Saturday, November 30, 2013

Opticians Rave about OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Continuing Education Conference

Opticians from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island cheered for the presenters and their courses at OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Conference for continuing education. Here’s sampling of what they had to say, based on a questionnaire developed by ABO/NCLE. Read the evaluations that participants gave when they answered the ABO/NCLE questionnaire

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."

In Older Adults Levels of Visual Abnormalities Differ in Eyes

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.

New Eyewear from Guess

“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.

Patrick Dempsey Continues to Represent Silhouette

“Wanna be shady with Patrick Dempsey? It’s about to get a whole lot easier,” goes the post on WetPaint. “The Grey’s Anatomy star has officially renewed his partnership with the Austrian eyewear company, Silhouette, for 2014 — and it’s giving him a chance to promote something he loves even more than sunglasses: racing! In the promo shoot for the glasses, Patty’s all decked out in his racing apparel as a car speeds by in the background. Gotta see the picture for yourself? Click here.” Read more.

SynergEyes Makes Returns Easier for ECPs

“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.

Younger’s Adage Available in Trilogy Progressives

“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

The Reviews Are In for OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Conference

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DITTO Becomes Superior Vision Provider—of Sorts

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 for a link to the promo code to receive their savings on Read more.

Essilor Acquires Chinese Sunglass Manufacturer

“Essilor International (Paris:EI) has acquired a 50% stake in Xiamen Yarui Optical Company Ltd., China's leading supplier of mid-range sunglasses,” reports Finanzen. “Xiamen Yarui Optical, which has 850 employees, generated revenue of about €42 million in 2012. The company designs and manufactures non-prescription sunglasses that are sold in China under a variety of brands, including Bolon and Molsion, two of the country’s best known sunglass brands. Positioned in the fast-growing mid-range segment, Xiamen Yarui Optical products are sold mainly to Chinese eyecare professionals and department stores representing in all some 30,000 sales outlets throughout the country. The company has a plant in Xiamen, in southeastern China." Read more.

Google Expanding Use of Its Eyewear

“In the latest move to expand use of its Glass eyewear, Google has reportedly begun inviting developers to purchase the device,” goes the Los Angeles Times post. “The developer invitations to purchase the $1,500 devices came shortly after Google made it  possible for all developers to create Glass apps -- known as Glassware. Google is trying to get more apps developed for the eyewear. Late last month, the company told existing users they could each invite three people to purchase Glass. That was followed by Google posting an online form so that any consumer could apply to receive an invitation. The company also said it will no longer disable the device if users try to sell them. That has spurred some users to try to sell their gadgets at steep prices on EBay and Craigslist.” 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

Vision of Hope Launches New Student to Leadership Contest

The Vision of Hope Foundation, with the support of Hoyanew<br />                                                          orleans<br />                                                          drawing and the Opticians Association of America (OAA), is once again excited to offer the Hoya Student to Leadership Contest. The HOYA Student to Leadership contest is open to all 2nd year Opticianry students of NFOS schools. Contestants should prepare a 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation answering the question: "How can I be a leader in the optical field?"
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 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.

Is Vision Care a Priority? Not So

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.

Visionworks Finishes Its National Makeover

Visionworks has finished renaming and making over its 615 stores. Visionworks, formerly known as Eye Care Centers of America, operated under 16 different retail store names back in June 2011 when it started its makeover. "We've enhanced the shopping experience for our customers by listening to what they told us they wanted, from an easy to navigate layout, to better lighting, and additional mirrors." said Jim Eisen, Visionworks’ president. Read more.

Lasik Surgery: Born the Day after Thanksgiving

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 Licenses Jack Spade and Kate Spade NY

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.

New Eyewear from Ogi

“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 Promoting Membership Drive

"Ask your co-workers to join the NAO and get an NAO gift for every new member who joins! Plus... your new member gets one, too!" That's the word from a recent National Academy of Opticianry. "Here's how it works: When your co-worker(s) join the NAO, both you and your new member(s) choose a gift. Choose from a free CEC, a gleaming NAO lapel pin, or a $15 gift card to use on anything the NAO offers, including your own membership dues! Membership is $75. Membership is good through November, 2014. Offer ends on December 15, which gives you roughly a month for you and your new member(s) to cash-in! Your new member(s) get to choose a free CEC, a lapel pin, or a $15 gift card as well!...Once they join, they can also earn free NAO gifts for everyone they sign up too!...After you and your new member fill out the membership form, fax it to us at 301-577-3880. Call us if you have questions at 800-229-4828." Download the form at this site.

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

"Eyes" Prevent Unwanted Behavior

"Studies show that people adhere to rules more when they think they are being watched, even if the watching eyes are fake," according to a post by Mike Michalowicz. "A recent stop at a McDonald’s showed this technique in practice. Above the drink and condiment bar where customers serve themselves are the eyes of Mona Lisa. Clearly this isn’t strangely placed art work, it is a technique to prevent customers from over serving themselves." Read more.

Eye Bling: Glittering Heart Implanted in Eye

"Now that tattoos are mainstream and piercings passé, America's youth have taken to some extreme measures to make a statement. And for Lucy Luckayanko of New York City, that statement comes in the form of a permanent, platinum twinkle implanted smack-dab onto her eyeball," says Gizmodo. "Apparently, Lucy will be the first in NYC to get the Safesight jewelry implant, which involves inserting the jewelry between the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the conjunctiva (the clear, outer membrane). Europe and Los Angeles, though, have already seen hundreds of the surgeries done. And while the $3,000 implant has yet to be FDA approved, Dr. Emil Chynn, the medical director of Park Avenue Laser Vision and surgeon to Luckayanko, assures My FoxNy that it's 'actually pretty safe.'" Read more.

Vision Impairment Varies Geographically

"A new study has revealed that the proportion of vision impairment and blindness worldwide that is caused by cataract and macular degeneration varies geographically. The findings are published in The Lancet Global Health," reports Medical News Today. "Results of the analysis revealed that the overall number of people who suffered blindness as a result of cataract reduced from 12.3 million in 1990 to 10.8 million in 2010. MSVI as a result of cataract decreased from 44 million in 1990 to 35.2 million in 2010. Cataract or uncorrected refractive error, both of which are treatable conditions, caused 54% of blindness cases in 2010 and 71% of MSVI cases." Read more.

Google Talking with VSP about Prescription Google Glasses

"According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google is working with VSP Global to bring Glass to optometrists’ offices," reports TechCrunch. "We have learned from sources close to Google, however, that Glass does not currently have any partnership with VSP (yet). So while the two companies may be exchanging ideas, as the WSJ reports, no formal relationship between the two companies as been established so far. A Google spokesperson provided us with the following statement: 'We have said for some time that we are working to bring Glass prescription frames to our Explorers and we’ve created prototypes that members of the Glass team are actively testing. Beyond that we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.'” Read more.

In related news, Linda Conlin's presentation about AR contact lenses at OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Conference received rave reviews. Read more

New Eyewear from Plume Paris

"The Plume Paris eyewear collection is a European-influenced brand designed and produced by Best Image Optical, Inc. This year, they continue to grow and expand their line of unique styles and color schemes for fans of their eclectic brand," notes Midwest Lens. "The styles have received rave reviews and sales have increased, compared to last year’s numbers, because of their new crop of exquisite designs. Plume Paris’ models are truly works of art using high-quality materials and fine workmanship to create each frame. The Plume Paris models Vatan and Bayonne, named appropriately after the cities they are inspired by, are prime examples of this." Read more.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vision at Home Worse Than in a Clinic/Shop

“Adults have better vision in clinics rather than at home, due to poor home lighting, according to a study by Anjali M. Bhorade, M.D., MSCI, of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and colleagues,” notes Medical News Today. “Clinicians often assume that vision measured in the clinic is equivalent to vision at home, according to the study background. However, many patients report visual difficulties greater than expected based on their vision testing in the clinic. Between 2005 and 2009, researchers studied 126 patients with and 49 without glaucoma (ages 55 to 90 years old) from the Glaucoma and Comprehensive Eye Clinics at Washington University in St. Louis. Patients underwent clinic and home visits and several aspects of their vision were measured.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Zyloware’s Stetson

“Zyloware Eyewear has announced the extension of its best-selling Stetson Collection in January 2014 into a new range of styling that will appeal to wearers seeking classic shapes with both a thin profile and durable quality. The new assortment is being identified as ‘slims’ styling by the company,” according to a post on Midwest Lens. “Stetson Slims is appealing to men of all ages, with construction that is extremely lightweight, comfortable and fashionable while still maintaining the durability of a thicker zyl frame. Stetson Slim’s flexible stainless steel core wire temple eliminates the need for a bulky spring hinge or thick temple enhancing its lightness. When the Stetson Slims are worn, the weight is distributed throughout the zyl frame and does not rest on the nose as nosepads would which makes Stetson Slims among the most comfortable zyl frame available.” Read more.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vision Care Institute Trains 100,000th ECP

The Vision Care Institute, part of the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies, reached a milestone. Its 14 sites on four continents have provided contact lens instruction to 100,000 eye care professionals from 56 countries. It offers more than 4000 courses taught in 30 languages by 257 faculty members. The institute estimates that the ECPs passing through its training programs have affected 43% of the global population. Some 125 million people around the world wear contact lenses, a 56% increase from 80 million in 2000. Read more.

New Look Purchases Vogue Optical

New Look Eyewear Inc. has entered into $74 million agreement to acquire the assets and business of Vogue Optical Inc., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI). Founded in 1979 by Wayne and Doreen Gray, Vogue Optical has grown into a 65-store optical retailer in Atlantic Canada, including 21 in Nova Scotia, 21 in New Brunswick, 15 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 5 in PEI, and 3 in other provinces, as well as a lens processing facility. Vogue's annual revenue is approximately $40 million. Read more.

Peripheral Prism Helps with Hemianopia

"Peripheral prism glasses, invented by Eli Peli, M.Sc., O.D., Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute, use high power prism segments embedded in a regular spectacle lens to expand the upper and lower visual fields of patients with hemianopia by as much as 30 degrees," reports Midwest Lens. "The prisms optically shift objects from the blind side of the visual field to the seeing side, thereby alerting people with hemianopia to objects and obstacles not otherwise visible to them. Although the results of early clinical evaluations of the peripheral prism glasses suggested that they were helpful for obstacle avoidance when walking, the device had never previously been compared to either another rehabilitation intervention for hemianopia or to a sham device." Read more.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Oral Contraceptive Users More Likely to Get Glaucoma, Says Study

"Research presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans, has found that women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years are twice as likely to suffer from glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness which affects nearly 60 million worldwide," according to a Medical News Today post. "The researchers caution gynecologists and ophthalmologists to be aware of the fact that oral contraceptives might play a role in glaucomatous diseases, and inform patients to have their eyes screened for glaucoma if they also have other risk factors." Read more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GlassesOff Technique Reportedly Effective, Says Company Study

The chief scientific officer for GlassesOff Inc. reported at the 2013 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology that the benefits of its technology “are persistent over time and have a long-term effect despite the expected age-related decline of near vision.” The presentation included results from 59 subjects who completed the basic two to four month program and who maintained the protocol of a few sessions per month. They were retested after a period of 2.5 years on average. Read more.

New Eyewear from MaxStudio

“After the initial launch in May 2013 and additional style launches this past September, further expands the successful collection this January 2014 with 5 styles and 11 skus,” notes Midwest Lens. “The Zyloware designers continue to match the impeccable attention to detail of the frames with that of the apparel collection while following the latest trends. The bold, refined styles include architectural elements, unique beveled dimensions and elegant, fashionable twists. The iconic globe logo is incorporated in every style, branding the collection.” Read more.

Call for Optometry Hall of Fame Nominations

Online nominations for the 2014 National Optometry Hall of Fame are now being accepted. The National Optometry Hall of Fame highlights the luminaries within the field of optometry—individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting impact on the profession. The 2014 online nomination forms can be accessed at

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pollution Increases Risk of Dry Eye, Study Shows

Residents in cities with high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dry eye syndrome, according to a study presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For example, Chicagans and New Yorkers were three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with dry eye syndrome than their counterparts in more rural areas. As a result, researchers suggest that environmental manipulations should be considered as part of the overall control and management of patients with dry eye syndrome. Read more.

The National ROI of Cataract Surgery: 4567%!!!!

Take the number of cataract surgeries performed in a single year. Spread out the financial results over 13. What do you get? More than $123.4 billion in savings and a societal 4567 percent return on investment, according to a cost-utility study published by Ophthalmology. Patients realize 39.4% of the savings and Medicare another 29.5%. Other gains included employment/productivity (20.6 percent), Medicaid (2.7 percent) and other insurers (7.8 percent). In other words, for each cataract surgery on a single eye, which costs an average of $2653, the savings will amount to $121,198. Read more.

Should NHL Players Wear Visors?

Eye injuries in the NHL would decline fourfold if players wore visors, according to a recent study.  Furthermore, the study found that eye injuries over the last 10 seasons have cost the NHL and its associated franchises more than $32 million in missed games. While eye injuries have ended careers, visors remain optional for NHL players. This is the first study to examine the mechanism of injury, the incidence of eye injury across multiple seasons, and to calculate the associated financial loss.  The researchers, based at the University of Toronto and Harvard Medical School, examined data from The Sports Network (TSN) and The Hockey News annual visor survey over the last 10 seasons from 2002 to 2013 in the NHL.[i] They found that the 149 eye injuries identified to have occurred in the study's timeframe cost the NHL more than $32 million in missed games. In addition, the risk of eye injury is 4.23 times higher for players who do not wear a visor. The study also found that the majority of eye injuries are caused by being hit by the puck or struck by a high stick (37 percent and 28 percent, respectively). Only 18 percent of eye injuries were caused by a fight or scrum, while the researchers could not identify the cause of injury for 17 percent of eye injuries. Additionally, players without visors had a more aggressive style of play, measured by penalty minutes, hits and fights in a case-control study. There was also a weak, but positive correlation between eye injuries and penalty minutes. Read more.

Study Demonstrats the Promise of Argus II for Nearly Blind

"Research presented today at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology shows promising data about a device that helps people who have lost their vision due to a blinding genetic disease to recognize common objects," according to a Science Daily post. "In the study, the researchers found when the objects' outlines had been enhanced, there was increased recognition. The device, called the Argus II, is the first FDA-approved retinal implant for adults with retinitis pigmentosa. Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina's ability to respond to light. The disease, which is inherited and affects about 1 in 4,000 Americans, causes slow loss of vision, beginning with decreased night vision and loss of peripheral vision and eventually leads to blindness. Up to one-quarter of all patients with retinitis pigmentosa will become legally blind in both eyes. There is currently no cure for retinitis pigmentosa." Read more.

Popular Science  recently named it invention of the year.  See our post

Sunday, November 17, 2013

When Genetics Determines Your Ability to See

"Jasmine Carrero has big doelike eyes, an almond-shaped face and a willowy frame that she calls boyish." So goes a post in the New York Times. "She also has Stickler syndrome, a group of genetic disorders whose hallmarks are these elongated features; it is responsible not just for the elegant tapering fingers possessed by nearly everyone in her family, but also for the family’s history of blindness." Read more.

Macular Degeneration: Making People Vulnerable

"Cynthia Gibbs-Pratt would rather walk into walls than use a cane to guide her. And often, she does," reports the New York Times. "She had 20/20 vision most of her life. Last April, Ms. Gibbs-Pratt, 47, learned she had macular degeneration, a progressive disease that robs those who have it of their sight. 'If somebody came to you today with this cane and said you had to use it, would you accept it?' she asked." Read more.

Solar-Powered Sunglasses Charge iPhone5

"This may have been suggested before, but if not it's a great idea that's been sitting on our noses all this time," according to CNET. "Designer Sayalee Kaluskar has turned a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses into an iPhone charging device by adding solar panels to them. The Ray-Ban Shama Shades are part of a student project at Miami Ad School--San Francisco. The shades have a small solar panel on each arm, and that's apparently enough to charge an iPhone 5 when the sun goes down." Read more.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Clashing Tolerance for Service Animals, Excluding Seeing-Eye Dogs

"Classifying animals as emotional support animals has long been permitted under antidiscrimination laws, allowing owners to take them into restaurants and shops or to residential buildings that have no-pet policies. To demonstrate the need for an emotional support animal, the animal’s owner needs a letter from a mental health professional," reports the New York Times. "But their presence on airplanes is increasingly facing a backlash from flight attendants, passengers with allergies and owners of service animals, like Seeing Eye dogs, who say that airplane cabins have become crowded with uncaged animals who have no business being there. The Department of Transportation does not require airlines to keep data on emotional support animals. One that does, JetBlue expects more than 20,000 emotional support and service animals this year." Read more.

New Eyewear from Emporio Armani

"Inspired by the delicate and brilliant ‘Kajal’, fashion show, the Emporio Armani eyewear collection conveys a surprising sense of colour to fall/winter," notes Midwest Lens. "With contrast and original material and colour matches, the precious details and clear cut lines of this eyewear define pure and contemporary elegance." Read more.

New Sunglasses from Silhouette

"Last month’s TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes served as the launchpad for the Austrian eyewear company Silhouette's latest collection, Silhouette Sun 2014 – Relax Your Eyes, which will be available to consumers worldwide from December," according to Moodie's Report. "The latest collection, which features the brand’s signature ultra-lightweight frames and lenses, was well received by Cannes attendees, according to the company. Crafted in Europe, some of the Silhouette sunglasses feature the 12-layer polarised technology, which is said to provide enhanced contrast and eliminate distortion. Designed by Roland Keplinger, Silhouette Allure is a throwback to the eyewear of the 1970s with dynamic temples, an expressive top bar that wraps itself around the lens, refined matte-gloss effects and partially mirrored lenses." Read more.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blind Man and His Service Dog Kicked Off Plane

"A passenger who is blind says he and his service dog were kicked off a plane at Philadelphia International Airport after his dog left his seat," according to NBC's new affiliate in Philadelphia. "He wound up making the journey on the ground instead, joined by other passengers from the plane. The U.S. Airways plane was supposed to take off for Long Island MacArthur Airport around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday but the airline canceled the flight following the incident. Passenger Albert Rizzi, who is from Bellport, N.Y., says he boarded the plane with his service dog Doxology -- 'Doxy' for short -- around 8 p.m. The airline says its policy is that service dogs need to be kept close by the passenger, preferably at their feet." Read more. You can also find more about the story on the ABC affiliate at this site.

This has happened on a previous U.S. Airways flight.

No Link between AMD and Dementia, but Eyes Could Reveal Alzheimers

"A new study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology suggests there is no association between age-related macular degeneration and dementia or Alzheimer's disease, opposing previous research that has indicated otherwise," reports Medical News Today. "Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer's disease are both conditions that commonly develop alongside increasing age." Read more.

At the same time, "an international team of researchers studying the link between vision loss and Alzheimer's disease report that the loss of a particular layer of retinal cells not previously investigated may reveal the disease's presence and provide a new way to track disease progression." That's the word again from Medical News Today. Read more.

Optician Becomes Eyewear Designer

"A massive heart attack helped Traff Green see his future. He no longer wanted to sell eyewear. He wanted to create it." So goes the New Westminister News Leader post. "That was 13 years ago. Now from his studio in the basement of his New Westminster home Green currently has more than 132 frame designs that are available at retailers around North America and in Europe." Read more.

New Eyewar from Smith Optics

"Smith Optics...launches its new collection of sunglasses and optical frames specifically designed for outdoor activities: an inspired blend of innovation and design," according to a Midwest Lens post. "With decades of experience in the sports eyewear sector, the brand offers environmentally-friendly products, high-quality materials and skilful manufacturing techniques. Today, Smith Optics is proud to announce another groundbreaking achievement and a great step forward in the eyewear industry: ChromaPop, an exclusive new lens technology that delivers superior performance, perfect vision and excellent color perception." Read more.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

TVCI Releases Free Clinical Grading Scale App

U.S. eye care professionals (ECPs) now have access to what is being called one of the most comprehensive grading scales used in clinical practice. The Vision Care Institute (TVCI), a part of Johnson & Johnson, has launched a free i-Phone compatible app designed to help practitioners assess the severity and evaluate the progression of complications associated with contact lens wear. TVCI calls it The Vision Care Institute Clinical Grading Scales. ECPs can download it from the Apple App Store. TVCI notes that it is not intended as and does not constitute a medical or optometric advice. It is only available in the U.S. App Store at this time.

The  app allows users to do the following:
  • Evaluate nine common eye conditions (bulbar redness, corneal staining, lid redness, lid roughness, limbal redness, meibomian gland dysfunction, pterygium, pinguecula, cortical cataract) with severity levels that lessen and increase with real-time animation based on touch. 
  • Evaluate the progression of complications by comparing severity levels in 0.1 increments side-by-side. 
  •  Demonstrate clinical assessment to patients. 
  •  Export a report for office records without collecting personal data. 
  •  View a comprehensive assessment guide including slit lamp illumination techniques, corneal inflammation vs. infection, signs of oxygen deficiency, staining and lid assessments and more. 
  • Read more or download now.

CooperVision Expands Its Avaira Toric Lens Parameters

On the heels of significantly expanding its Avaira toric lens parameters with plus powers this summer, CooperVision Inc. is launching a -2.25 cylinder power to further broaden the brand’s range and potential wearer base. This allows potential contact lens wearers with more significant astigmatism to enjoy the end-of-day comfort that Avaira toric lenses provide. With this addition, Avaira toric lenses are available in sphere powers of -6.00D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps; -6.50D to -10.00D in 0.50 steps; cylinder powers of -0.75, -1.25, -1.75, and -2.25; and axes from 10 degrees to 180 degrees in 10 degree steps. Avaira toric lenses now have the most parameters of any two-week silicone hydrogel toric lens offering on the market. Read more.

Argus Named 'Invention of the Year'

Popular Science has recognized the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System from Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., as ‘Invention of the Year.’ Each year, its editors review thousands of products in search of the top 100 innovations that represent a significant leap in their categories. Argus converts video images captured by a miniature camera housed in the patient’s glasses into a series of small electrical pulses that are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes on the surface of the retina. These pulses reportedly stimulate the retina’s remaining cells, resulting in the corresponding perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient then learns to interpret these visual patterns, thereby regaining some visual function.

Software Reportedly Improves Image Processing

Scientists from GlassesOff Inc. will demonstrate at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience that training with its software improved the brain's image processing efficiency under both temporal and spatial load conditions, leading to improved visual processing of cluttered and dynamic environments. This was particularly true for people who face cluttered and dynamic environments, such as high-impact sports, driving in condensed conditions, or simply playing a game on a mobile device requiring swift responses and actions. Read more.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Eyewear from Ogi

Ogi Eyewear has added seven new styles to introduce a new dimension of the Evo-Tec Collection, according to a Midwest Lens post. "This new combination construction enables each person to achieve the visually striking appeal of boldly colored acetate with the lightweight durability of a metal frame, featuring a combination of the highest quality surgical plastic and stainless steel." Read more.

Basant Recovers after Heart and Double Lung Transplant

"He had a new lease on life after receiving a heart and double lung transplant, which is the first of tis kind at Mass General [hospital]. "I never knew I could feel like this. Amazing!" [said Benny Basant in an exclusive interview with WCVB]. For four years, Benny could barely breathe without oxygen." That's the beginning of the interview with Benny, the husband of Gailtree Basant. Gailtree works for the Opticare Eye Health and Vision Centers in Connecticut. Many individuals within the eye care community contributed to the fund raiser to help cover the costs of the procedure. See the full interview here.

FDA OKs Phase II Trial for a Corneal Inlay for Presbyopia

PresbiBio LLC has received conditional approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to commence a Phase II trial of the Presbia Flexivue Microlens, a corneal inlay. PresbiBio plans to begin its Phase II trial in the first quarter of 2014 with Dr. Mickey Gordon and Dr. Robert Maloney as Co-Medical Monitors. The Presbia Flexivue Microlens received the CE Mark in 2009, making it commercially available in 40 countries across Europe and Latin America. Read more.

Angelina Jolie, in Green CLs, Plays Maleficent

"Yes, that's Angelina Jolie, all decked up in pale makeup, stunning green contact lenses, red lipstick and — uh — leather horns," according to Today. "Disney released the poster for its upcoming movie Maleficent on Tuesday, and it offers a creepy look at the star in full costume. Maleficent, of course, is the villain in Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, though most viewers probably just remember her as the evil witch who has a thing for spinning wheels." Read more.

New Eyewear from Best's Plume Paris

The Plume Paris, a collection Best Image Optical, Inc., continues to grow and expand its eclectic line, according to a company spokesperson. The styles are said to have received rave reviews and sales have increased. Plume Paris' models are called works of art using high-quality materials and fine workmanship. The Plume Paris models Vatan and Bayonne, named appropriately after the cities they are inspired by, are prime examples of this. Read more.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Eyewear from Seraphin

"Seraphin is proud to introduce an all new dimension of luxury for the holiday season with its newest additions, the Eden and the Gleason," notes Midwest Lens. "Made of exquisite buffalo horn, these styles are the epitome of extravagance as each frame uniquely exhibits the natural striations and varied color that make buffalo horn so desirable. Buffalo horn is semi-translucent and can be black, light grey or honey, with natural highlights of white. By adapting the finest elements of luxury eyewear styles from the past into fresh, contemporary interpretations, Seraphin celebrates the trendsetters of a bygone era, adding in a twist of modern panache. The unique buffalo horn features a polished sheen and gorgeous natural coloring for a beautiful, elegant look that will be on every trendsetter’s wish list. The Seraphin collection introduces the finest new addition, the Gleason. Crafted from rare and beautiful buffalo horn, each Gleason has a highly sought after appearance with its natural coloring and organic patterns." Read more.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Reviews Are Rave about OpticalCEUs Fall Conference

"Thank you for the informative seminars. Don't change a thing!" "Great presentation, topics and speakers." "Great job!" "Great job! Always happy with the subjects. Thank you!"

These were just four of the outstanding comments from attendees of OpticalCEUs Fall 2013 Continuing Education Conference at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in October. "It's our attendees and our outstanding speakers who spark the success of this conference," said Linda Conlin, founder  of OpticalCEUs. "Within the next week, we will provide the results of the surveys that ABO/NCLE requests at the end of each seminar. We have done this for years on our website. It's important that the learning process be as transparent as possible."

Google Glass to Come with Rx

"Good news for all you four-eyeses of the world. Google is going to let you get Google Glass with prescription lenses in early 2014," according to Gizmodo. "A company called Rochester Optical is the one that'll be building these RX lenses. Rochester is also going to be making "fashion and sport lenses" for Glass. We think—and we surely hope—that means we can have versions of Glass that aren't so dorky looking. There's no word on pricing or styles or anything right now, but that information will almost certainly come to light in the next few months, because Google is planning to let any Tom, Dick, or Harry buy Glass starting at the beginning of next year." Read more.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How Most of Your Patients See Eyewear

"I have worn glasses for many years and I still am not used to them. They are crutches I wear on my face to see like a normal person, according to a post in the Phoenix Star. "Without my glasses, I am pretty much helpless. Everything looks like an impressionist painting. I sometimes wonder if the great impressionists were inspired by uncorrected myopia. Renoir, Monet, Degas ... if they had worn glasses, if they had received annual reminders, like I get, to visit their optometrist, they might have painted the same flat, uninspired landscapes that everyone else was doing at the time....[G]lasses are pretty much a nuisance. They're always breaking or getting lost or going out of style and they are scandalously expensive. A new pair of glasses always cost just a little less than hiring someone to lead you around. Choosing new frames always is an ordeal. For men, at least, there are only about three basic styles." Read more.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Coastal Contacts Going from Virtual to Brick and Mortar

Coastal Contacts Inc., parent of, plans to expand into the Toronto market, according to a company press release on the Wall Street Journal. The first store in Eastern Canada will open, Black Friday, the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving. The store will be located on Queen Street West, part of a well-known Toronto neighbourhood. Read more.

Eyewear Trends in 2014, Predicted by Forbes

"Whether you sport geeky chic opticals or oversized aviators, you’re advocating eyewear trends – perhaps unknowingly. True, glasses help us to see, and protect our precious eyes from the sun’s glare," notes Forbes. "But most importantly, they are everyone’s favorite accessory. This week, fashion forecaster Stylesight hosted its annual Eyewear Product & Trend Review for spring/summer 2014. The event featured a wide range of imaginative new optical and sunglass products from designers across the globe. There are four major trends to watch for in the coming months." Read more.

Protective Eyewear Required When Filming Porn in California

"Here’s the thing, though: Condoms, and other barrier methods, are technically already required in porn, both during penetrative and oral sex, according to Deborah Gold, Cal/OSHA’s deputy chief for health." So goes a portion of a post from Salon. "So too is eye protection from semen and other bodily fluids. If you’ve ever watched a porn you probably have a sense of just how relatively rarely these requirements are enforced. If instituted, these draft guidelines would actually offer a trial period in which an exception is made for the barrier method requirement during oral sex. (As of 2018, the exemption would be reconsidered and could either end or be extended.)" Read more.

Friday, November 8, 2013

UK Needs to Spend More on Eye Health

"Eye care services in the UK are focusing too much on commercial value and not enough on the prevention of eye disease and sight loss, warns a charity," according to a post on Information Daily. "The UK mascara market is worth a staggering £130 million pounds, whereas money spent on eye health care research comes in at only £30 million a year. By 2050, visual impairment will affect four million people with the total cost of eye disease and sight loss costing an estimated £8 billion, says a new report carried out by the NPC. Currently the report has found that whilst people are fearful of losing their sight, this is not reflected in the attitude many of us have towards taking better care of our eyes." Read more.

Essilor to Buy Costa

"Essilor International and Costa Inc. today announced the signature of an agreement for the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Costa Inc., a US leader in high-performance sunglasses," notes Finanez. "Previously known as A.T. Cross, Lincoln, RI-based Costa Inc. designs, assembles and markets sunglasses under the Costa and Native brands. It is expected to report approximately $100 million in revenue in 20131....Costa is most known for its patented 580 lens technology, which offers color enhancement and increased visual acuity. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa’s sunglasses are backed by a lifetime warranty. Their unparalleled fit and durability have made them a leading choice of serious water sports enthusiasts. While Costa currently derives the majority of its revenue from the Southeastern United States, it intends to capitalize on its products’ reputation and proven brand and distribution strategies to accelerate its geographic expansion, in other parts of the U.S. and internationally. In addition, stronger sales of prescription sun lenses, which today account for just 5% of revenue, will offer another growth lever, in particular under Essilor’s leadership." Read more.

PixelOptics Files for Chapter 7

"PixelOptics...filed Monday for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware," reports Midwest Lens. "The company released a statement Monday, saying it was 'closing its doors and filing Chapter 7'...The Chapter 7 filing reported that 'assets are primarily intellectual property, with unknown value.' The company’s statement reported that PixelOptics 'amassed an intellectual property portfolio of over 400 patents and patent applications pending around the world' and said it 'anticipates interest in its assets following the filing.'" Read more.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pearle Selling Four Locations to Licensees

Pearle Vision  plans to convert four Orlando stores from company-owned to licensees. Pearle Vision is seeking candidates to purchase existing locations for sale in Orlando, Fla. This is part of the company's 2013 expansion plans to re-license 34 company-owned centers in 10 states. Read more.

Motorist Gets Ticket for Wearing Google Glasses

Recently "a San Diego cop pulled over a female motorist for speeding, and gave her a traffic ticket for speeding as well as for wearing Google's innovative Glass eyewear while driving," says TopNews.Us. "The woman ticketed for wearing Glass was Cecilia Abadie, who is a member of the Google Glass Explorer program. While handing Abadie the ticket for wearing the Glass device, the cop issued a citation due to 'driving with a monitor visible to the driver.' After receiving the ticket for wearing Glass eyewear while driving, Abadie triggered a debate of sorts about the legality of the use of the device. She said in post on her Google+ account: 'Is #GoogleGlass [illegal] while driving or is this cop wrong?'" Read more.

New Eyewear from Modern Optical International

"Value eyewear leader, Modern Optical International, introduces 6 new styles to its Genevieve Boutique Collection for Fall/Winter 2013," reports Midwest Lens. "This eclectic women’s collection combines upbeat colors and patterns to create a look that is ultra feminine, fashion-friendly and effortlessly elegant. Each new style reflects today’s fashion trends with eye-catching designs that women will love to pair with their fall wardrobes. Models featured are Attempt, Flourish, Infusion, Jubilant, Magnetic and Riveting." Read more.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Best/Worst Eye Care Options Assessed by Consumer Reports

"From eyeglasses and contacts to eye exams and laser vision surgery, adults in the U.S. spent more than $35 billion on vision care during a 12-month period ending in June 2013, according to the Vision Council, a trade group," notes Consumer Reports. "But not all of what we buy for our eyes is necessarily worth the money or even a good idea. We reviewed the evidence and consulted experts for the latest on what helps, harms, or has no effect." Read more.

Florida State's QB Gets CLs

"Florida State Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston has been the talk of the nation thanks to his incredible play on the field, but also because of his poor eyesight that causes him to strain his eyes in order to see plays being called in from the sidelines," goes the post on Sport Illustrated's Fansided. "The squinting habit has earned Winston the nickname, “Jameis Squinston”on Twitter, but it looks like that moniker will soon have to be dropped. An image surfaced online that showed Winston posing outside of Orsillo Vision Care & Optical, dubbed Tallahassee’s Best Vision Care Center, as he prepared to get fitted for Ortho-K contacts to help out with the squinting situation." Read more.

Are Oakley's Asian Fit Sunglasses Racist?

"Let’s just say it: There are a lot of different kinds of noses out there in this beautiful world of ours," starts a recent post on Quartz. "And yet, it’s still somewhat surprising that Oakley churns out a line of wraparound sunglasses tailored to the contours of Asian consumers—marketed under the not-so-subtle moniker 'Asian Fit.' In fact, it’s common currency within the eyeglass industry that frames fit certain ethnic groups differently—and in particular, that they fit Asians differently from Europeans." Read more.

New Sunglasses from Carrera by Jimmy Choo

"The bold and celebrated spirit of Carrera meets the glamour and fashion style of Jimmy Choo creating a high octane collection of sunglasses for eye-catching effect," according to a post on Midwest Lens. "Carrera’s latest best-seller, the Carrera 6000, with its unique shaped temples and timeless silhouette is dressed by Jimmy Choo in five stand-out finishes. Alluring colors and captivating designs are made possible by manufacturing techniques of Optyl, Safilo registered trademark, using a high-performance material which is ultra-lightweight, strong and hypoallergenic. A thin silk sheet inserted inside the frame enhances the premium effect of the new sunglasses, boosted by the finish of the metal logo on the temple." Read more.

Fendi Taps Lasry for Eyewear Line

Fendi has tapped Thierry Lasry to design its Spring/Summer 2015 capsule eyewear collection. Safilo claims that the partnership will combine vision and creativity of Fendi and Thierry Lasry. Over the past couple of years, Lasry has built his designs on the concept of “futuristic vintage," fusing vintage inspirations with a modern touch. Essentially, Lasry has created a signature look without the use of any visible logo. Fendi sunglasses capsule collection will be designed by Thierry Lasry in collaboration with Safilo, which will manufacture and distribute the line starting in January 2014.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AOA Releases Evidence-Based Guideline for ODs

Health care reform comes with strict new government standards for evidence-based health care. Now, the first guideline developed to help optometrists meet those standards is available for review and public input during a 30-day comment period. The general public, along with practicing optometrists and other stakeholders, can review the AOA Evidence-Based Guideline on Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus and submit comments for consideration, according to the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee. To participate in the review process, record all comments and suggestions on the Peer & Public Review Document available here. Save the document and forward to, or by mailing to AOA Guideline Development Group, American Optometric Association, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1, St. Louis, MO 63141, or faxing to 314-991-4101.

The document will be accessible for review online for 30 days. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30. The AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee plans to release a final version of the guideline in January 2014.

Faster Treatment for Corneal Infections

"Scientists from the University of Sheffield have partnered with a team in India for a project which could save the eyesight of thousands of people living in the South Asian country," reports Medical News Today. "As in most developing countries, corneal infection in India is a serious problem and many patients are diagnosed too late to save their vision. The University of Sheffield has received funding from the Wellcome Trust to work with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, in Hyderabad, to develop a new, easy to use technology that will aid in rapid diagnosis and rapid treatment to reduce the number of patients losing their eyesight." Read more .

Better Understanding of How the Brain Sees

"Our vision depends on exquisitely organized layers of cells within the eye's retina, each with a distinct role in perception," says Medical News Today. "Johns Hopkins researchers say they have taken an important step toward understanding how those cells are organized to produce what the brain 'sees.' Specifically, they report identification of a gene that guides the separation of two types of motion-sensing cells, offering insight into how cellular layering develops in the retina, with possible implications for the brain's cerebral cortex. A report on the discovery is published in the journal Science." Read more.

Google Institutes Learning Centers for Google Glass Users

"New Google Glass users will no longer need to head to one of the company's offices to pick up the eyewear, but they will need to sit through a Hangout session before they can use it," according to a post on CNET. "According to Android Central, folks who join the Google Glass Explorer Program and purchase the eyewear will now have their product shipped to them. Before they start using the tech, however, they will need to sit through a Google+ Hangout with an 'experienced Glass Guide.'" Read more.

Google reportedly will release the augmented reality eyewear next year with a price tag of $1500. Microsoft is testing its AR eyewear (click for details), and others manufacturers are coming out with the their versions (click for details).

The software company also has hooked up with Maui Jim and Zeiss to provide "shades" for its eyewear. It has an "installation" guide here.  It also noted that an individual could purchase them at the Google Store, but when the link was clicked at press time, a 404 error page popped up.

New Eyewear from Eastern States Eyewear

"Eastern States Eyewear introduces Chantal Thomass, a French lingerie brand and designer noted for its feminine, risqué designs," reports Midwest Lens
. "The initial release contains 11 styles, with six constructed of acetate and five of metal. The styles sport wearable shapes that play on a cat eye influence as well as a mix of modified rectangle and ovals. Standing out are a variety of aggressively, contoured temple cuts and lattice work end piece designs. Featured throughout the collection are a bevy of high definition animal print acetates as well as lacing and bow ties to properly represent the brand’s lingerie themes. Chantal Thomass embraces a bold, confident design for a self-assured woman. With a Pink and Black theme, the silhouette of the brand’s artwork is unmistakable. From its shapes and cuts to its color scheme the brand features a variety of 40’s and 50’s vintage influences." Read more.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Cogentically Blind More Sensitive to Pain, Says Study

"Absence of vision from birth leads to a permanent state of pain hypersensitivity, reports an article in the journal PAIN," reports Science Daily. "An international team of scientists investigated whether congenitally blind subjects experience pain differently than sighted individuals. Their results, published in the current issue of PAIN, reveal compelling evidence that congenitally blind individuals are hypersensitive to pain caused by thermal stimuli. The findings are important because a key biological function of acute pain is to prevent bodily injury. Vision plays a critical role, as it allows a person to immediately detect and avoid potentially hazardous situations. Previous studies conducted in normal-sighted individuals had already demonstrated the link between vision and pain perception. The research team hypothesized that the absence of visual cues may therefore lead to heightened vigilance for painful stimuli." Read more.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Recipe Contest for Eye Health

People with diabetes and prediabetes continues to rise. And according to the 2012 Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute, more than 7.6 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy. The longer someone has diabetes, the more they are at-risk for vision loss from diabetic eye disease and related eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataract. Fortunately, for some, lifestyle changes can delay or prevent developing diabetes and its effects. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of those steps. As part of Prevent Blindness America’s “Live Right, Save Sight!” program, in conjunction with declaring November as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, the national non-profit group is conducting an online contest seeking recipes that benefit those with diabetes and include ingredients that are also healthy for the eyes. The contest will run from Nov. 1-30, 2013. Those interested in participating may visit to enter. Read more.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Seeing Shadows in the Dark

"Find a space with total darkness and slowly move your hand from side to side in front of your face. What do you see?" That's the question Science Daily asked recently. "If the answer is a shadowy shape moving past, you are probably not imagining things. With the help of computerized eye trackers, a new cognitive science study finds that at least 50 percent of people can see the movement of their own hand even in the absence of all light." Read more.

VSP Optics Adds sunsync Photochromic

The VSP Optics Group has added the photochromic lens sunsync to its Unity Performance Optics portfolio. The lenses reportedly darken fast, fade quickly, and are available in gray and brown colors. The VSP spokesperson says that "susnsync lenses provide eyecare practices high value with attractive pricing and $5 through the UNITY Savings program." Read more.

Red Sox's Drew Gets CLs In-Time for Game 6

"Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew wasn't ever in real in danger of being removed from the lineup because manager John Farrell deemed him too important defensively, but going into Game 6 of the World Series, Drew had only four hits in the postseason and he was worried," according to "So Drew made a quick trip to the eye doctor. The result was contact lenses, and he finally started making contact. Drew, 4 for 50 in the postseason heading into the clinching game, hit three rockets in the Red Sox's 6-1 victory, went 2 for 4, including a home run, and finished the postseason 6 for 54 (.111). He also continued his flawless fielding, which was contrasted by the inconsistent shortstop play on the other side of the field." Read more.