Back to School Starts at Different Times Around the Country, But Now's the Time to Maximize Children's Eye Health Messages

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM NEW YORK—As of the second full week of August, millions of American schoolkids are heading back to school or have already started. And depending on where you live, that statement might produce a reaction of either “That sounds about right” or “That seems way too early!” Pew Research Center recently issued a report on the topic. The prize for the earliest start date among the 500-plus districts in Pew’s sample goes to Arizona’s Chandler Unified School District, which serves part of suburban Phoenix. The 44,000 or so students in Chandler Unified went back to school on July 23 (though they get the first of three two-week “intersession” breaks starting Sept. 30). At the other extreme are the Trenton, New Jersey public schools, whose nearly 14,000 students won’t go back to school until Sept. 9—the latest opening date in the sample. 

Compulink Healthcare Solutions to Acquire MyEyeStore, Enabling E-Commerce Options for ECPs

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM NEWBURY Park, Calif.⁠—Compulink Healthcare Solutions has announced an agreement to acquire MyEyeStore, an e-commerce solution in ophthalmic health care focusing primarily on contact lens reordering with the ability for optometry and ophthalmology practices to also sell other recommended products directly to the patient. “This acquisition is the latest example of how Compulink continues to lead the industry in expanding our products and services to meet the needs of our clients,” said Link Wilson, CEO and product architect for Compulink. 

International Sports Vision Association Launches ‘Visual Skills' Web Section

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio—Because information gathered through vision is thought to dominate over information from other sensory systems, it is recognized as essential to successful performance in almost every sport. A growing body of evidence confirms that visual abilities can be strengthened by means of appropriate visual training, making an athlete’s eyesight one of the most important pieces of equipment they have. To help athletes of all levels, sport vision specialist DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, and The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) have launched a new section of the ISVA’s website, "Dynamic Visual Skills for Sports." 

Compulink Healthcare Solutions to Acquire MyEyeStore

By Staff
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:15 AM NEWBURY Park, Calif.⁠—Compulink Healthcare Solutions has announced an agreement to acquire MyEyeStore, an e-commerce solution in ophthalmic health care focusing primarily on contact lens re-ordering.

Transitions Launches Facebook Virtual Try-On Experience

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:00 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—There's a new way for patients to experience an augmented reality, virtual try-on experience via a new partnership between Transitions Optical and Facebook, using the Facebook camera. The first-of-its-kind social media experience allows users to see themselves in all 13 Transitions lens colors, including Transitions Signature lenses style colors and Transitions XTRActive style mirrors.

Think About Your Eyes' Summer Road Trip With The Daily Bumps Illustrates Important Messages About Eye Health

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:57 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The road trip that Think About Your Eyes (TAYE) is embarking on with You Tube influencer family The Daily Bumps is about to kick off, this month. As CLICK reported last month, a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, will partner with travel company Airstream to send a YouTube influencer family on a road trip though the Western United States.

Compulink Debuts a New User Interface for its Ophthalmology Smart EHR

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:54 AM Newbury Park, Calif.—Compulink Healthcare Solutions,  the creator of Advantage Smart Practice, an all-in-one EHR and practice management solution powered by artificial intelligence (AI), previewed the new user interface for its Ophthalmology Advantage at the American Society of Retina Specialist’s (ASRS) annual meeting last month. Designed by a team of usability experts, the new UI includes an updated look and feel with new fonts, button styles and colors.

The Contact Lens Museum Officially Opens to the Public

By Staff
Monday, August 5, 2019 12:18 AM FOREST GROVE, Ore.—On July 30, 2019, The Contact Lens Museum was officially opened to the general public. The museum was founded by Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, Jiah Pack and Craig Norman, FCLSA, who are all collectors of contact lens artifacts, instruments and publications. The museum, which houses more than 2,000 historical items documenting the history of contact lenses over the past 100-plus years, is free to the public and located in Forest Grove, Oregon. The goal of the museum is to preserve, protect and educate ECPs, researchers, historians and the public about the history of contact lenses, and features a chronological series of the evolution of contact lenses.

System to Image the Human Eye Corrects for Chromatic Aberrations

By Staff
Monday, August 5, 2019 12:15 AM WASHINGTON—Researchers report a new imaging system that cancels the chromatic optical aberrations present in a specific person’s eye, allowing for a more accurate assessment of vision and eye health. By taking pictures of the eye’s smallest light-sensing cells with multiple wavelengths, the system also provides the first objective measurement of longitudinal chromatic aberrations (LCA), which could lead to new insights on their relationship to visual halos, glare and color perception.

Innovega Gains Key Approval for On-Eye Testing of AR/VR Contact Lens

By Staff
Monday, July 29, 2019 12:21 AM BELLEVUE, Wash.—Innovega announced that it has received a key approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for on-eye testing of iOptik, a proprietary contact lens designed to be worn with the company’s augmented and virtual reality eyewear. The IRB has approved a protocol for single exposure of Innovega’s iOptik contact lens and prototype display eyewear simultaneously for up to six hours, allowing augmented reality subject experts to report their observations when viewing media from Innovega's eMacula near-eye display eyewear, Innovega said in a statement. 

Transitions Launches Facebook Virtual Try-On Experience

By Staff
Friday, July 26, 2019 12:18 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has partnered with Facebook to create an augmented reality, virtual try-on experience using the Facebook camera. The first-of-its-kind social media experience allows users to see themselves in all 13 Transitions lens colors, including Transitions Signature lenses style colors and Transitions XTRActive style mirrors. Users can tap through the different Transitions lens colors, and switch between indoor and outdoor settings. Users can activate the Transitions Facebook Try-on by clicking on a link that’s on the Transitions Facebook Page or by scanning the QR code with their Facebook app (to find the QR code scanner, simply type “QR code” in the top of the Facebook search bar).

What's the Perfect Promotion? A Case Study in Patient Appreciation Day

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:00 AM NEW YORK—Promoting an event properly can seem like a monumental task. You need to brainstorm the right event that suits your goals. And then you’ve got to plan all the logistics, including how to promote it. As EyeCarePro.net recently shared, there are relatively simple things you can be doing which will make promoting your event much more effective. From direct mail to digital ad campaigns on social media to flyers and signage, they all contribute. Whatever you do, EyeCarePro points out, should always include a special landing page with a simple RSVP. 

[Partner Post] Declutter Your Optometry Practice This Summer

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:57 AM Taking a hard look at which belongings you actually need and discarding the rest will improve your overall efficiency and clear your mind. ODs should prioritize effectiveness and simplicity when optimizing the layout and workflows of their practice. The best way to start the task of decluttering is to take everything in your practice out of drawers, cupboards and desks. However, a big clear-out like that can be something your practice dreads. We want to make sure that’s not the case. Let us show how you can declutter your practice's paper goods, inventory, data, and more.

ABB Optical, and RevolutionEHR Partner for Efficient Product Ordering and Delivery

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:54 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group plans a product integration with RevolutionEHR's  SmartFlow for Sight ordering technology. The integration automates the entire product ordering process for eyecare practitioners from order submission to delivery to their office or directly to their patients, the companies said. Placing orders through RevolutionEHR removes the need for users to access multiple disparate ordering portals, thus eliminating double entry.

New Compact Device Uses Laser for Refraction

By Staff
Monday, July 22, 2019 12:18 AM TUCSON, Ariz.—Researchers in Arizona report that they have developed a compact device that uses a laser to determine a patient’s refractive error and eyeglass prescription. The hand-held device was developed by iCrx, a spinoff from the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences. It can produce an objective and accurate eyeglass prescription in approximately 20 seconds without any subjective input from the viewer, according to the UAVenture Capital Fund (UAVC), a Tucson-based venture capital fund dedicated to the University of Arizona commercialization of discovery products, technology and services that has invested in iCrx.