Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Eyes Damaged by Zika Virus

"Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually small heads, but also with eye abnormalities that threaten vision, researchers reported on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology," reports the New York Times. "The study described damage to the retina or optic nerve in 10 of 29 newborns examined at Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil. All the infants were presumed to have been infected with the Zika virus and had small heads, a condition called microcephaly. Other causes of the defect, like infection with rubella or toxoplasmosis, were ruled out." Read more.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rate of Glaucoma Determined by Smart Contact Lenses

"Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have found that smart contact lenses that emit patterns of electrical signals can be used to detect the rate of glaucoma. The smart contact lens system, known as Triggerfish, is from Swiss startup Sensimed and is designed as a diagnostic. It offers an automated, continuous recording of ocular dimensional changes when worn over a 24-hour period," reports Fierce Medical Devices. "In addition to the lens itself, Triggerfish includes an adhesive antenna, which is worn around the eye during that period and transmits the data through a cable from the antenna to a portable recorder that's worn around the patient's neck. Data is transferred via Bluetooth from the recorder to software installed on a health care provider's computer. This latest data on this lens system was published online today in the journal Ophthalmology." Read more.

Turning Contact Lenses into Computer Screens

"Researchers from the University of South Australia plan on taking wearable visual aids to a new level by turning contact lenses into computer screens, according to," reports "Using an polymer film coating with the ability to conduct electricity, the research team has developed a proof of concept for their new invention- contact lenses that can receive electronic prompts, just like a computer screen." Read more.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NBA Star Westbrook Gives Colbert Eyewear Makeover

"Sure, he's a massively successful NBA star, but Russell Westbrook is also famous for his adventurous fashion sense. And considering the fact that the All Star MVP's signature style move is wearing bold glasses, it's only reasonable that he decided to launch his own eyewear brand, Westbrook Frames, in 2014," reported Esquire magazine. "He recently talked to us about what inspires the line's designs, and last night he appeared on The Late Show to help Stephen Colbert inject a little more personality into his glasses game. Some of the models look downright absurd on a guy like Colbert, who jokes that he "doesn't have enough skull" for one style, and compares himself to mid-'80s Sally Jesse Raphael in another. But the first ones—classically styled acetate frames with a keyhole bridge, selected by Westbrook—actually look pretty great." Read more.

Adrian Marwitz Launches New Marketing Campaign

"In close conceptual cooperation with the award-winning German eyewear manufacturer Adrian Marwitz, fashion photographer Sacha Tassilo Höchstetter was in charge of creative direction for the new eyeglass campaign. Styling of model Jelena Nebendal was done by Alex Huber, and Ben AYER c/o BALLSAAL took care of the hair & beauty look," wrote GoSee. "Since 1918, the name Marwitz has been synonym with high-quality eyeglass frames. The business started by his grandfather is continued by Adrian Marwitz in the new millennium. He has a passion for eyeglasses as a fashion accessory: extraordinary design, the material titanium and first-class manual production in Germany." Read more.

New Crocs Eyewear from A&A Optical

"A&A Optical announces the release of four styles (12 skus total) from Crocs Eyewear Junior Collection: JR031, JR036, JR6005, JR6006," according to Midwest Lens. "The Crocs Eyewear Junior Collection features the Crocs™ brand’s signature spirit, with the vibrant colors and comfort kids love. The collection uses an assortment of high quality materials such as ultra-lightweight stainless steel, hypo-allergenic silicone rubber and flexible polymer. Ideal for an active child’s lifestyle, all styles are lightweight for minimal pressure, flexible for easy adjustments, and durable with minimal wear and tear." Read more.

Maverick Eyewear from Carrera

"Carrera introduces The Maverick Collection of eyewear this spring," according to Midwest Lens. "The collection, comprised of three optical frames and six sunglasses, was devised For Out There Characters. These Mavericks are known for their unconventional minds. They are independent, unique and untamed. Fearless enough to go their own way. Brave enough to make it happen." Read more.

New BCBGMAXAZRIA Eyewear from ClearVision Optical

"Eyewear industry leader ClearVision Optical introduces the newest release from BCBGMAXAZRIA, featuring 8 new fashionable styles," writes Midwest Lens. "Featuring youthfully charged, on trend shapes like deep cat eyes, rounds, and wayfarers, the latest release offers brand inspired accents, colors and design techniques. Sculpted temples featuring patterns drawn from nature are prominent, as are rich, Italian and laminate materials in a boldly colorful palette. The BCBGMAXAZRIA iconic stud bar hardware and butterfly logo further align the eyewear with the retail brand." Read more.

New Line of Eyewear, Called Neubau

"Neubau eyewear, which was presented for the first time at the OPTI trade fair in Munich, is an homage to creativity, innovation and the zeitgeist of the Millennial Generation. The worldwide launch of its optical eyewear collection will be in June 2016, with 12 models in six colors each. The first neubau sunglasses collection will follow in October 2016," notes Midwest Lens. "Backed by Austrian manufacturer Silhouette International Schmied AG, neubau eyewear joins a portfolio of brands that includes Silhouette Eyewear and adidas Sport Eyewear, contributing a new, distinctive blend of innovative urban design, youthful appeal and highly sophisticated technology and materials. To support the launch of neubau as well as its other brands and products, Silhouette has recently increased its number of employees by 20% and anticipates solid growth across the United States." Read more.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Study Gives Glimpse on How the Visual System Fills in the Gaps of What We See

"A Dartmouth College study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around us. The findings appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," starts the Medical News Today post. "Visual images and other raw sensory data must reach the cerebral cortex to be perceived, but the data are often missing details when they are sent from the eyes to the visual cortex, the part of the brain responsible for seeing. Thus, our visual system regularly fills in extensive details to create enriched images that help us to understand and interpret what we see. A growing body of evidence suggests these 'filled-in' visual signals are represented at early stages of cortical processing. The researchers used fMRI on study participants to explore the neural mechanisms underlying the reconstruction of these 'filled-in' images. They found that 'intermediate' object features, which aren't in the retinal signals but are inferred during kinetic transformation, are reconstructed in neural responses at early stages of cortical processing, presumably via feedback from high-level brain areas." Read more.

Seiko Optical Gets New Website

"Hoya Vision North America has launched a website for its Seiko Optical U.S. subsidiary:," reports ITBusinessNet. "A portion of the new website will be dedicated to the Seiko Elite program, a program developed by eye care professionals for eye care professionals in order to help with practice growth and development. Through this program, Seiko will offer value-added services to participating eye care practices, including marketing services, practice consulting and practice analytics." Read more.

New Capsule Sunglasses from Saint Laurent

The Wall Street Journal posted that Hedi Slimane  will introduce his "Saint Laurent’s Surf Sound eyewear capsule collection....Slimane created four unisex frames that capture the energy of surf culture. Each...comes in a variety of shapes and colors." Read more.

New Eyewear from Silhouette

"Expressive, fresh, vivacious. Printed motifs are taking the catwalks of Paris, New York and Milan by storm: Print is in vogue. The Silhouette Titan Accent intelligently yet subtly re-enacts this creative freedom," writes Midwest Lens. "The print accents in this puristic collection create room for aesthetic diversity. The accent created by the print design on the smooth temples conveys the look of a sophisticated and tightly-woven fabric. And the colour also plays a central role: A hint of pastel tones combined with vibrant shades radiate strength in every direction. This rimless collection for women and men is available from specialist opticians." Read more.

FGX Signs Levi's Brand to Eyewear

FGX International has teamed up with the Levi's brand to launch a unisex collection of branded Levi's eyewear for both sunglasses and optical. Read more.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Millions to Get Vision Care Thanks to U.S. Mayors and VSPlobal G

The U.S. Conference of Mayors entered a yearlong partnership with VSP Global. Their goal of the so-called Eyes of Hope: a Million More: Increase access to free vision care to individuals in need. The organizations will co-host multi-day events in 10 cities across the U.S. For each event, VSP will provide no-cost eye exams and glasses for adults and children in need. Read more.

Canadian Toy Company Will Continue to Sell Contact Lenses

"An Edmonton-based toy company pled guilty to violating the Optometry Act after selling coloured contact lens that injured two children in Moose Jaw and Regina," reports the Moose-Jaw Times. "CMS Famous Toys pled guilty earlier this week to two counts of violating the act in a Regina courtroom, said Crown counsel Ian McKay. The company has not been sentenced yet, but the company's president said that they plan to continue selling the product in Canada outside of Saskatchewan, as he felt the contact lenses were safe." Read more.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hoya Develops "Easy" Measurement of Fixation Disparities

A new system reportedly calculates the ideal prismatic prescription for the correction of fixation disparity in less than ten minutes. It's from Hoya Vision Care Co., and is called Hoya Eyegenius. Developed in close cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, the system is said to simplify the measurement and correction of fixation disparity. Read more.

Eat Leafy Greens, Reduce Glaucoma Risk, Says Study

"Greater intake of dietary nitrate and green leafy vegetables was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower risk of primary open-angle glaucoma, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology." That's the summary from Science Digest. Read more.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gene Therapy Might Restore Optic Nerve Function

"Research from Boston Children's Hospital suggests the possibility of restoring at least some visual function in people blinded by optic nerve damage from glaucoma... or from trauma," reports Medical News Today. "As reported online January 14 by the journal Cell, the scientists restored vision in mice with optic nerve injury by using gene therapy to get the nerves to regenerate and -- the crucial step -- adding a channel-blocking drug to help the nerves conduct impulses from the eye to the brain. In the future, they believe, the same effect could be achieved with drugs alone." Read more.

Michael Block Will Receive Prevent Blindness Award

Prevent Blindness has chosen Michael Block of Block Business Group as the recipient of the 2016 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award. It will present the award on April 14 at the Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Dinner at the Lotte New York Palace, New York City, in conjunction with Vision Expo East. The organization is recognizing Block for his inspired outlook that champions healthy vision. He has served as the co-chair of the Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight committee for the past two years.

Block began his career as an independent licensed optician about 44 years ago, and little more than a decade later, he started Block Buying Group. In 1991, he founded Block Vision. Today, Block is president of Block Business Group, a purchasing group and practice management organization for independent eyecare professionals in Boca Raton, FL.

Marchon Runs Philathropic Project for Artists

"Marchon, a New York City-based eyewear distributor, takes on a philanthropic project annually. Focusing on local and regional artists, the company looked for artists who work with repurposed materials. Marchon scouted [Steve] Wipfli’s booth and invited him to participate in 2015’s challenge," notes the Toledo City Paper. '"They asked, "Would you be interested in creating a piece of art from materials that we would send you?,"' said Wipfli. 'I agreed, and got a box in the mail that included lenses, frames‚ the side-bows to frames, their catalogues, promotional materials, old cases, sample lenses with different tints— all kinds of stuff. I was to make a sample piece in a month or two. After a few weeks, I got the email back saying I was one of the artists accepted.' For the next step, Wipfli had to transform his preliminary sample into a larger, more finished piece." Read more.
Wipfi's winning work.

New Eyewear from Kate Spade New York

"Kate Spade New York is always optimistic, often unexpected and wonderfully original. Inspired this season by a box of chocolates and other sweets – as well as a wonderfully original floral print which ties back to Kate Spade New York’s current ready-to-wear collection. The Kate Spade New York Winter 2016 eyewear collection looks as sweet as its inspiration, and continues to be reinforced by classic shapes and modern graphic elements." That's the word from Midwest Lens. Read more.

New Eyewear from Joseph Abboud

"Contemporary shapes infused with masculine colorations convey a confident sophistication in four new optical styles," writes Midwest Lens. "JOE Joseph Abboud achieves the perfect balance of mobility and confidence in four new optical styles for Spring 2016. The new styles encompass sport-inspired detailing, on-trend shapes and masculine colorations. This collection is well suited for the style conscious modern man who effortlessly wants to be his best self. An allegiance to what’s authentic, these classic yet modern frames feature contrasting interior temple colorations and sport-inspired laser-cut detailing for added dimension." Read more.