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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pilots' Visual Acuity Improves with App

In a study commissioned by the Israeli Air Force (IAF), IAF who used the mobile app called GlassesOff reportedly showed improvement in visual functionsThat's the word from a press release from GlassesOff. The data was presented today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  The pilots improved across multiple visual functions, including 35% improvement in visual acuity and 24% improvement in image processing speed. Read more.

New Eyewear from ClearVision Opitcal

ClearVision Optical has introduced "three new styles to its best selling DuraHinge collection this fall. Recognized for optimal strength and durability, DuraHinge now offers the first plastic model for the collection," says a post on Midwest Lens. "The latest release also introduces a new custom tooled hinge featuring the DuraHinge logo. This proprietary five-barrel hinge offers superior strength with the added flexibility of a spring hinge, yet it’s not too bulky or heavy on the face. Wider end pieces and temples provide additional durability." Read more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CDC Will Launch Campaign Targeted at Young Adult Contact Lens Wearers

According to Vision of the Industry, the National Academy of Opticianry magazine, "in November, 2014, the CDC will launch a 5-day campaign targeted to young adult contact lens wearers 18-22 years old and to eye care providers. This is a broad outreach campaign that will focus on dissemination of healthy contact lens wear and care information and materials. The CDC will engage with media, social media, and both CDC and partner communication channels and networks to disseminate messages and content." The CDC has partnered with professional organizations to begin a new healthy contact lens awareness effort. As part of that effort, free infographics are currently available through the CDC. Read the article.

Blind Cave Fish Giving Hints to Eye Disease, Researchers Hope

"Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of many human ailments, including those that result in loss of sight," according to Science Daily. "A team of researchers is looking to the tiny eyeless fish for clues about the underpinnings of degenerative eye disease and more." Read more.

Jonathan Saunders Signs Deal with Sunshades Eyewear

Women's Wear Daily writes: "Jonathan Saunders has inked a five-year deal with the Australian manufacturer Sunshades Eyewear to produce a line of sunglasses. 'This is important in terms of increasing our product lines and reaching an aspirational customer,' the designer told WWD, adding the sunglasses would have global distribution. He described the initial encounter with Sunshades as a 'meeting of minds' and praised the company’s 'innovative approach' to materials and the quality of its product. The 29-piece collection will land in stores in February and will incorporate Saunders’ love of color and print." Read more.

New Eyewear from Alexander McQueen

"The Alexander McQueen eyewear collection for Fall/Winter 2014/2015 explores new interpretations of the brand’s accessory and ready-to-wear creations: cut off metal studs, perforated flat metal and a textured effect. These latest styles showcase Alexander McQueen’s signature craftsmanship," reports Midwest Lens. "The color palette ranges from classic colors such as blue, black, burgundy to oxidized metals such as ruthenium, copper and bronze." Read more.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Game Stopped 'Cause Ref Can't See

"You know that old joke about some witty soul from the stands of a football/baseball game who sees a referee/umpire make a call against that patron's team and yells out, 'Yo ref/ump, do you need to borrow my glasses?' Turns out referee Gene Steratore could have actually used the help in the first quarter of the Colts-Bengals game. That's because the game had to be slightly delayed because Steratore was having contact lens issues." That's the post on CBS Sports. Read more.

Will a Corneal Insert Replace Reading Glasses? Maybe

"A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology," reports Science Daily. "A corneal inlay device currently undergoing clinical review in the United States improved near vision well enough for 80 percent of the participating patients to read a newspaper without disturbing far distance vision needed for daily activities like driving. ...One of the devices is the Kamra inlay, a thin, flexible doughnut-shaped ring that measures 3.8 millimeters in diameter, with a 1.6 millimeter hole in the middle. When dropped into a small pocket in the cornea covering the front of the eye, the device acts like a camera aperture, adjusting the depth of field so that the viewer can see near and far. The procedure to insert the implant is relatively quick, lasting about 10 minutes, and requires only topical anesthesia." Read more.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Health Canada to Upgrade Cosmetic CLs to Medical Devices

In a press release appearing on, Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose said that Health Canada will consult with optical industry experts to regulate cosmetic contact lenses as medical devices. Until now, Canada has regulated them as consumer products. The U.S. FDA considers them as medical devices, which can be dispensed only with a prescription. As medical devices in Canada, cosmetic contact lenses would be subject to specific requirements for licensing, manufacturing, labeling, and instructions to improve their safety before they go on the market. The proposed changes to the Medical Device Regulations are being published in Canada Gazette I on October 18 to begin consultations. In addition, new guidance documents and new application forms will be posted on the Health Canada website for a 75-day comment period.  Read more.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Students and Apprentice Opticians Invited to OAA's Leadership Conference

"As the 2015 OAA [Opticians Association of America] State Leadership approaches, OAA is once again hosting a program to encourage state associations to invest in the future leaders of the opticianry profession - students and apprentices." So went the OAA newsletter email we recently received. "In an effort to encourage successive leadership within both state associations and our industry, OAA would like to have every state association bring a student/apprentice to the 2015 OAA State Leadership Conference in February.

"Also, OAA realizes that every state does not have an association, so OAA is also encouraging any student/apprentice who is interested in becoming an industry leader to apply for a travel grant. It is commonly said that 'the youth are our future.' We hope that you will agree and join with OAA in our continual effort to invest in the development of leadership potential within the brightest and most promising students and apprentices in opticianry.

"In order to ease the financial burden for state associations, students, and apprentices, OAA has waived the conference registration fee for this special group. In addition, for those state associations and students/apprentices that are unable to financially participate in this effort, OAA is offering a grant of up to $1,000 per student/apprentice.

"There are a limited number of students/apprentices who can be fully supported, so each state association needing financial assistance can click here for the grant application. Each grant application recommending a student/apprentice must be completed by a state association and submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered. Every student/apprentice wishing to receive a travel grant who is not associated with their state association can do so by clicking here. All grant requests must be submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered."

U-2's Bono Has Glaucoma

"Bono [the lead singer for the music group U-2] rarely steps out without wearing his trademark sunglasses, but the reason he goes dark has nothing to do with fashion. The U2 frontman recently revealed that he wears glasses (even inside) because he suffers from glaucoma," according to US Weekly. "'This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years,' the 54-year-old explained during a recording for the Graham Norton Show, when asked if he ever takes his shades off." Read more.

New Eyewear from G-Star

"Building on the success of the first G-Star eyewear collection, new styles have been added. Each pair features distinctive straight cut lenses and clean design for a modern feel rich with vintage elements. The industrial inspirations of the brand can be seen in iconic screw details, and denim is referenced in the zipper-puller shape of the temple tips." That's the Midwest Lens post. Read more.