Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
“Two Google patents hot off the presses imagine a world where special contact lenses essentially turn your eye into a fingerprint, with each person having a unique, snowflake like signature,l” according to the website Phandroid. “Built in capacitive sensors would be used to ensure it’s an actual eyeball, not a fake replica, that is being scanned. The process has three steps:
- Receiving light on an iris of an eye
- Detecting, at one or more light sensors disposed on or within a transparent lens covering at least a portion of the eye, light reflected from the light incident on the iris of the eye, wherein the light reflected comprises image data indicative of a pattern associated with the iris.
- Outputting an iris fingerprint based in part on the image data.”
Friday, July 25, 2014
“Bernhard Willhelm is well known for his extraordinary designs, their innovative cuts and witty references to pop culture. For the Autumn/Winter 2014 season, the brand once again decided to forgo a live presentation and instead used the city of Los Angeles to stage their new lookbook. The resulting images show Bernhard Willhelm’s most recent collection alongside two new models from the Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm sunglasses range: Ursula & Erwin,,” according to Midwest Lens. “A shape traditionally occurring in smaller frame dimensions, the octagonal silhouette is blown out of proportion for Ursula. Like sister hippie-esque model Janis, Ursula features sleek details; the temples as well as the nose pads are not treated or coated. The continued use of this reduced concept streamlines the frame, and the radical lens shape takes center stage.” Read more.
“Italy's Luxottica has extended a license agreement to produce and distribute Chanel-branded eyeglasses until the end of 2018, renewable for a further two years, the world's largest eyewear maker by revenue said on Thursday,” reports Reuters. “The relationship between Luxottica and Chanel dates back to 1999 when the French fashion house launched its first-ever eyewear collections, CEO Andrea Guerra said in a statement.” Read more.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“And for 20 years, she has built and led managed care company Premier Eye Care, which manages medical and routine vision care, including medical review, authorization and payment, for 2.7 million Floridians, through Medicaid and Medicare plans and private insurance plans, including Humana, WellCare and Simply Healthcare,” writes Florida Trend. “Premier, which also manages vision care for another 287,743 outside of Florida, is on Florida Trend’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Florida for the second consecutive year.” Read more.
“Video eyewear and smart eyeglasses company Vuzix Corp. of Brighton said Thursday it had signed a deal with PC giant Lenovo to launch Vuzix’s M100 Smart Glasses into China,” reports the Democrat & Chronicle. “Vuzix launched the M100 — which includes a built-in computer and has similar capabilities as a smartphone — in late 2013 and has said it looks to the M100 to be a flagship product. According to Vuzix, the M100 in China will be co-branded as a Vuzix/Lenovo solution and marketed there as part of Lenovo’s New Business Development brand. as ‘Vuzix 100 Smart Glasses powered by Lenovo NBD.’ The Lenovo deal has Vuzix serving as the exclusive third-party provider of smart glasses to Lenovo for the Chinese industrial and commercial markets.” Read more.
“L’Amy America’s Columbia Eyewear, an industry leader in outdoor ophthalmic design, announces the worldwide launch of several new models for the Summer, with design options in stainless steel or titanium,” according to Midwest Lens. “Bitterroot and Brundage are 2 new easy-wearing, traditional rectangles with slight sport attitude made of stainless steel which is durable, and has a soft-brushed finish with subtle two-color temple detail—the ultimate “daily commute” frame for more conservative tastes.” Read more.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Millions of low- and moderate-income people who signed up for health insurance with the help of federal tax-credit subsidies could find themselves without coverage or facing big premium bills if a destructive decision handed down by a federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday is not reversed," starts an editorial from the New York Times. "It would be a crippling blow to the ability of the Affordable Care Act to reduce the ranks of the uninsured with grievous consequences for vulnerable customers." Read more. How do this affect children? The only Americans eligible for vision care coverage under the ACA are children.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
During August, Children’s Eye Health & Safety Awareness Month, PBA Offers Programs for Kids, Parents, and Teachers
Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. Family-friendly resources on a wide variety of topics that help parents take the right steps to keep their child's sight healthy for life can be found at preventblindness.org and through the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) website. Topics covered include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), UV-protection and sports safety, and the Affordable Care Act and children’s vision.
Prevent Blindness also offers the following programs to help save children’s sight:
- The NCCVEH is teaming up with Family Voices and its National Center for Family Professional Partnership (NCFPP) for August’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to offer families of children with special health care needs important information on vision issues. Resources include Vision Health for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Families of Children with Vision Impairment: Working with Medical Professionals, and much more.
- Eye Spy,an eye health and safety education program, is designed for children. Through the program, children learn about eye anatomy, how the eye works, and eye safety. Teachers may also use the program in the classroom.
- Designed specifically for educators, Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 provides teachers with interactive materials that help students learn the importance of sight, components of the eye and how we see, and how to identify objects and situations that can be dangerous to eyes. The program meets National Health, National Science and National Physical Education standards and includes presentation guides, eye exam diagrams, in-class worksheets and an activity book for children to take home. It can be downloaded free upon request,
- The Eye Patch Club is geared to children with amblyopia and their families. Eye doctors commonly treat amblyopia by having the child wear a patch over the unaffected eye for extended periods of time. This program encourages children to wear their patches as prescribed. Among other materials, members of the club receive their own special calendar and stickers. The Eye Patch Club kit may be purchased for $12.95 by calling (800) 331-2020. Proceeds will go to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness.
“Marcolin Group and Emilio Pucci announce having reached the worldwide exclusive license agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses and eyeglasses for Emilio Pucci, the timeless fashion brand synonymous with luxury, color, design and “joie de vivre”, represented in its famous prints, innovative silhouette and fabrics that go beyond seasonal trends, for more than 60 years,” according to Midwest Lens. “The license, effective January 2015 with the launch of the first sunglasses collection, will have the duration of five years, renewable. The eyewear release will speak to an extremely feminine woman, embracing radiant and refined aesthetics and a luxury lifestyle in which creativity and minimalism will come together.” Read more.