Friday, October 31, 2014

Marcolin Expanding Product & Signing Ermenegildo Zegna, Emilio Pucci

Marcolin has acquired a 3,500-square-meter manufacturing facility in Longarone, in the heart of Italy’s eyewear district, according to a press release on Yahoo! Finance. The new site will start operating in 2015 and will double the company’s Italian made production. The company has recently signed license agreements with Ermenegildo Zegna, Zegna Couture and Emilio Pucci, all of which (in addition to Tom Ford, Montblanc, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Dsquared2,m and Diesel). Read more.

New Eyewear from Nicole Miller

“L’Amy America is launching four new ophthalmic styles for Fall/Winter 2014 in the Nicole Miller brand. The Nicole Miller eyewear collection reflects the brand’s codes with a strong identity, in keeping with the Nicole Miller style. The collection offers a wide range of rich colors with exquisite detail and on-trend shapes that appeal to the Nicole Miller customer of today,” reports Midwest Lens. “The Nicole Miller Front acetate design was inspired by the Nicole Miller’s N-Star logo. The style is distinguished by a modified raised matte metal N-Star on each side of the modern shaped front coupled with subtle glitter in the acetate material. The raised metal modified N-Star continues on the temples where two variations of the size are in a random pattern accentuated with graduated raised metal dots. Couple with the glitter acetate that continues with a diminishing effect on each temple, the NM Front stands apart. In addition, the N-Star is etched in a repeat pattern on the inside of each temple, and printed on the ends of each temple tip. The three colors: black glitter, purple glitter, and red/blue fade, create a style that symbolizes Nicole Miller’s unique brand DNA. Size 52-17-140.” Read more.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blind Army Vet Gets to Ride a Bicycle with New Contact Lenses

Jeff Henson has been riding bikes for years. In 2012, he rode a bike coast to coast across the United States. Before that, the Army veteran took long rides in France and in the American Northwest, always on the back seat of a tandem bike. Henson was legally blind during those rides.

In 2000, Henson, an Army veteran and native of Heflin, AB, developed vision issues caused by arthritis and inflammation. He went through rehabilitation. He got a cane and a service dog, Chauncey. And he started riding in the back seat of a tandem bicycle. In 2013, during a routine visit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham, his physicians sent him to an optometrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Carol Rosenstiel, O.D., chief of the contact lens service. Read more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ABO/NCLE Link Up with Job Search Site, Local Eye Site

ABO/NCLE (American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners) has linked up with the job-search website called Local Eye Site. Simply put, opticians looking for work click ABO/NCLE's Job Board button, and they are whisked to Local Eye Site's Jobs page.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OpticalCEUs’ Fall CEU Conference Sets Record

A record number of opticians will attend OpticalCEUs’ Fall Continuing Education Conference this Sunday. It also happens to be the event’s 15th anniversary. Opticians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will gather in the Grand Ballroom of the famed Grand Pequot Hotel at Foxwoods. Three national speakers will offer the following ABO/NCLE-approved courses:

  • The Full Spectrum of Prism Speaker: Deborah Kotob  (1 ABO) 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!

For 15 years Linda Conlin, an NAO Fellow Ambassador, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national level. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines.

Deborah Kotob, the ECP Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, creates and presents ABO, NCLE and JCAHPO seminars related to optics and best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she has owned two optical businesses and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications. She will be lecturing at Vision Expo West 2014.

Joe Forte, the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics.

Foxwoods is located at 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT 06338, on Route 2 between I-395 and I-95. Click this link for the directions to Foxwoods. Valet parking is free. For accommodations, call Foxwoods at 1-800 PLAY BIG. Overnight reservations are not associated with the seminar.

New Eyewear from Jil Sander

“Geometric shapes paired with sophisticated simplicity. The strong and pure Jil Sander signature look is represented in the eyewear collection, where elegance, minimalism and research represent the founding elements of the brand.” That’s the word from Midwest Lens. Read more.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Warby Parker Campaign Promotes Writing and Eyewear

Warby Parker has taken another innovative marketing step. It has teamed up with the educational group 826 National to launch a line of eyewear called Kidd. “The Kidd eyeglasses come in regular and sunglasses model, with a horn rimmed look reminiscent of Grouch Marx,” according to the PSFK Labs website. “Customers can buy prescription sunglasses or regular, in single-vision and bifocal options. To support the Kidd project, Warby Parker has sponsored a print run of two books: Super Awesome Stickman Dude and 826 NYC Review…Proceeds from the glasses and the books go directly to 826 to help them fund their literacy and creativity efforts.” 826 celebrates expository and creative writing in school-aged children. It supports teaching, tutoring, and publishing for students and teachers. The organization has chapters in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Chicago, California, Washington and Washington D.C. It intends to open new chapters. Read more.

New Sunglasses from Calvin Klein

“The new Calvin Klein Collection features an assortment of timeless eyewear styles that have been updated with chic, modern details. From leather trim to metal embellishments to a reversible hinge, the new Calvin Klein Collection lends a signature touch to a sunny-day staple.” That’s a Midwest Lens post. Read more.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Artist with 4th Cone Perceives Color in the UV Range

“The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. For those with normal vision, the three types of cones allow vision of about one million distinctive colors,” notes IFL Science. “Some animal species including certain birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, have a fourth type of cone cell that extends color perception into the UV range. Though evolution has mostly scrubbed that fourth cone from the mammalian lineage, there is evidence that a small group of humans may have a genetic variant that allows for tetrachromacy. Concetta Antico, an Australian artist [one of her landscapes to the right] , was confirmed to be a tetrachromat in 2012.” Read more.

Homeland Security Seizes 20,000 Pairs of Contact Lenses

“With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasing popular, especially around this time of year,” according to the Houston News. “Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA. This ongoing effort, which is being coordinated with the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, is being called ‘Operation Double Vision.’ As a result of the operation, this year alone there have been 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses being seized.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Anna Sui and Mondottica

“Mondottica USA and Anna Sui Eyewear have developed a women’s eyewear collection embodying the feminine spirit found in all Anna Sui products,” says Midwest Lens. “Starting with the same fanciful details that have defined the brand since its beginning, the signature rosebud, Anna’s favorite butterfly motif and the classic fretwork design, the collection has infused a distinct richness into every frame. Anna Sui’s Collection features a ‘Universal Bridge’ accommodating the widest range of fits. Including additional depth preventing eyelash rub combining these elements with a plastic frame made of Zylonite, a cotton, wood flake by-product manufactured in a wide array of colors, textures and patterns.” Read more.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Luxottica Names P&G Exec as Co-CEO

"Luxottica Group SpA (LUX) named Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) executive Adil Mehboob-Khan as a co-chief executive officer, the week after the company lost its second leader in little more than a month," according to "Mehboob-Khan, who has been with P&G since 1987 and currently runs the Cincinnati-based company’s global salon brand, is expected to join the Ray-Ban maker next year, the Milan-based company said in a statement today. Massimo Vian, appointed last week as co-CEO of operations, will have all executive responsibilities until Mehboob-Khan joins." Read more.

Detecting Glaucoma with an iPad App

"Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology," reports Medical News Today. "In this study, researchers from the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan and the Tilganga Eye Institute in Nepal used a free peripheral vision assessment app to screen approximately 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using an iPad. The results show promise for screening populations that have limited or no access to traditional eye care and certain ethnic groups that have a high risk of developing the disease." Read more.

New Tech Device Helps the Blind Navigate

"White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master." That's the start of Medical News Today post. "Electronic travel aids (ETAs) have the potential to improve navigation for the blind, but early versions had disadvantages that limited widespread adoption. A new ETA, the 'EyeCane,' developed by a team of researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, expands the world of its users, allowing them to better estimate distance, navigate their environment, and avoid obstacles, according to a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience." Read more.

New Eyewear from Chloe

"Sheer elegance, bold traces, metropolitan and international references for a distinctly French taste," reports Midwest Lens. "The allure triumphs in the vintage shapes and the retro cuts with ‘70s appeal. Lightness and femininity can be seen in this deeply refined collection. These are the highlights of the new Chlo√® eyewear collection." Read more.