#MaskFashion Proves That Staying Safe Can Be Super Chic

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Wearing a face mask is a part of life that we’re all beginning to settle into. While there’s no question that wearing a mask isn’t the most comfortable or fun thing in the world, there’s also no question that it’s a vital way to help keep those we interact with—and ourselves—safe and healthy. A face mask is, of course, medical and safety equipment first—but that doesn’t mean we have to throw our fashion sense out the door while wearing one. Read More

Review of Optometry: He Kept His Eye on the Ball

By Staff
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:30 AM A 44-year-old male presented to the office for a routine eye exam. He reported that his vision was fine at distance but that he now needed reading glasses. He denied previous surgery or any history of glaucoma, but he did say he incurred a blunt trauma—hit in the face with a football—to his right eye three years earlier. He denied systemic diseases and allergies of any kind. His best-corrected entering visual acuities were 20/20 OD and 20/20 OS at distance and near. Refraction uncovered mild hyperopia with presbyopia measuring +0.50/+1.75 OU. His external examination was unremarkable with no evidence of afferent pupillary defect. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Telemedicine

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:00 AM Telemedicine had been on eyecare professionals’ radar for years before the unexpected stay-at-home directives and social distancing measures put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, suddenly, ECPs were clamoring for information and implementation of telemedicine so they could continue seeing patients who were no longer permitted access to their practices. The government even relaxed HIPAA rules so patients and practitioners alike could comfortably interact electronically yet remotely without fear of breaking the rules. As practices slowly and safely reopen with social distancing still a concern, practicing telemedicine remains a goal of ECPs albeit to a lesser degree. Still, the need to get paid for a telemedicine visit has always been a primary concern of ECPs before, during and presumably after this pandemic. Read More

What Are You Reading? The Optical Community Has a Stack of Recommendations to Consider

By Mark Tosh
Monday, July 13, 2020 1:00 PM NEW YORK—Many of us set out with ambitious summer reading lists, but then reality sets in and we end August with the same stack of books on the nightstand that piled up there on Memorial Day weekend. Well, this summer may turn out to be—unfortunately—the summer when a new reality sets in and that stack of books we want to read isn’t quite high enough. Or only half high enough. Well, it’s still early in July and there’s always hope that things take a turn for the better, finally, in 2020. In the meantime, there are plenty of good books out there to help wile away the time. Here’s a look at what our colleagues are reading this summer, and it’s certainly a list that has a little bit of everything for everyone. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: What's Normal, What's Not?

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 AM Emmetropisation is a process by which the components of the eye change/develop to achieve the ideal refractive state where vision is optimal for far objects. In human newborns, the refractive state of the eye is that of hyperopia of approximately +2.00D; this hyperopia reduces in magnitude over time until the eye becomes emmetropic. It is said that eye growth is rapid in the initial years, with the eye achieving 90 percent of adult proportions by the age of 3-4 years; after that, the growth decelerates and continues at a slower pace until around 6-8 years. The changes in eye growth involve all the major determinants of refractive power, including corneal curvature, axial length, and the crystalline lens. Read More

Do You Know an Eyecare Hero? Nominate Them Today

By Staff
Friday, July 10, 2020 3:01 PM NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. The #EyecareHeroes initiative enabled participating companies to join with the Jobson Optical Group, including Vision Monday and 20/20, to donate to Project C.U.R.E., a charitable organization that distributes medical supplies, such as PPE, to health care practitioners in the U.S As part of the initiative, Jobson Optical Group, with the support of many industry suppliers, has made a donation to Project C.U.R.E. Together, let's continue to thank ECPs by showcasing their efforts. Nominate an Eyecare Hero by clicking here, which will take you to our Eyecare Heroes landing page. Read More

VM's News Quiz for the Week of June 28: Fireworks Safety, Sleep Patterns and National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:38 PM
Did you follow the optical news last week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. Last week's quiz takes a look at the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight, changes in our sleep patterns and celebrating National Sunglasses Day. Click here to take the quiz for the week of June 28. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.  Read More
 

20/20 Europe: Design Eyewear Group

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:30 AM Design Eyewear Group’s Lars Flyvholm has spoken out about being part of the bigger picture during the COVID-19 crisis and how DEG is helping its stakeholders, while planning for the journey ahead into the future. “Like so many other companies, we've been largely affected by the global lockdown and have had to make the necessary changes throughout the company, globally,” he said in a July 1 announcement. “ At the end of the day, we expect to come out of this an even stronger business partner than before pertaining to our suppliers and our many partners all over the world.” Read More

20/20 Magazine: Beyond Brain Freeze-Visually Induced Trigeminal Dysphoria

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:00 AM Trigeminal dysphoria—wait, what? I admit the first time I heard the words trigeminal dysphoria, I was both intimidated and intrigued. (And yes, I had to practice its pronunciation!) Let me give an example of trigeminal dysphoria that we can all relate too—brain freeze! This sharp headache occurs when there is a sudden change in temperature when we drink or eat something cold like ice cream, which excites the neural feedback loop to the trigeminal nerve and causes the sensation of pain. What does this have to do with eyes? Read More

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation. Read More

Review of Optometry: Why Dry Eye Hangs in the Balance

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:30 AM The past 10,000 years have given rise to many changes in our nutritional environment, with enormous implications. A less varied diet and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has led to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and many cancers.1 Today’s Western diet includes too many dietary grains and fatty foods and not enough fruits, vegetables and proteins. As a result, the number of omega-6 fatty acids in our diet are significantly higher while the amount of omega-3 fatty acids continues to decrease. Read More

Women In Optometry: A Passion For Problem-Solving

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 5:59 PM On her second date with the man who would become her husband, Tanya Gill, OD, says she told him that she always wanted to invent something. That dream coincided with an incident when a patient came to Dr. Gill, extremely unhappy with her current contact lenses. Dr. Gill found a problem with the patient’s story: it wasn’t the lenses, it was the amount of makeup buildup on them. When the patient expressed how difficult it was to find a makeup remover that met her demands: vegan, cruelty-free, perfume-free, gluten-free and the like, Dr. Gill promised to find her a solution. After visiting Whole Foods and finding nothing that fit, Dr. Gill knew the way to get something done was to make it herself, and she knew where she wanted to start. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Rule Changes for PPP Loan Forgiveness

By Staff
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:00 PM The Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its forgiveness guidelines for small business owners who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are great financial rewards to obtaining full forgiveness of the PPP loans that sustained your practice during the lockdown.

Say 'Cheese' for Your #SunglassesSelfie—It’s National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:00 PM NEW YORK—Happy National Sunglasses Day! Every year on June 27, the optical community comes together to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, a day meant to promote the importance of UV protective eyewear for overall health. The holiday, promoted by The Vision Council, is a reminder that sunglasses are both a fashion statement and a health necessity—especially this year, as millions of people across the country spend more time outside in parks, beaches, and backyards due to COVID-19Read More

Indie OD’s Clever Face Mask Solution Sparks New Designer Fashion

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:00 PM NORWALK, Conn.—As independents across the country head back to work under new rules and regulations, masks are becoming a familiar, and somewhat comforting, sight. Although it felt a little unusual and perhaps post-apocalyptic to see everyone wearing masks at first, it has now become clear that wearing a face covering is a necessary act of kindness toward others—a way to let the people you interact with know that you care about keeping them safe and healthy. Read More