World Sight Day Festivities Raise Dollars, Commitments to Eye Tests and Advocacy for Raising Awareness for Eyecare Access as UN Diplomats Mark World Sight Day

By Staff
Friday, October 15, 2021 9:03 AM NEW YORK—In events and communications that spanned the world, World Sight Day 2021, Oct. 14, enabled many eyecare professionals, companies, NGOs and volunteer organizations to contribute to a crescendo of messaging about the importance of preserving sight with annual sight tests and advancing the need to provide access to more than one billion people around the world suffering from preventable vision loss. To mark the day, key United Nations (UN) diplomats joined together with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Global World Sight Day partner OneSight, for a special sight screening. Read More

20/20 Magazine: The Aging Eye—Vision Impairment and Cognitive Decline

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Friday, October 15, 2021 9:00 AM Can declining vision in the elderly be associated with cognitive decline? A recent article in The New York Times reported on a study published in JAMA Open Network indicating just that. The study used data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging for 2003 to 2019. The more than 1,200 participants in the study were aged 60 to 94 years. Visual function was evaluated for acuity, contrast sensitivity and stereo acuity. Cognitive function was evaluated for language, memory, attention, executive function and visuospatial ability (the ability to identify visual and spatial relationships among objects). Read More

On World Sight Day, Millions Take #LoveYourEyes Pledge, EssilorLuxottica Launches PutVisionFirst Website, CooperVision Highlights Myopia and J&J Shares 2nd Global Eye Health Survey

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:09 PM NEW YORK—The 21st anniversary of World Sight Day arrived and on Oct. 14, millions around the world have pledged to support the global #LoveYourEyes campaign designed to build awareness for the need for eyecare and access to adequate eyewear for more than one billion people. As of VMAIL's deadline on Oct. 13, the International Agency to Prevent Blindness (IAPB) reported that more than three million people committed to get sight tests for World Sight Day as the global pandemic takes a toll on global vision. Eye tests have been carried out at landmarks around the world including Mount Everest, Gateway to India, Santa Barbara beach, Tower Bridge, and more to raise awareness. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Inmates Running the Asylum

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:03 PM The basic premise of being a physician is to use your knowledge and expertise to help patients be healthier and enjoy life by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. In order to do that, our patients need to trust what we say and do, and join with us in implementing our suggestions. It’s a voluntary contract, one which requires both sides to execute their part of the deal. All too often though, patients don’t go along with the plan. Read More

CooperVision Launches New Myopia Education Campaign for U.S. Parents

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:02 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, a leader in myopia management, announced a new U.S. education initiative called “Take Control: Myopia & You” to increase awareness of the disease and encourage parents to schedule eye exams for their young children. Childhood myopia has been increasing in prevalence and severity in recent decades, a trend that may have been exacerbated by increased time spent on screens and other “near work” indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company’s announcement Tuesday. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Graduating Patients From Myopia Management

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:56 PM As myopia management becomes more common, we often get the question from parents, “how long does my child need to do this treatment?” While research on discontinuation of myopia management is still in its infancy, we know that a child’s refractive error will eventually stabilize, and they will no longer need myopia management. Therefore, a protocol should be developed to proactively stop myopia management and transition to traditional corrections. Read More

Wide-Ranging VM Summit Programs Tackle Consumer Trust, Remote Patient Monitoring, Fresh Retail Concepts and the Metaverse

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:05 AM NEW YORK—There's still time to register for the next virtual Vision Monday Leadership Summit sessions, the latest in the 2021 series, which will take place on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. These two dynamic sessions will bring together a range of speakers from outside the industry and within the eyecare and optical retail space who will examine how the global pandemic has rewritten the fundamental rules of customer/patient engagement for both retailers and healthcare providers. The upcoming sessions, themed "Retail and Healthcare: UPENDED! Ripping Up the Rulebook," will be broadcast initially from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST on those dates via a unique VM Summit virtual platform. Read More

20/20 Europe: Davidoff Eyewear Announced at MPG

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:00 AM MPG–The Eyewear Company confirmed the acquisition of the international license for Davidoff Eyewear, effective from Jan. 1, 2022. The two family-run companies are joining forces to focus on a successful future together in the creation of an eyewear collection, according to a statement. The Zino Davidoff Group was founded in 1980 to market luxury products, such as perfumes, leather goods and cognac, globally under the brand name Davidoff. MPG–The Eyewear Company, a firm that exports eyeglasses, frames and sunglasses to more than 70 countries, is an owner-operated company based in Austria. Read More

Seeds of Hope: Treating Eye Cancer With Precision Radiation

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Monday, October 11, 2021 2:07 PM For patients with eye cancer, University of Florida Health ophthalmology specialist Gibran S. Khurshid, MD, is sowing seeds of hope. In Khurshid’s case, those seeds are tiny particles of radioactive iodine. Attached to a gold implant about the size of a contact lens, the “seeds” deliver tightly focused radiation to eye cancer, oruveal melanoma, according to an announcement issued by the University. Khurshid, an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of ophthalmology, began doing the procedures earlier this year. The implant, known as a radioactive iodine plaque, is sewn onto the surface of the eye. It stays there for four days, delivering precise doses of radiation to the cancer. Read More

Review of Optometry: Retinal Surgery Has a Carbon Footprint

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Monday, October 11, 2021 1:53 PM Gas tamponade for retinal surgery isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think of greenhouse gas emissions, but a new study says that maybe it should. The study assessed the carbon footprint of different gas delivery methods in several U.K. hospital centers and found that there’s significant waste associated with large gas cylinders. The gases in question are fluorinated gases commonly used in vitreoretinal surgery. They’re also among the most potent of the greenhouse gases. Fortunately, the literature suggests that reducing these emissions could result in health benefits, cost reductions in health care delivery and increased patient satisfaction. Read More

Nominations for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Friday, October 8, 2021 8:53 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 13th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 3 Cost Cuts Saving My Practice at Least $1,000 Monthly

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Friday, October 8, 2021 8:50 AM Your practice requires great patient care and profitability for success. That profitability can be made more attainable when you keep your expenses in check. COVID-19 brought a silver lining to our practice in forcing us to more closely examine our expenses. Like most practices, we were closed for almost two months, no income was coming into the practice, and once we reopened, a big chunk of our budget went toward personal protective equipment and other safety measures like putting up acrylic barriers in the reception area, check-out desk and on the dispensing tables. Here are the cost cuts that made a huge difference in offsetting the impact of those added expenses, enabling us to maintain, and grow, our profitability. Read More

CooperVision's SightGlass Business Reports Trial Data Indicating Vision Diffusion Optics Technology Demonstrates ‘Significant Reduction in Myopia Progression’ After Two Years

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:09 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision said its SightGlass Vision business has revealed two-year clinical study data for its Diffusion Optics Technology, which is specifically designed to slow the progression of myopia in children. After two years, children who wore their Diffusion Optics Technology-enabled spectacles full time, including not removing them for near vision activities, progressed on average one-half diopter less than those wearing the control spectacles—a reduction of 59 percent, according to an announcement. Read More

Women In Optometry: OD Panel Announced for Women’s Leadership Conference

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:53 AM Optometrists are primed to influence the perception and direction of the profession, said Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, especially when it comes to the role ODs can play in public health. Dr. Hitchmoth will moderate a panel: Influencers in Health Care: Optometry Rising at the Women’s Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Boston. Dr. Hitchmoth will be joined by three panelists with unique perspectives: Breanne McGhee, OD, MEd, FAAO; Kristen Brown, OD, FAAO; and Maria Sampalis, OD. Read More

Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:25 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) at a rate of 2 index points. That leaves gross revenue 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 40) during 2019 and 7 index points below where it was during Week 40 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Optical sales increased across the board last week at rates ranging from 1 index point to 4 index points. Read More