prescription and sell FDA-approved products.
  • Obtain a valid prescription and eye exam from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • Even those with good vision need an examine so the lenses fit properly. Ill-fitting lenses can scratch the surface of the eye, creating an opening for infection.
  • Redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort can signal eye infection. If you have these symptoms, immediately see an ophthalmologist. Eye infections can cause blindness if left untreated.
  • For more information on costume contact lenses, visit the Academy's public information website,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Retina Sets Bio Rhythm with Neuropsin

Medical News Today reports that "researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Washington report new research that sheds light on how the retina sets its own biological rhythm using a novel light-sensitive pigment, called neuropsin, found in nerve cells at the back of the eye." Read more.

We May See More Colors Than Previously Thought

"Researchers from Tohoku University's Research Institute of Electrical Communication and RIKEN BSI have found the presence of neurons in the human brain which can each selectively respond to an intermediate color; not just neurons of red, green, yellow and blue," according to a post on Medical News Today. "It was previously believed that the human visual system encoded color information through combinations of four opponent colors - red/green, yellow/blue - and dark/light components. In this format, orange can be represented as the combination of red and yellow, and purple as a combination of blue and red. However, recent electrophysiological studies in primates have revealed the presence of neurons in the visual cortex, each of which are selective to intermediate color." Read more.

Sunglass Brand Barton Perreira Creates Video

"Tim Cadiente, photographer and president of luxury eyewear brand Barton Perreira, shot and debuted a short film for the brand's Fall/Winter 2015 collection of sunglasses," notes Fashion Times. "The film is entitled "My Dear, My Darling," named for the song by Sir Madam playing in the background throughout the film. The three-minute short was filmed in Southern California amidst a landscape of rolling hills and vistas and was shot using aerial drones." Read more.

New Eyewear from Diva

"Designed by Antonio Coffen, the creator of the Diva Eyewear brand, the release is comprised of four metal and two acetate styles. Each style’s finely crafted details demonstrate the brand’s commitment to luxury and sophistication," reports Midwest Lens. "Metal work is often layered, rippled, and cut into feminine, artful, inspired treatments. Acetate parts are contoured, beveled, and cut into beautiful lines and shapes. Each style is graced with a tasteful array of Austrian Swarovski Crystals. Of particular note is the wide range of color techniques utilized throughout the collection. Examples include fades, the utilizing of three colors on a single frame, and matching the Swarovskis to a style’s color scheme. Metal styles utilize a gold or silver base while acetates mix a variety of exotic floral patterns and crystal-laminates." Read more.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mujosh Launches Expansion at Silmo

Mujosh exhibited at Silmo Paris optical fair this year, presenting its usual distinguished green wood booth concept and showcasing its select boutique products and brand new 2015 designer series containing seven authentic conceptual glasses products. The company seeks franchise and distribution partners in the European market. After Silmo, Mujosh will attend the HK Optical fair this November. Earlier this year, the company opened its first overseas stores in Malaysia and Thailand in August, and will open in Australia this coming November. The company projects it will have at least 1000 stores and mature distribution channels within five years. Read more.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

US Senator Looks to Update Eyewear Regs

New York State's "Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for updated regulations on eyeglass prescriptions, which he says will directly benefit consumers," reports the TWC News. "Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to require eyecare providers to give complete prescription information to consumers who could then shop around for the best deals. His proposal would also require eyecare providers to verify prescription information to third party sellers in a timely manner. Schumer also recommends new regulations mandating that prescriptions last longer than one year." Read more.

It will be curious to see what happens since providers already must give complete scripts to consumers and third party providers in a timely matter, usuaully defined as eight business hours.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jets Linebacker Mauldin Back In with Contact Lenses

Two weeks ago, New York Jets rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin suffered a scary injury in his NFL debut. The game against the Cleveland Browns was delayed for several minutes, Mauldin was carted off the field and went straight to the hospital. It was later determined he had suffered a concussion, which was made worse by one of his frequent migraine headaches, a condition that is now being treated, he says, by tinted contact lenses," goes the Yahoo! Sports post. "The science is developing but the theory goes that certain migraine conditions can be treated through tinted lenses. Migraines can develop for a variety of reasons, and one of which is exposure to light and in particular, fluorescent lights. The tinting of contact lenses can help limit the impact of light entering the eye. 'I have contacts now that limit the sunlight to my pupils. It helps a lot,' Mauldin told Shutdown Corner. 'It's normal eyesight, nothing different that way it just has a slight shade to it. Still see the same colors, it's just not as bright. So it is supposed to help me and maybe I won't have migraines as often.' Mauldin said that things like driving or playing at night won't be affected. It should be a positive change with no drawbacks for him." Read more.

Counterfeiters Robbing Industry Blind

"Counterfeit eyewear goods are taking a heavy toll on manufacturers' revenues, and the problem looks likely to escalate, says a new report." That's the word from Securing Industry. "The eyewear market overall is set for buoyant growth between 2015 and 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 7 per cent over the period by value and 3.5% by volume, but the availability of counterfeits presents "a big market challenge," says report publisher Technavio.'Sunglasses and contact lenses are the most affected product categories by counterfeiting in the eyewear market,' Technavio analyst Arushi Thakur told, adding: 'Ray-ban, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Versace are some of the brands most affected by counterfeiting.' While the impact of this activity is hard to gauge, the report suggests that on average, manufacturers lose between 15 and 20 per cent of their market revenues annually due to fake products, according to Thakur." Read more.

Silhouette Releases a Line of Wes Gordon Sunglasses

"New York-based women’s wear designer Wes Gordon has collaborated with Silhouette on a collection of elegant, sophisticated sunglasses," writes Midwest Lens. "'Wes Gordon for Silhouette' embodies his signature aesthetic, bringing a fashion-forward approach to the advanced, technically superb and rimless eyewear for which Silhouette is known. The collection, which includes a limited edition lens cloth also designed by Gordon, was unveiled on September 11, 2015 at NYC Fashion Week." Read more.

Nike and Marchon Release Fall Sunglasses Collection

"This season, premium eyewear brand Nike Vision announces the launch of its Fall 2015 SB sun collection. Comprised of six styles, the product array builds on the Spring ’15 inaugural collection that featured the Nike Volano, Nike Volition, Nike Achieve and Nike Recover. New styles for Fall include the Nike Unrest and Nike Flatspot. The collection rolls out to consumers this month and will be available at select Nike Vision retailers." That's the beginning of the Midwest Lens post. Read more.

Row and Oliver Peoples Launch Eyewear Collection

"The Row is launching an eyewear collection with Oliver Peoples," starts the Yahoo! Style post. "Headed up by former actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the label is a firm favourite with the A-list. While the brand is known for its classic clothing, it’s now moving into glasses, which will be available from January 2016. Called The Row x Oliver Peoples, it will debut during the brand’s Paris Fashion Week show. There will be six designs, with both optical and sunglasses included." Read more.

De Rigo to Launch New Dunhill Collection in 2016

"British luxury fashion brand Dunhill has signed an exclusive license agreement with global eyewear manufacturer and distributor De Rigo Vision for the design, production and worldwide distribution of the Dunhill-branded optical and sun collection," according to Moodie Report. "The distribution network will include high-end opticians and department stores worldwide as well as Dunhill boutiques. The first Dunhill eyewear collection by De Rigo Vision is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2016." Read more.