Newly Formed Mitsui Subsidiary to Revive PixelOptics Electronic Eyewear

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:24 AM SAN JOSE, Calif.—When the PixelOptics company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November, 2013, the future of the company’s pioneering electronic, autofocusing eyewear technology was uncertain. Now, a year later, a newly formed Mitsui subsidiary called Whole You, Inc., led by CEO Yasunori Nishiyama  is preparing to reintroduce and reposition an improved version of PixelOptics eyewear.

Dynamically Digital Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:15 AM The digitization of eyewear has been gathering momentum since the start of the millennium. That’s when the first digitally designed and manufactured progressive lenses were introduced. For roughly the past 10 years—let’s call it The Digital Decade—eyeglass wearers have been enjoying the benefits of these high performance lenses, which deliver sharper vision and expanded fields of view.

New Study Shows Car Drivers’ Performance With Adlens Adjustables

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 AM OXFORD, U.K.—Car drivers perform at the same level whether they wear Adlens adjustable focus eyewear perform or prescription eyewear, according to a new research study conducted by Adlens and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Visionworks Warns 75,000 Customers of Lost Database Server

By Staff
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:21 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Visionworks is notifying as many as 75,000 of the national retail chain’s customers that it has learned of an incident that may involve personal information of individuals who received services at its Jennifer Square, Annapolis, Md., location.

Karlsrud Contact Center Solutions Relaunches Telecare Support Services

By Staff
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS— Karlsrud Contact Center Solutions (KCCS), formerly 6 Calls, the first telephone support company owned, operated and staffed by veterans of the optical industry, has announced the official relaunch of their Telecare service.

Modernizing Medicine Closes on $15M Funding for Cloud-Based EMR, Including Ophthalmology-Specific System

By Staff
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:24 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.— Modernizing Medicine, Inc., creator of the cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) system known as the Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA), has closed on approximately $15M of an expected $20M funding round.

Dynamically Digital Refraction

By Cheryl G. Murphy, OD
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:04 AM The refractor or phoropter has been a long-standing symbol of eye exams and optometry. But in recent years noteworthy advances have been made in the realm of refraction and to the phoropter itself. These innovations are changing the face of the exam room and the way in which subjective refractions are performed.

Dynamically Digital Frames

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:02 AM Did you know that eyewear frames are one of the best examples of digital technology in a fashion world?

Dynamically Digital Lenses

By Andrew S. Bruce, LDO, ABOM
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:02 AM The countless “buzz” words introduced by lens manufacturers to market the latest generation of ophthalmic lenses can be intentionally, and unnecessarily overwhelming. Let’s take a look at digital and free-form lenses in more detail and define some of the associated terminology, in addition to comparing a random selection of designs from a few of the many digital lens manufacturers.

Dynamically Digital Finishing

By Barry Santini
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:01 AM Where’s the pattern for this frame?” Even opticians with just a few years experience in a finishing lab will remember this question all too well. Those were the days when lens finishing was a simple affair, with glass lenses still comprising a fair percentage of the lab’s weekly orders.

How to Use Video to Help Grow Your Practice

By Bob Main
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM The thought of creating a video can be a scary concept and a daunting task, especially to someone who has never done it. But the positive impact video can have within your website and Facebook page can be significant.

Marchon’s Lab Provides Accounts With One-Stop Shopping

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM MELVILLE, N.Y.—Frame manufacturers typically distribute their products through optical laboratories, but seldom if ever own and operate a lab themselves.

Mei Opens Facility in Brazil

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM SAO PAULO, Brazil—Mei, the Italian manufacturer of milling equipment for optical labs, has opened a facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil to better serve customers in South and Central America. The facility, the company’s first in South America, houses a sales office, warehouse and demonstration area.

Oakley Intros Contrast-Boosting Sunlens With Prizm

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM FOOTHILLS RANCH, Calif.—Oakley is introducing Prizm, a sunlens that is engineered to increase contrast by boosting specific colors where the eye has peak sensitivity to detail and blocking the rest of the light. The result is enhanced visibility of detail and contours that are not washed out as they are with traditional lenses, according to Oakley.

Quest Vision Makes Glass Lenses a Specialty

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM LARGO, Fla.—As the market for glass lenses has declined in recent years, many optical laboratories have abandoned processing prescriptions in glass. But that situation has created an opportunity for Quest Vision Care, a specialty lab located in Largo, Fla. that is looking to fill that niche.