Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Its display has four times as many pixels as do Google Glasses, according to Quartz. The technology was originally developed by Nokia and licensed to Vuzix. Vuzix integrated it with its own waveguide technology and developed other improvements for its release into Vuzix products. Read more.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Only a day ago, researchers announced that they had mapped the molecular underpinnings of glaucoma. Read the blog post.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
“I was sitting at the Optometrist waiting for my first pair of glasses and the receptionist said if you wait around a bit longer you will meet the president,” according to News24 based in Capetown, South Africa. “I stupidly said ‘which President.’ Of course she looked at me in horror and said ‘Nelson Mandela who else?’ I was so embarrassed. Never the less I hung around and low and behold a bunch of body guards walked in followed by our president. He chose to sit right next to me and he took my hand and asked me what my name was, what I did, how old I was and general chit-chat.” Read more.
“Wearers of traditional eyeglasses got an early holiday treat this week when a Google employee leaked photos of what appear to be the prescription version of Google Glass,” reports Mashable. “Reportedly posted on the Google+ page of Brian Matiash, community manager for Google+ Photos, on Thursday, the images showing the modified version of Glass were quickly removed without explanation. Phandroid managed to capture the photos before they were taken down. The new version of the wearable computing device (not pictured above) looks a lot like the current version, except it does away with the steel band completely, allowing the wearer to place their traditional eyeglasses in what appears to be a cradle within the body of Google Glass. It's unclear whether or not the cradle shown in the photos could house any pair of traditional eyeglasses; however, such a design seems unlikely given that eyeglass arms vary in width, and may not fit into the cradle.” Read more.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Two weeks before Thanksgiving, Essilor, VSP, Younger Optics, and Indizen Optical Technologies have settled their free-form progressive lawsuit. “A patent infringement case was filed by Essilor against VSP Optical Group on Feb 22, 2013 in the Texas Eastern District Court for infringing eyeglass lenses used to correct presbyopia and other disorders of accommodation. The other named defendants in this case were: Indizen Optical Technologies…and Younger Optics,” reports IPInsiders. “The patent involved in the suit is US6149271…The patent is currently assigned to Essilor International …The '271 patent claims progressive addition lenses and processes for making progressive addition lenses. The complaint alleged that Indizen Optical Technologies develops a lens design software [and that] IOT Futura and Younger Optics provides semi-finished lenses, both of which help in producing finished lenses manufactured by VSP, UNITY PLxpression lenses that infringe the '271 Patent. The complaint states that Indizen Optical Technologies and Younger Optics encouraged VSP to make such infringing lenses. …On Nov 13, Essilor filed stipulation of dismissal pursuant to which the Court ordered all the claims and counterclaims in this action to be dismissed with prejudice with each party bearing its own attorneys’ fees and costs.” Read more.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Superior Vision and Block Vision have received final approval to merge the two companies. With distinct yet complementary lines of business across commercial and government sectors, Medicare and Medicaid markets, health plan partnerships, and medical-surgical eye care programs, the company claims that it will capitalize on efficiencies that will result from the merger. The merged company will cover more than 8.5 million members nationwide, with a provider network surpassing 55,000 access points. For more information about Superior Vision and Block Vision, please visit http://www.superiorvision.com and http://www.blockvision.com.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
“The owner of a Jackson [Mississippi] eye clinic is facing charges of Medicaid fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today,” according to WJTV. “Barbara Faye Jones, 30, of Jackson, turned herself into authorities with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Tuesday following recent indictment by a Hinds County grand jury. The indictment alleges that Jones, as owner/operator of Clear View Vision Care, did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously make, present and cause to be made and presented false, fictitious and fraudulent claims for more than $28,000 in Medicaid benefits, knowing the claims to be false, fictitious and fraudulent.” Read more.
“For a few years now, optogenetics has been seen as a very promising therapy for progressive blindness, for example when it is a result of retinal degeneration,” notes Science Daily. “In order to further develop this therapeutic approach, Marion Mutter and project leader Dr. Thomas Münch of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) at the University of Tübingen have developed a computer model that simulates optogenetic vision. The research has been published in the November 27 issue of PLOS ONE.” Read more.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Augmented Reality Contact Lenses (course name): "Very interesting!" "Different - Great speaker." "Incredible! Best hour of all. Very exciting new technology!" "Great!" "Technology is amazing!" “Excellent course on the future of contact lenses. Awesome facts on positive and negative situations to come. Good theory on safety, health concerns and visual distractions. Expressed hypothetical scrutiny that can help to handle upcoming patients. Good critical thinking on who we serve, can and will serve. Provided a vast array of data from experts in our industry. Showed well thought out placement to educate and create a desire to expand on what was given."
Beam Me Up! Understanding the Slit Lamp (course name): "Loved the video." "Keep the videos - super entertaining." "Have more videos with this guy." "Video definitely put the whole process of using the slit lamp." "Very interesting – thanks." "Video/slides were great - great info."
Grading Contact Lens Complications (course name): "My recognition of these situations is still very limited. Have not got the experience with these matters. Great explanation of neovascularization." "Being weak on contact lens grading, I felt I understood better after going through the course." "Slides were great!"
Answers to the survey question, "Considering your other education options, why did you select this seminar?": "Convenience, audio/visual material." "Convenient location and time." "Very helpful to busy person. Appreciate the convenience of the program." "Cost, convenience, informative not overwhelming." "Time, location and topics, great presentation and speakers." "Price, location, topics discussed; like the speakers."
Follow-up in older adults shows a high rate of anisometropia, or differing levels of visual abnormalities between eyes, reports a study in Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health,” notes Science Daily. “The researchers analyzed vision examination results in 118 older adults followed up over 12 years -- from an average age of 67 to 79 years at the end of the study. The study focused on the development of anisometropia, defined as a significant difference (one diopter or more) in prescription (refractive error) between the two eyes in one of four components.” Read more.
“Guess Eyewear presents a new optical collection for men and women this January, drawing inspiration from runway trends and timeless vintage styles with chic metal accents and structured silhouettes. The Spring 2014 collection features a new mix of designs that coordinate perfectly with the adventurous lifestyle of today’s Guess guy and girl, including seven new women’s styles and five new men’s styles.” That’s the word from Midwest Lens. “A chain link design provides a shiny metallic accent to the sleek handcrafted temples of GU 2406 and GU 2407. The triple laminate colorations of this duo are offered in pops of fun contrasting colors, including red/pink, brown/blue and blue/green. The rich color tones continue into the fronts of GU 2406, a modified rectangle and oval front shape of GU 2407, both handcrafted in acetate. The chic design of the duo’s temple treatment compliments the Guess girl’s expressive accessory collection.” Read more.
“SynergEyes, Inc., has changed its policies for ordering and returning lenses,” according to a notice from the AOA. “Effective Nov. 1, prescribers will no longer need to return lenses in order to receive credit for discontinued fits, whether they are working with Duette, UltraHealth or SynergEyes lenses. In addition, the warranty period for all lenses will be 90 days and receiving credit, when necessary, will be easy and hassle-free. SynergEyes also will be automating a number of procedures, from account setup to billing. Accounts will have the option to receive printed versions of their statements or go paperless by using an online account management system.” Read more.
“ECP's have been wondering – When my patient needs a progressive lens that fits into a shorter frame, which lens has an excellent and balanced combination of far, near, and intermediate zones?” according to a spokesperson for Younger Optics. “Adage is the answer! Adage, the short corridor progressive lenses with wide and balanced near and distance zones, are now available in clear Trilogy, the impact resistant material with superior optical quality. … Adage Trilogy lenses offer patients all the benefits of the Trilogy material in an ultra-short PAL that fits their favorite small frames. The Adage lens has been designed to provide the wearer with an excellent and balanced combination of far, near, and intermediate zones. Compared to leading short corridor progressives, the Adage lens offers a broader clear area. This helps patients get a focused view, wherever they are looking.” Read more.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
DITTO, an eyewear website, now will provide eyewear and sunglasses for Superior members. Superior Vision members receive a 25% discount on their first pair of glasses and 30% off if they purchase more two or more pairs. For now, DITTO is an out-of-network provider for Superior Vision members. Superior Vision members may receive reimbursement at out-of-network rates if their vision benefits are not already exhausted. Members may go to SuperiorVision.com for a link to the promo code to receive their savings on DITTO.com. Read more.
In related news, Linda Conlin's presentation about AR contact lenses at OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Conference received rave reviews. Read more.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Finalists and Prizes: The top three (3) scores from the judging will travel as guests of the Vision of Hope Foundation and HOYA to the 2014 Opticians Association of America's State Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 16 - 18, 2014. Prizes will be awarded in the form of travel and lodging. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the OAA Leadership Conference. Judging will be conducted by the Vision of Hope Foundation Committee and will be complete no later than December 25, 2013.
Contest Guidelines: Entries must be posted on the HoyaEPosters.com website no later than December 6, 2013. Judging will be completed by the Vision of Hope Foundation Committee no later thanDecember 25, 2013. The three (3) winning entries will be invited to attend the 2014 OAA State Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 16 - 18, 2014 courtesy of HOYA Vision.
"Poster" Submission: Students participating in a contest may upload a Power Point presentation of their entry. Contestants should prepare a 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation answering the question: "How can I be a leader in the optical field?"
New File Option!: Beginning with the 2013 contest, students may export their PowerPoint presentations to video and upload these files directly. This gives the added advantage of insuring that no unintentional changes will occur during the poster conversion process on our website, and the presentation will play for the judges in exactly the manner intended by the author. Standard video formats will be accepted (.wmv, .mp4, .mpg, and .avi), and the presentations must conform in every way to the remaining contest guidelines, including limitations on playing time and copyrighted content. Video files which exceed the time limit, or do not adhere to published copyright standards may be returned to the contestant for revision.
Judging: The Vision of Hope Foundation Committee will rate the presentations according to the following criteria: professionalism, relevance, overall presentation, and leadership vision. When judging is complete, the three (3) highest scores will be contacted and invited to the 2014 OAA State Leadership Conference. Prizes will be awarded in the form of travel and lodging. In the event that a designated winner is unable to participate in the OAA leadership meeting, the next-highest score will be deemed a winner in their place.
To enter, please review the contest guidelines and create an account.
The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) says vision care isn't the healthcare priority it should be for the governments, given that one in four elderly Canadians will experience vision problems. The Council's poll showed more than two-thirds of Canadians feel regular eye exams and vision care should be covered as part of provincial health plans. The council also applauds provincial governments for adding Lucentis to their Drug Formularies for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). CCB does not approve the use of "off label" drugs in eye treatments. We support drugs approved by Health Canada for eye conditions. A new study has raised safety issues with this use so CCB is calling on the government to ensure patient safety is put before costs by only providing the treatment approved by Health Canada. This is an example of how vision care is often not given the priority or resources it should by our health system. Read more.
Across the water in Ireland, Eircom reports that “figures from the HSE obtained by the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) show the waiting time for a follow up eye examination is 47 months in Kildare. The waiting time was recently reported to be three years in Dublin and is at least two years in other parts of the country. The AOI's optometric adviser, Lynda McGivney-Nolan, said the school eye screening system was failing children - they were being treated too late and were not been tested sufficiently for reading vision difficulties.” Read more.
In the U.S., vision care for children theoretically should improve with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), which mandates coverage for children’s vision care. Many of the insurance programs in the health exchanges do not provide for refractive care for adults.
It was the day after Thanksgiving in 1981, and like most others across the nation, Rangaswamy “Sri” Srinivasan, a researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, had brought some turkey to work. The difference between Srinivasan and everyone else was that the scientist had no plans to eat the leftovers. He was planning to fire a laser at them!
It was a landmark decision, which transformed into laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, and photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, the refractive eye surgery techniques that have been used worldwide for 20 years to correct the eyesight of more than 30 million people. Read more.
Safilo Group and Kate Spade LLC have signed a five-year North American eyewear licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of Jack Spade, and the three-year extension of the current kate spade new york international licensing agreement. Both agreements are in effect through December 31, 2018. The Jack Spade men’s sunglasses collection will be available in top-tier department stores, sunglass specialty retailers such as Solstice Sunglasses owned by Safilo Group, and Jack Spade retail stores across the U.S. and Canada beginning February 2014, followed by the roll-out of the Jack Spade men’s optical collection which will be available at select optical retailers throughout North America starting April 2014. Read more.
“Ogi Eyewear is excited to present its innovative take on metal frames with their new handcrafted stainless steel styles,” reports Midwest Lens. “This material gives each frame a durable, lightweight feel with flattering designer details that portray exquisite character. Ogi Eyewear applies its signature channel setting technique, which gives each frame a unique luxurious texture. The essence of rich organic patterns such as wood, marble and leather, are set flush within the metal frame, creating a slim structure that is nearly weightless on the face. Highlighting decorative elements such as a sleek, thin metal rim, diamond-shaped accents and gorgeous textured paneling, Ogi Eyewear’s metal frames have a matte yet luminous look that is truly one of a kind.” Read more.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
NAO offers training for opticians, which is valid in eight states. NAO recently highlighted Linda Conlin, founder of OpticalCEUs, in its publication Vision of Industry. (Go to www.opticalceu.com.)
In related news, Linda Conlin's presentation about AR contact lenses at OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Conference received rave reviews. Read more.