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.
Friday, November 22, 2013
“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.
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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.
“After the initial MaxStudio.com launch in May 2013 and additional style launches this past September, MaxStudio.com 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 MaxStudio.com apparel collection while following the latest trends. The bold, refined styles include architectural elements, unique beveled dimensions and elegant, fashionable twists. The iconic MaxStudio.com globe logo is incorporated in every style, branding the collection.” Read more.
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 www.aoa.org/HallofFame.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Popular Science recently named it invention of the year. See our post.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
This has happened on a previous U.S. Airways flight.
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.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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.
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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."
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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.
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.
. "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.