S.C. Senate and House Override Governor’s Veto of ‘Eye Care Consumer Protection Law’ Banning Online Eye Exams

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2016 12:33 AM NEW YORK—On May 19, 2016, The South Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Governor Nikki Haley’s May 16 veto of the "Eye Care Consumer Protection Law" (Bill No. 1016) which seeks to ban companies from offering prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses after online eye exams.

Pauline Kang Named 2016 Jill and George Mertz Fellow

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) will present the 2016 Jill and George Mertz Fellowship to Pauline Kang, PhD. Dr. Kang—an optometry graduate student and faculty member at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

How Optometry Can Help the Homeless on May 18 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Robert Bell, a long-time eyecare industry executive, will be talking about how optometry can help the homeless on the May 18 edition of “The Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

AOA Announces its Annual Award Winners; Recipients to be Recognized at 2016 Optometry’s Meeting

By Staff
Friday, May 6, 2016 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The winners of the American Optometric Association (AOA) annual awards will be recognized during the opening general session at the 2016 Optometry’s Meeting on Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Boston, Mass.

Paul Karpecki, OD, Is Back As a Guest on May 4 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Well-known optometric speaker and clinician, Paul Karpecki, OD, is back on the May 4 edition of “The Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Alcon Marks 30th Anniversary of Academy for Eyecare Excellence Program

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2016 12:21 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon marks its 30th anniversary of partnership delivering education and training optometry students and residents at its global campus.

Mobiquity and EyeXam to Collaborate on Eyecare App Enhancements

By Staff
Friday, April 22, 2016 12:27 AM BOSTON, Mass. and SAN JOSE, Calif.—Mobiquity, Inc., a mobile engagement provider and EyeXam, a smartphone and tablet eyecare app, announced that they are collaborating to offer consumers improved access to eyecare information, exams, products and eye health.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Drops Unilateral Pricing Policy for CLs

By Staff
Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:21 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision Care announced yesterday that it is discontinuing its controversial Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for contact lenses and replacing it with new programs that “ensure broad access and support the needs of patients, doctors and customers.”

Jobson Optical Group Joins Industry-Wide Think About Your Eyes Initiative as an Official Media Partner

By Staff
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:45 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Jobson Optical Group, the leading source for information and marketing for the worldwide ophthalmic community, has been announced as the official media partner of Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign aimed at educating consumers on the benefits of vision health.

40 Ways to Balance the Blues

By Staff
Monday, April 11, 2016 1:00 AM These 40 products offer blue light management solutions for every situation, both indoors and outdoors. They run the gamut from lenses and coatings to screen protectors, neutraceuticals and lens demonstration units.


By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 1:00 AM The following research studies were cited by technical experts from BluTech, Carl Zeiss Vision, Essilor, Hoya Vision Care, Jins Eyewear, Reticare and VSP Global who were consulted for “Inside the Blue Boom,” Vision Monday, April 11, 2016:

Inside The Blue Boom

By Jeff Hopkins
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:33 AM Blue light is one of the most talked about vision care topics in recent years, both within and without the optical industry. Professional journals, trade publications and even consumer media are filled with articles about the potentially harmful effects of blue light on the eye, as well as its effect on sleep patterns, mood and overall wellness. VM spoke with nine ECPs who have made blue light management an important part of their patient care regimen.

Weighing the Facts About Blue Light

By Sara Bonizio
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:29 AM It’s a news story that has picked up steam in the past couple of years, especially as daily hours of “screen time” have reached near-double digits: all this reading, emailing, Tweeting, Facebook stalking, shopping and surfing is behind significant increases in cases of dry eye, visual fatigue, headaches and even ancillary issues such as strained necks and cramped wrists (back in the day, when keyboards on handheld devices prevailed, one might recall the widely-reported “Crackberry Thumb” syndrome).

Hoya Offers Blue Light Program for Independent Practices

By Staff
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:28 AM NEW YORK—Hoya Vision Care recently launched a comprehensive program that provides independent eyecare practices with training, tools and technology to educate patients about the potential hazard of blue light. The turnkey program, “Building a Blue Light Practice,” is part of Hoya’s new “ECP Ally” campaign that is designed to provide “actionable marketing strategies” to independent ECPs, according to Hoya.

Symposium Focuses on Blue Light and Its Effect on Human Health

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:27 AM Blue light and its impact on the human body was the focus of a symposium held in New York City in June, 2015. The two-day event, organized by the International Blue Light Society and sponsored by Jins, the Japanese optical retailer and eyeglass manufacturer, featured presentations by ophthalmologists, sleep specialists and researchers from universities in Japan, France and the U.S