Thursday, September 18, 2014

Registration Running Briskly for Fall 2014 Continuing Education Seminar for Opticians

This past spring opticians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island celebrated OpticalCEUs 15th annual spring continuing education seminar. Scores of opticians will earn seven ABO/NCLE continuing education credits on November 2 at the Grand Pequot Ballroom when they participate in OpticalCEUs 15th annual fall continuing education seminar. They will participate in the following seminars.

  • The Full Spectrum of Prism Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 ABO pending) 9am-10am – NEW! 
  • Night Vision Speaker: Deborah Kotob (1 NCLE) 10am-11am – NEW!
  • Contact Lenses on the Job Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon
  • Day By Day Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm – NEW!
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lenses, But Were Afraid to Ask Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 2pm-3pm – NEW!
  • Score with Contact Lenses for Sports Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 3pm-4pm
  • Reflecting on Refraction Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 4pm-5pm – NEW!

Register now to earn accreditation and some Foxwoods fun! You can sign up for a full day (7 credits) for only $135; morning only for $90; and afternoon only for $100.

Proteins Responsible for What Is Seen

"A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) in Grenoble has uncovered a new common feature in the molecular processes that are responsible for senses such as taste, smell, and vision," writes Medical News Today. "The team discovered that what seem like structurally and functionally different proteins important in sight and smell in fact share a common component. This result, published in the journal Nature Communications, provides another clue in the search to understand how our senses work." Read more.

Study with Implantable "Telescope" Underway

Dr. David Boyer with Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group and Dr. Samuel Masket with Advanced Vision Careare participating in a nationwide, post-approval study of an implantable telescope, says a press release from the two practices. The device, developed by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz, has been approved by the FDA to improve vision for people living with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to Masket and Boyer.  The study reportedly will corroborate the safety data submitted to the FDA that led to approval and evaluate the patient care program in a commercial setting. Patients wishing to participate should contact one of the two practices. Read more.

Sunglasses from Adidas

"The Adidas Originals sunglass line introduces edgy bright-mirrored collections inspired by heritage and a futuristic attitude," reports Midwest Lens. "Sydney delivers a strong crossover frame that will be equally at home on the coast or in the mountains. The oversized frame is finished with a sleek embossed Trefoil logo. The classic pilot look is reinvented with the cool, sleek, minimalistic metal collections, Atlanta and Liverpool. Scaled up and oversized to make a statement, these two styles offer a twist of modernity with a range of vibrantly colored lenses that are sure to stand out." Read more.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jonathan Adler Now Designing Women's Eyewear with REM

"Jonathan Adler continues to expand out of the interior design sphere, inking a five-year licensing agreement with REM Eyewear to create a line of women’s eyewear, due out in March 2015," according to Women's Wear Daily. "The new venture joins Adler’s growing list of branded fashion accessories that includes handbags, scarves, wallets, men’s neckwear and socks. “I’m obsessed with eyewear,” said Adler. “It fits my world perfectly.” Adler’s debut eyewear collection will include sunglasses, readers and optical frames. Styles will feature circular temple tips branded with “JA,” as well as custom acetate developed for the brand. Retail prices range from $58 for basic readers to $195 for optical frames. REM Eyewear’s brand portfolio includes Converse, John Varvatos, Lucky Brand, Jones New York and Cosmopolitan, as well as in-house brands Visualities, Surface, Lipstick and Indie." Read more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eyewear to the Stars from Luxembourg

"What do Apple CEO Tim Cook, actor Sylvester Stallone and music legend Stevie Wonder have in common? They all wear glasses made by a small company in Luxembourg's north, Gold & Wood," according to a post on the Luxemberger Times. "Launched in 1995, Gold & Wood has become a market leader in luxury glasses and sunglasses – or as the company calls them, eyepieces. Made using precious wood, buffalo horn and other high-end materials, such as precious metals and diamonds, the brand is especially popular in the US, where 40 percent of company revenue originates. An expansion to Brazil, Turkey and China is on the to-do list for next year, when the company celebrates its 20th anniversary." Read more.

Same Day Eyewear Starts in Atlanta

Customers will receive finished eyewear same day with a new service launched recently by QSpex Technologies, according to a company press release on Yahoo! Finance. With this new program, customers order eyewear at a QSpex eye care provider, who then orders at a local QSpex Optical Service Center. The center produces and delivers the finished eyewear to wherever the customer chooses-same day. The first Optical Service Center was launched in the Atlanta metro area. The company plans additional locations. To date, scores of U.S. and international eye care providers reportedly have joined the QSpex network, and the Company will soon announce additional retail choices. Read more.

New Eyewear from Bongo

"Bongo Eyewear adds some shimmer and shine to its Fall 2014 collection with two new styles that feature dazzling accents including stone embellishments and sparkling colorations for the youthful and expressive lifestyle of today’s BONGO girl," according to Midwest Lens. "The new styles from Bongo Eyewear are the perfect accompaniment for the Bongo girl who wants to be bold and trendy in her apparel and accessories from head to toe." Read more.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Luxury Optical Acquires Robert Marc Eyewear Brand

"Luxury Optical Holdings Co. has acquired the Robert Marc eyewear brand for an undisclosed amount," according to WWD. "Robert Marc has eight stores in New York City and a wholesale global business in 20 countries, with 500 points of distribution. Founder Robert Marc will join LOH as chief creative officer. LOH is owned by aPriori Capital Partners and Goode Partners. Ron Beegle, an LOH director and a Goode cofounder and operating partner, said, 'Combining the two companies creates a formidable player in the luxury segment of the optical industry.' LOH already owns the Morgenthal Frederics brand, and, with Robert Marc now under its umbrella, the 'transaction gives LOH additional market exposure. Robert Marc brings wholesale and distribution expertise to LOH,' said Paul Altman, a managing director at The Sage Group, which was the financial adviser to Robert Marc." Read more.

According to a press release appearing on Yahoo! Finance, Monroe Capital LLC  acted as sole lead arranger and administrative agent on a $47 million unitranche financing to support the acquisition of Robert Marc Eyewear by Luxury Optical Holdings. The acquisition is supported by private equity sponsors aPriori Capital and Goode Capital Partners.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NuPolar Polycarbonates Available in Gray and Brown

"NuPolar Gradient polycarbonate SFSV lenses [now] are available in gray and brown," goes the email received from Younger Optics. " Gradient lenses are highly desired by wearers; however, most do not offer the high-efficiency glare blocking power of polarization. NuPolar Gradient lenses offer a 98% polarization coefficient, which means blinding glare is blocked almost entirely. Ordinary gradient lenses are tinted on the surface using a painstaking process that can sometimes provide undesirable or inconsistent results. NuPolar Gradient lenses are different, because the gradient is encapsulated within the lens as part of the polarizing film. This patented Encapsulated Gradient Technology prevents fading and discoloration of the lens over time. It also completely removes the need to surface tint the lens, meaning consistent matching every time." Read more in a PDF from Younger.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Charlotte Free Models for Chanel Eyewear

"Move over Alice Dellal, a pink-haired lady has arrived to take your Chanel eyewear throne," reports the Telegraph. "Step forward Charlotte Free, the diminutive Los Angeles native whose shock of pink hair made her a favourite with catwalk casting directors in 2011, just months after she was first scouted. She's since become a Chanel catwalk regular, been picked by H&M and Benetton to add a rosy touch to its ad campaigns and modelled for beauty giant Maybelline." Read more.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Education Helps Get the Visually Impaired to Work

"A brand new survey has revealed that education is important for getting the visually impaired into work. This challenges the current situation in which partially sighted students are now exempt from several upper secondary school subjects," according to a Science Daily post. "A new wide-ranging survey carried out by SINTEF has gathered the responses of nearly 1000 visually impaired people. The project 'Med jobb i sikte' (Work in mind) has included the first major survey of its kind since 1994. Whereas in previous surveys the emphasis was on facilitation and support schemes, focus has now turned to the factors that help and hinder the visually impaired from getting jobs." Read more.

"Novel cause" for Glaucoma Discovered

"Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a novel cause of glaucoma in an animal model, and related to their findings, are now developing an eye drop aimed at curing the disease. They believe their findings will be important to human glaucoma," reports Medical News Today. "A cure for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the U.S., has been elusive because the basis of the disease is poorly understood. ...The new study for the first time identifies the molecular building blocks needed to make the 'drainage' vessels, providing the necessary chemical tools to repair the eye's plumbing and restore normal drainage. Up until now, the molecular basis of the disease caused by an absent or defective canal was unknown. The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation." Read more.

AOA Disputes Study Predicting Shortage of Optometrists

"The AOA is taking issue with a new business research report asserting that there will be a shortage of optometrists over the next decade-a claim at odds with the National Eye Care Workforce Study released in June," according to a post on the American Optometric Assn. site. 'The bottom line is that optometrists continue to be well-positioned to meet the growing needs of Americans for medical eye care.' Published on Sept. 2, the report from the Conference Board...concluded 'among doctors, optometrists and podiatrists are the specialists most at risk of shortage, with the general physicians and surgeons category not far behind.' According to the Board's study, this is attributable to an overall increase in demand for health care providers due to an aging American population and an overall decrease in supply as practitioners retire." Read more.