Surprising Measles Outbreak Is Eye-Catching for Doctors of Optometry

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Monday, April 22, 2019 2:22 PM Typically, when patients arrive at the New York City practice of Andrea P. Thau, OD, they are asked whether they are up to date on their immunizations. It's a normal part of the practice's patient intake process. These days, though, the line of inquiry about immunization has taken on added weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reporting measles outbreaks in 20 states or 555 cases nationwide as of April 11. That's the second-highest number of measles cases in the U.S. since measles was basically eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC. Most of the measles cases are concentrated in New York City. In particular, the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens have reported 329 confirmed cases. Dr. Thau practices in the neighboring borough of Manhattan. "We are primary eyecare providers. We are an important part of the health care system and an entry point in that system for members of the public,” Dr Thau said. Click here to read the full story from the AOA.

Candria Krywko, OD, Proves a Little Dedication Goes a Long Way

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Monday, April 22, 2019 1:55 PM Candria Krywko, OD, is a Canadian native who left the icy city off Calgary and moved to California in 2002 in pursuit of her post-secondary education. She received her BS in Exercise Science, Scientific Basis from LaSierra University and went on to complete her doctorate in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in 2010. With nearly 10 years of experience under her belt and her own practice, Eyes on Hayden, coming in October, Dr. Krywko proves that there is more to learn in the profession of optometry as long as you are willing to dedicate yourself. A novice to the Instagram world, she has in a matter of months, turned her social media presence around. Read More.

Review of Ophthalmology: The Artificial Iris in Practice

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Monday, April 22, 2019 1:52 PM Although customized intraocular replacements for a damaged iris have been available for some time outside the U.S., it’s only recently that the CustomFlex ArtificialIris, created by HumanOptics in Germany, became the first stand-alone prosthetic iris to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To date, there’s still no billing code allowing financial reimbursement for implanting the device, but surgeons are nevertheless pleased to have something to offer patients who need an iris prosthesis. In this feature from Review of Ophthalmology, surgeons who have implanted the device share some of their experience and advice. Read More.

Funding for Digital Health Companies Slows in Q1 2019

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Monday, April 22, 2019 1:28 PM Digital health venture fund Rock Health reports that after 2018’s record-setting year in which U.S. companies raised $8.1B, $986M was invested across 61 digital health deals in Q1 2019. That’s about half of what was raised a year ago in Q1 2018 but roughly in line with 2017 and 31 percent below 2016, according to Rock Health. Rock Health researchers Sean Day and Megan Zweig note that funding was stable over the prior six month period, “making the middle of 2018 something of an outlier.”

Insights for 4-23-19

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:41 PM The global Lasik market continues to grow, and the Technolas Teneo laser, which has a compact footprint, has been well received and widely adopted in more than 50 countries. Our plan to initiate a series of clinical trials, and ultimately pursue regulatory approval for this technology in the United States, is part of our commitment providing surgeons with a full suite of innovations to meet the needs of their patients.

Ontario Court of Appeal Rules in Favour of Clearly

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:25 AM The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled earlier this month that Clearly can continue selling prescription eyewear online in Ontario. The Court dismissed the Ontario College of Optometrists and the College of Opticians joint application to seek an injunction preventing Clearly from selling prescription eyewear in Ontario.

Panel Speakers Now Set for First Women In Optometry Summit

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Holistic leadership coach Amina AlTai, as reported earlier this month, will present the keynote at the inaugural Women In Optometry Summit, Flex Your Superpowers, on Wednesday, June 19, held at the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Her focus on the essential elements of living your best professional life will emphasize methods to grow and flex leadership and negotiating skills. Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion of women ODs, moderated by Dori M. Carlson, OD, FAAO. Dr. Carlson was the first woman OD to become president of the American Optometric Association and has continued honing her leadership skills and encouraging other ODs in the process.

Essilor Wins GEO Award for Employee Shareholding Technology

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has won the “Best Use of Technology” award at the 2019 “GEO Awards” organized by the Global Equity Organization (GEO). This award, which Essilor has won for the second year in a row, recognizes the digital solutions developed by the lens maker to promote employee shareholding. These solutions have enhanced the effectiveness of the “Boost 2018” international employee shareholding plan by facilitating employees' participation in the plan through “simple and intuitive digital subscription tools,” according to Essilor.

My Eyelab Opens Drive-Through Eyewear Pick-Up Service at Texas Location

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:18 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab will offer a drive-through pick-up service for eyewear at a new store opening in League City, Texas, according to an announcement last week. The company said the drive-through service fits with its efforts to go “above and beyond to break the boundaries of the once-stagnant optical industry and deliver on their vision of easy eyecare.” The new store at 3170 Gulf Freeway South in League City will provide customers the option of picking up their eyewear purchases without getting out of their car, the company said. The company said this is a “first-of-its-kind service” for eyewear pick-up.

Researchers Are Developing Long-Wearing Contacts Lenses That Can Release Medicine

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Monday, April 22, 2019 12:15 AM POTSDAM-GOLM, Germany—Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP  are working with Israeli and German partners to develop long-wearing contact lenses that can release medicine. The active ingredient is encapsulated in liposomes and bound to the inside of the contact lenses, according to a press release issued last week by Fraunhofer. This enables it to remain in the eye for longer. Sugars are added to make the contact lens particularly comfortable to wear.When eye diseases are treated topically, often only about 5 percent of the drug has an effect on the eye tissue, Fraunhofer explained.

Visioneering Creates Educational Series for ECPs

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Xavier Garcia Presents New Sun Styles

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A&A Optical Bows New XXL Eyewear Styles

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Surviving Festival Season: Eye to Z

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Friday, April 19, 2019 6:13 PM NEW YORK—It’s that time of the year again, festival season! As the second weekend of Coachella kicks off, music festival style has become just as important as the performers. While festival fashion reigns supreme (including sunwear) what often falls to the wayside is eye health and protection. Hours in the sun at various festivals in a range of climates from Coachella and Bonnaroo to Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza can take its toll on our eye health leaving them dry and irritated. Here are some things to take into consideration before heading out to a weekend of fun, sun, music and a camera roll full of Instagram pics. Read More.

20/20 Magazine: Look Peoples From Barbados

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Friday, April 19, 2019 6:10 PM Ever attuned to that unique breed of independent eyewear entrepreneurs wearing both retailer and vendor crowns, 20/20 was quickly enamored by Alicia Hartman and her dual-sun-fueled Peoples from Barbados venture. Born into a family eyewear heritage, Alicia sizzled her dispensing skills for nearly a decade via her EyeQ shop. Set on creating sunwear, she teamed up with French eyewear designer Eric Jean, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Barbados independence with her Peoples from Barbados collection in 2016. Crafted in Japan, she describes the eyewear as a blend of Bajan soul and Caribbean flair. We could ramble on but it’s the photos of Alicia, her friends and her beloved Barbados telling a tale of inspirational eyewear and eye-wearers. Read more about this enterprising eyewear entrepreneur in this feature from 20/20 Magazine. Read More.