“Italian eyewear brand Retrosuperfuture has opened their first flagship at 21 Howard Street,” reports Racked. “This is the sixth stylish optical shop to open in a half mile radius in the last year, joining Germany's Mykita, France's Anne et Valentin, the UK's Culter & Gross, the Internet's Warby Parker, and a Tortoise & Blonde shop-in-shop at Urban Outfitters. Exclusive to the new store is a style called Novanta, which was inspired by the City herself. The sunglasses are all black, from the frames to the lenses to the packaging.” Read more. It also has a great summary of the expansion of optical stores in Manhattan during the past year.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Vuzix Corporation will display its M100 smart glasses at the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon, January 6, 2014 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. In early December, Vuzix began shipping M100 units. The Vuzix M100 smart eyewear contains a virtual display with integrated camera and an Android OS that wirelessly connects via Bluetooth or WiFi to your smartphone or other compatible device. The OS can to run standalone and Internet-dependent applications. Read more.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
“Again new models have been added to the theo by James range: James 9, James 10 and James 11. The same feature but with different shapes,” says Midwest Lens. “Both the shape of the frames and nosepiece have been cut from the same metal sheet. The nosepiece is then folded backwards. This way, there is no fixture between the glass and nose. Quite literally it’s a design with an edge. Or as they say in Belgium, it’s ‘missing a corner’, which means a little eccentric but in a fun, appealing way. And that suits theo to a T!” Read more.
“Despite recent advances in prevention and treatment of most vision loss attributed to diabetes, a new study shows that fewer than half of Americans with damage to their eyes from diabetes are aware of the link between the disease and visual impairment, and only six in 10 had their eyes fully examined in the year leading up to the study,” according to Science Daily. “The research, described online on Dec. 19 in JAMA Ophthalmology, also found that nearly half of those with diabetes and eye damage had not visited a clinician charged with managing their disease in that same time period.” Read more.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Researchers from Menicon, Azabu University, and Yokohama City University and found that Shiba Inu dogs and humans share a susceptibility gene for glaucoma. To date, several reports on normal tension glaucoma have been published, thus prompting Menicon to conduct a joint study with Yokohama City University. Menicon paid attention to the fact that the incidence of glaucoma in Shiba Inu dogs was high. Through the cooperation of Azabu University, which stores blood samples of dogs with various diseases, susceptibility genes for glaucoma of dogs were investigated. The results of the study showed that SRBD1, which was also identified in humans, was strongly associated with glaucoma. Read more.
“You might think of Google Glass as one of those tech creations that’s more intriguing than practical. You might see computerized eyewear as a Silicon Valley nerd fantasy that’s unlikely to change the way the rest of the world works. You would not be alone,” starts the Wired post. “But that’s not how Michael Chagala sees it. Chagala is the director of IT at Sullivan Solar Power, which is slipping Google Glass onto the heads of the field technicians who install its solar panels atop homes and businesses across Southern California. Because every building is unique, these field techs need ready access to all sorts of specs and plans describing the job at hand. In the past, they’ve carried three-ring binders onto the roof, but those are so hard to handle — particularly when the wind is blowing pages. They’ve lugged laptops up there too, but that comes with its own problems, including, well, the sun. So Chagala and company are switching to Glass, allowing their techs to browse documents simply by looking through the eyewear. For the most part, they can do this without using their hands — though you do have to tap the side of the glasses to move from doc to doc.” Read more.
“The Prada Eyewear Winter 2013 collection for women is the expression of a controversial feminine personality whose impulsive romanticism is deterred by introversion,” according to Midwest Lens. “Conjuring up memories of the Forties, the collection includes sophisticated models where wide, angular fronts are combined with slender metal temples and sinuous, minimalist lines are a play of generous, geometrical shapes. The color palette ranges from classic black, ivory and cacao to revisited classic tortoiseshell.” Read more.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
VSP has authorized independent insurance brokers to sell its individual insurance plans. The brokers will use a VSP website that allows clients to self-enroll. The broker plan provides individuals and families with the same eye care found in the VSP’s employer based plans. Read more.
Maxx HD Sunglasses agreed on a deal with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club for the upcoming 2014 baseball season, making Maxx the official sunglasses for the Rockies through the 2016 season. The company also extended its licensing agreement with the MLB, allowing it to produce and distribute its high definition sunglasses with official team colors and logos for all 30 MLB clubs.
“Rather than design another eyewear collection that looks good in the window but not on the face, eyewear designer and stylist Alexander Daas launched a luxury line that gives people with narrower faces a higher-end selection and aesthetic,” says The Los Angeles Fashion. “A second-generation optician, Daas grew up in the eyewear industry, helping run his family’s optical boutique in San Francisco until he officially took over after graduating college. Over time, Daas said he built up a clientele that came to him for custom designs and alterations because they had smaller faces.” Read more.
“Shifters and Spokes are two new models that feature innovative temples made in silicone, a non-allergic, breathable and biocompatible material that is also very pleasant to the touch. Shifters has a stainless steel front and Spokes is characterized by a front in acetate coated with a special paint that gives the frame a particularly innovative ‘soft touch’ effect,” reports Midwest Lens. “The silicone sheath applied to the temples becomes a tool for experimenting with creativity and personalizing every model. The temple can be turned easily and simply to show a different color and even change its shape.” Read more.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
“The Zeiss Vision Science Lab opened on Thursday is an additional "Industry on Campus" workgroup at the University of Tübingen. As part of the Excellence Initiative, new collaborative projects with industry are being launched here at the interface between basic research and application orientation,” reports Glass on the Web. "Together with the University of Tübingen, Zeiss is now founding a research laboratory that will investigate this complex interaction. The goal of the Zeiss Vision Science Lab is to gain an understanding of the development of vision, of the interaction of light with the eye and the eyeglass lens, and of the processing of the image in the brain in many different and dynamic situations and, on this basis, to develop new ways of providing natural, optimized vision to each individual wearer. Another item on its agenda is to research into the development of vision and into pathological changes to perception in order to enable their diagnosis by using suitable measuring methods at an early stage. For these patients, this could result in personalized solutions for enhanced vision.” Read more.
“Mario Balotelli showed he's still got eyes for the Blues despite leaving the Etihad Stadium nearly a year ago,” according to the Manchester Evening News. “The Italian striker, who left City for Milan in January, tweeted a series of pictures of himself sporting blue contact lenses. With the caption 'what do you think? Ahahah', the star's 1.6m followers were treated to four pictures of the 23-year-old with bright blue eyes.” Read more.
“Professional hockey players who trained with special eyewear that only allowed them to see action intermittently showed significant improvement in practice drills, according to a Duke University study with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes,” reports Duke Today. “The eyewear features lenses that switch between transparent and opaque, producing stroboscopic visual conditions, much like a strobe light in your favorite dance club. Earlier research using the stroboscopic eyewear during training showed improved vision, visual attention, and ability to anticipate the timing of moving items. But the small pilot study with Hurricanes players is the first to directly explore whether those effects can improve sports performance. The study appears online in the November-December issue of Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. http://bit.ly/18o1DPE.” Read mnore.
“Coming soon to a billboard near you (if you happen to live in Italy, that is): Italian swimmer Luca Dotto, runner-up in the 50-metres freestyle at the 2011 World Championship in Shanghai, posing in underwear and eyewear for the latest Emporior Armani campaign,” notes StyleBristo. “Dotto has just been announced as the spokesmodel for Emporio Armani Underwear and Emporio Armani Eyewear for autumn/winter 2013/14 and spring/summer 2014.” Read more.
“The Alternative Fit Collection [from Wiley X] is designed to provide a comfortable and secure fit to riders who, in the past, were limited to ‘one-size fits all’ solutions when it came to protecting their eyes,” writes Midwest Lens. “The experts at Wiley X recognize that proper fit is the first step in proper protection, and set out to develop glasses for specific head shapes, sizes and facial structures. In particular, riders who trace their roots to Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East often have differing head shapes and facial angles. The Alternative Fit Collection provides a better fit than universal fit eyewear, and this translates to improved comfort, enhanced vision and, most importantly, maximum eye protection on the open road. In addition to providing superior fit and protection, each of these new eyewear pieces are also Rx-Ready, making them an ideal solution for riders who require prescription lenses.” Read more.
Friday, December 13, 2013
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.