“The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. For those with normal vision, the three types of cones allow vision of about one million distinctive colors,” notes IFL Science. “Some animal species including certain birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, have a fourth type of cone cell that extends color perception into the UV range. Though evolution has mostly scrubbed that fourth cone from the mammalian lineage, there is evidence that a small group of humans may have a genetic variant that allows for tetrachromacy. Concetta Antico, an Australian artist [one of her landscapes to the right] , was confirmed to be a tetrachromat in 2012.” Read more.
Friday, October 24, 2014
“With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasing popular, especially around this time of year,” according to the Houston News. “Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA. This ongoing effort, which is being coordinated with the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, is being called ‘Operation Double Vision.’ As a result of the operation, this year alone there have been 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses being seized.” Read more.
“Mondottica USA and Anna Sui Eyewear have developed a women’s eyewear collection embodying the feminine spirit found in all Anna Sui products,” says Midwest Lens. “Starting with the same fanciful details that have defined the brand since its beginning, the signature rosebud, Anna’s favorite butterfly motif and the classic fretwork design, the collection has infused a distinct richness into every frame. Anna Sui’s Collection features a ‘Universal Bridge’ accommodating the widest range of fits. Including additional depth preventing eyelash rub combining these elements with a plastic frame made of Zylonite, a cotton, wood flake by-product manufactured in a wide array of colors, textures and patterns.” Read more.
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In a press release appearing on Sys-Con.com, Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose said that Health Canada will consult with optical industry experts to regulate cosmetic contact lenses as medical devices. Until now, Canada has regulated them as consumer products. The U.S. FDA considers them as medical devices, which can be dispensed only with a prescription. As medical devices in Canada, cosmetic contact lenses would be subject to specific requirements for licensing, manufacturing, labeling, and instructions to improve their safety before they go on the market. The proposed changes to the Medical Device Regulations are being published in Canada Gazette I on October 18 to begin consultations. In addition, new guidance documents and new application forms will be posted on the Health Canada website for a 75-day comment period. Read more.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
"Also, OAA realizes that every state does not have an association, so OAA is also encouraging any student/apprentice who is interested in becoming an industry leader to apply for a travel grant. It is commonly said that 'the youth are our future.' We hope that you will agree and join with OAA in our continual effort to invest in the development of leadership potential within the brightest and most promising students and apprentices in opticianry.
"In order to ease the financial burden for state associations, students, and apprentices, OAA has waived the conference registration fee for this special group. In addition, for those state associations and students/apprentices that are unable to financially participate in this effort, OAA is offering a grant of up to $1,000 per student/apprentice.
"There are a limited number of students/apprentices who can be fully supported, so each state association needing financial assistance can click here for the grant application. Each grant application recommending a student/apprentice must be completed by a state association and submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered. Every student/apprentice wishing to receive a travel grant who is not associated with their state association can do so by clicking here. All grant requests must be submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered."