How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

By Staff
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.  

How to Dispose of Your Contacts and Still Stay Friendly to the Environment

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 23, 2019 2:49 PM I’ve been a contact lens wearer for over 40 years. I started out wearing contacts that lasted several months and eventually graduated to daily disposable lenses, attracted by their comfort and no fuss maintenance. But looking back, I cringe to think of how many lenses and blister packs I’ve thrown away over the years. Every morning, after inserting my contacts, I put the blister packs in recycling and at night I throw my lenses in the garbage (NOT down the sink or toilet). According to the American Optometric Association, I am one of 45 million people in the U.S. who wear contact lenses. But after researching this feature, I have to ask myself—is there something more I could be doing when it comes to disposing of those used contact lenses. In a word, the answer is yes.

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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 7:00 AM

Vision Source's Tweet for 8-24-19

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 7:00 AM

Increased Accessibility for Google Docs

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:24 PM When it comes to making the internet more accessible for everyone, we all still have a ways to go. Earlier this week, Google announced a new step in their journey toward this total accessibility: making Google Docs' Live Edits compatible with screen readers and Braille displays. Head over to Gizmodo to learn how to set up the new Google Docs feature, which will make Docs that much more accessible for visually impaired people. 

When the Moon Hits Your Eye

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:03 AM Remember Dean Martin’s big hit, That’s Amore? Who could forget a song that starts, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Dino was neither an astronomer nor a pizzaiolo, but he was clearly onto something when he made the moon-eye connection in the early 1950s. It turns out that lenses and lens makers have played an integral role in moon exploration. On the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, two optical brands are celebrating their contributions to the historic Apollo space missions. One of these brands is Carl Zeiss, which hosted a party this year at Vision Expo in New York with the theme “Moon Light Rock-it,” a reference to the pivotal role Zeiss camera lenses, often in conjunction with Hasselblad cameras, played in space exploration. The other brand, Revo, is participating as a gold sponsor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing. Read More 

Review of Optometry: Not Covered? No Problem

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:00 AM Today’s health care system is a fickle beast, and the challenges of navigating the payor system can be overwhelming. But you can always get paid for what you do. If you ever write a charge off to a zero balance, you are not taking full advantage of the rules that exist to get paid. Consult with your billing department and spot check your EOBs to make sure they aren’t writing off patient balances. This is where understanding the rules that govern the financial waivers of liability is crucial. A financial waiver of liability is an informed consent document you use when you expect a patient’s insurance will not cover a procedure or durable medical equipment (DME) such as eyeglass frames and lenses. Read More 

#WeShareIt for 8-24-19

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 AM Cozy up with these funky eyeball pillows this weekend and sneak in a little shut-eye. You can grab this week’s #WeShareIt from Pebble-Pillows

Insta-Pick for 8-24-19

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 AM

Spreading The Word About Lifesaving Eye Exams

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:28 PM Although it may seem like a no-brainer to those of us within the optical industry, many people all around the world don't realize just how important getting their routine eye exam is. Because an eye exam can give a window into your overall health, it's vital that we do our best to share as many stories as we can to show how an eye exam can improve, change, or even save a patient's life. Recently, Oprah's O Magazine shared the story of Sharon Karriem, an unsuspecting woman who's life was literally saved by her annual eye exam. Head over to Oprah Mag to learn Sharon's story as a reminder of just how important it is to visit an ECP every year.

Kidz Biz Special Feature: Framing the Future

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:03 AM As summer winds down, the back-to-school season inevitably picks up. 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. Read More 

Women In Optometry: Memories Revisited and a Vision Refined for Texas OD

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:00 AM Audrey Raley, OD, cherishes many happy memories she has of being a child in New Braunfels, Texas, with her friends and her grandmother. The historic, German community often has fun, live music events going on and was adjacent to the town of Gruene, home of the oldest Texas dance hall. She said, “It’s very vivacious, and New Braunfels has the same ‘support local’ vibe as Austin,” which is about an hour away. As Dr. Raley researched the best home for her new practice in April 2018, New Braunfels rose to become the top contender. “I knew it was somewhere I would be happy long-term,” she said. Raley contacted Xite Realty, which specializes in medical leases and provided invaluable market research as she narrowed the search. Dr. Raley wanted a brand-new space to build out, and Xite helped her find the perfect spot. Read More