Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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."
Friday, October 17, 2014
“An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published today by The Journal of Neuroscience,” according to a post on Medical News Today. “The Montréal scientists discovered that a protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on our understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness. The researchers studied a process called compartmentalization, which establishes and maintains different compartments within a cell, each containing a specific set of proteins. This process is crucial for neurons (nerve cells) to function properly.” Read more.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
“This fall, Genesis releases five men’s ophthalmic styles built on a foundation of strong shapes and pure materials. Characterized by engraved textures, matte and shine finishes and the use of rich horn materials, these ophthalmic glasses are masculine in form and offer clean and classic style,” according to Midwest Lens. “G4017 and G4018: Functional engraved hinges of woven matte metal define these brother styles. Crafted from handmade acetate in rich earthy colors, both styles feature contemporary designs with longer temple lengths to comfortably fit large widths.” Read more.
“Perfect for children that are active and always on-the-move, the new Flexon Kids Collection features titanium alloy that returns to its original shape when twisted or bent and is remarkably resistant to scratches and dents, making it the ultimate accident-proof eyewear for children.” So goes a Midwest Lens post. “Designed for the younger Flexon generation, the Kids Collection is colorful and playful, featuring the latest trends that will surely win their classmates’ approval. The collection offers a fresh, youthful approach with an assortment of color combinations that is accented with eye-catching details and designs.” Read more.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (the "Trust") has signed up Davis Vision for its members. The Trust,the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care benefits in the United States, provides health care benefits for UAW retirees and dependents from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. The addition of vision benefits, effective January 1, 2015, will provide vision coverage including eye exams and eyewear for over 590,000 Trust-eligible UAW GM and Chrysler retirees and dependents.
Top 10 Eye-Healthy Cities in the United States for 2014
- Boise, Idaho
- Reno, Nev.
- Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Huntsville, Ala.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Birmingham, Ala.
- Little Rock, Ark.
- Denver, Colo.
- Evansville, Ind.
“You know those crazy colored contact lenses that people like to buy this time of year – the ones that make your eyeballs look like black spots in your face or cat’s eyes or zombie eyes? Well, they’re supposed to be available only with a prescription, but it seems some Florida stores have been selling them illegally.” That’s the word from Orlando Weekly. “Today the state Department of Health announced that it issued 47 cease-and-desist orders to stores around the state (including six stores in Orlando) telling them that for selling these things without a license, they could be slapped with felony-level criminal charges. Ouch. The list of places slapped on the wrist for selling them include beauty supply stores, wig stores, dollar stores, a “Quick Stop” food market and a Shell gas station>” Read more.
“This season, Bottega Veneta enriches its sophisticated eyewear collection with new sunglasses and optical frames that highlight the brand’s unique aesthetic. New styles feature subtle signatures of the brand including the Intrecciato motif, interpreted through sculpted texture on the temples or skilfully lasered on precious leather and on the photoengraved studs,” says Midwest Lens. “The introduction of flash mirror lenses offer additional options to select styles, complimenting the refined palette. Made from the finest quality materials, the new eyewear features the superb craftsmanship, versatility, and timeless elegance that define the Bottega Veneta brand.” Read more.
“Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International introduces four new styles to its G.V.X. Collection for men for Fall 2014,” according to Midwest Lens. “G.V.X. appeals to the business-oriented man whose active lifestyle in and out of the office demands classic, upscale-designed eyewear at an affordable price. Guys who wear G.V.X. frames move in style all day long donning masculine shapes, earth-toned hues, durable materials and refined temple treatments. G.V.X., targeted for today’s modern man, will turn heads without saying a word.” Read more.