Saturday, July 4, 2015

Goodwin Ophthalmic Science Program Helps Mother of Two to Change Careers

Michele Miller, single mother of two, decided she wanted a new career after a dozen as an oral surgery assistant. She enrolled in Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science program. The college's evening program enabled her to work full-time in order to support her family. Meanwhile, the program has already allowed her to get into the ophthalmic field. Even though she has two semesters to go, Miller landed a full-time position in the field. “I was encouraged by my professors, I put my resume out there, and I got the job,” Miller stated in a recent issue of Goodwin ENews. She advocates for the program, noting that individuals thinking about enrolling shouldn't "shy away from the program because of your age. I’ve met students from all walks of life here, and I’ve learned something from everyone. If you have doubts, come visit Goodwin. You’ll understand.” Read more.

Do You See Like a Bat or a Hawk? Find Out

Bored this holiday weekend! A friend of ours was and he found out just how sharp his vision was. You can too!

So do you have the courage to find out if your vision is better than a bat's or as good as a hawk's. It takes only a few seconds at the following site: https://www.igame.com/eye-test/. You don't have to sign up for anything or register. I took the test and see only as well as a dog.

Have fun!

PS: In case you were wondering, this is not approved for use in your shop.

Researchers Develop Smart Eyewear That Assists Those with Motor Disabilities

"A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive and intuitive support in everyday situations," reports Medical News Today. "The technology platform is being provided by eye tracking specialist SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) (www.smivision.com). The system will be able to identify problems in actual action processes, to react when mistakes are made, as well as to display situation and context dependent assistance in textual, visual or avatar based formats superimposed on a transparent virtual plane in the users' field of view. The project is called ADAMAAS, which stands for 'Adaptive and Mobile Action Assistance in Daily Living Activities.' The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research is funding the project with 1.2 million Euro." Read more.

Despite Warnings, Eye Injuries from Fireworks Increase

"Thousands of Americans will be preparing to launch fireworks into the sky this weekend to celebrate the nation's birthday on the Fourth of July. However, a new report shows that firework-related injury rates remain high, with eye injuries having more than doubled in the past 3 years," notes Medical News Today. "The report estimates that there were 10,500 firework-related injuries last year. In contrast, there were an estimated firework-related 8,700 injuries in 2012. The report found that a total of 1,300 eye injuries were treated in emergency rooms last year; around 100 more than 2013 and more than double the 600 reported in 2012. It appears that many people may not fully understand the dangers of fireworks. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in San Francisco, only 10% of adults in the US wear eye protection when using fireworks. In contrast, three times this number wear eye protection when participating in other activities such as house cleaning or home repair." Read more.

Here's how USAToday reported the story: "In the past three years, eye injuries caused by fireworks have more than doubled, according to the annual fireworks injury report issued last Friday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Emergency rooms treated 1,300 eye injuries caused by fireworks over a one-month period in 2014 compared to 600 eye injuries over the same time frame in 2011. Firework fragments can shoot outward and hit the eye, causing tears, lacerations and injuries that can ultimately cause blindness, according to Philip R. Rizzuto, an ophthalmologist and clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology." Read more.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Google's Smart Contact Lens Out Soner than Expected?

"It appears Google's smart contact lenses are so far along, the company has already drafted a report on how it would like to package them, reports Tech Times. "There are still about three-and-a-half years left into the soft window in which Google partner Novartis projected the pair would bring smart contact lenses to market. The discovery of a patent application published on Thursday suggests those lenses are well on track to launch within the window. In the patent application (PDF), published on June 25, Google describes packaging for an 'eye-mountable device,' the smart contact lens, that rests on an annular ring at the top of a tiny pedestal." Read more.

New Eyewear from Vanni

"Tangram is an age-old Chinese puzzle made up of a square divided into seven different geometrical shapes, each in one color. The art of the game lies in creating as many complete figures as possible, using combinations of these parts.," according to a Midwest Lens. post. "'A Tangram champion is a champion of talent and wisdom' runs the legend. Vanni's Tangram glasses add a touch of stylish wisdom to the expression. Made from slab acetate devised by the Vanni style center, an exclusive product, the Tangram texture is created by splitting all cubes into irregular pyramids, and then alternated against a deep crystalline background which may be see-through or solid and in one of many color options." Read more.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Computer Model Simulates the Development of an Infant's Visual Cortex after Birth

"When newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells specialized in particular stimuli in the visual cortex of their brains - but these nerve cells are not systematically linked with each other," reports Medical News Today. "How do neural networks that react in a particular way to particular features of a stimulus develop over the course of time? In order to better understand the steps of this development and explain the complicated processes of reorganization they involve, an international team of researchers has now developed a computer model that precisely simulates the biological processes. The results of the study by Prof. Dr. Stefan Rotter, Bernstein Center Freiburg (BCF) and Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools of the University of Freiburg, conducted in cooperation with Dr. Claudia Clopath from the Imperial College London, England, have now been published in the journals PLOS Computational Biology and PLOS ONE." Read more.

Harvard Med Study Uncovers Another Level of Visual Perception

"Scientists have explored the complex puzzle of visual perception with increasing precision, discovering that individual neurons are tuned to detect very specific motions: up, but not down; right, but not left; and in all directions. These same neurons, which live in the brain's middle temporal visual area, are also sensitive to relative depth," notes Medical News Today. "Now a Harvard Medical School team led by Richard Born has uncovered key principles about the way those neurons work, explaining how the brain uses sensory information to guide the decisions that underlie behaviors. Their findings, reported in Neuron, illuminate the nature and origin of the neural signals used to solve perceptual tasks. Based on their previous work, the researchers knew that they could selectively interfere with signals concerning depth, while leaving the signals for direction of motion intact. They wanted to learn what happened next, after the visual information was received and used to make a judgment about the visual stimulus." Read more.

Usually Beneficial Cells in Eye and Brain Accelerate Damage of Eye Disease, Says NEI Study

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection. But a new study by researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) shows that they also accelerate damage wrought by blinding eye disorders, such as retinitis pigmentosa. Read more.

New Eyewear from Vogue Eyewear

"The sheer is here this season! Vogue Eyewear Crystal Colors Collection celebrates the trend featuring their amazing muses: Adriana Lima, Deepika Padukone and Liu Shishi," accoding to Midwest Lens. "Sun styles inspired by the cool crystalline semi-transparent effects mixed and matched with shiny vivid colors. Super trendy and easy-to-wear shapes available in four solid pop colors for a fresh look. Follow the trend with Crystal Colors, the ideal choice for a Summer In Vogue!" Read more.

New Chloris Eyewear from Morel

"The new release Chloris II features stainless steel fronts highlighted by an acetate brow bar offering a unique, dynamic look to the design of the frame," writes Midwest Lens. "Inspired by the movement made by the tangle of small fibers found at the end of the Chloris grass, this transparent acetate concept is based on the effects of light and depth. With the help of Mazzucchelli, Morel created a material made up of acetate strands, in opaque colors, that are embedded in a translucent colored base. Playful fronts dance with light as the strands echo the movement of Chloris as it sways in a warm breeze." Read more.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Long-Term Effects of Implanted Mini-Telescope Established in Study

"VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc. a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), has announced the publication of 'Long-Term (60-month) Results for the Implantable Miniature Telescope: Efficacy and Safety Outcomes Stratified by Age in Patients with End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration' in Clinical Ophthalmology," notes Medical News Today. "The 5-year data show substantial retention of gains in visual acuity over time after implantation with the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz). The study reported that both younger (aged 65 to <75) and older patients (aged 75+) had clinically significant visual acuity gains at 2 years as well as 5 years after telescope implant. Younger patients retained more of the vision gains at five years and experienced somewhat fewer adverse events." Read more.

Benefits of Ophthalmological Exams for Young Children Remain Up in the Air

"It remains unclear whether a special ophthalmological examination of all children younger than 6 years (and potential follow-up treatments) would reduce the frequency and severity of visual impairment (amblyopia) in the population," according to a Medical News Today post. "An update search conducted for a benefit assessment of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) from 2008 identified no new screening study. No benefit of vision screening in preschool-aged children could be derived from the only new treatment study. This is the finding of a rapid report prepared by IQWiG on behalf of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) and published on 17 June 2015." Read more.

Light-Eyed Individuals Have a Greater Chance of Alcohol Dependence

"People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont," reports Science Daily. "The work, led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biological sciences, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dawei Li, Ph.D., is the first to make a direct connection between a person's eye color and alcohol dependence. The results of the research, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics (Part B), suggest the hope of finding the roots of not only alcoholism, but also many other psychiatric illnesses." Read more.

Human Eye Cannot Detect the Reddening of Women's Faces at Ovulation

"Past research shows men find female faces more attractive at peak fertility," notes Science Daily. "A new study shows an increased redness of women's face skin at the most fertile point of ovulatory cycle, but just under the threshold for detectability, ruling out skin coloration as a driver of the attractiveness effect." Read more.

New Helium Eyewear from Match

"When it comes to menswear fashion, much is made of 'sprezzatura' and its distinction among Italian men. The art of sprezzatura, commonly defined as 'a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or create appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it,' relies on attention to detail," goes the Midwest Lens post. "The Helium Men’s collection consists of eight new styles in metal and acetate, all expressing the signature attributes of masterful Italian craftsmanship with simple classic details and refined design elements." Read more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Light in the Retinal Blind Spot Enhances Pupillary Reflex

"The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light," notes Science Digest. "Researchers have now discovered that when light impinges on the photoreceptor-free blind spot alone the pupillary reflex does not occur, but the pupillary reflex is enhanced in response to bright illumination in a normal part of the retina when blue or white light containing shorter wavelengths is simultaneously delivered inside the blind spot." Read more.

Scientists Discover How the Retina Gets Energy to See

Science Digest reports that "researchers have discovered a thick band of microtubules in certain neurons in the retina that they believe acts as a transport road for mitochondria that help provide energy required for visual processing. The findings appear in the July issue of The Journal of General Physiology." Read more.

Cole Haan Launches Eyewear Line

"We are delighted to announce the launch of Cole Haan eyewear and our global partnership with Altair. The team at Altair immediately understood the extraordinary notion of the Cole Haan brand. They have developed a collection that is both iconic and timeless. Our customers all over the world will love what Altair has accomplished," commented David Maddocks, CMO & GM Business Development at Cole Haan in a recent press release. Altair, a division of Marchon, will distribute the collection in optical chains, specialty retailers, independent eyecare practices and Cole Haan retail stores beginning fall 2015. Read more.

Ottica Dante and Tonino Lamborghini Create Eyewear Collection

"Ottica Dante Americas LLC,... and Tonino Lamborghini Group announce they have entered into an exclusive agreement for the marketing and distribution of the Tonino Lamborghini Eyewear collection in North America. The marketing and distribution in North America will be in cooperation with Have A Dream srl, the worldwide sole official licensee for the branded eyewear line," reports Midwest Lens. "The Tonino Lamborghini Group’s vision is to bring the passion and spirit of Italy to the global market with unique and distinctive products inspired by the mechanical Lamborghini Family heritage and the renowned Italian Industrial Design. Manufactured in Italy using innovative and noble materials like carbon fiber and titanium, alone or in a surprising combination with wood and horn, the Tonino Lamborghini Eyewear collection brings style, innovation and made in Italy glamour into the most exclusive stores in the world." Read more.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CooperVision Releases MyDay Silicone Hydrogel Daily Disposables in U.S.

CooperVision, Inc., has introduced its MyDay silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses to the U.S. market, noted the company in a emailed press release. The new daily disposable lenses are made with Smart Silicone chemistry, a technology that delivers the benefits of both hydrogel and silicone hydrogel lenses, according to CooperVision. Smart Silicone optimizes oxygen permeability in a lens that is just 4.4% silicon—the lowest percentage of silicon found in a silicone hydrogel, daily disposable lens. By using less silicon, Smart Silicone leaves more room in the lens for built-in channels of comfort-enhancing moisture. It also enables a modulus of only 0.4 MPa—lower than any other 1-day silicone hydrogel lens—to make MyDay the softest silicone hydrogel daily disposable available. And while the lens provides the optimal softness of a hydrogel, it remains strong enough to ensure the exceptional handling of a silicone hydrogel lens.

With a smooth lens surface and rounded edge, MyDay daily disposable lenses reportedly provides a more natural feeling as the eyelid glides effortlessly over the lens. Testing shows that the lenses not only have immediate comfort at insertion, but they have excellent comfort over the course of the day. MyDay lenses are naturally wettable, unlike surface coated lenses. Built-in UV protection filters 85% of UVA and 96% of UVB rays, helping promote long-term ocular health. CooperVision first introduced MyDay lenses in Europe in June 2013, then rolled out distribution to Australia and New Zealand in early 2014.

MyDay daily disposable lenses feature sphere powers from +6.00D to -10.00D (0.50 steps after +5.00D and -6.00D); a base curve of 8.4mm; a diameter of 14.2mm; a Dk/t of 100 (@ -3.00D); and a modulus of 0.4 MPa.

Transitions Signature Flat Top 28 Available Exclusively from Younger

Transitions Signature Flat Top 28 Polycarbonate Composite lenses are now available exclusively from Younger Optics, according to an email from Younger.Its photochromic Trivex layer uses Chromea 7 technology. The lens, which has an 1.59 index like polycarbonate, reportedly has superb segment cosmetics.

Transitions Optical uses a proprietary process to make polycarbonate lenses photochromic. While this process works for a variety of lens geometries, it is not compatible with segmented, or flat-top lenses such as bifocals and trifocals. This has meant that traditionally, a polycarbonate FT28 lens has not been available with Transitions® technology. Until now. Younger Optics and Transitions Optical have developed a polycarbonate composite lens that incorporates a thin photochromic front surface bifocal layer made of Trivex — resulting in a lens delivering Transitions Signature performance in a product that is surfaced, polished, edged and dispensed just like a clear polycarbonate lens.

VSP's Project Genesis Gets Thumbs Up

"By adding sensors to fashionable frames, VSP’s Project Genesis could create wearables people actually want to wear," writes the famous business magazine Fortune. "Wearable devices like Fitbit FIT -5.03% and Fuelband bring us new insight into our health and fitness. There’s only one catch: We have to wear them. While wearable adoption rates are strong (IDC data estimates that sales will grow by 173% in 2015), many Americans lack follow-through. For example, one study conducted last year by research firm Endeavor Partners found that only half of all activity-tracker owners use their device, and one-third of those stopped using them within six months. Eye care product and service provider VSP Global believes there’s a better way. Rather than asking consumers to wear a new device, such as a wristband or smartwatch, they’re embedding a tracking system into what they call 'the original wearable:' eyeglasses." Read more.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Eyewear from ProDesign

"The 'natural' look is still a very important trend and one of the favorite materials right now is horn. The horn pattern is beautiful, exclusive, and gives associations to something 'old-style' and handcrafted," according to Midwest Lens. "ProDesign doesn’t use horn, as the material cannot be adjusted, but they have found an attractive handmade block acetate raw material which is the closest to horn you can get and still have the benefits of individual adjustment. To build on the 'old-style' material, they have made three shapes as combo styles and added one as full acetate. The rivets complete the retro theme." Read more.

Adlens Launches New Smart Eyewear and Four Locations in the Bronx

"U.K.-based Adlens introduced at CE week Wednesday in New York City its FOCUSS series of smart eyewear – wearer-adjustable prescription glasses that are being made available at select eyewear specialists in America," reports Dealerscope. "The glasses with their frames will be priced at $999 – comparable to high-level prescription progressive eyewear priced at around $1,500, said Dr. Graeme E. Mackenzie, the company’s director of regulatory and industry affairs. He said the FOCUSS technology provides a full field of vision with no peripheral vision distortion, unlike traditional progressive lenses." Read more.

A few weeks earlier, AdlensFocuss launched in the New York City market at Metro Optics Eyewear’s four Bronx eye care practices – giving eye doctors a new option for their presbyopic patients beyond lined bi-or tri-focal or progressive lenses. AdlensFocuss provides a single-vision viewing experience, with four times the viewing area of a no-line bifocal. Wearers switch between their distance, intermediate, and reading prescriptions by clicking the small hidden dial on the inside of the frame’s temple.Read more.

Alcon Launches Its Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Solution in U.S.

Alcon recently launched its U.S.  Clear Care Plus Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution containing HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix technology, for cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses. The Clear Care and Clear Care Plus Cleaning & Disinfecting Solutions contain 3% hydrogen peroxide and are indicated for use with soft (hydrophilic) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. During the disinfection process, the hydrogen peroxide is neutralized in the special lens case provided to leave behind a preservative-free saline solution that is gentle on the eyes. Cleaned and disinfected lenses can be stored in the neutralized solution in the unopened lens case up to seven days. Clear Care and Clear Care Plus require patients to follow special cleaning and disinfecting instructions, including ensuring the lenses remain in the special lens case for at least six hours to allow the hydrogen peroxide to neutralize. Special care is needed to follow directions to avoid accidental misuse. Read more.