FDA Fast Tracks Research and Review for Essilor’s Stellest Myopia Lens, Labeling it a 'Breakthrough Device' -2

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:19 PM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor yesterday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted “Breakthrough Device” designation to its Essilor Stellest spectacle lens, the company’s new generation lens developed to correct myopia and slow down the progression of myopia in children. The designation of the Essilor’s Stellest spectacle lens as a “Breakthrough Device” by the FDA, that will lead to further U.S. research and FDA review, builds on the publication of groundbreaking two-year results of an ongoing three-year clinical trial, in China, in myopic children. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Bridging the Vision Care Gap

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:16 PM Charitable ODs around the country are participating in ESSILOR VISION FOUNDATION‘S (EVF) See Kids Soar program to help bridge the gap between the need for and access to vision care. Due to COVID-19, more people are facing financial uncertainty and need help to cover basic expenses such as food and medical care. EVF and the optical industry can work together to make a significant impact in reaching people who need vision care but cannot get it. EVF’s See Kids Soar program is a free in-office cause campaign intended to inspire parents, patients and eye doctors’ staff to adopt the cause of vision, and give them an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. “Now more than ever there are people who are going through hardships and need help,” said Neena James, OD. “See Kids Soar is a great way for our practice to give back to what we’re passionate about. We can do more and serve our community in a safe and contact-free way.” Read More

20/20 Europe: New Licensing Agreement for Safilo and Dsquared2

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Monday, May 17, 2021 2:45 PM Dsquared2, the fashion brand founded in 1995 by Dean & Dan Caten, join Safilo with the launch of a 5-year global licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of Dsquared2 branded eyewear. Their first optical and sunglass collections, for men and women, will be presented for the 2022 spring/summer season, available on the market in January 2022. “We are very satisfied about starting this new partnership with Dsquared2, which represents a great brand addition to our portfolio and a significant opportunity to grow in the fashion luxury segment,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group. Read More

Show Organizers Announce Education Program Planned for Vision Expo East 2021

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Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:07 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced the education program curated by the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, June 3. Presented under the banner of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s newly branded, sought-after education program is dedicated to seminars, workshops and interactive presentations. Read More

Women In Optometry: Setting Her Own Pace

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Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:04 PM After she completed a residency at Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Andrea Horne, OD, practiced in what she considered her ideal setting for the next five years: in a medical practice with ophthalmology and optometry services alongside her childhood optometrist, Randy Bell, OD. She describes it as a surreal experience, as Dr. Bell inspired Dr. Horne to pursue optometry as a career. “He was a great mentor to me,” she says. The position checked all the marks of what she wanted in a job after completing her ocular disease and primary care residency. Read More

FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:23 PM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses. This new lens is the first and only FDA approved orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lens for the management of myopia, according to the announcement. The lens, expected to launch by the end of 2021, will be available in sphere and toric designs to correct various combinations of corneal shapes and refractive errors. he FDA approval of Abiliti Overnight stems from the collaboration between J&J Vision and Menicon to bring forward therapeutic contact lenses for the treatment of myopia under the Acuvue Abiliti Brand, which J&J Vision said is a “new brand for future products and services to help parents and eyecare professionals address the progression of myopia in children.” Read More

Review of Optometry: Vaccines and Vulnerable Eyes—What to Look For

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:20 PM As we watch the ramp-up of COVID-19 vaccination, we can marvel at the ingenuity that brought these vital agents to market in under a year. But it also starkly underlines the importance of vaccines as a whole to society. Unfortunately, a decline in routine vaccination was among the unwelcome consequences of the pandemic lockdowns that began in March 2020, which significantly altered health care as we know it. Patient visits for routine and emergency care began to decrease. This has resulted in a reduced rate of vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) across the nation. Read More

Vision Expo East 2021 Announces Event Schedule for The Seen

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:26 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, have announced the schedule of events set to take place at The Seen, a new main stage destination, during Vision Expo East 2021. Designed to serve as a collaborative learning environment, The Seen will host a series of panels and presentations, including the EYE2EYE Series, an educational series of panels and discussions designed to provide exclusive insights on topics to inform, empower and challenge attendees, ranging from business and marketing strategies to tactics for creating an inclusive work environment. Read More 

Review of Optometric Business: 5 Staff Training Tips from a Practice With an Average Employee Retention Rate of 10+ Years

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:23 PM You have just hired your next team member; one you selected based on personality, verbal and written communication skills, initiative and maybe prior experience. Your approach and protocols for training are now critical to the smooth integration of this new hire into your practice, both clinically and socially. Here are the key concepts that have helped my practice achieve successful training and long-term retention of valued administrative and technical staff. Read More

Shamir and Alpine F1 Team Form New Partnership

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:34 PM SAN DIEGO—Shamir and Alpine Formula 1 have formed a new partnership which will see Shamir become the Alpine F1 Team's optical performance partner. The collaboration, initiated by Fuse France, the sport marketing agency of Omnicom Media Group, aims at improving the visual quality and safety of every Race Team member and, ultimately, their collective performance. "The partnership is a natural expression of Shamir and Alpine's shared values of leading technologies, innovation, high performance, fast reaction, precision, safety and great teamwork," an announcement said, noting that the Shamir-Alpine F1 Team partnership will create the first ever vision performance lab in Formula 1. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Myopia Management Filled a Critical Need in Our Community

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:31 PM As an eyecare professional, I’m always trying to find ways to better serve my community, my patients, and any potential patient who comes into our practice. About a year ago, myopia management started gaining traction in our area in Ontario, with more and more patients coming in and asking questions about myopia. What started out as casually fitting children with CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lenses turned into a full clinic’s worth of services and therapies designed specifically for treating the growing number of myopic children in our area. Read More

2020 Europe: ST!NG by De Rigo Commits to La Certosa Reforestation Project

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Monday, May 10, 2021 6:01 PM ST!NG, the youngest of the De Rigo Group house brands—has announced its support of non-profit organization Save the Planet in the La Certosa reforestation project. The island situated in the Venetian Lagoon was severely affected in 2012 by a violent tornado that caused a great deal of damage to the environment, uprooting the majority of the trees and profoundly changing the morphology of the land. The reforestation plan organized by Save the Planet promoted by ST!NG will be carried out in collaboration with Vento di Venezia, the company that manages the island in concession from the Municipality and the State Property Office. Read More

Celebrating Mother’s Day, and Protecting Eye Health

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Sunday, May 9, 2021 2:47 PM NEW YORK—Celebrating mothers and motherhood has been a part of human history for pretty much as long as it has existed, but it wasn’t until 1914 that Mother’s Day actually became an official holiday in the United States. The first American Mother’s Day happened in 1908, when West Virginia woman Anna Jarvis wanted a way to honor the sacrifices that mothers make for their children, History reports. Jarvis’ own mom had died three years prior, so she organized the first Mother’s Day celebration as a tribute to her, at a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The holiday took off, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day throughout the country. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Safety Is in the Eye of the Beholder

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Sunday, May 9, 2021 2:44 PM There’s always an opportunity to improve someone’s daily life. I know many of my patients can relate when I mention my career and hobbies consume the bulk of my time. This usually leads to my curiosity about whether they are wearing the appropriate eyewear for both. I discovered how many ‘almost lost my vision’ stories came up. People suffer eye injuries from using improper eyewear or not using anything altogether. Scrapes and scratches on the cornea are extremely common (and painful by the way) but the good news is it is all preventable. Safety glasses over prescription glasses, protective goggles or face shields are protection for those precious eyes. Read More

Some Positive Trends, but Many Eyecare Practices Still Lag April 2019 Performance Metrics, Jobson Research Survey Finds

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:35 PM NEW YORK—Even as the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. decline and the number of Americans who have completed the vaccination regimen rises, the eyecare segment continues to see challenges along the pathway toward a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels, according to the findings of Wave 22 of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted April 26-30, 2021, by Jobson Research. Notably, 75 percent of the respondents to Wave 22 said they believe their practice currently has capacity to see more patients, with the average respondent indicating the practice could see 26 percent more patients. In addition, key metrics—such as profitability per patient, patients per day and optical sales —for many practices show that business and patient activity is running slightly behind April 2019 levels, but have rebounded significantly from the lows experienced in April 2020. Read More