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Saturday, April 18, 2015

VSP Creating Its Own AR Eyewear. Watch Out Google Glass?

"VSP Global’s innovation labs in New York and Sacramento have developed a prototype of a wearable computer that doesn’t look like one," reports the Sacramento Business Journal. "In fact, it looks like a stylish pair of glasses.Think of it as Google Glass light. The wearable computer is the product of what VSP calls the Genesis Project. Designers and engineers at The Shop in midtown Sacramento packed all the electronics into the Genesis. Marchon Eyewear, VSP's frames line, also is working on the project." Read more.

Consumer Reports Blasts CL Pricing Policies -- Again!!!

"Today the manufacturers that account for about 98 percent of all contacts sold in the U.S. are setting minimum retail prices. Who benefits from denying discounts to price-conscious consumers? High-price retailers, including eye doctors who sell contact lenses directly to their patients. And the eye doctors determine which contact lenses to prescribe for each patient. So each manufacturer wants to stay on the doctors’ 'good list.'" That's represents one of many shots across the bows of the major contact lens manufacturers by Consumer Reports. "Without this warped incentive, contact lens manufacturers would likely welcome retail discounting, because more consumers could afford to buy contacts. Manufacturers would still set the wholesale price, so each retail sale, at any price, would provide the same benefit for the manufacturer. That’s how a healthy competitive market should work. Consumers Union fought this battle more than a decade ago. It used to be that eye doctors wouldn’t even give patients the contact lens prescription, making it exceedingly difficult to get contacts anywhere else but at the doctor’s—and at the price the doctor charged. That finally changed in 2003, when Congress passed the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act, requiring eye doctors to hand over that prescription." Read more.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scientists Eliminate Halo Effect from Contact Lenses for Presbyops?

"Since the dawn of the contact lens, wearers with presbyopia have had to endure the notorious 'halo effect'...A corrective method discovered by Israeli scientists may help beat back the blinding nuisances once and for all." That's the word from Digital Trends. "Researchers at Bar-Ilan University in Israel think they have a tenable solution. They describe a technique in the journal Optics Communications that involves a smoothening of the surface of multifocal lenses, a process that 'does not complicate the fabrication complexity of the lens' but 'yields the same optical performance in treating presbyopia and assisting people after cataract surgery,' says Professor Zeev Zavelsky, head of the Electro-Optics study program of the Faculty of Engineering and co-author of the paper." Read more."

New Eyewear from Tommy Bahama

"This Spring 2015 Tommy Bahama Eyewear delivers refreshing modern shapes, crisp coastal colors and elevated tropical patterns from paradise," writes Midwest Lens. "For men, handsome horn patterns, fresh matte finishes and iconic basket weave designs complement new contemporary shapes with an introduction to XL sizing. The women’s collection features tropical tortoises, oceanic prints and nautical design details on fresh, fashion-forward shapes." Read more.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alcon, B&L, and J&J Sue Utah Over Contact Lens Bill

"Three leading national contact lens manufacturers are ganging up in federal court to try to prevent enforcement of new amendments to Utah law that they say are aimed at protecting Utah-based 1-800 Contacts at the expense of the U.S. Constitution," reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "Alcon Laboratories Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas; Bausch & Lomb Inc., of Bridgewater, N.J.; and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., are asking the U.S. District Court in Utah to stop state Attorney General Sean Reyes from enforcing SB169, which was signed last month by Gov. Gary Herbert.
In its lawsuit, Alcon said the passage of SB169 was under "the specter of protectionism" with 1-800 Contacts' officials offering testimony in support of the bill during its legislative passage. Bauch & Lomb, in a separate lawsuit, said the measure was "motivated by a parochial desire to protect a major in-state business at the expense of a targeted class of out-of-state corporations." Read more.

Read more about the Utah ban and potential bands in Idaho, Illinois, and California and similar legislative efforts in New Jersey and Oregon.

Ophthalmologist with Ties to Sen. Menendez Indicted by Feds

"Florida doctor Salomon Melgen, who has been charged with corruption along with New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, was indicted on Tuesday on Medicare fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami said," goes the Reuter's story appearing on the Huffington Post. "Melgen, 61, an ophthalmologist in North Palm Beach, was charged with 46 counts of healthcare fraud, as well as 19 counts of fraudulent claims, and 11 counts of making false statements relating to health care, prosecutors said in a statement. Menendez and Melgen, who are close friends, were both charged in an alleged political corruption conspiracy earlier this month in New Jersey." Read more.

Stem Cells Used to Treat Macular Degeneration

"An injection of stem cells into the eye may soon slow or reverse the effects of early-stage age-related macular degeneration, according to new research from scientists at Cedars-Sinai," according to Medical News Today. "The stem cell injection resulted in 130 days of preserved vision in laboratory rats, which roughly equates to 16 years in humans." Read more.

New Eyewear from A&A's Jimmy Crystal New York

"A&A Optical announces the release of two new ophthalmic frames from luxury collection: Jimmy Crystal New York," says Midwest Lens. "The designer eyewear collection is comprised of striking limited edition pieces reminiscent of a collector’s item. Each style is unique and special, featuring hand set Swarovski elements." Read more.

Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn Promoting Burberry's Eyewear

"One is a legendary supermodel and the other is quickly following in her footsteps, so it made sense for Naomi Campbell and her modern-day protegee Jourdan Dunn to team up for a new campaign," reports the Daily Mail. "Naomi, 44, and 24-year-old Jourdan have been unveiled as the faces of Burberry's new eyewear range, the Gabardine collection. The second joint campaign for the catwalk stars sees them cuddling up on set and modelling the seasonal styles inspired by gabardine - a fabric invented by Thomas Burberry and the original material of the iconic trench coat." Read more.

New Sunglasses from Nike Vision

"Nike Vision, the premium eyewear brand combining the science of vision with expertise in sport, announces its inaugural pair of young athletes’ performance eyewear,' goes the Midwest Lens post. "For more than a decade, Nike Vision’s sport eyewear has been the choice of top athletes. The brand’s first youth performance style will be the Skylon Ace XV Jr." Read more.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Car Manufacturer Mini to Offer AR Glasses

"Mini is rolling out a new product, and no, it's not a car. Announced at the Auto Shanghai show, the Mini Augmented Vision is actually a pair of augmented reality glasses that offers up info about your ride in your field of vision," according to an Endgadget report. "You can see some of the following details as you're riding around in your Mini vehicle of choice: destination points that you can select pre-ride, the navigation display of your first and last mile, heads up info like speeds and speed limits, navigation arrows plus points of interest on your route, incoming message notifications, an X-ray view of the vehicle, plus a view of the curb from the car's external cameras so you can park easier." Read more.

JINS Opens Retail Outline in San Francisco

"Tokyo-based eyewear brand JINS announced plans to expand into the U.S. market with the opening of its first U.S. flagship store in San Francisco in spring 2015," reports design:retail. "Since opening its first store in 2001, JINS has opened more than 300 retail locations across Japan and China. JINS' U.S. flagship store, which will be located at 151 Powell St. in Union Square, will offer more than 4,900-sq.-ft. of shopping space. The company also will launch a U.S. e-commerce site." Read more.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Restoring 3D Vision to Stroke Victim

"Impaired vision is one of the most common consequences of a stroke. In rare cases, patients may even lose their ability to perceive depth," according to Science Daily. "Such patients see the world around them as flat, like a two-dimensional picture. This makes it impossible for them to judge distances accurately – a skill they need, for instance, when reaching for a cup or when a car is approaching them on the street. A patient with this particular type of visual dysfunction has recently been studied in detail by a research team. The team has developed the first effective treatment regime and have identified the area of the brain that, when damaged, may cause loss of binocular depth perception." Read more.

Eye Tests for Eight Year Olds Predicts Nearsightedness in 13 Year Olds

"Researchers have found that a simple eye test in first grade could predict the onset of nearsightedness by eight grade," reports Medical News Today. "The authors of the new study call for more pre-school testing of childhood vision in the US. Such a test could enable parents to plan eye testing schedules and glasses, and even opens up the research opportunities into therapies that could prevent the need for glasses. A study of over 4,500 children published in JAMA Ophthalmology identified 414 who became nearsighted (had myopia, in which further distances are seen as blurry) by the time they were between 7 and 13 years of age." Read more.

New Sunglasses from Elle

"Characterized by the confidence and understated glamour of a quintessential Parisian woman, the ELLE look is a smart fusion of modern femininity and sartorial panache that feels and looks good to wear. This attractive, effortless style with its underlying French flavor is the secret of ELLE’s enduring lead in today’s bustling fashion market," according to Midwest Lens. "ELLE eyewear expresses the ambiance of the brand in a new sunglasses collection that carries the poise and beauty of Paris: the city and its women. Frame profiles are sensuously sculpted revealing slender, tailored lines and a smooth touch on frame curves and angles. Fresh inspirations are drawn from the baroque opulence of Parisian architecture with contemporary references displayed as ornate but tasteful temple decorations. Colors are the sensation of the new ELLE eyewear styles with fabulous new shades and innovative executions. Orange flashes, summer blues and daring reds are striking statement hues while the colour spectrum is reborn in dazzling gradients and sublime pearled tones." Read more.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ce6 Drops May Treat Night Blindness

"The eyedrops utilize a mixture of insulin and chlorin e6 (Ce6) - a chlorophyll analog that has be used for many years in laser-assisted cancer treatment. Ce6 has light-amplifying properties, allowing surgeons to use energy from low-power light sources to destroy tumor cells," notes Medical News Today. "However, recent research has found that Ce6 could also be used to treat night blindness and improve the vision of people with certain visual disturbances, through direct application to the eye." Read more.

Kristen Stewart Continues as Chanel's Eyewear Model

"Actress Kristen Stewart rocks a pair of thick framed Chanel glasses in a new campaign for the fashion house's eye wear," reports UPI. "The black-and-white ads for the for the spring-summer 2015 collection were shot by Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld and feature a series of close-ups of Stewart's profile." Read more.

Friday, April 3, 2015

New Jersey and Oregon Fight Anti-Unilateral Pricing Programs for Contact Lenses

"Oregon has become a battleground," reports "'As more and more consumers figure out what's going on, they're going to be more and more outraged,' said Bryan Kohler, a lobbyist for 1-800 Contacts. The company is pushing legislation in Oregon that would stop contact lens makers from setting a minimum price on contacts. Over the past year and a half, all four major contact lens manufacturers enacted policies that restrict what retailers can charge for contact lenses. These new minimum pricing policies mean discounters like 1-800 Contacts and Costco can no longer sell contacts at a lower price than their competitors. Costco argues these new policies are anti-competitive because they limit buying choices for the roughly 39 million Americans who wear contacts." Read more.

In New Jersey, "putative class action suit filed in federal court in Newark accuses four manufacturers and a distributor of disposable contact lenses of conspiring to eliminate price competition by entering into illegal resale price maintenance agreements with retailers," reports a NJ Law Journal post. Read more.

These two states join a growing list of states looking to ban unilateral pricing programs, such as Idaho, Illinois, and California. and Utah, which has already signed a ban into law.

New Eyewear from Plume Paris

"Without sacrificing creativity the Plume Paris collection releases beautiful designs that are not only comfortable to wear but exude confidence. The newest styles are a wonderful mixture of inspirations from the past with an eye to a more modern and edgy style. One of the most significant design elements to the collection is the blending of easy to wear frame shapes with exquisite and unique temple and brow-bar designs," notes Midwest Lens. "A notable trend in this season’s collection is the designer’s inclination for a moderate feline eye-shape. These captivating cat-eyes have been embossed with bold colors and prismatic patterns, offering coquette looks in women’s eyewear. Plume Paris spectacles are far from being demure, as they confidently capture a spectator’s curiosity." Read more.