Thursday, October 31, 2013
"The ABO Master in Ophthalmic Optics designation demonstrates to the public and colleagues that an individual has attained a superior level in ophthalmic dispensing," notes the ABO website. The rigorous program requires candidates to pass a comprehensive exam and to write a Master's paper.
"It's an honor for such an accomplished optician to be a part of OpticalCEUs continuing education program," noted Linda Conlin, founder of OpticalCEUs. "Her continuing education classes always provide attendees with an intriguing look at optics, and our attendees appreciate the professionalism that she brings to every presentation."
"The Master optician certification is worth the effort," said Kotob. "Preparing for the exam and writing the research paper forced me to become more knowledgeable about optical theory and the effects of light, both good and bad, on ocular tissue."
When asked about what she enjoyed most about the program, she said, "The best part was learning. I'm an optician. I've dispensed. But to dig deep into all that is required for sight and how that little hockey puck of a lens corrects Ametropia or Asthenopia, to name a couple, was satisfying. Through this program, I expanded the depth and breadth of my understanding of ophthalmic optics."
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Oakley, Inc., have added to its Team USA collection, an array of special-edition products with colors and highlights that honor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams going to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this February. Customized versions of two eyewear designs and two snow goggles have been added. The specially-rendered products in the collection allow fans to share the excitement of the games while enjoying the same technologies that serve athletes in Olympic and Paralympic competition. A percentage of Team USA eyewear collection sales supports the training of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls.Read more.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Adaptive optics (AO) is one technology helping to overcome this problem. It deals with the tendency of light to become distorted as it passes through different media such as air, water, or living tissue. AO was originally developed because astronomers wanted to get a clear view of objects in space, without distortions caused by the atmosphere. But vision scientists and eye care experts have a similar problem: When light is shined into the eye, it is distorted by the cornea (the front, transparent part of the eye) and the lens. AO systems typically use a sensor to measure the pattern of blurring and a flexible mirror to correct it. Read more.
Monday, October 28, 2013
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
“A bionic eye may soon help give some sight back to people who lost their vision due to a degenerative eye disease,” notes a CBS News report. “The Argus II by Second Sight, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February, is set to hit the U.S. market soon. Specifically, the bionic eye can help people who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, a rare disease that destroys the photoreceptor cells in the eye's retina. The retina is the tissue layer at the back of the inner eye responsible for converting images to nerve signals which are then sent to the brain. When the cells are damaged, the person cannot perceive light and dark. About 1 in every 4,000 people has the disease, according to government estimates.” Read more.
“A promising technique for treating human eye disease has proven effective in preclinical studies and may lead to new treatments to prevent blindness, according to experiments conducted at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California,” according to Science Daily. “The studies involved controlling the actions of microRNAs, tiny pieces of RNA that were once considered to be "junk" but are now known to fine-tune gene activation and expression. The researchers showed that treating mice with short RNA strands that precisely target and inhibit microRNAs (antimicroRNAs) can stop the aberrant growth of blood vessels (neovascularization). It is this abnormal proliferation of vessels that exacerbates vision loss in neovascular eye diseases like wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, two of the leading causes of blindness. Described in the cover story of the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the microRNA treatments blocked aberrant vessel growth without damaging existing vasculature or neurons in three separate models of neovascular eye disease -- a proof-of-principle that suggests future treatment based on the same approach may be effective in humans.” Read more.
“Microsoft is testing prototypes of Web-connected wearable devices similar to Google Glass, but the technology is far from ready,” notes the San Diego Times. “A source told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft is asking Asian component manufacturers to supply cameras and other technology for the eyewear, but the device may never reach mass production. Microsoft is "determined to take the lead in hardware manufacturing to make sure the company won't miss out on the opportunities in the wearable gadget market," the source told the WSJ. This latest device is yet another in Microsoft’s efforts to expand its product base from software and PCs to mobile devices such as the Windows smartphone and Surface RT tablet. Wearable technology, be it watches, bracelets, eyewear or something else entirely, represents the next wave of hardware innovation. It isn’t the first rumor of Microsoft developing eyewear either; rumblings of augmented reality gaming glasses have been kicked around since the leak of Project Fortaleza last year.” Read more.
The Wall Street Journal reported: “Microsoft may have missed the first boat on smartphones but it refuses to be left behind in the race to launch wearable devices. The company is testing prototypes for Internet-connected eyewear similar to Google's Glass, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal, underscoring the company’s ambitions to go head-to-head with Google, Samsung and Apple on devices. Last month, Microsoft struck a $7 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s cellphone business in a bid to catch up in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. Microsoft also has launched the Surface tablet computer and continues to test its own touch-enabled watch, people familiar with the matter have said. Research firm Gartner expects the market for wearable smart electronics to be a $10 billion industry by 2016. Last month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a digital watch that can run apps and interact with its own family of smartphones.” Read more.
“Emma-Rose Gibson can see clearly no more than three centimetres in front of her, but a new device is allowing the nine-year-old Ottawa girl to watch TV,” reports The Record. “The legally blind Grade 4 student, who is diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia, is one of the first users of the eSight eyewear, a pair of computerized glasses officially launched this week in Toronto. The device — made by Ottawa-based eSight Corp. — reconfigures images captured by its high-definition camera in a way to optimize a user's vision. The processed images are then fed into two LED screens in front of the user's eyes.” Read more.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The red-listing process began with a U.S. distributor. The firm heard reports about LIG's eyewear. It tested a shipment and found a breakage rate ranging from 40 to 70 percent. That's when the FDA became involved. The federal agency notes, "Due to apparent certificate irregularities SAN-DO collected a sample of children's sunglasses. The manufacturer's certificate indicated that no lenses broke during testing. However, WEAC testing of the sample found that nearly every lens broke completely. More recently, SAN-DO collected a sample of adult prescription lenses. WEAC testing of the sample found that 38% of the lenses broke completely." Eyeglasses and sunglasses imported into the U.S. must comply with 21 CFR 801.410: "Use of impact-resistant lenses in eyeglasses and sunglasses." A certificate of compliance, which testifies that the lens manufacturer has tested lenses for compliance, must accompany each shipment. In the past three years, the FDA has red-listed several manufacturers in China. Read more.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
For the more than 21 million visually impaired individuals across the United States, access to social media has been limited. The I-MerSee spokesperson claims that traditional assistive technologies for the visually impaired, such as screen readers, lack the functionality to offer an engaging experience with social media. I-MerSee integrates the latest assistive technologies, including text-to-speech (TTS), speech-to-text (STT), and screen magnification to create an intuitive and dynamic social experience. The platform allows users to interact with individuals across most social media platforms, while also acting as a standalone social network. I-MerSee has partnered with UNEDUC, a non-profit organization endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNEDUC’s mission includes raising funds to support educational programs for the disabled in developing nations. Among other funding sources, UNEDUC will raise funds through contributions generated by Internet-based advertisement revenues in partnership with I-MerSee. Further information on UNEDUC’s efforts can be found at www.uneduc.net. Social media users are encouraged to visit the I-MerSee platform and register as members, instantly connecting with family and friends and sharing interests and information via www.i-mersee.com.Read more.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Monday, October 14, 2013
At this Fall's conference, opticians will pick up the latest ideas in the field - from preserving vision health to new contact lens technologies. The six courses at the Grand Pequot Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT on Sunday, October 20, will help you discover how to fit irregular corneas with contact lenses, provide top-notch patient care by identifying vision health issues, and learn about new technology in spectacle and contact lenses. Here are the ABO/NCLE approved seminars being presented:
- The Miracle of Sight and How to Preserve It Speaker: Deborah Kotob (2 ABO) 9am-11am NEW!
- Grading Contact Lens Complications Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon
- Fitting Irregular Corneas Speaker: Joe Forte (1NCLE) 1pm-2 pm NEW!
- Beam Me Up! Understanding the Slit Lamp Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 2pm-3pm NEW
- Diseases of the Eye Speaker: Joe Forte (1 ABO) 3pm-4pm NEW
- Augmented Reality Contact Lenses Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 4pm-5pm.
For more information about the conference or the blog, send an email to F.E.Enterprises@OpticalCEU.com.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Polaroid has a new collection of sunglasses, which is divided into five categories of sunglasses, all having different technical and stylistic features but the same high-performance polarized lenses: Polaroid UltraSight.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
"Christian Dior has created a new video celebrating its latest accessories, the avant-garde 'Audacieuse' sunglasses which debuted in the Fall-Winter 2013 ready-to-wear show," notes Yahoo! News. "Dior has released a new one-minute long video showing off the butterfly-inspired shape of the 'Dior Audacieuse' design. In the film the model wears the glasses with a simple Dior bustier top and the makeup look from the Fall-Winter 2013 show: metallic lilac cat-eye liner around the eyes, solid brows, and a pale pink pout." Read more.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Max & Co. new line as bold, edgy nuances – highlighted by colour blocking, shaded dégradé effects, exclusive graphic patterns and unexpected colour combinations. A company spokesperson adds that the collection is an inspiring blend of contemporary creativity and a touch of pop, which adds a playful, vibrant twist to these sunglasses and optical frames which emphasize the personality of whoever wears them. Then there's the MaxMara eyewear collection, which the spokesperson writes, "showcases elegant and refined sunglasses and optical frames. Precious details, reminiscent of the House’s iconic accessories, give an aura of sophistication to the new models, for a truly timeless style." Read more.
Read more. Least we not forget, there's also the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 Boss Eyewear collection showcases sunglasses and optical frames with clean lines and precious detailing which express a unique, sophisticated and understated style.
Jimmy Choo eyewear collection celebrates the brand’s luxury spirit, with its contemporary and sophisticated sunglasses and optical frames.
The Tommy Hilfiger Group has introduced its new eyewear collection of men’s and women’s sunglasses and optical frames. It is said to feature classic designs, reinterpreted with a retro flair, in easy-to-wear shapes that reflect the Tommy Hilfiger brand’s classic American cool style. Read more.
Marc by Marc Jacobs new collection draws inspiration from the bold aesthetic of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. The new sunglasses and optical frames have chic silhouettes, refined details and rich colors, underlining a vision of classic sophistication. That's followed by the Marc Jacobs collection, described as an inspiring take on glamour of old Hollywood. Therefore, the new models feature classic shapes and luxurious details, evoking a refined elegance. Read more.
"A perfect combination of materials and colors," so writes the Safilo spokesperson to describe the Carrera 82 unisex sunglasses. They reportedly