"Leaders of the Vizhnitz Hasidism have issued new instructions in regards to the purchase of eyeglasses, as part of their attempt to combat modernization," according to YNetNews.
Monday, February 28, 2011
ScoopNews reports that "as a result of the devastating impact of the Christchurch earthquake last Tuesday, eyewear company Luxottica will provide any individual or family directly affected by the earthquake with free replacement of their damaged prescription glasses or contact lenses."
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Read this lame approach to eyewear proposed in a WashingtonPost
story: "A trip to the eye doctor can be stressful, from the mental duress of answering 'Which one is clearer, one or two?' to the daunting task of choosing frames. Luckily, you can minimize the stress while boosting your bottom line by ordering glasses or contacts online - but this isn't a one-click process." Answering "which one is clearer" creates duress? Choosing a frame is daunting? Has this reporter used a dictionary?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
You can register for OpticalCEU's 2011 Spring Continuing Education Conference at Foxwoods—now. You can do it online at www.opticalceu.com/RegisterNowSpring2011.html. You may call (203-366-5991).
Here's the lineup for the Spring 2011 Conference:
- 8:30 AM: Registration at the MGM Grand Conference Center with complimentary coffee, tea, or decaf.
- 9-10 AM: History of Eyeglasses (1 ABO)
- 10-11 AM: In the Beginning: Embryonic Eye Development (1 NCLE)
- 11-Noon Cosmetics of Contacts (1 NCLE)
- Noon-1 PM: Complimentary Lunch for All Attendees (See the post below for details)
- 1-2 PM: What's Up with Myopia (1 NCLE)
- 2-3 PM: Make Sunwear Important with the New ot the World Sun Lens (1 ABO)
- 3-4 PM: The Boomer Business (1 ABO)
- 4-5 PM: Trends in Fitting Younger Contact Lens Patients (1 NCLE)
The semi-annual event, which has been running for more than a decade and last spring's conference setting attendance records, will have its great line-up of speakers and their excellent multimedia presentations. They will cover a variety of topics regarding vision care, eyewear, and contact lenses, providing opticians and ECPs with as many as seven ABO/NCLE continuing education credits, notes Linda Conlin.
As usual, the economical fee will include free coffee or tea for attendees arriving for the morning sessions. In addition, opticians and ECPs attending a full day of sessions (seven credits), sessions only in the morning (three credits), or sessions only in the afternoon (four credits) can enjoy a complimentary lunch. Here's the menu for OpticalCEUs 2011 Spring Conference for opticians and ECPs:
- Soup and Salads: hearty minestrone soup; crisp iceberg lettuce with pepperoncini peppers, garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese served with either a house vinaigrette or buttermilk ranch dressing; tortellini pasta salad.
- Make Your Own Hot Sandwich: Philly cheese steaks with shaved rib-eye beef, melted cheese, grilled mushrooms and onions; honey BBQ pulled pork; eggplant Florentine; all served with fresh Hoagie rolls and seasoned curly fries.
- Desserts: chocolate fudge cake, blueberry lemon meringue cake, mandarin Earl Grey cake, along with coffee and assorted teas.
Course information and registration will be available online by the middle of March 2011. For directions to the resort, follow this link: Directions by car to Foxwoods. For information about the conference, email Linda Conlin at F.E.Enterprises@opticalceu.com.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for VEGF Trap-Eye for the treatment of the neovascular form of age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
Read this if you have customers with severe dry-eye problems: "Inventor Dr. Courtenay created the Eye~POD to answer his struggles with dry eyes, a side effect of Bells-Palsy, " according to a post on Yahoo!Finance. "The affliction was caused by scratching his eye with a fingernail while putting in contact lenses. The quest for easier ways to put in eye-drops lead to easier ways to put in contacts. He succeeded in blending these functions into a single device with eight… eye care methods (http://eyepodmagic.com), dramatically changing the ways people use eye drops and contact lenses….The design efficiencies significantly lower the costs of eye care."
"A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system," says MedicalNewsToday. "And a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency could be a key enabler to organizing millimeter-scale systems into wireless sensor networks. These networks could one day track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable. Both developments at the University of Michigan are significant milestones in the march toward millimeter-scale computing, believed to be the next electronics frontier."
notes that "With this spot Sponge, Chicago draws a parallel between people missing small, but important details in their daily lives and missing Sears Optical. The big idea: Anyone not going to Sears Optical is missing something. The Result: Increased sales and higher awareness through increased conversation, sharing and spoofing of the spots across social media platforms."
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
ContactLenses.Co.Uk reports that "Chris Volstad, the pitcher for the Florida Marlins, recently followed the example of his teammate Josh Johnson and had the procedure on his right eye, blogs.palmbeachpost.com reported. Johnson told the blog that Volstad used glasses to correct his vision problem - which was blurriness in his eye - but never wore the aids when he was around others. After being given advice by his teammate, Volstad decided to correct his problem with Lasik eye surgery and used the services of Dr Cory Lessner, who operated on Johnson."
"Kansas optometrists are using this week to ensure all kids can see to learn," reports WIBW.com. "'See to Learn Week' is a project of the Eye Care Council where the state's 250 member optometrists offer free vision assessments to 3-year olds. Dr. Bill Hefner of Topeka says it's an age when children are a bit more verbal and able to give accurate answers, yet still young enough that any problems can be addressed with a positive outcome. Hefner says, when abnormalities are caught early, they are often easier to treat and have a better result."
Monday, February 21, 2011
There are four misconceptions regarding Medicare, according to an article in the WallStreetJournal. Number three involves eye care: "Traditional Medicare doesn't cover routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids or custodial long-term care. It generally won't cover health care you receive while traveling outside the U.S. To get extra coverage for things such as vision care, one option is to instead go with a Medicare Advantage plan, which is run by a private insurer. (With cuts in federal subsidies coming in 2012, insurers have cut the number of Advantage plans they offer.) These plans are required to provide the same coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B, but the cost-sharing is different, says Vicki Gottlich, senior policy attorney for the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Washington." You might want to download and photocopy for some of your patients.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
"The portion of the brain responsible for visual reading doesn't require vision at all, according to a new study published online on February 17 in Current Biology," reports MedicalNewsToday. "Brain imaging studies of blind people as they read words in Braille show activity in precisely the same part of the brain that lights up when sighted readers read. The findings challenge the textbook notion that the brain is divided up into regions that are specialized for processing information coming in via one sense or another, the researchers say."
"A controversial bill that would allow optometrists to perform certain types of laser surgery and other procedures completed its express route through the legislature on Friday," reports the Courier-Journal.
"The House approved Senate Bill 110 on an 81-14 vote — making it the first measure this session to win approval from both houses of the General Assembly and be sent to Gov. Steve Beshear."
"New York State spent more than $20 billion on Medicaid this fiscal year — or nearly a quarter of the total operating budget. With the state confronting a projected $10 billion deficit for next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has little choice but to cut back the program," goes an editorial in the NYTimes. "New York also provides a large menu of 'optional benefits,' including prescription drugs, dental and vision care…That is good for the health of low-income residents, but savings will have to be found." Yesterday California senators, facing similar challenges as New York's politicians, considered cutting its Medicaid vision benefits but backed off.
Friday, February 18, 2011
“ Businesses' nickel-and-diming health insurance coverage has finally hit vision care,” reports LongIslandBusinessNews . “Against a backdrop of rocketing health insurance costs, companies had long seen vision insurance as an inexpensive perk untouched by the problems of the health insurance industry.”
California is facing economic tough times. It must cut its budget. Vision care sat on the chopping block. “Before considering the proposal to fully eliminate vision coverage for the nearly one million children in the Healthy Families program, Senator [Mark] Leno ... recounted his own 'vivid memory' as a 4th grade student, suddenly being able to see again after a visit to an eye doctor and receiving glasses,” reports CaliforniaProgressReport. “For that cut, the Democratic majority voted to reject the $11 million proposal to eliminate vision coverage, but to instead restrict coverage for $3 million in budget savings.”
“ Prince Charles gets double vision as both he and Camilla wear tortoiseshell glasses.” That was the headline in London'sDailyMailwhen the Prince of Wales and Lady Camilla showed at a dinner of business executives, whom the prince was addressing.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
After expanding in New Zealand and Austrailia, Luxottica Group S.p.A. says it has entered into an agreement to acquire Stanza and High Tech, two sunglass specialty retail chains totaling more than 70 stores in Mexico.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) has expanded its eye health website EyeSmart. AAO claims the site is the most comprehensive online resource for eye care information provided by ophthalmologists. You may want to refer customers to the site.
OMG, it's design season. Have you seen the frame designs for 2011? They are so happening. Some have rims, some don't. Some have thick temple stems, some are tapered, and others—well guys and gals, you know. Then there are the temple treatments—OMG. Funkkkkkyyy. And frames come in colors in 2011. Imagine that—colors. You don't have to look far to find a pair of frames.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
“ Why don't traditional corrective lenses slow myopia's progression much?” the LATimes recently asked. Earl Smith, dean of the college of optometry at the University of Houston, has an answer or at least a theory. “Glasses and contact lenses affect the image in the center of the eye. They do not address vision at the periphery. And, he said, 'the peripheral retina — because there's so much more of it — can actually dominate the way that the eye grows.' Smith believes a process called 'visual feedback' is contributing to the worsening of myopia in individuals who develop nearsightedness.”
OptoIQ reports that “US Optical signed an agreement with PixelOptics (Roanoke, VA) to manufacture emPower, PixelOptics' patented electronic [autofocus] eyeglass lenses, starting with the launch of the US Southeast region around April 4, 2011. . ..[It uses] composite lenses with a thin LCD-like transparent layer, microchips, micro-machine accelerometers, and miniature rechargeable batteries. It provides vision correction reportedly for all ranges of sight.”
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
“Gerard, 53, meticulously logs the comings and goings of all the double-deckers on the route,” reports the Sun. “And more than 500 enthusiasts log on each week to keep up with every detail of the pink-and-white buses' operations. The X1 - thought to be the country's longest bus route - serves destinations along 120 miles between Lowestoft, Suffolk, and Peterborough, Cambs” in Great Britain.
Friday, February 11, 2011
“Customs has seized millions of dollars worth of fake sunglasses and reading glasses arriving from China,” according to a post on KABC Television's website. “ US Customs and Border Protection, also known as the CBP, seized nearly 10,000 pairs of counterfeit Givenchy sunglasses and 3,600 Giorgio Armani reading glasses at the Port of Los Angeles Feb. 2.” Those 13,600 pieces were valued at $2.6 million. The news show reported that “counterfeit glasses could be a danger to customers since they can shatter, cause eye injury, and may fail to provide UV protection.”
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
“The progressive addition lenses (PALs) used in this study [published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 9 Feb. 2011] were found to have a statistically but not clinically significant effect on slowing myopia progression in children with high accommodative lag and near esophoria,” according to a MDLinx post.
A few weeks ago, Wired reported that “European robins may maintain quantum entanglement in their eyes a full 20 microseconds longer than the best laboratory systems, say physicists investigating how birds may use quantum effects to “see” Earth’s magnetic field. Quantum entanglement is a state where electrons are spatially separated, but able to affect one another. It’s been proposed that birds’ eyes contain entanglement-based compasses....Physicist Klaus Schulten of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proposed in the late 1970s that bird navigation relied on some geomagnetically sensitive, as-yet-unknown biochemical reaction taking place in their eyes. Research since then has revealed the existence of special optical cells containing a protein called cryptochrome. When a photon enters the eye, it hits cryptochrome, giving a boost of energy to electrons that exist in a state of quantum entanglement.” Imagine that as an optical implant. Not more GPS in the car.
“When infant eyes absorb a world of virgin visions, colors are processed purely, in a pre-linguistic parts of the brain,” reports an older post from Wired . “As adults, colors are processed in the brain’s language centers, refracted by the concepts we have for them. How does that switch take place? And does it affect our subjective experience of color?”
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
“ A team of researchers, led by University of Kentucky ophthalmologist Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, has discovered a molecular mechanism implicated in geographic atrophy, the major cause of untreatable blindness in the industrialized world,” according to MedicalNewsToday. He was aided by researchers in the the United Kingdom and Australia. Who reported that they “uncovered a probable cause of blindness in people older than 50,” with the discovery of enzyme DICER1. It stops working, reports MedicalNewsToday in another post. These discoveries are giving researchers hope that they will find an effective treatment for age-related blindness.
EmployeeBenefits reports “n early half (47%) of employers believe their staff value eyecare benefits as much as the other perks, according to research conducted by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. The eyecare provider's survey, conducted with nearly 300 employers, showed that only 7% believe the perk is valued more valued more than other benefits, while 7% believe it is the most valued benefit.”
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
“ A couple on Medicare got a rebate check to help with prescription drug costs. A Chicago man with diabetes got health insurance through a new government program. And a Philadelphia businessman is hoping his company will qualify for a tax credit.” That's the word from pro-business Business Week. “At a critical time for the nation's new health care legislation, The Associated Press revisited several Americans who first shared their health stories a year ago. Reporters asked: How has the law affected their lives, and how do they see the health care debate now roiling Washington? Many insured Americans have noticed no substantive difference in their lives under the new law. But health care has changed in subtle, and dramatic, ways for others. ”
“ A former Lerwick optician [Brian Kelly formerly of Kelly Opticians]has lost an £800,000 civil action against his estranged wife and former business partner [Christine Kelly],” according to the Shetland Times . They worked together for 20 years. Brian claims has not been able to work in six weeks. After the two separated in 2004, Christine took out a court order dissolving their business partnership. Christine has “ insisted the interdict was to prevent him from personally taking stock from the premises. ”
Friday, February 4, 2011
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In an online post for Women's Health , Oakley athlete and Olympic medalist Gretchen Bleiler talks about her experiences volunteering at the South Africa OneSight Clinic in September 2010. The four-time Winter X Games snowboarding champ was one of several athletes who participated in the clinic sponsored by Oakley.
Looking for an eye health tip sheet that you can distribute to patients? What about a hand-out at a local health fair? The CDC has one that an ECP easily could adapt for any purpose. For a glimpse, click this link: http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basic_information/eye_health_tips.htm.
Transitions Optical, Inc., is producing a year-long series of golf video tips from PGA Tour players and professional trainers as part of its "Improve Your Vision, Improve Your Game Video Series." The videos – approximately 60-90 seconds each – offer tips on enhancing your game as well as how to leverage vision to impact your game. Topics ranging from putting alignment and swing improvement, to eye dominance tests and visual exercises will be highlighted. A new video will be available every week by visiting www.improveyourvisionimproveyourgame.com. The site also offers a series of articles about improving how a player “sees” the game. ECPs might consider creating a promotion for the site in their shops or emailing the link to patients/customers, capitalizing on Transitions' promotion.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
“Undercover reporting by the BBC has revealed that some fancy dress and party shops are giving ‘contact lens’ safety advice, which their expert described as 'uncomfortable viewing,'” so reports OptometryToday.
Famed sportscaster Lesley Visser is partnering with Transitions Optical and sports vision specialist Dr. Larry Lampert, to raise awareness about healthy vision and its connection to sports performance among consumers across the country. She is teaming up with Dr. Larry Lampert to educate athletes and spectators about the importance of wearing UV-blocking eyewear, along with getting regular, comprehensive eye exams. UV rays that can damage the eyes are still present, regardless of the time of year. Dr. Lampert notes that UV-related eye damage is cumulative, so it’s never too early or too late to get a regular, comprehensive eye exam and to start protecting your eyes.
Contact lens wearers say that they forget which day to change their contacts as instructed. However, according to a new survey of contact lens wearers, Acuminder, a complimentary online reminder tool developed by Vistakon, is helping them change their behavior. Since its launch in 2007, nearly 40,000 contact lens wearers have registered for the service ( www.acuminder.com). It sends an automatic reminder via e-mail and/or cell phone text message reminding them to change contact lenses. It also prompts wearers when to buy new contacts and when to schedule an eye exam.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
“ A thief took more than $4000 worth of sunglasses from a Rock Hill Sears recently, Rock Hill police say,” according to WBTV . “The incident happened sometime during the weekend of January 16 when the optical store of Sears at 2197 Dave Lyle Blvd. was closed, police said.”
Over the next year, Harris Corp. reportedly will support the development of the Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry (DVEIVR) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The registry will track the occurrence, treatment, and outcomes of all eye injuries or visual dysfunction experienced by members of the Armed Forces while serving on active duty.
“ This February, EyeCare America is reminding seniors that sometimes, 'The Best Things in Life are Free,' and, that you can't put a price tag on love, friendship or the importance of eye sight. This Valentine's Day campaign encourages those age 65 and older to call EyeCare America to see if they qualify for a free exam,” according to an EyeCare America press release. ECPs might want to figure out how to tie into this promotion.