EYESPOT Chestnut Hill Makes Independence the Height of Luxury

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:57 PM CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.—For independent optical boutique EYESPOT, it’s all about luxury. Founded in 2010 by ophthalmologist Jorge Arroyo, EYESPOT calls Chestnut Hill—one of Massachusetts’ most expensive zip codes—its home, and the practice operates on the goal of providing its community with “the highest level of medical and aesthetic attention,” said Melaine Cabral, LDO, managing optician. “Luxury eyewear is essential to the EYESPOT brand,” Cabral told Vision Monday. In store, EYESPOT offers “the most fashion-forward eyewear from around the world,” which includes frames from companies such as Krewe, Oliver Goldsmith, Lafont, Lindberg and more. Read More.

20/20 Magazine: Independent Spirit

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:54 PM The vibe existing between independent eyewear retailers is as unique as it is intense. And that wave of personalized attitudes continues to grow through to all reaches of the optical arena. It is fueled by the spirit of independence a patient feels when embracing eyewear for eyewear’s sake…and the heritage of that eyewear, as it defines a true sense of individualism. Get totally in the “spirit” of the times with these special independent eyewear brands built on stories well worth telling in this feature from 20/20 Magazine. Read More.

Add Some Optical Treats to Your Memorial Day Celebration

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:42 PM NEW YORK—With Memorial Day just around the corner, many of us are thinking about summer parties already. Planning a Memorial Day celebration can be overwhelming. There’s so much to take into account: the guest list, the food, the decorations, the drinks. Thankfully for all us optical-nerds, there’s no shortage of fun ways to inject a little optical joy into our parties alongside the abundance of American flags, and getting the party planning out of the way early means more time to relax and commemorate this Memorial Day Weekend, which is as good a reason as any to get shopping now. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite optical treats to help make your Memorial Day, no matter what you’re planning, stand out. Read More.

Review of Optometry: What Snellen Ain’t Tellin’

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:39 PM Oftentimes in practice, we encounter patients who subjectively report changes to their vision—but we then check their acuities and find no measurable difference in Snellen acuity. In these cases, we should consider an alternative measurement of vision quality: contrast sensitivity (CS). This brief, cost-effective screening tool can help us reveal factors relevant to their overall quality of vision. Measuring visual acuity alone, using black letters on a white background, may not be completely representative of a patient’s ability to perform their normal activities of daily living. There is also evidence that CS testing can provide early detection of ocular diseases, even before visual acuity or other entrance tests are affected. Find out more about contrast sensitivity testing in this feature from Review of Optometry. Read More.

LAST CHANCE! Nominate by This Wednesday Night for 2019 Most Influential Women in Optical Nominations

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Monday, May 20, 2019 3:59 PM NEW YORK—There is one final extension for the deadlines for people to submit their nominations to be considered for VM's Most Influential Women in Optical. Nominations will be accepted until May 22 at 11:59 p.m. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 17th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. For this year’s Annual Report, please consider women who are making a difference in these four categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators. Read More.

Review of Optometric Business: Getting Patients to Talk About Their Eye Health Experience

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Monday, May 20, 2019 3:56 PM Eyecare practitioners are trained to make evidence-based decisions about how to treat patients, according to Monica Johnsonbaugh, OD. Yet some of that evidence can be hard to get. A survey done by Bausch + Lomb and Kadence International highlights the degree to which patients withhold some important details about their eye health. Among patients who reported occasional episodes of blurry, changing or fluctuating vision, 62 percent said they didn’t tell their ECP, according to the survey. The numbers are even higher for patients with occasional tired eyes or eye strain — 74 percent of those patients in the survey said nothing to their ECP. One reason patients might be tight-lipped is that they sometimes blame themselves. Patients cite reasons such as spending too much time at a brightly lit computer screen or just having sensitive eyes. Learn more about opening up the lines of communication with patients in this feature from Review of Optometric Business. Read More.

For Bella Vision, Community and Vision Therapy Are a Perfect Match

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Friday, May 17, 2019 3:05 PM SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Like many independent practices, Bella Vision, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is homegrown. Janet Monaco Wilson, OD, FCOVD, founded the practice in 2014, after years of practicing throughout the state. Opening an independent practice meant moving closer to home for Dr. Wilson, who earned her degree from the Southern College of Optometry, but her vision was more involved than that. “I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of practice modalities—including corporate, multidisciplinary and private practices,” Dr. Wilson told Vision Monday. “When I moved to Spartanburg, I wanted to create an upscale private practice that did not necessarily fall into any of the above criteria. I want our patients to feel welcome, in a clean, friendly environment, and be able to access the latest in eyecare while also having the opportunity for a unique eyewear shopping experience.” Read More.

Women In Optometry: Age-Appropriate Screen Time Limitations for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

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Friday, May 17, 2019 3:02 PM When a child reaches the toddler stage, things can get a little tricky when it comes to limiting screen time access. If you haven’t noticed yet, you’re about to learn that your digital device is one of a toddler’s favorite toys, if not her absolute favorite. As always, it’s important to stay in control as a parent. At this point, you can now start to pick and choose ways to introduce a toddler to the different functions of your digital device, but it’s best not to give her free reign. However, in this wonderful time of toddlerhood, parents still should limit baby’s access to tech-time. I’m sure you’re just waiting to dive right into the thousands of games and apps designed for toddlers, but do your best to exercise caution. Toddlers still need real-time experiences to vastly overshadow tech-time experiences. Find out more about screen time limitations in this feature from Women In Optometry by Dr. Maria Pribis. Read More.

E-Book Details On-Site SEO for Eye Doctors

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:49 PM NEW YORK—When close to 30 percent of patients and consumers are researching eyecare conditions, providers and eyewear questions online, even before they decide what to do or where to go (estimates from a recent VisionWatch report from The Vision Council), it's clear that learning how to maximize the position and visibility of your practice's website on the major search engines is extremely important today. A free e-book from EyeCarePro sets out to provide a primer on the subject. On-site search engine optimization (SEO) for eyecare, helps ECPs better understand the principles and tactics that can help a site make it to the first page of Google Search. Read More.

20/20 Magazine: The Future of Lenses

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:46 PM I won’t pretend to understand nanotechnology but I am curious to know more about an intriguing technology that could revolutionize lens optics. Imagine a future where eyeglasses are made with lenses thinner than a sheet of paper and with no color dispersion and no time-consuming surfacing or polishing. Currently under development are flat lenses made of “pixels” or “meta-atoms.” The flat meta-lenses that Columbia Engineers have developed are fabricated with a 2-D planar fabrication technique similar to that used to fabricate computer chips but simpler. Computer chips use multiple layers while the flat meta-lenses only use one layer of nanostructures. Find out more about this new technology for lenses in this column from 20/20 Magazine’s Deborah Kotob. Read More.

Are You Involved in the First Myopia Awareness Week? It's May 13 to 19

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:37 PM LAKEWOOD, Colo.—This week is the first Myopia Awareness Week running from May 13 to 19 and it is designed to build awareness about myopia among eyecare professionals and to inspire action in caregivers to protect their children's vision. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the Brien Holden Vision Institute are collaborating on the initiative and encouraging others to join in. “We know that almost half the world’s population will be myopic by the year 2050, with nearly one billion people in the high myopia category. Myopia Awareness Week is about getting people talking about myopia in homes and optometry practices around the world,” stated WCO president, Dr. Scott Mundle. Read More.

Review of Ophthalmology: Calcium Intake and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:34 PM In a recently published study, a secondary analysis of patients enrolled in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study was conducted to determine whether an association exists between dietary and supplementary calcium intake and age-related macular degeneration. Emily Chew, MD, director of the division of epidemiology and clinical applications at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health, conducted the retrospective analysis. She said studies have suggested calcium might play a role in macular degeneration, so she wanted to see if it had any effect on the disease. “We were not only interested in dietary intake of calcium, but also supplementary intake since it’s common, particularly for women with osteoporosis, to be taking calcium supplements,” said Dr. Chew. Find out more about the study’s findings in this feature from Review of Ophthalmology. Read More.

Haris Mirza Is Your Future ‘Baby Eye Doctor’

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:30 PM Haris Mirza is a first-generation Pakistani-American who is a second-year optometry student at the Western University of Health Sciences. Born and raised in California, Mirza’s love for the field has been growing over the years and was only fueled during his undergraduate studies when he took cognitive psychology and philosophy classes and started to view our ability to see differently. “Optometry has been a fundamental part of my life for over one decade. It became evident to me that vision plays a vital role not only in how we see the world, but also how we perceive it. I found that there was a place for optometry in a way I had not seen before, in so many different fields of study. It was then I became hooked,” Mirza said. Read More.

Review of Optometry: Is Iontophoresis the Wave of the Future?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:27 PM For years, researchers looked for ways to maximize the effects of topical treatments for chronic ocular conditions such as dry eye and uveitis. While eye drops are simple in theory, in practice they come with a host of issues that hamper their efficacy. A novel drug delivery system that uses a small electrical current—known as iontophoresis—may soon reduce these limitations by allowing eyecare practitioners to achieve topical delivery of concentrated medication through a simple, in-office process. Find out how a low-level electrical current may turbo-charge topical drug delivery to the eye in this feature from Review of Optometry. Read More.

Here’s to You Mom

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Monday, May 13, 2019 2:53 PM The joys of motherhood were front and center last week as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan and Harry, welcomed their own bundle of joy into the world. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his entrance into the royal family on Monday amid much fanfare as his arrival lit up the Twitter-verse. But this past Sunday, it wasn’t just the royals celebrating motherhood as millions of Americans paid homage to their moms on Mother’s Day. This modern holiday was first celebrated in 1908 by a woman in West Virginia named Anna Jarvis who wanted to honor her late mother, a peace activist during the Civil War. Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Read More.