Here’s How to One-Up ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’

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Friday, October 19, 2018 2:33 PM NEW YORK—We understand that The Ohio State University’s marching band is often referred to by its preferred nickname, The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL, for short). The band is perhaps best known—its modesty notwithstanding—for Script Ohio, a signature formation involving an integrated series of evolutions and patterns that result in the word “Ohio” being spelled out by band members on a football field.

‘No Sign of the Retail Apocalypse,’ NRF Says

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Friday, October 19, 2018 1:07 PM It’s been more than two years since the notion of a retail apocalypse took hold in the mainstream media—yet it has not arrived. Instead of the predicted demise, retail’s fortunes are looking decidedly rosy, according to a recent feature from the National Retail Federation (NRF). In July retail sales hit 4.9 percent, a remarkably high growth rate for an industry that’s purportedly in dire straits. In fact, growth this year has been so robust that NRF had to revise its annual sales forecast upward. Initially, a 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent growth for 2018 was expected; that has been revised by NRF to a minimum of 4.5 percent growth, and it could be a lot higher if conditions remain as strong as they are. Retail is growing faster than the rest of the economy at large, buoyed by a confident consumer and a strong economy.

Rare Eye Condition Was Behind Da Vinci's Genius, Research Claims

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:49 PM A rare eye condition helped Leonardo da Vinci paint distance and depth of objects on flat surfaces with the accuracy which he became famous for, new research claims. Da Vinci, one of the world's most celebrated painters, had intermittent exotropia, a type of eye misalignment in which one eye turns outward, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. "Looking at his work, I noticed the pronounced divergence of the eyes in all of his paintings," explained the study's author, Christopher Tyler, a research professor at City University of London and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. Click here to read the full story from CNN.

Insights for 10-22-18

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:44 PM Being a contrarian, being an independent thinker has never bothered me. I knew it was going to be hard no matter what. But I was trying to be opportunistic. I was willing to make a very big bet in money and time.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2018 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:21 PM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 10th annual EyeVote Reader’s 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 14 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment, optical supplies, diagnostic equipment, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems and Social Purpose missions. Voting for EyeVote is officially open and will take place through Nov. 7. Read More.

A Death in the Family

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Friday, October 19, 2018 11:58 AM By now you’ve heard about the death of Dr. Frank Fontana, universally known as “Uncle Frank” throughout optometry. Many of us who were close to him—and that’s hundreds of people at least— are taking it pretty hard. Because Uncle Frank truly did feel like a member of the family. To give just one example, Uncle Frank used to call me every month when he received his copy of Review of Optometry. We’d chat about the topics in the issue, and sometimes he would recommend new authors for us to try. But mostly he was calling to tell me I was doing a good job. Read more about “Uncle Frank” in this column from Jack Persico, Review of Optometry’s editor in chief.

First Canadian Study of Wholesale Optical Labs Released

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:25 AM VuePoint IDS has released the first annual Canadian Wholesale Optical Lab brand perception study. The internet study of Canadian ECPs provides insights on all major national labs as well as “independent labs” with a national and regional footprint.

J&J Vision Appoints Carol Alexander, OD, as Head, North America Vision Care Professional Relations

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has appointed Carol Alexander, OD, as head, North America Vision Care Professional Relations, according to an announcement on Thursday.

ABB Optical Group Names New Chief Information Officer

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:21 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group announced that Jonathan Mish has joined the company as chief information officer.

Optical Tech Company to Help NASA Protect Astronauts’ Eye Health

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:18 AM SALT LAKE CITY—Web Vision Technologies has launched a new project, in conjunction with the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to develop an all-in-one diagnostic device that can be deployed on spacecraft to do comprehensive vision testing, evaluation, and to guide medical interventions of astronauts experiencing vision problems on future long-duration, deep space missions. The project, known as “Vision for Mars,” has received grant funding for phase one from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), a NASA-funded organization.

I-MED Pharma and Quidel Agree to Exclusive Distribution Agreement

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:15 AM MONTREAL—I-MED Pharma Inc., a Canadian company specializing in dry eye diagnosis and management, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Quidel Corp., a U.S.-based provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions. The agreement covers I-MED Pharma’s I-Lid ‘n Lash product line, I-Relief hot and cold therapy eye mask with thermabeads and SMTube. I-MED Pharma president Daniel Hofmann said he believes this is “the start to a very promising partnership with a company that shares our drive and commitment to improving the ocular health of patients globally.” He added, “We are confident that this alliance will lead to many further collaborations in the future.”

Premium Packaging and Patient Care Kit for Onefit Scleral Lenses

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:11 AM

Modern Optical Releases New Styles to B.M.E.C.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:08 AM

Face a Face Unveils New Sunglass Collection

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:05 AM

AOA Targets Illegal Sellers of ‘Unprescribed’ Contact Lenses

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:52 PM ST. LOUIS—Despite warnings by eye health experts that decorative contact lenses that are not prescribed by an eye doctor may cause eye damage, the lenses remain a popular Halloween costume accessory. To combat this potential eye hazard, the American Optometric Association is launching its annual, pre-Halloween "31 in 31" letter-writing campaign which takes aim at retailers who AOA claims are illegally distributing corrective, novelty or bogus contact lenses in violation of federal law. The campaign targets 31 online vendors, brick-and-mortar shops and other sellers who have been reported to the AOA as having inappropriate contact lens sales practices. Read More.