How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

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Friday, August 23, 2019 3:16 PM It's easy to let our sleep schedules slip after a weekend. Whether it's staying up late to watch something like SNL or sleeping in for breakfast in bed, weekends and days off often present us with easy opportunities to mess up our sleep schedules. But is having a regimented sleep schedule that important, really? And what happens if we mess it up? And how long do we really need to sleep each night? The answers to these questions vary from person to person, but the National Institute of Heath has some good guidelines worth following. Head over to the NIH to see how much sleep you should be getting, and why getting that amount is so important for your overall health and wellness.  

FDA Recalls Visibly’s Online Vision Test

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:20 AM CHICAGO—More than three years after the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began scrutinizing Visibly’s controversial online refractive vision test, the agency has issued a recall for the test, posing a major threat to Visibly’s venture into ocular telehealth. On August 8, the FDA issued a Class 2 Device Recall for the test. According to the FDA document, “The Visibly Online Refractive Vision Test is being recalled since the firm has not received authorization from FDA to market the product.”

FDA Recalls Visibly’s Online Vision Test

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:12 AM Visibly's online vision test is recalled, VSP Ventures makes acquisition, Pearle and NEXCOM bring optical to naval bases, Giefer named CEO of Modo and MyEyeDr. acquires Wing Eyecare all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

VSP Ventures Acquires EyeZone’s Six Optometry Practices

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:09 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures has announced the acquisition of EyeZone, a six location optometry practice in Nevada. Founded in 2004 by Daniel Rowan, OD, EyeZone serves Northern Nevada, with locations in West Reno, Midtown, South Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Lake Tahoe.  All locations will continue to operate under the EyeZone brand, an announcement said. “With an unwavering focus on patient care and commitment to their community, the EyeZone team is a shining example ofwhat a top-notch eyecare and eyewear experience looks like,” said Steve Baker, president of VSP Ventures. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the VSP Ventures family.”  

Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:06 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered in a program that will bring Pearle optical retail centers to naval bases.

Rebecca Giefer Named CEO of Modo Americas

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:03 AM NEW YORK—Following a 15-year tenure at the company, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

MyEyeDr. Acquires Wing Eyecare

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Friday, August 23, 2019 11:00 AM VIENNA, Va. and CINCINNATI—MyEyeDr. has acquired Wing Eyecare, the 21-location practice which has been serving the greater Cincinnati area for over 100 years.

REMOTE POSSIBILITES: New Business Models Unlock Telemedicine’s Potential for Eyecare

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Friday, August 23, 2019 10:03 AM Many different forms of ocular telemedicine—also referred to as ocular telehealth—have emerged in the past few years. They create a dynamic but fragmented market in which different business models and service offerings compete for consumer dollars and buy-in from eyecare professionals. The proliferation of ocular telehealth options and the growing investment in the category leaves little doubt that it is gaining momentum, VM has learned for this special Megatrend report. To understand what’s driving this segment of the vision care market, and why it’s gradually gaining traction with consumers, VM spoke with some of the leading players in ocular telemedicine as well as eyecare practitioners and optical retailers who offer this service. Read More 

20/20 Europe: Retrosuperfuture Partners With Italian brand United Standard

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Friday, August 23, 2019 10:00 AM Retrosuperfuture presents a partnership with Italian brand United Standard, described as one of the freshest and most innovative contemporary realities in the street culture scene. Conceived, orchestrated and designed by Giorgio Di Salvo, United Standard is redefining Italian streetwear with its raw language marked by utilitarian shapes, aesthetic brutalism and bold graphic communication. The collaboration collection features a streamlined design that interprets the contemporary sportswear references and ultrafast visual style according to the statement about the release. Read More

Kidz Biz Special Feature: Framing the Future

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Friday, August 23, 2019 10:00 AM As kids head into another school year, parents, teachers and the students themselves all want to ensure that everyone puts their best foot forward come September. For many young students, eyewear is an essential piece of the back-to-school puzzle. The right eyewear helps kids see correctly so they can achieve their goals, but the perfect pair of frames also brings confidence, personality and fun to the every day. This year, Vision Monday’s Kidz Biz eyewear special feature shows just how diverse and exciting kids eyewear can be. Today’s styles are dynamic, playful, and most importantly, durable, to stand up to kids’ bustling, rough-and-tumble daily schedules.

IU Optometry's Tweet for 8-24-19

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Vision Source's Tweet for 8-24-19

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Italians and Contact Lenses

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:25 AM Doxa-CooperVision surveyed more than 2,000 Italians, and discovered that, apart from the fear of using them (30 percent are afraid to put them in and take them out by themselves) and the practicality of glasses (34 percent), one of the most frequent reasons is that they have never considered the idea of wearing contact lenses (32 percent).

FDA Approves New Paragon Contact Lens Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:19 AM PHOENIX—The FDA has approved Paragon Vision Science’s newly constructed contact lens manufacturing site in suburban Phoenix, “paving the way for the company’s ongoing domestic and global expansion,” according to a CooperVision announcement Thursday. Paragon is part of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. The facility in Gilbert, Ariz., will produce advanced ortho-k products, including Paragon CRT for use in the U.S. The new site is more than double the size of the company’s current plant in nearby Mesa, Ariz., according to the announcement. The Mesa location will continue to fabricate lenses for global markets after U.S. production is transferred to Gilbert over the next several months.

VSP Eyes of Hope and GLAM4GOOD Provide Assistance to Survivors of California’s Camp Fire

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:17 AM PARADISE, CALIF.—As schools reopened in Paradise for the first time since the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, VSP Eyes of Hope and GLAM4GOOD hosted an “unforgettable back-to-school experience for 300 students and teachers, many of whom lost everything in the Camp Fire,” according to a VSP announcement earlier this week. Many residents have been so focused on rebuilding their lives that they have had to deprioritize items like new clothing and eyecare, including relying on out-of-date prescriptions or just doing without glasses at all, the announcement noted.