Monday, October 29, 2012

Impact Alabama Doing Its 175,000th Eye Screening

“Impact Alabama runs an initiative called FocusFirst,” notes NBC affiliate Alabama's 13. “It's a nationally-recognized, unique vision care initiative in Alabama. FocusFirst provides free vision screenings to preschool-aged children in all 67 counties in Alabama. This fall, Impact Alabama is celebrating the screening of its 175,000th child. FocusFirst student volunteers travel to childcare centers in all 67 counties and conduct vision screenings for children, six months to five years of age, using state-of-the-art photo-screening technology.” Read more.

Warning about the Best Time to Wear Sunglasses

Most Australians are unaware of the dangerous times for sun damage to the eyes - and could be using sunglasses that do more harm than good, eye experts have warned,” according to a Sydney Morning Herald post. “With summer approaching [in Australia], the Optometrists Association of Australia says harmful UV exposure to eyes peaks in the early morning and late afternoon, not in the middle of the day as previously thought. It said that UV-protective sunglasses or prescription glasses should be worn from early morning to late afternoon, all year around, when outdoors or driving. The OAA based its recommendations on a study by the Kanazawa Medical University in Japan, which found that 'peak UV exposure times for the eyes are not between 10am and 2pm, as has been believed … but between 8am and 10am, and 2pm and 4pm, for most of the year [except winter] because of the angle of the sun in relation to the eyes at those times.'” Read more.

Moscot Auctions Off Autographed Case and Frame for Chairty

Moscot and Road Runner Records will work with Charity Bids to auction off a one-of-a-kind Moscot Eyewear Case autographed by Trivium's Matt Heafy, Corey Beaulieu, Paolo Gregoletto, and Nick Augusto, with The Mendel worn by Matt Heafy in The Moscot Metal campaign. Individuals can submit bids until November 1st at 5 PM EST. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to The Moscot Mobileyes Foundation (

Saturday, October 27, 2012

OpticalCEUs Fall Seminar Still Scheduled for Oct. 28

OpticalCEU's will hold its annual Fall Seminar for opticians at the Grand Pequot at Foxwoods on Oct. 28th.

“With the forecasts from the National Weather Service indicating that the effects of the storm not reaching the area until Monday morning at the earliest, we see no reason for cancelling the seminar,” says Linda Conlin, founder and lecturer for OpticalCEU's. “We will monitor the situation. We will let attendees know if there is a change of plans.”For the quickest information, check here at OpticalCEUs Website or on this blog  for updates. If you do not see an update, then the seminar will go as planned. 

This year F.E. Enterprises has a full-day, 7-credit program at the Grand Pequot Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort and Casino. In response to attendee requests, OpticalCEUs added a more comfortable learning environment to accompany our Grand Pequot Ballroom conference space. 

Accredited lecturers Linda Conlin, Deborah Kotob of Vision-Ease and Joe Forte will present ABO and NCLE accredited courses. You can apply the credit from all courses toward your state license and your ABO/NCLE certification. For14 years, Linda, an NAO Fellow Ambassador and member   of CLSA's University Review Committee, has provided continuing education for opticians at the state and national level. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, has a BS from Fairfield University and was a columnist for EyeWitness magazine. 

Deborah, a sales consultant for Vision-Ease, writes, edits and presents ABO seminars related to best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she has owned an optical business and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah is certified by the ABO and NCLE.

Joe lectured at CUNY Tech, specializing in contact lenses and was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics. He has lectured at Vision Expo and Optifair. He is currently director of contact lens services for Raymond Opticians. 

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

How We See and How We Treat the Eye

"Every day we see objects, new and familiar. Amazingly, we recognize them instantly. How? How does our brain turn what our eyes see into the images we recognize? This is an important question as answering it may ultimately influence the way doctors treat patients with vision problems." So starts the National Eye Institutes post about its Project Prakash. "Nonetheless finding answers has been difficult. Learning to recognize objects begins as soon as we open our eyes after birth. So we can't recall how we learned to recognize objects, and infants are too young to communicate what they're seeing. Thus most attempts to find answers have been limited to indirect animal studies or studies on the rare blind person who gained sight later in life." Read more.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Prada's Dixie Collection

Maison Martin Margiela Releases Its First Eyewear Collection

"Its name is Poids Plume and it is the first vision eyewear collection designed by Maison Martin Margiela for spring/summer 2013 in collaboration with renowned British eyewear maker Cutler & Gross," says a Mido News 365. "A collection with a clean, simple style that marks a return to basic eyewear design. Stripped of unnecessary embellishments, the frame has been restored to the bare essentials. Ultra-light metal eyewear with rims designed for prescription lenses that fit so perfectly they seem to float on the face and give the wearer a very wide field of vision. Notes of refined elegance are given by very bright silver and deeply polished gold." Read more.

Hoya Wins Awards for Its Apps

"The spread of Hoya Apps has been accompanied by one success after another since their launch. They are the result of the technological and innovative orientation that Hoya, the Smart System Company, has always had," according to Mido News 365. "After it received the Silmo D'Or early October for visuReal Portable, Hoya was again the protagonist Friday morning when it was presented with the Smau Mob App Award by Milan Polytechnic's School of Business Observatories in collaboration with Smau. The aim of the competition is to award the most innovative Apps for smartphones and tablets in the Consumer and Business categories, which were won by Hoya. A total of about 100 business Apps were entered by 83 companies or independent developers." Read more.

J.F. Rey Eyewear Frame Raising Money for Breast Cancer Fight

"On October 5 2012, during the Lipstick Lounge event leaded by the American organization Glam-A-Thon, the J.F. Rey USA team unveiled an ophthalmic frame specially produced to raise funds for medical research seeking treatment for breast cancer," reports Mido News 365. "The frame, with a high-end design, was created and produced in France like the rest of this Marseille designer's collections. The model, limited to 200 pieces, was sold by Optical Spectrum throughout the evening and 100% of the funds raised were donated to the foundation." Read more.

GPS Eyewear Part of the Future, Says Research Group

Despite the hype around the decline of PNDs and the rise of smartphone applications, there is a long-term future for dedicated GPS devices. Total GPS device revenues are forecast to grow from $6.5 billion in 2011 to over $8 billion in 2017. With the exception of PNDs, all device categories grew in 2011, including cycling computers, golf caddies, and recreational devices. Senior analyst Patrick Connolly said, “We will also see increasing partnerships between device manufacturers and smartphone application developers, which is vital in extending reach and opening up new sales channels. Looking to the future, the GPS-enabled eyewear market is expected to expand beyond skiing into winter sports and fitness, as well opening up new markets such as motorcycling, making it one of the strongest device revenue categories by 2017.”Read more.

Avedro Holds Iontophoresis License

Avedro will hold the exclusive license to EyeGate Pharma’s iontophoresis patents in the field of corneal collagen cross-linking, according to a press release. When cross-linking is used to treat degenerative keratoconus or post-LASIK ectasia, the corneal epithelium is commonly removed to allow riboflavin to penetrate into the cornea. Removal of the epithelium causes patient discomfort for up to 24 hours and a transient reduction in vision as the epithelium regrows. Iontophoresis can potentially deliver riboflavin into the cornea without the need to remove the epithelium. Read more.

4 FL Shops Fined for Selling Decorative CLs

"Four West Palm Beach beauty supply stores got citations with fines of at least $500 each on Wednesday for selling decorative contact lenses without a license, said a Florida Department of Health press release," reports the Sun-Sentinal. "The DOH called it the 'unlicensed practice of opticianry' in the press release." Read more.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Study Suggests More Research about Drugs Used to Treat MD

"Millions of people with 'wet' macular degeneration are prescribed a class of medication known as anti-VEGF drugs. But now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that a drastic reduction of VEGF activity may do more harm than good," goes the post on Science Daily. "In the new study, the researchers deleted the gene for the blood-vessel growth factor VEGF, which has been implicated in stimulating abnormal blood vessel growth in a range of cancers and eye diseases, from cells in the retinas of adult mice. The results showed that without VEGF a large subset of light-sensing cells lost their main blood supply and shut down, causing severe vision loss." Read more.

Aspex Adds Turboxflex Hinge to EasyClip

"Aspex eyewear has introduced the Turboflex hinge, the only hinge that has 360 degrees of motion (twist up and down as well as side to side) to its EasyClip collection with 3 new styles," goes the Midwest Lens post. "The 3 new styles EC265, EC266 and EC267 have trendy and modern shapes, perfect for the active and stylish men." Read more.

Best Image Adds to Dolabany Collection

"Building on their great success with the amazingly light and comfortable material, these 3 new styles are a fantastic addition to the fall / winter collection." That's the start of a Midwest Lens post. "The Izzy 51/19/140, Addison 50/18/140 and Jaiden 51/19/140 come in 4 attractive and bright color ways. Black /Green, Brown /Beige, Plum/Orchid and Demi Amber. These unisex styles are easy to wear, look fantastic and are great for the person on the go. The Dolabany TR-90 styles come in a mat finish and feature a very soft and supple texture that adds to the wear ability." Read more.

A Gift from Heaven

At the recent two-week OneSight India Clinic, volunteers helped to restore the vision of thousands of adults and children. One patient asked a volunteer, "Where are you from?"
“The USA,” she said.
“No, you are from heaven. You are giving us eyesight.” Read more.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now Eat Potatoes for Your Eyes

“Potatoes with higher levels of beneficial carotenoids are the result of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies to improve one of America's most popular vegetables,” says Science Daily. “Several carotenoids are involved, including neoxanthin, antheraxanthin, violaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Among these, lutein and zeaxanthin, are of keen interest for eye health; they appear to protect against age-related macular degeneration and perhaps against cataract formation.” Read more.

CL-Related Corneal Ulcers on the Rise

“The number of contact lens-related bacterial corneal ulcers increased significantly between 2004 and 2007, according to a study,” reports Healio. “Investigators retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all patients at one institution who were diagnosed with bacterial corneal ulcers between January 2004 and December 2007. They identified 507 corneal ulcers; 223 ulcers were related to contact lens wear, and 284 were not related to contact lens wear.” Read more.

OGA Introduces Krokk II

“ÖGA introduces Krok II, a continuation of the original Krok concept, which features heat mounted acetate fronts. Krok II is the only acetate front concept in the ÖGA line,” according to Midwest Lens. “Openwork aluminum temples are beveled at the endpiece to highlight fluidity and curves. The aluminum temples are twice as light as titanium, which allows for a design with greater volume. There is a hint of a second color which combined with the shape of the design, makes Krok II masculine and bold without crossing into too trendy.” Read more.

Two OD Schools Donate Millions in Services

Southern College of Optometry's clinical programs reportedly provided $1,043,530 in uncompensated optometric care in the Memphis community during SCO's 2011/12 fiscal year. The sum marked a 44 percent increase in uncompensated care from the previous year for such programs as Church Health Center,  InfantSEE program, Baptist Outreach Programs, and Memphis City Schools’ Regional Health Clinics. A portion of the increase also stemmed  from expenses associated with community education events and SCO’s basic vision screenings for Shelby County students. Read more.

Indiana University School of Optometry and Saving Sight Indiana (formerly Prevent Blindness Indiana) are collaborating in bringing two SSI programs to the public: Sight for Students and Gift of Vision. Sight for Students, sponsored by VSP, provides vouchers to students for up to $250. Gift of Vision connects eligible adults Saving Sight Indiana's network of more than 120 statewide eye care providers who donate services to Gift of Vision patients. Read more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Upstate NY Eye Doc Treats Dalai Lama

“Dr. William M. Tucker, a Fayetteville ophthalmologist, treated the Dalai Lama during an eye exam Oct. 9, 2012, in his Fayetteville office,” says the Syracuse. “The Dalai Lama was in Syracuse Oct. 8-9 for a panel discussion and concert at Syracuse University. The Dalai Lama took time to impart his vision of world peace and inner harmony on Syracuse during a visit earlier this month. When he departed, the Buddhist leader left with something of his own: clearer vision in the more physical sense. It came compliments of Dr. William M. Tucker, a Fayetteville ophthalmologist who was asked to treat the Dalai Lama for a vision problem.” Read more.

Demand for Avaira Reportedly Increasing

CooperVision, Inc., reportedly is experiencing renewed demand for the Avaira sphere and toric products among practitioners worldwide as practitioners upgrade their current two-week wearers to Avaira lenses., the only two-week lens to have polyethylene glycol (PEG). The compound's well-established ability to tightly bind water helps maintain hydration and eliminate the need for rewetting agents. Read more.

Maui Jim Returns to the CMA Annual Awards

Returning for a second year to the backstage lounge of the 46th Annual CMA Awards, Maui Jim, the world's fastest growing maker of premium polarized sunglasses, will be showcased to some of the biggest names in country music, including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band. The show airs live on ABC-TV on November 1 at 8 PM ET from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Read more.

New Additions for Esprit

“Esprit’s innate intuition for trends is accompanied by the classical elegance of a  slimmer milled semi-rimmed metal model in bold colors accented by a delicate hue trim alongside,” says Midwest Lens. “Some colors (535 & 538) feature snake pattern on temples. Colors are ranging from brown to olive to burgundy and black, the classical colors of fall.” Read more.

Prestige Launches Borsalino

Possible Treatment for Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Contact lenses, particularly the extended wear variety, render wearers vulnerable to eye infections from Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” notes Science Daily . “These infections can cause severe damage, including blindness. Treating the eye with antibodies to the inflammatory immune compound interleukin-17 (IL-17) reduced eye damage and the number of bacteria in a mouse model. The research is published in the October Infection and Immunology. Read more.

Emma Roberts Gets Champagne "Bath" at Luxottica Event

Actress Emma Roberts was accidentally doused in champagne by a clumsy partygoer at a fashion event in New York City on Thursday (18Oct12),” says News Net 5. The Scream 4 star was promoting the launch of Vogue Eyewear's new Emma shades at the Sunglass Hut when an attendee tripped over a lighting chord, sending their drink flying into the air.” Read more.

Oakley Drops Lance Armstrong

“You can add Oakley to the list of sponsors who have dropped Lance Armstrong like a hot potato in the wake of the USADA report detailing an alleged doping program on Armstrong's teams throughout his Tour de France championship runs,” reports the Los Angeles Times . “Oakley makes sunglasses and sporting apparel....Oakley said it was waiting to hear whether UCI, cycling's governing body, would strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. UCI announced on Monday that it would.” Read more.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Marchon Relaunches "House" Brands

New "Vintage" Eyewear from Fabulous Fanny's

"Vintage eyewear enthusiasts have a new reason to visit specs emporium Fabulous Fanny’s (335 E. 9th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-533-0637): The boutique has just launched their own line of men’s and women’s frames," reports New York Magazine. "The ­Spectaculars.USA collection pairs retro shapes with bold primary colors and then, in a surprise twist, laminates patterned silk on the inside of the glasses." Read more.

Yankee CF Goes to Eye Specialist

"Perhaps Curtis Granderson’s swing wasn’t what needed fixing this postseason," notes the Daily News. "After watching Granderson swing at balls out of the strike zone for several months, some within the Yankees organization believe the center fielder might be having trouble with his eyes. With that in mind, a source said the team plans to send Granderson to an eye specialist to see if his eyesight has been the source of his problems at the plate." Read more.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Online Eyewear Company Using Buy-One-Give-One Formula

When Azim Karedia and Mohsin Momin launched the online eyewear company, they centered their startup around restoring vision of people in need, using the buy one, give one formula. For every pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses sold, Benji Frank donates a pair of eyeglasses or intraocular lenses (IOLs). They also wanted to produce frames made of the highest quality and sell them at an affordable price. The result: vintage-inspired eyewear that's made of the finest acetate, created in fashionable colors, assembled with rugged, custom hinges but sell for only $100 a pair. What's more, each frame includes prescription lenses with scratch-resistant and anti-refection coatings or polarized Carl Zeiss Vision lenses, as well as free shipping and free returns. Read more at Benji Frank .

Friday, October 19, 2012

Carrera's New Styles

"Carrera...draws inspiration from its stylistic heritage and presents two new folding sunglasses featuring a timeless design and unique stylistic details that leave their mark," says Midwest Lens. "The new 'Pocket Flag 3' and 'Champion Fold' models, dedicated to high-tech lovers, catch the eye with their unique folding mechanism, perfectly combining utmost functionality with a distinctive style. They are designed to take up less space and have an ultra-lightweight feel: the iconic detail on the front and the hinges on the temples conceal a special device that allows you to fold the frame of these sunglasses and place them in a special case." Read more.

Emma Roberts Slips into a Pair of Vogue's

Emma Roberts, "the 21-year-old niece of Julia Roberts, ...side-parted and slicked back her dark blonde locks to better get in touch with her masculine side while dressed in Nanette Lepore's 'In the Mix' power-suit," says the Daily Mail. "Emma finished off her ultra-chic and commanding ensemble with kohl-rimmed eyes, a white dress shirt, large red envelope purse, and black pumps. The pretty ingenue served as muse for the 47-year-old designer's cream-coloured sunglasses with metallic applique details." Read more.

Eye Care Pharma Market to $23.8 Billion in 2016

"Total worldwide revenues from drugs to treat eye disorders will reach $23.8 billion in 2016, according to a new report from business information provider Visiongain," reports the Pharma Letter. "Leading companies will achieve high sales growth from 2012 to 2022." Read more.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Argo Takes Eyewear Back Almost 40 Years

John Goodman from Argo
"Ben Affleck's Argo has been praised for its direction, writing, cinematography and acting. But another admirable aspect of this ‘70s period thriller -- based on the actual secret 1979 rescue of six Americans during the Iranian hostage situation -- is the authentic costumes, designed by Jacqueline West and the distinctive film's ‘70s eyewear," goes the Hollywood Reporter. "Fact is that most people -- even those who actually remember the ‘70s -- have completely forgotten how many people wore eye glasses back then. Big, heavy, thick-rimmed eyewear." Read more.

360 Eyewear

Lunettes Face a Face 2013

FDA Approves Drug for VMA

"A new medication, Jetrea (ocriplasmin), has been approved by the FDA for VMA (symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion), an eye condition related to aging that can lead to complications and vision loss. When the vitreous gel adheres too strongly to the retina, it can lead to VMT (vitreomacular traction), which may in the long-run affect vision significantly." That's a new post on Medical News Today. Read more.

New from Candie's Eyewear

"Viva International Group introduces four new ophthalmic styles to the Candie's Eyewear collection this fall," says Midwest Lens. "The new styles reflect the playfulness of today’s Candie's girl infused with fashion glamour. Bold patterns, including stripe detailing, animal prints and contrasting color combinations highlight the high-spirited styling of the new fall collection." Read more.

How the Eye Works in Low-Light

"New research reveals the key chemical process that corrects for potential visual errors in low-light conditions. Understanding this fundamental step could lead to new treatments for visual deficits, or might one day boost normal night vision to new levels," reports Science Daily. "Scientists had thought that the strength of rhodopsin's signal determines how well we see in dim light. But UC Davis scientists have found instead that a second step acts as a gatekeeper to correct for rhodopsin errors. The result is a more accurate reading of light under dim conditions. A report on their research appears in the October issue of the journal Neuron." Read more.

Eyewear from Mido Expo

Joshua Fenu Presentation at Milan Fashion Week

Selling Decorative CLs

New York based Eye Care Associates is giving away daily a free box of color contact lenses to help Facebook "friends" complete their Halloween costume look. Individuals must be a Fan/Follower of CLE Contact Lenses on Twitter, and they must pin the pair of color contact lenses from Freshlook Color Blends Color Contact Lenses or Acuvue 2 Enhancer Color Contact Lenses to their Pinterest account. Finally they must leave a Facebook comment daily describing why they should win. CLE will select a winner daily. The company adds that if an individual has a zero power, he/she must provide a prescription.

Meanwhile reports already are coming in from emergency rooms around the country of individuals, usually young women, who have damaged their eyes wearing decorative contact lenses sold illegally at dollar-discount shops, beauty parlors, and gasoline stations. Maybe it is time for ECPs to take a page from companies such as Eye Care Associates. Start selling  these novelties--insisting on prescriptions and regular fittings.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Insights into Lazy Eye

"Little is known about oculomotor function in amblyopia, or 'lazy eye,' despite the special role of eye movements in vision," notes Science Daily. "A group of scientists has discovered that abnormal visual processing and circuitry in the brain have an impact on fixational saccades (FSs), involuntary eye movements that occur during fixation and are important for the maintenance of vision. The results, which raise the question of whether the alterations in FS are the cause or the effect of amblyopia and have implications for amblyopia treatment, are available online in advance of publication in the November issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience." Read more.

More Injuries, More Warnings

"They may be "eye-catching", but Illinois officials are warning consumers to stay away from colored contact lenses," says NBC News Illinois affiliate CI News Now. "According to a press release from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), a central Illinois convenience store surrendered 41 boxes and 54 single-lens non-prescription colored contact lenses on Tuesday.  This occurred after a school nurse reported to investigators that a student received minor eye injuries from wearing the contacts purchased at the store." Read more'.

Gotti Switzerland Fall/Winter

Award winning eyewear brand Götti Switzerland introduces a total of 19 new optical frames. Several styles incorporate vintage-inspired elements. Retail prices range from $386 to $498. The Tedy, Tilo, and Tofy are one sheet stainless steel eyeglass frames with a distinctive plastic "saddle" nose bridge. The ergonomic and retro shape of the bridge allows it to sit comfortably on the nose, even for long periods of time. Additionally, these frames feature 360-degree rotating Spin&Stow temples, enabling the glasses to fold flat so they can fit anywhere.

ClearVision Expands Global Fit Collection

"Eyewear industry leader ClearVision Optical expands its popular Global Fit collection with new releases, appealing to an even broader audience," notes Midwest Lens. "The immense growth of the Global Fit collection is evidence of ClearVision’s continued commitment to helping customers reach today’s consumers through innovative product design." Read more.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FDA Warns of Potential Eye Infections from NECC Compound

"Health officials are warning that more people may be at risk from contaminated drugs made by a Massachusetts company linked to a growing meningitis outbreak," reports the New York Times. "The Food and Drug Administration reported on Monday that the company’s products may have also caused other types of infections in patients who have had eye operations or open-heart surgery." Read more.

Food and Drug Administration Statement

[10-15-2012] As a result of FDA, CDC, and state health departments’ ongoing investigation of contamination at the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, Massachusetts facility, on October 4, the FDA advised providers to not use any NECC products. On October 6, NECC announced a recall of all its products. A complete list of all products subject to this recall can be accessed here [HTML | PDF]. The FDA had previously issued guidance for medical professionals that all products distributed by NECC should be retained, secured, and withheld from use.   (Statements relating to eye health issues appear underlined and in italics.)

Also as a result of the ongoing investigation of NECC, a patient with possible meningitis potentially associated with epidural injection of an additional NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, has been identified through active surveillance and reported to FDA. Triamcinolone acetonide is a type of steroid injectable product made by NECC. The cases of meningitis identified to date have been associated with methylprednisolone acetate, another similar steroid injectable product.

In addition, two transplant patients with Aspergillus fumigatus infection who were administered NECC cardioplegic solution during surgery have been reported. Investigation of these patients is ongoing; and there may be other explanations for their Aspergillus infection. Cardioplegic solution is used to induce cardiac muscle paralysis during open heart surgery to prevent injury to the heart.

FDA continues to evaluate these reports, and when the agency obtains additional information, it will be promptly relayed to the public. FDA has not confirmed that these three infections were, in fact, caused by an NECC product

At this point in FDA’s investigation, the sterility of any injectable drugs, including ophthalmic drugs that are injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, and cardioplegic solutions produced by NECC are of significant concern, and out of an abundance of caution, patients who received these products should be alerted to the potential risk of infection. At this time, no cases of infection have been reported in connection with any NECC-produced ophthalmic drug that is injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, but FDA believes this class of products could present potentially similar risks of infection. Products from NECC can be identified by markings that indicate New England Compounding Center by name or by its acronym (NECC), and/or the company logo that can be accessed here.

FDA Advice to Healthcare Practitioners

The FDA had previously issued guidance for medical professionals that all products distributed by NECC should be retained, secured, and withheld from use. Based on the new information described above, out of an abundance of caution, FDA advises you to follow-up with patients for whom you administered an injectable product, including an ophthalmic drug that is injectable or used in conjunction with eye surgery, or a cardioplegic solution purchased from or produced by NECC after May 21, 2012. FDA does not urge patient follow-up at this time for NECC products of lower risk such as topicals (for example, lotions, creams, eyedrops not used in conjunction with surgery) and suppositories.

You should inform patients who received the NECC products noted above of the symptoms of possible infection and instruct them to contact you or another healthcare provider immediately if they experience any of these symptoms.

The signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and altered mental status. Symptoms for other possible infections may include fever; swelling, increasing pain, redness, warmth at injection site; visual changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye; chest pain, or drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest).

The FDA recognizes that some health care professionals may receive a high volume of calls from patients or be concerned about having to notify many patients as a result of today's announcement. We ask you to use your clinical judgment in deciding which patients are at risk and contact those patients in whatever communications mode you prefer, whether it is email, phone or letter. Face-to-face communication with patients is not necessary.

Clinicians are also requested to report any suspected adverse events following use of these products to FDA's MedWatch program at 1-800-332-1088 or

Health care professionals may dial FDA’s Drug Information Line at 855-543-DRUG (3784) and press * to get the most recent information regarding the meningitis recall and speak directly to a pharmacist.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marcolin Sold to Private Equity Firm

"Private equity fund PAI Partners has agreed to buy 78.4 percent of Marcolin (MCL.MI) for 207 million euros ($268.42 million) and will launch a bid for remaining shares aimed at delisting Italy's No.3 eyewear manufacturer," according to a Reuters post. Read more.

Talking with a Designer of Decorative CLs

"Hiromu Uetake's muscular physique and distinct side-shaved haircut, not to mention the tattoos peeking from below his T-shirt, make him quite a striking sight," says the Japan Times. "But when talking to him, it is his left eye I can't keep my own eyes off. Every now and then there's a flicker of something that makes me stare right into it. When I finally get to see it properly, I realize his iris is blue and there are two bolts of yellow lightning flashing across it." Read more.

Scientists Says Tinted CLs Don't Help Athletes

"Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals outfielder, created a minor stir last week when he showed up in the dugout wearing reddish tinted contact lenses," reports a New York Times health blog. "Other players have experimented with the amber-colored lenses...To some scientists, that may not be a surprise. Research on tinted lenses has not backed the claim that they improve visual or athletic performance. In a 2007 study in the journal Optometry, 35 college and professional football players were given the task of identifying a series of curved lines that blended into a blurry background. The players tried the experiment with clear lenses, and then repeated it with amber-colored lenses." Read more.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Smoking Linked to Age-Related Cataracts

"Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor for a wide-range of diseases. Now, scientists have evidence that smoking may also increase the risk of age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the world," according to Science Daily. "Reported in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, the new findings are the result of a meta-analysis conducted by a team of researchers from China." Read more.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Jordan Brand and 9Five Come Out with a Collection

Kicks on Fire says that "Jordan Brand has collaborated alongside 9Five Eyewear to create some player exclusive glasses for Russell Westbrook as he is now part of the team. The collection features sunglasses and reader options and have special “RW – Limited Edition” branding on the inside of the arms. " Read more.

Iggy Azalea Models for House of Holland Eyewear

"Iggy Azalea is putting her model-good looks to work as the new face of House of Holland eyewear. The Aussie stunner is photographed in the brand’s new shades, which count other celebrities like Rihanna and Rita Ora as wearers," reports Rap-Up. "The 22-piece collection, which have 11 different shapes and fun names like Raise the Roof, Sideburns, and Cagefighter, come in a series of colors like mint green and zebra. Photographed by Matt Irwin, Iggy’s shoot took place in Los Angeles overlooking the famous Hollywood sign." Read more.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Magic Touch Japan Fall 2012

"Japanese designer Mikiya Kobayashi, in collaboration with art director Ryota Sakae, has created a new series of bold eye wear entitled ‘Cinderella’, produced by Magic Touch Japan," says Midwest Lens. "The vivid glasses feature colorful graphics and pronounced geometry, merging the worlds of art and fashion." Read more.

Older Europeans Worried about Going Blind

"E-FAB (European Forum Against Blindness) marks World Sight Day with a call to prevent avoidable blindness which remains a significant problem in Europe," notes Medical News Today. "A new survey of over 5,000 people across five EU countries reveals a level of concern and perceived need for better vision care services. As part of World Sight Day 2012, a survey across five EU countries reveals that over twice as many people are most concerned about developing sight loss compared to developing other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. In the survey, loss of vision was revealed as the primary health concern of ageing after memory loss. E-FAB (European Forum Against Blindness) has published the survey results to highlight that many Europeans are still needlessly losing their sight, and more needs to be done to diagnose vision problems earlier." Read more.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prosthesis Helps Blind See Motion

A study recently published online, and set to be issued in the February print edition of the peer-reviewed journal, Archives of Ophthalmology, demonstrated that the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System enabled a majority of blind participants, implanted with the device, to identify the direction of moving objects better with the Argus II on than off. This journal article is the latest in a series of publications that shows that the Argus II restores some visual function to patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and that this function translates into real benefits in everyday life. Last month, an FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel voted unanimously that the probable benefit of the Argus II outweighs the risks to health, clearing the way for regulatory approval in the US. The Argus II system has been approved for use in the European Economic Area and is on the market in several European countries since last year and remains the only approved retinal implant anywhere in the world. Read more

World's Largest Mosaic for World Sight Day

Transitions Optical, Inc., has set the new Guinness World Records for the “World’s Largest Photo Mosaic.” The record-breaking photo mosaic – consisting of 176,750 individual photographs and measuring 21,479 square feet in size – makes up one singular, recognizable image created to raise awareness about the importance of proper eye care and eyewear and underscores the value of healthy, quality vision and its role in helping to truly experience the world around us. Read more.

Transitions and VSP Running Clinic in Houston

 Transitions Optical, in partnership with VSP Vision Care, will visit the Houston area this week with 40-foot, state-of-the-art mobile vision clinic, nicknamed "Eyenstein," to help hundreds of children start the school year with free eye exams and if needed, prescription eyeglasses – to reinforce the connection between healthy vision and the ability to read and learn. Read more.

Student Optician Receives Grant

"Shansel Cheghe of Hillsborough, a student in Raritan Valley Community College’s Ophthalmic Science program, has received a $500 grant as part of the 2012 Hoya Vision Care Grant and Scholarship Program for Opticianry Schools," reports the Star-Ledger. "Cheghe received the scholarship for her ePoster project on polarized lenses. The presentation focused on the importance of wearing polarized lenses or sunglasses, including their uses and functions, as well as the benefits and effects on one’s vision—both positive and negative." Read more.

Trussardi Fall 2012

"Trussardi is a chic, sophisticated statement of a cosmopolitan confidence which showcases the finest materials and spontaneous Italian-inspired styling. Embracing an individual flair that beautifully mixes classic elements with trendy accents; the Trussardi look is always elegant, striking and original." That's the word from Midwest Lens. "An unwavering attention to detail and obsession with excellence ensures that Trussardi continually consolidates its reputation for being one of the very best upmarket international fashion brands." Read more.

Pupil Response May not Measure Alertness

" The speed and degree to which the pupil of the eye responds is a standard test for alertness," notes Science Daily. "It has also been used to assess how sleepy or exhausted a person is. Now, research to be published in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications suggests that measuring pupil response alone is not enough and that a person's rate of blinking should also be incorporated to obtain a more precise measure of alertness." Read more

Testing of Older Drivers' Vision Inadequate

"Responsibility for assessing ability and advising older patients about driving often falls to vision care specialists, but many providers lack the training and resources to do it right, according to a survey of ophthalmologists and optometrists," according to MedPage Today. "Many of the respondents [[including eye care professionals] used tests that are inadequate for a thorough vision assessment, did not address some common tasks related to crash risk, and expressed a lack of confidence in the reporting system. Only about a third of the eye-care providers said they reported concerns about patients' driving ability to primary care physicians, the investigators reported online in Archives of Ophthalmology." Read more.

Red Contact Lenses in MLB Playoffs

The Washington Nationals "Bryce Harper got the world talking about his appearance again Wednesday afternoon by wearing red contacts to combat the Sun Monster at Nats Park," according to the Washington Post. "This is hardly a new thing in the world of sports; Sports Illustrated ran a lengthy story on the lenses seven years ago, which help reduce glare and block out blue light, according to players." Read more.

World Sight Day: Helping the World to See

Thursday, October 11th is World Sight Day, and two milestones have been reached.

The nonprofit health organization Seva Foundation is shining the spotlight has restored eyesight for more than 3 million people and created sustainable eye care programs. It notes that every five seconds someone around the world goes blind and 80% of blindness is preventable or curable.

Meanwhile more than 16 million children in Asia have received free vision screening through Sight for Kids, a partnership program with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) now marking its 10th anniversary, according to Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Sight for Kids has arranged to screen hundreds of students on World Sight Day, October 11 at a school in Bangkok. This event is part of an effort to screen another 1 million kids in six Asia Pacific countries during 2012 alone.

At the same time, Essilor Group and Lions Club International will finance free eye exams in three of Istanbul's hospitals. Essilor’s six partners in Turkey will also take action by launching a public awareness campaign on the importance of good vision, which will be kicked off on World Sight Day. In Asia, free eye exams will be organized, for example in Thailand, where employees from Essilor sites  will provide vision screenings and free corrective lenses for orphanages and underprivileged families. In China, employees will be involved in an awareness raising action at Essilor’s showroom dedicated to ophthalmic education, installed in the “Dragonland” mall, between Beijing and the Great Wall. In Latin America, Essilor teams in Brazil and Argentina will launch public awareness campaigns on the need for good vision, carried out by opticians and ophthalmological associations, and via social networks. In France, as part of its special partnership with Lions Club, volunteer teams from Essilor will accompany Lions Club teams in their information campaigns and free eye exam events in more than 20 cities. This year’s World Sight Day will be given a special boost by an artistic happening created for the general public: in Charenton-le-Pont, the Parisian suburb where Essilor’s headquarters are based, urban artist Manfred Stader will create an ephemeral, interactive 3D work on the theme of sight and better vision. In Germany, in association with frames manufacturer Silhouette, Essilor teams will offer 3,000 corrective lenses and distribute eyeglasses to underprivileged populations in Berlin.

Online Vision Screening

"Titan Eye Plus, the eyewear division of Titan Industries Limited, on Thursday launched Vision Check – a self-administered online vision test facility," reports the Business Standard. "Vision Check is a convenient tool for millions of people who can avail themselves of vision-screening test absolutely free of cost while they are at home or in office. With a user-friendly interface, Vision Check includes a general screening test and accurately establishes the need for vision correction for the participant if required, Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Industries Ltd said after the launch, here." Read more.

Totally Rimless Fall 2012

"Incorporating the style and constant innovation that are trademarks of the Totally Rimless brand, the Totally Rimless 'Core Elements' collection reinvents the classic rimless look with lightweight Beta-Titanium, updated colors and a design twist," says Eye Surf. "With a mix of shapes, colors and sizes for men and women, the minimalist look and feel of TR 186, TR 187 and TR 188 are perfect for the rimless fan who appreciates workmanship and a light comfortable fit." Read more.

Legacie Fall 2012

Eye Surf says that "Legacie is excited to introduce a new  group from [its] collection...Intaglio: The Intaglio collection is influenced by the printing method from which it takes its name; this method utilizes an image that has been incised into a surface. The frames in the Intaglio eyewear group feature intertwining acetate links that have been created using thermoforming, a new molding technology." Read more.

Nine West Fall 2012

"Nine West, known for its effortless style and timeless fashion, creates a vibrant and colorful sun and optical collection for the 2012 Fall/Winter season," reports Midwest Lens. "Animal print inspired patterns and textural details are woven throughout the collection, creating dynamic pieces aligned with this season’s trends. Classic styles have been revitalized with new colorations and the combination of metal and zyl materials makes this a stand out collection." Read more.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aflac Starts Vision Insurance Plan

Aflac recent launched Aflac Vision Now. The new individual vision insurance plan will offer enhanced benefits with increased benefit payments for regular eye examinations and vision correction procedures with no increase in premium. FYI: vision impairment affects more than 2.9 million people in the U.S., and more than 150 million Americans spend $15 billion on corrective eyewear. There also are approximately 800,000 refractive surgical procedures. Read more.

New Capsule Collection for Fysh UK

Style Bistro reports that "Canada’s go-to fashion expert, Jeanne Beker has teamed up with eyewear giant Westgroupe to promote their new capsule eyewear collection for the Fysh UK line." Read more.

Luxottica Gets Bashed after 60 Minutes Segment

Luxottica has been slammed since the 60 Minutes report appeared. Here's an example from the Daily Mail. The story ran under the headline: "Why DO designer glasses cost more than an iPad? The eyewear company with 'total domination' setting astronomical prices."
It's not uncommon to fork out $400 for a pair of luxury sunglasses, and now, it has been revealed why. Luxottica, a 'little-known but very big Italian company' appears to have gained total domination over the world's eyewear production; making prescription frames and sunglasses for nearly every designer brand, from Prada and Chanel, to Ralph Lauren and Versace. Read and see more.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Seraphin Executive Collection Fall 2012

"Today’s refined leaders are faced with more choices than ever regarding everyday eyewear," says Midwest Lens. "To create a look that combines confidence with a feeling of power, Seraphin has launched the Executive Collection to define this distinct class of timeless eyewear. Carefully chosen eyewear tells the world that you’re well composed, structured, faultlessly groomed; dependable, capable of leadership and that you have impeccable taste. It’s important for today’s leaders to exude class and to look at eyewear as a source of superiority rather than an everyday necessity." Read more.

An Antioxidant for Cataracts and Macular Degeneration? Maybe

" Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working with an antioxidant that could prevent or cure cataracts, macular degeneration and other degenerative eye disorders," according to Science Daily. "The research group, headed by Dr. Nuran Ercal, the Richard K. Vitek/Foundation for Chemical Research Endowed Chair in Biochemistry at Missouri S&T, is studying eye drops prepared with the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine amide (NACA) as a treatment for these eye conditions." Read more.

One Protein Blocks Clearance of Protein-Causing Glaucoma

"The chaperone protein Grp94 can interfere with the clearance of another protein known to cause the glaucoma when mutated, a new study led by researchers at the University of South Florida has found," reports Science Daily. "Using a cell model, the researchers also demonstrated that a new specific inhibitor of Grp94 facilitates clearance of the genetically-defective protein, called myocilin, from cells." Read more.

sass and bide Sunglasses 2012

Style Bistro writes: "It’s an intriguing look book of its own accord… And right on brand message, too. Tribal beading, burnished bronze and engraved silver, belonging well and truly in the sass & bide realm, are collaged against the images into backdrops and crowning headpieces alike.  But the true stars of the images are the sunglasses. This is a look book showcasing the brand’s summer 2012 eyewear collection, after all. Titled Ladysaint, the 18-piece range is a fusion of signature prints, textural detailing and bold metallic finishes." Read more.

Automatic Flip-Down Clip-Ons

"CSI: Miami might be out of production, but that doesn't mean we'll be deprived of casual eyewear flipping," according to Endgadget. "Not if Ben Heck has a say in the matter, at least. His latest DIY project automatically swings a pair of clip-on sunglasses into view whenever it's too sunny outside: a photocell attached to an AT Tiny microcontroller checks the light levels and, through an Arduino-based AVR MKII language, tells a rotor to spin the glasses into place. " Read more.

Bally Fall 2012

"Luxury clothing brand Bally has unveiled a slick new eyewear collection," notes Marie Claire. "Offering both men's and women's styles, the range draws on inspiration from Bally's heritage of craftmanship excellence and attention to detail whilst also reinterpreting the Swiss brand’s iconic elements such as the red and white Trainspotting stripe and the Mountain Goat motif. " Read more

Vera Bradley Fall 2012

"Between friends, school and her activities, the Vera Bradley girl doesn’t slow down! Miranda and Audrey offer two fashionable looks for the girl on the go, so her eyewear matches her lifestyle," goes the prose on Eye Surf. "With bright colors, trendy shapes and bold embellishments, the latest Vera Bradley Girlfriends will bring fabulous flair to any teen’s wardrobe." Read more.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"60 Minutes" Takes a Look at Luxottica

"Lesley Stahl reports on the world's largest eyewear company, the Italian firm Luxottica, responsible for putting glasses on half a billion people," goes the 60 Minutes post. The report, called "Sticker Shock," airs tonight at 7:30 ET and 7:00 PT. We gather from the promotion advertisements running on CBS that the news segment is focusing on why designer eyewear produced by Luxottica costs so much. You probably should watch Stahl's presentation.

Ride for Sight Raises Almost $35,000 for OneSight

Two hundred forty-seven riders in 22 cities across the U.S. collectively rode thousands of miles and raised a record $34,270 for OneSight. “What began as a friendly competition between my Regional Manager and I, has quickly turned into an awesome event which brings out our associates and friends from across Luxottica Retail brands and U.S. cities, all to champion a great cause – OneSight,” said Sunglass Hut associate and Ride Founder, Laura Tarket-Johnson (Regional Manager, Region 108). Rides took place in Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; El Paso/Brownsville, TX; Houston, TX; Ft. Worth, TX; Marina Del Rey/Santa Monica, CA; Portsmouth, NH; , New York City, NY; Orange County, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Rochester, NY; San Antonio, TX; St. Louis, MO; Southern California, Tulsa, OK.
Interested in organizing a ride in your city? Contact Laura Tarket-Johnson.

The World Needs 65,000 More ECPs

"Governments could add thousands of millions of dollars to the global economy simply by investing in eye examinations and the provision of glasses for some 703 million people who need them, according to a study published this month in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization," according to a News Medical post. "The study estimates that 65 000 more optometrists, ophthalmologists, optical dispensers and other eye-care professionals would be needed to provide these services and that it would cost between US$ 20 000 million and US$ 28 000 million to train them and set up and run the eye-care facilities needed," Read more. This is a variation of the write- that this study received from our Oct. 2 post.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

OpticalCEUs Fall Seminar Opticians Still on Oct. 28th at Foxwoods

Linda Conlin noted that contrary to the rumor, OpticalCEUs has not changed the date for its annual fall continuing education seminar for opticians. The seminar, as Conlin announced several weeks ago, begins at nine in the morning on October 28th at the Grand Pequot Towers at Foxwoods. She believes the rumor started after the Connecticut Opticians Association changed the date for its fall seminar.

"We respect our attendees' professions, their education, and their licenses," says Conlin who is also a licensed optician in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. "We understand how important these education programs are to our attendees."

Opticians wishing to earn seven NCLE/ABO credits ($135) can register online on the registration page (click this link),  learn more about the conference at the bottom of this page, or they can call 203-366-5991 to reserve a seat.

Essilor Wins a Silmo d'Or

Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, was awarded the top prize for Varilux S series lenses in the “Vision” category at the Silmo d’Or awards, yesterday in France. Read more.

French Eyewear Chain Magnate Comes Out against Government Subsidies for Eyewear

"Eyecare tycoon Alain Afflelou has said glasses should no longer be reimbursed by social security," according to The Connextion. "Afflelou, who founded the chain of 700 shops bearing his name in France, says glasses are a consumer product and that 'not seeing well is not an illness.' In France they are state-reimbursed at a low-level, with many people having some or all of the rest topped up by their private mutuelleinsurances. If glasses were not state-reimbursed, said Affelou there would be 'an electric shock for a few months and then people would start consuming again' because glasses are 'useful and necessary,' unlike the many 'useless things' people spend money on." Read more.

Broncos Von Miller Dances for Eye Care

"Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller has teamed with Ubisoft’s "Hip Hop Dance Experience" to help his charity, Von's Vision, a foundation dedicated to providing eye care to underprivileged youth," according to ESPN. "Miller, the 2011 NFL defensive rookie of the year, worked with famed choreographers Laurieann Gibson (Nicki Minaj’s creative director) and Dave Scott ("So You Think You Can Dance") to develop his signature sack celebration. Each time Miller performs his sack dance on the field, Ubisoft will make a donation to Miller's charity. Miller also is looking a name for his dance. " Read more.

Study Says Narafilcon A CLs Do Not Perform as Well as Etafilcon A and Senofilcon A

"Narafilcon A contact lenses worn daily do not perform clinically as well as etafilcon A and senofilcon A lenses worn on the same schedule, show study results involving 120 contact lens wearers," says News Medical. "Narafilcon A wearers reported more moderate-to-severe dryness symptoms and symptoms of blurred vision, and more often discontinued use of their lenses compared with their etafilcon A- and senofilcon A-wearing counterparts, the researchers say." Read more.

TOMS Activating for World Sight Day

Preparing for  World Sight Day (Oct. 11), TOMS will align with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to generate global awareness about  blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The charitable organization is trying to spread the word both online and offline through the creation of a dedicated microsite, and will be harnessing the power of social media and numerous events.  Online, TOMS supporters can go to to learn more about this important issue and find out how they can personally participate.  Visitors can also download World Sight Day toolkits that include uniquely inspiring eye charts, and are invited to utilize a new hashtag, #GIVEsight, through social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  You too can generate awareness about the need to improve world vision. It could be a way of generating local publicity. Read more.

Moscot Originals 2012

Moscot, a New York City institution renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear -- The Moscot Originals, Moscot Spirit, and Moscot Sun Collections -- celebrates "living history" with the release today of seven new Moscot Originals. Based on frames from the family archives, The Fall/Winter 2012 Moscot Originals pays homage to the 1950s - 1960s with period details such as column rivets, and new colors sourced from the era including Blue Smoke, Straw, and Olive Tortoise. Read more.

New Star Wars Line in Japan

"Star Wars seems to be ultra hot again in Japan. The other day we reported about new limited edition Star Wars watches and now Aigan launches a whole line of Star Wars Eyewear. These eye glasses are not your cheap plastic crap," so eloquently notes i4u. "These are really stylish designer frames that just carry a hint of Star Wars, which makes them really wearable. There are five different designs matching main characters of the Star Wars universe including Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Strom Troopers." Read more.

Canadian Optician Allegedly Fleeces Benefits Plan

"A defunct Ontario eyewear store linked to a businessman who was jailed for a year and fined millions of dollars for contempt is facing allegations it fleeced the aboriginal health-benefits plan, a newly released document shows." That's the lede of a Yahoo! News Canada post. Read more.

US Optical Now Offering Hoya's iD and iQ Series Lenses

Eye Surf reports that "US Optical now has Hoya iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form production in their facility. US Optical has been digitally processing lenses in-house since 2008. Now with Hoya’s iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form technology, US Optical can offer its customers even more options for their patients. Hoya’s iD Lifestyle & iQ series of lenses incorporate advanced mathematical algorithms during the fabrication process of the lenses, which offers enhanced visual acuity, reduced distortion, and wider fields of vision." Read more.

New Addition to the Morel 1880 Line

"Edgar, the latest from Morel's 1880 line, is a reworked retro style displaying metal fronts fitted with slim handcrafted acetate temples," writes Midwest Lens. "The metal combines with the acetate to ensure comfort and lightness. This vintage frame is available in both a gloss and matte version. Edgar represents a return to MOREL’s roots by combining classic styles with modernism and technology." Read more.