Friday, October 31, 2014

Marcolin Expanding Product & Signing Ermenegildo Zegna, Emilio Pucci

Marcolin has acquired a 3,500-square-meter manufacturing facility in Longarone, in the heart of Italy’s eyewear district, according to a press release on Yahoo! Finance. The new site will start operating in 2015 and will double the company’s Italian made production. The company has recently signed license agreements with Ermenegildo Zegna, Zegna Couture and Emilio Pucci, all of which (in addition to Tom Ford, Montblanc, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Dsquared2,m and Diesel). Read more.

New Eyewear from Nicole Miller

“L’Amy America is launching four new ophthalmic styles for Fall/Winter 2014 in the Nicole Miller brand. The Nicole Miller eyewear collection reflects the brand’s codes with a strong identity, in keeping with the Nicole Miller style. The collection offers a wide range of rich colors with exquisite detail and on-trend shapes that appeal to the Nicole Miller customer of today,” reports Midwest Lens. “The Nicole Miller Front acetate design was inspired by the Nicole Miller’s N-Star logo. The style is distinguished by a modified raised matte metal N-Star on each side of the modern shaped front coupled with subtle glitter in the acetate material. The raised metal modified N-Star continues on the temples where two variations of the size are in a random pattern accentuated with graduated raised metal dots. Couple with the glitter acetate that continues with a diminishing effect on each temple, the NM Front stands apart. In addition, the N-Star is etched in a repeat pattern on the inside of each temple, and printed on the ends of each temple tip. The three colors: black glitter, purple glitter, and red/blue fade, create a style that symbolizes Nicole Miller’s unique brand DNA. Size 52-17-140.” Read more.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blind Army Vet Gets to Ride a Bicycle with New Contact Lenses

Jeff Henson has been riding bikes for years. In 2012, he rode a bike coast to coast across the United States. Before that, the Army veteran took long rides in France and in the American Northwest, always on the back seat of a tandem bike. Henson was legally blind during those rides.

In 2000, Henson, an Army veteran and native of Heflin, AB, developed vision issues caused by arthritis and inflammation. He went through rehabilitation. He got a cane and a service dog, Chauncey. And he started riding in the back seat of a tandem bicycle. In 2013, during a routine visit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham, his physicians sent him to an optometrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Carol Rosenstiel, O.D., chief of the contact lens service. Read more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ABO/NCLE Link Up with Job Search Site, Local Eye Site

ABO/NCLE (American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners) has linked up with the job-search website called Local Eye Site. Simply put, opticians looking for work click ABO/NCLE's Job Board button, and they are whisked to Local Eye Site's Jobs page.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OpticalCEUs’ Fall CEU Conference Sets Record

A record number of opticians will attend OpticalCEUs’ Fall Continuing Education Conference this Sunday. It also happens to be the event’s 15th anniversary. Opticians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will gather in the Grand Ballroom of the famed Grand Pequot Hotel at Foxwoods. Three national speakers will offer the following ABO/NCLE-approved courses:

  • The Full Spectrum of Prism Speaker: Deborah Kotob  (1 ABO) 9am-10am – NEW!

  • Night Vision Speaker:  Deborah Kotob (1 NCLE) 10am-11am – NEW!

  • Contact Lenses on the Job Speaker: Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 11am-Noon

  • Day By Day Speaker: Joe Forte (1 NCLE) 1pm-2pm – NEW!

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lenses, But Were Afraid to Ask Speaker:  Joe Forte (1 ABO) 2pm-3pm – NEW!

  • Score with Contact Lenses for Sports Speaker:  Linda Conlin (1 NCLE) 3pm-4pm

  • Reflecting on Refraction Speaker:  Joe Forte (1 ABO) 4pm-5pm – NEW!

For 15 years Linda Conlin, an NAO Fellow Ambassador, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national level. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines.

Deborah Kotob, the ECP Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, creates and presents ABO, NCLE and JCAHPO seminars related to optics and best practices. A Massachusetts-licensed optician, she has owned two optical businesses and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications. She will be lecturing at Vision Expo West 2014.

Joe Forte, the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. He was program director of the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry where he taught courses in various areas of contact lenses and optics.

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

New Eyewear from Jil Sander

“Geometric shapes paired with sophisticated simplicity. The strong and pure Jil Sander signature look is represented in the eyewear collection, where elegance, minimalism and research represent the founding elements of the brand.” That’s the word from Midwest Lens. Read more.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Warby Parker Campaign Promotes Writing and Eyewear

Warby Parker has taken another innovative marketing step. It has teamed up with the educational group 826 National to launch a line of eyewear called Kidd. “The Kidd eyeglasses come in regular and sunglasses model, with a horn rimmed look reminiscent of Grouch Marx,” according to the PSFK Labs website. “Customers can buy prescription sunglasses or regular, in single-vision and bifocal options. To support the Kidd project, Warby Parker has sponsored a print run of two books: Super Awesome Stickman Dude and 826 NYC Review…Proceeds from the glasses and the books go directly to 826 to help them fund their literacy and creativity efforts.” 826 celebrates expository and creative writing in school-aged children. It supports teaching, tutoring, and publishing for students and teachers. The organization has chapters in New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Chicago, California, Washington and Washington D.C. It intends to open new chapters. Read more.

New Sunglasses from Calvin Klein

“The new Calvin Klein Collection features an assortment of timeless eyewear styles that have been updated with chic, modern details. From leather trim to metal embellishments to a reversible hinge, the new Calvin Klein Collection lends a signature touch to a sunny-day staple.” That’s a Midwest Lens post. Read more.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Artist with 4th Cone Perceives Color in the UV Range

“The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. For those with normal vision, the three types of cones allow vision of about one million distinctive colors,” notes IFL Science. “Some animal species including certain birds, insects, fish, and reptiles, have a fourth type of cone cell that extends color perception into the UV range. Though evolution has mostly scrubbed that fourth cone from the mammalian lineage, there is evidence that a small group of humans may have a genetic variant that allows for tetrachromacy. Concetta Antico, an Australian artist [one of her landscapes to the right] , was confirmed to be a tetrachromat in 2012.” Read more.

Homeland Security Seizes 20,000 Pairs of Contact Lenses

“With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasing popular, especially around this time of year,” according to the Houston News. “Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA. This ongoing effort, which is being coordinated with the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, is being called ‘Operation Double Vision.’ As a result of the operation, this year alone there have been 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses being seized.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Anna Sui and Mondottica

“Mondottica USA and Anna Sui Eyewear have developed a women’s eyewear collection embodying the feminine spirit found in all Anna Sui products,” says Midwest Lens. “Starting with the same fanciful details that have defined the brand since its beginning, the signature rosebud, Anna’s favorite butterfly motif and the classic fretwork design, the collection has infused a distinct richness into every frame. Anna Sui’s Collection features a ‘Universal Bridge’ accommodating the widest range of fits. Including additional depth preventing eyelash rub combining these elements with a plastic frame made of Zylonite, a cotton, wood flake by-product manufactured in a wide array of colors, textures and patterns.” Read more.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Luxottica Names P&G Exec as Co-CEO

"Luxottica Group SpA (LUX) named Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) executive Adil Mehboob-Khan as a co-chief executive officer, the week after the company lost its second leader in little more than a month," according to "Mehboob-Khan, who has been with P&G since 1987 and currently runs the Cincinnati-based company’s global salon brand, is expected to join the Ray-Ban maker next year, the Milan-based company said in a statement today. Massimo Vian, appointed last week as co-CEO of operations, will have all executive responsibilities until Mehboob-Khan joins." Read more.

Detecting Glaucoma with an iPad App

"Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology," reports Medical News Today. "In this study, researchers from the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan and the Tilganga Eye Institute in Nepal used a free peripheral vision assessment app to screen approximately 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using an iPad. The results show promise for screening populations that have limited or no access to traditional eye care and certain ethnic groups that have a high risk of developing the disease." Read more.

New Tech Device Helps the Blind Navigate

"White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master." That's the start of Medical News Today post. "Electronic travel aids (ETAs) have the potential to improve navigation for the blind, but early versions had disadvantages that limited widespread adoption. A new ETA, the 'EyeCane,' developed by a team of researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, expands the world of its users, allowing them to better estimate distance, navigate their environment, and avoid obstacles, according to a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience." Read more.

New Eyewear from Chloe

"Sheer elegance, bold traces, metropolitan and international references for a distinctly French taste," reports Midwest Lens. "The allure triumphs in the vintage shapes and the retro cuts with ‘70s appeal. Lightness and femininity can be seen in this deeply refined collection. These are the highlights of the new Chloè eyewear collection." Read more.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pilots' Visual Acuity Improves with App

In a study commissioned by the Israeli Air Force (IAF), IAF who used the mobile app called GlassesOff reportedly showed improvement in visual functionsThat's the word from a press release from GlassesOff. The data was presented today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  The pilots improved across multiple visual functions, including 35% improvement in visual acuity and 24% improvement in image processing speed. Read more.

New Eyewear from ClearVision Opitcal

ClearVision Optical has introduced "three new styles to its best selling DuraHinge collection this fall. Recognized for optimal strength and durability, DuraHinge now offers the first plastic model for the collection," says a post on Midwest Lens. "The latest release also introduces a new custom tooled hinge featuring the DuraHinge logo. This proprietary five-barrel hinge offers superior strength with the added flexibility of a spring hinge, yet it’s not too bulky or heavy on the face. Wider end pieces and temples provide additional durability." Read more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CDC Will Launch Campaign Targeted at Young Adult Contact Lens Wearers

According to Vision of the Industry, the National Academy of Opticianry magazine, "in November, 2014, the CDC will launch a 5-day campaign targeted to young adult contact lens wearers 18-22 years old and to eye care providers. This is a broad outreach campaign that will focus on dissemination of healthy contact lens wear and care information and materials. The CDC will engage with media, social media, and both CDC and partner communication channels and networks to disseminate messages and content." The CDC has partnered with professional organizations to begin a new healthy contact lens awareness effort. As part of that effort, free infographics are currently available through the CDC. Read the article.

Blind Cave Fish Giving Hints to Eye Disease, Researchers Hope

"Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of many human ailments, including those that result in loss of sight," according to Science Daily. "A team of researchers is looking to the tiny eyeless fish for clues about the underpinnings of degenerative eye disease and more." Read more.

Jonathan Saunders Signs Deal with Sunshades Eyewear

Women's Wear Daily writes: "Jonathan Saunders has inked a five-year deal with the Australian manufacturer Sunshades Eyewear to produce a line of sunglasses. 'This is important in terms of increasing our product lines and reaching an aspirational customer,' the designer told WWD, adding the sunglasses would have global distribution. He described the initial encounter with Sunshades as a 'meeting of minds' and praised the company’s 'innovative approach' to materials and the quality of its product. The 29-piece collection will land in stores in February and will incorporate Saunders’ love of color and print." Read more.

New Eyewear from Alexander McQueen

"The Alexander McQueen eyewear collection for Fall/Winter 2014/2015 explores new interpretations of the brand’s accessory and ready-to-wear creations: cut off metal studs, perforated flat metal and a textured effect. These latest styles showcase Alexander McQueen’s signature craftsmanship," reports Midwest Lens. "The color palette ranges from classic colors such as blue, black, burgundy to oxidized metals such as ruthenium, copper and bronze." Read more.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Game Stopped 'Cause Ref Can't See

"You know that old joke about some witty soul from the stands of a football/baseball game who sees a referee/umpire make a call against that patron's team and yells out, 'Yo ref/ump, do you need to borrow my glasses?' Turns out referee Gene Steratore could have actually used the help in the first quarter of the Colts-Bengals game. That's because the game had to be slightly delayed because Steratore was having contact lens issues." That's the post on CBS Sports. Read more.

Will a Corneal Insert Replace Reading Glasses? Maybe

"A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology," reports Science Daily. "A corneal inlay device currently undergoing clinical review in the United States improved near vision well enough for 80 percent of the participating patients to read a newspaper without disturbing far distance vision needed for daily activities like driving. ...One of the devices is the Kamra inlay, a thin, flexible doughnut-shaped ring that measures 3.8 millimeters in diameter, with a 1.6 millimeter hole in the middle. When dropped into a small pocket in the cornea covering the front of the eye, the device acts like a camera aperture, adjusting the depth of field so that the viewer can see near and far. The procedure to insert the implant is relatively quick, lasting about 10 minutes, and requires only topical anesthesia." Read more.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Health Canada to Upgrade Cosmetic CLs to Medical Devices

In a press release appearing on, Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose said that Health Canada will consult with optical industry experts to regulate cosmetic contact lenses as medical devices. Until now, Canada has regulated them as consumer products. The U.S. FDA considers them as medical devices, which can be dispensed only with a prescription. As medical devices in Canada, cosmetic contact lenses would be subject to specific requirements for licensing, manufacturing, labeling, and instructions to improve their safety before they go on the market. The proposed changes to the Medical Device Regulations are being published in Canada Gazette I on October 18 to begin consultations. In addition, new guidance documents and new application forms will be posted on the Health Canada website for a 75-day comment period.  Read more.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Students and Apprentice Opticians Invited to OAA's Leadership Conference

"As the 2015 OAA [Opticians Association of America] State Leadership approaches, OAA is once again hosting a program to encourage state associations to invest in the future leaders of the opticianry profession - students and apprentices." So went the OAA newsletter email we recently received. "In an effort to encourage successive leadership within both state associations and our industry, OAA would like to have every state association bring a student/apprentice to the 2015 OAA State Leadership Conference in February.

"Also, OAA realizes that every state does not have an association, so OAA is also encouraging any student/apprentice who is interested in becoming an industry leader to apply for a travel grant. It is commonly said that 'the youth are our future.' We hope that you will agree and join with OAA in our continual effort to invest in the development of leadership potential within the brightest and most promising students and apprentices in opticianry.

"In order to ease the financial burden for state associations, students, and apprentices, OAA has waived the conference registration fee for this special group. In addition, for those state associations and students/apprentices that are unable to financially participate in this effort, OAA is offering a grant of up to $1,000 per student/apprentice.

"There are a limited number of students/apprentices who can be fully supported, so each state association needing financial assistance can click here for the grant application. Each grant application recommending a student/apprentice must be completed by a state association and submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered. Every student/apprentice wishing to receive a travel grant who is not associated with their state association can do so by clicking here. All grant requests must be submitted by November 21, 2014 in order to be considered."

U-2's Bono Has Glaucoma

"Bono [the lead singer for the music group U-2] rarely steps out without wearing his trademark sunglasses, but the reason he goes dark has nothing to do with fashion. The U2 frontman recently revealed that he wears glasses (even inside) because he suffers from glaucoma," according to US Weekly. "'This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years,' the 54-year-old explained during a recording for the Graham Norton Show, when asked if he ever takes his shades off." Read more.

New Eyewear from G-Star

"Building on the success of the first G-Star eyewear collection, new styles have been added. Each pair features distinctive straight cut lenses and clean design for a modern feel rich with vintage elements. The industrial inspirations of the brand can be seen in iconic screw details, and denim is referenced in the zipper-puller shape of the temple tips." That's the Midwest Lens post. Read more.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Vision Keyed to a Protein in Retina

“An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published today by The Journal of Neuroscience,” according to a post on Medical News Today. “The Montréal scientists discovered that a protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on our understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness. The researchers studied a process called compartmentalization, which establishes and maintains different compartments within a cell, each containing a specific set of proteins. This process is crucial for neurons (nerve cells) to function properly.” Read more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Eyewear from Genesis

“This fall, Genesis releases five men’s ophthalmic styles built on a foundation of strong shapes and pure materials. Characterized by engraved textures, matte and shine finishes and the use of rich horn materials, these ophthalmic glasses are masculine in form and offer clean and classic style,” according to Midwest Lens. “G4017 and G4018: Functional engraved hinges of woven matte metal define these brother styles. Crafted from handmade acetate in rich earthy colors, both styles feature contemporary designs with longer temple lengths to comfortably fit large widths.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Flexon

“Perfect for children that are active and always on-the-move, the new Flexon Kids Collection features titanium alloy that returns to its original shape when twisted or bent and is remarkably resistant to scratches and dents, making it the ultimate accident-proof eyewear for children.” So goes a Midwest Lens post. “Designed for the younger Flexon generation, the Kids Collection is colorful and playful, featuring the latest trends that will surely win their classmates’ approval. The collection offers a fresh, youthful approach with an assortment of color combinations that is accented with eye-catching details and designs.” Read more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UAW Retirees Sign Up Davis Vision

The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (the "Trust") has signed up Davis Vision for its members. The Trust,the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care benefits in the United States, provides health care benefits for UAW retirees and dependents from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. The addition of vision benefits, effective January 1, 2015, will provide vision coverage including eye exams and eyewear for over 590,000 Trust-eligible UAW GM and Chrysler retirees and dependents.

Boise Still Tops for Eyes

“For the second year in a row, Boise, Idaho, is the top eye-healthy city in the annual Eye Health Index released by not-for-profit VSP Vision Care, the largest vision benefits provider in the U.S., with nearly 67 million members,” reports Virtual Strategy.
Top 10 Eye-Healthy Cities in the United States for 2014
  1. Boise, Idaho
  2. Reno, Nev.
  3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  4. Huntsville, Ala.
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  7. Birmingham, Ala.
  8. Little Rock, Ark.
  9. Denver, Colo.
  10. Evansville, Ind.
“Oklahoma City and Birmingham maintained rankings on the 2014 Eye Health Index. These two, along with Denver, were the only cities to make the Index every year since its inception.” Read more.

FL’s Health Dept. Cracks Down on Shops Selling Decorative Contact Lenses

“You know those crazy colored contact lenses that people like to buy this time of year – the ones that make your eyeballs look like black spots in your face or cat’s eyes or zombie eyes? Well, they’re supposed to be available only with a prescription, but it seems some Florida stores have been selling them illegally.” That’s the word from Orlando Weekly. “Today the state Department of Health announced that it issued 47 cease-and-desist orders to stores around the state (including six stores in Orlando) telling them that for selling these things without a license, they could be slapped with felony-level criminal charges. Ouch. The list of places slapped on the wrist for selling them include beauty supply stores, wig stores, dollar stores, a “Quick Stop” food market and a Shell gas station>” Read more.

New Eyewear From Bottega Veneta

“This season, Bottega Veneta enriches its sophisticated eyewear collection with new sunglasses and optical frames that highlight the brand’s unique aesthetic. New styles feature subtle signatures of the brand including the Intrecciato motif, interpreted through sculpted texture on the temples or skilfully lasered on precious leather and on the photoengraved studs,” says Midwest Lens. “The introduction of flash mirror lenses offer additional options to select styles, complimenting the refined palette. Made from the finest quality materials, the new eyewear features the superb craftsmanship, versatility, and timeless elegance that define the Bottega Veneta brand.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Modern Optical International

“Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International introduces four new styles to its G.V.X. Collection for men for Fall 2014,” according to Midwest Lens. “G.V.X. appeals to the business-oriented man whose active lifestyle in and out of the office demands classic, upscale-designed eyewear at an affordable price. Guys who wear G.V.X. frames move in style all day long donning masculine shapes, earth-toned hues, durable materials and refined temple treatments. G.V.X., targeted for today’s modern man, will turn heads without saying a word.” Read more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FDA Approves Miniature Telescope for AMD Treatment

“VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc. …announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration who are age 65 or older. The telescope implant is the only FDA approved surgical device for end-stage AMD and is Medicare eligible.” That’s the start of a post on News-Medical. Read more.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Luxottica Loses 2nd CEO in Almost As Many Months

“Luxottica Group SpA (LUX) slumped in Milan trading after losing its second chief executive officer in little more than a month, raising questions about the ability of the world’s largest eyewear company to attract top talent in the future,” reports Business Week. “The shares fell as much as 10 percent to 36.86 euros amid a flurry of analyst downgrades. The decline was the steepest on an intraday basis since Oct. 27, 2008. Citigroup Inc. cut its recommendation on the stock to neutral from buy. Enrico Cavatorta, who was appointed co-CEO last month following the departure of Andrea Guerra, plans to leave, Milan-based Luxottica said late yesterday.” Read more.

“The founder of the Luxottica luxury eyewear maker has taken over temporarily as CEO amid management turmoil that has tanked the company's stock,” according to an Associated Press report on Yahoo! News. “The company said chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio will handle executive duties until two co-CEOs, one for operations and product, the other for markets, can be appointed together.” Read more.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Competition for Google Glass

“During the CEATEC show in Japan Toshiba has been showcasing their new Toshiba Glass eyewear which the company is designing to compete with the likes of the Google Glass, the digital eyewear Google launched a few years ago,” says Geeky-Gadgets. “Toshiba Glass is expected to launch their new eyewear sometime next year and Toshiba’s is a little more simplified when compared to Google’s eyewear. With Toshiba designing their Glass device to be more of an external display than a stand alone computer or smartphone.” Read more.

Marchon Inks Licensing Deal with Etro

“Marchon Eyewear is pleased to announce the launch of the new Etro Eyewear collection, beginning in September 2015,” according to a VSP press release. “Etro and Marchon signed an exclusive licensing agreement to design, manufacture and distribute the sun and ophthalmic collections Etro Eyewear. The partnership aims to further increase the already significant position of Etro in the accessories world.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Charmant

Midwest Lens notes that “Charmant Group has released two new models with the DUO temple design, expanding upon the minimalist trend offerings of LineArt. These new styles are the second release for the latest segment DUO, a minimally and simply designed eyewear, for the unique, smart and refined women. As the name suggests, DUO features twin profile lines – DUO signifies a sophisticated ensemble of two ideals, symbolized by the parallel lines with Swarovski pieces representing contemporary femininity and Excellence Titan for its advanced comfort.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Silhouette

“With the rimless Silhouette LITE-Twist, head designer Roland Keplinger has put forward a congenial design concept that redefines eyewear as an accessory: endowed with the Silhouette DNA, high-tech materials and precise, detailed workmanship of the highest class, enhanced by innovative technologies and accentuated with bold color contrasts,” reports Midwest Lens. “This frame is a personal statement of younger, fashion-conscious people vying for a distinctive eye-catching look.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Lightec Sun

“Lightec Sun expands the collection with four new models uniting design, technology, protection, and comfort. This 2015 release combines TR90 with stainless steel for extreme lightness,” says Midwest Lens. “The slimness of the injected TR90 front adds a new aesthetic without compromising the lightness of the frame. The combination of materials, including a soft, easy-to-wear rubber endtip, provide unrivaled wearer comfort. Polarized Category 3 nylon lenses (the lightest on the market), offer anti-scratch treatment and have excellent durability. Lenses are fitted flush to the frame, making the front slim, light and streamlined.” Read more.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Eyewear from Revlon

"For fall 2014, Revlon Eyewear introduces three optical styles that feature intricate color blocking and cosmetic-inspired design details on temples," according to Midwest Lens. "Showcasing the brand’s ability to revitalize traditional shapes and styles in new and creative ways, this season’s collection is abstract and iridescent. Shades of navy, blush and brown provide a soft background for glowing crystal details and shimmery striations." Read more.

New Sunglasses from Calvin Klein Jeans

"The new Calvin Klein Jeans Eyewear Collection features a broad range of designs with pops of color and flash lenses for a polished look with a modern twist. Unique logo design and placement further portray the brand’s sexy, youthful image." That's the report from Midwest Lens. Read more.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CooperVision Raising Money for World Sight Day

Starting in October, U.S. contact lens wearers who purchase CooperVision lenses with rebate offers can donate a portion or all of their rebates to Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), and through October 31, CooperVision will match all rebate donations, according to a company press release. In addition, company’s worldwide employees are fundraising for OGS’s World Sight Day Challenge. CooperVision, its employees, and its parent The Cooper Companies have donated $100,000 towards Optometry Giving Sight’s World Sight Day Challenge in 2012 and 2013.

Sight for Kids Reaches 20 Million

Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s partner program with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, has now reached 20 million children with free, volunteer-directed vision screenings. That’s the word from a Johnson & Johnson press release appearing on Yahoo! Finance Canada.  To broaden its worldwide impact, J&J will fund the expansion of Sight for Kids into Nairobi, Kenya, and Ankara, Turkey, the first two countries to receive its services in Africa and Europe. Read more.

New Eyewear from Puma

The “new Puma unisex optical frames grab the energy of the brand and run with street and graffiti art-inspired graphics in geometric and lettered logo expressions,” according to Midwest Lens. “Made for action-driven guys and girls, these frames are made to complement a dynamic lifestyle whether on the track or on the town. Each frame encompasses a protective eyewear system complete with superior anti-slip features and a flexible frame structure. This latest PUMA collection also features the innovative eyewear material – Ultem – which boasts both lightness and durability.” Read more.

New Eyewear from Nautica

“Bringing style and class to outdoor activities, the new Nautica Collection updates timeless frames with modern appeal, incorporating nautical elements into each design,” writes Midwest Lens. “Always drawing inspiration from the water, the new collection utilizes carbon fiber which is the same material that sails are made from. Stronger than steel, carbon fiber is an innovative material that makes the frames not only lightweight and durable, but fashionable, too. It gives an industrial look that updates classic styles with a subtle flair of sophistication.” Read more.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Registration Deadline for OpticalCEU's Fall 2014 Continuing Education Conference Coming--Soon!!!

Registration for OpticalCEUs Fall Seminar for Opticians is coming on Oct. 24. So if you need to renew your state license and ABO/NCLE certification, register online by clicking this link. Otherwise we cannot be sure to have a seat for you at this event, which usually sells out.

Pick up the latest ideas in the field - from preserving vision health to new contact lens applications. OpticalCEUs is offering seven courses at the Grand Pequot Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Sunday, November 2.

Our Lecturers
For 15 years Linda Conlin, an NAO Fellow Ambassador, has provided continuing education and training for opticians at the state and national level. She is ABO and NCLE certified, licensed in CT, MA and RI, and has written for 20/20 and EyeWitness magazines. She is the former chair of Connecticut's Board of Examiners.

Deborah Kotob, Vision-Ease's ECP Education Facilitator, creates and presents ABO-, NCLE-, and JCAHPO-approved optical and best practices seminars. The Massachusetts-licensed optician has owned two optical businesses and was a sales representative for MODO and Luxottica. Deborah has achieved ABOM and NCLE certifications. She lectured at Vision Expo West 2014.

Joe Forte, the director of contact lens services for Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, lectured at CUNY Tech, Vision Expo and Optifair. As program director for the Interboro Institute College of Opticianry, he taught courses in about contact lenses and optics.

DirectionsFoxwoods is located at 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT 06338, on Route 2 between I-395 and I-95. Valet parking is free. For accommodations, call Foxwoods at 1-800 PLAY BIG. Overnight reservations are not associated with the seminar.

Fashion Designers Recognize Eyewear

"The Council of Fashion Designers of America has created a new group, the Eyewear Designers of the CFDA, which aims to boost the profile of the eyewear sector," according to Women's Wear Daily. "The Eyewear Designers of the CFDA are: Robert Marc, Selima Optique’s Selima Salaun, L.A. Eyeworks’ Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi, Focus Group West’s Blake Kuwahara, Optical Affairs’ Christian Roth, Illesteva’s Daniel Silverman, Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Oliver Peoples’ Larry Leight and Barton Perreira’s Patty Perreira." Read more.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Why the Affordable Care Act Does Not Cover Vision

“ will reopen for business on Nov. 15, welcoming millions of Americans to an insurance marketplace that offers medical plans and dental coverage. No one will be shopping for separate eye-care plans, an exclusion that roils companies that sell vision insurance. Even though they aren’t getting new customers, vision insurers still have to pay the Affordable Care Act’s tax on health insurance providers. Why did vision get left out of Obamacare?” asks Business Week. “The answer reveals a lot about the rabbit hole of bureaucracy and political gridlock that’s responsible for so much of American public policy in 2014. Vision plans were originally intended to be part of the exchanges when the ACA was being drafted, says Rob Lynch, chief executive of VSP Global, a vision plan that covers eye care for 67 million Americans. Lawmakers became concerned about how subsidies to help people afford coverage would be split among medical, dental, and visual providers, so glasses got left out. But eye-care plans remained subject to the tax on health insurers. When VSP paid the fee last week, the levy amounted to $25 million. In a letter to the Internal Revenue Service along with the payment, VSP’s general counsel said the company intends to seek a refund.” Read more.

New Eyewear by Mothersbaugh for Devo


“Mark Mothersbaugh is perhaps best known as the faintly cyborg front man for Devo, whose cybernetic synthesis of the organic and the electronic (not to mention their pointed critiques of consumerist culture) now seem—36 years since Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was first released—astoundingly prescient,” according to a post on Entertainment Weekly. “On the side, he’s composed and recorded soundtracks for dozens of movies, TV shows, and video games, scoring everything from Rushmore to Rugrats, as well as creating an impressive body of visual art. His latest venture is a line of frames that he designed alongside eyewear mogul Shane Baum, who calls him ‘a childhood hero’ and ‘an insanely creative guy.’” Read more.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Eyewear from Eastern States

“Eastern States Eyewear has announced the release of Jaguar Eyewear’s fall optical collection. The new introduction includes styles from Jaguar’s classic collection in addition to the youthful Jaguar Spirit and Performance lines,” according to . “The release demonstrates Jaguar’s ability to utilize a mix of metal materials. Along with two titanium styles, the collection boasts three styles created primarily with stainless steel and one more in monel. As different metals lend themselves to different design features, this focus on materials enables Jaguar to provide consumers with the greatest degree of comfort and style possible. There will also be two acetate styles for the season as well.” Read more.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

3 Dozen States Not to Receive Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance

"A federal district judge in Oklahoma dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, ruling that the federal government could not subsidize health insurance in three dozen states that refused to establish their own marketplaces. This appears to increase the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the issue," reports the New York Times. "Federal appeals courts in Washington and in Richmond, Va., split on this question in July. Judge Ronald A. White of the Federal District Court in Muskogee, Okla., said Tuesday that a rule issued by the Obama administration allowing subsidies in the 36 states was arbitrary and capricious, in excess of statutory authority or simply 'an invalid implementation' of the 2010 health care law. The ruling, if ultimately upheld, could cut off financial assistance for more than 4.5 million people who were found eligible for subsidized insurance in the federal exchange, or marketplace. However, the judge stayed the effect of his decision to allow for an appeal, and Emily Pierce, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said the federal government would file one." Read more.

ACA does not provide subsidized vision care for adults but it does for children.

New Eyewear from Modern Optical

"Big Men’s Eyewear Club (BMEC) is Modern Optical’s very popular collection for larger men. BMEC offers masculine styling, quality construction, and great value to a segment of the population that is significantly underserved. Designed to maximize comfort, sizes range from 52mm to 62mm and longer temples now measure up to 160mm," according to a Midwest Lens post. "Materials include stainless steel, handmade Zyl, metal trim, spring hinges and silicone nose pads. With over 50 styles to choose from, ECPs can offer the big guy great eyewear choices." Read more.