Reinventing Cities for a Zero-Carbon Future

By Staff
Friday, May 24, 2019 4:05 PM Reinventing Cities, a competition launched two years ago by C40 Cities, a network of mayors focused on finding solutions to climate change, asked architects to reimagine new uses for vacant and abandoned spaces in six cities: Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Oslo, and Reykjavík. These are the winning proposals; the winning teams now have the chance to buy or lease each site to develop the projects. The designs include a new net-zero carbon housing development which has been designed for two vacant lots in Garfield Park, an underserved Chicago neighborhood. Read the full article in Fast Company.

Press Play: Why The Future Is Video

By Staff
Friday, May 24, 2019 3:57 PM NEW YORK—The digital experts at Omnicore, an award-winning health care digital marketing agency, has pulled together some compelling info and statistics about the growing influence of video to promote businesses of all sizes and types as it is increasingly connecting with today’s customers. Omnicore posts, “Video has quickly become one of the most popular types of content on the internet. And it’s not hard to understand why. Video excites and engages people like few other types of content, whether they’re consuming entertainment, news, sports or branded messaging. Video has the power to bring people together, to engage and teach them, to create cultural conversations. That’s why savvy digital marketers know video is a crucial component of a broad content strategy.” Read More.

Review of Optometric Business: How My Practice Nurtures a Culture of Patient Satisfaction and Profitability

By Staff
Friday, May 24, 2019 3:54 PM Your practice culture perfects, or ruins, the patient experience. Culture refers to the way in which your staff interacts with patients, and the office environment the patient is treated to (or has to endure). Here’s how my practice makes our “culture of excellence” work both for us and our patients to generate return visits and referrals of friends and family. The first thing is to start with yourself. Define your culture. It should be contained in your mission statement, and should be a living testimony in your words, thoughts and actions. When you truly feel that you have defined your culture, start teaching your staff. Find out more about improving your practice culture in this feature by Aaron Neufeld, OD, FAAO, in Review of Optometric Business. Read More.

Dim the Lights, Grab the Popcorn and Prepare for a Possible Blockbuster Summer Movie Season

By Mark Tosh
Friday, May 24, 2019 1:34 PM For many of us, Memorial Day weekend is the curtain raiser for the summer movie season. And this summer’s lineup of new releases looks to be one of the best in some time. Big stars, big budgets and big expectations are all phrases that come to mind when appraising the coming attractions. We have Brad Pitt, Rocketman (Elton John, of course) and Quentin Tarantino, to name just a few of the boldface names the studios are sending our way this summer. Oh, and while “eyewear” may not appear to have a starring role in the upcoming summer releases, there will certainly be plenty of screen time and cameo appearances for cool-looking shades and spectacles.

Independence Means Freedom and Quality for Upstate New York’s Frameology Optical

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:06 PM When Stacy Daniel, LDO, opened Frameology Optical in December 2013, she knew she was doing something different. Located in Syracuse, a city with a population of just under 145,000 in upstate New York, opening up an independent optical office that focuses on handmade, artisan, European frames is “something people think doesn’t happen in Syracuse,” Daniel told Vision Monday. But five years later, Frameology is thriving. The staff is headed up by Daniel, who is a licensed contact lens fitter with a degree in optical dispensing from Erie Community College and a BBA in finance, as well as 25 years of work experience in private practice and the corporate world. Read More.

Women In Optometry: New Patent Awarded For Dry Eye Treatment

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:03 PM Genetic Disease Investigators, LLC has announced receipt of their second patent, U.S. Patent No. 10,238,673 B2, addressing dry eye treatment via a unique avenue—the autonomic nervous system. Inventor and president of Genetic Disease Investigators, Diana Driscoll, OD, explains how this was formulated. “This invention was born out of necessity for answers! I was a patient with dramatic autonomic dysfunction. One of the avenues of my research included normal tear production and how the autonomic nervous system affects basal or normal tear production, as well as the role of inflammation. Because I was personally affected, as were my children, we were motivated to get answers that have been missed by others.” Read more about the dry eye treatment in this feature from Women In Optometry. Read More.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 7 Pieces of Advice for New Graduates

By Staff
Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:16 PM 2019 marks the 10th year of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list, so they reached out to some notable alumni to get their advice on creativity. Here, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was number one on their 2016 list, shares his best advice for new graduates who want to lead creative lives. When it comes to creativity, finding collaborative partners is key, said the creator and star of Hamilton. And so is just being a good person. Click here to read his seven pieces of advice.

EYESPOT Chestnut Hill Makes Independence the Height of Luxury

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:57 PM CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.—For independent optical boutique EYESPOT, it’s all about luxury. Founded in 2010 by ophthalmologist Jorge Arroyo, EYESPOT calls Chestnut Hill—one of Massachusetts’ most expensive zip codes—its home, and the practice operates on the goal of providing its community with “the highest level of medical and aesthetic attention,” said Melaine Cabral, LDO, managing optician. “Luxury eyewear is essential to the EYESPOT brand,” Cabral told Vision Monday. In store, EYESPOT offers “the most fashion-forward eyewear from around the world,” which includes frames from companies such as Krewe, Oliver Goldsmith, Lafont, Lindberg and more. Read More.

20/20 Magazine: Independent Spirit

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:54 PM The vibe existing between independent eyewear retailers is as unique as it is intense. And that wave of personalized attitudes continues to grow through to all reaches of the optical arena. It is fueled by the spirit of independence a patient feels when embracing eyewear for eyewear’s sake…and the heritage of that eyewear, as it defines a true sense of individualism. Get totally in the “spirit” of the times with these special independent eyewear brands built on stories well worth telling in this feature from 20/20 Magazine. Read More.

Add Some Optical Treats to Your Memorial Day Celebration

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:42 PM NEW YORK—With Memorial Day just around the corner, many of us are thinking about summer parties already. Planning a Memorial Day celebration can be overwhelming. There’s so much to take into account: the guest list, the food, the decorations, the drinks. Thankfully for all us optical-nerds, there’s no shortage of fun ways to inject a little optical joy into our parties alongside the abundance of American flags, and getting the party planning out of the way early means more time to relax and commemorate this Memorial Day Weekend, which is as good a reason as any to get shopping now. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite optical treats to help make your Memorial Day, no matter what you’re planning, stand out. Read More.

Review of Optometry: What Snellen Ain’t Tellin’

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:39 PM Oftentimes in practice, we encounter patients who subjectively report changes to their vision—but we then check their acuities and find no measurable difference in Snellen acuity. In these cases, we should consider an alternative measurement of vision quality: contrast sensitivity (CS). This brief, cost-effective screening tool can help us reveal factors relevant to their overall quality of vision. Measuring visual acuity alone, using black letters on a white background, may not be completely representative of a patient’s ability to perform their normal activities of daily living. There is also evidence that CS testing can provide early detection of ocular diseases, even before visual acuity or other entrance tests are affected. Find out more about contrast sensitivity testing in this feature from Review of Optometry. Read More.

An Eye Test Could Provide Early Warning of Alzheimer's Disease, Study Says

By Staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:32 PM In the future, a doctor might be able to tell whether someone is heading toward Alzheimer's disease—not by carrying out expensive brain scans, but during an eye exam. A new study paper in the journal Ophthalmology Retina outlines research that took place at Duke Eye Center in Durham, N.C. The researchers propose that a loss in density of blood vessels in the retina could suggest development of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers studied more than 200 people with normal brain function as well as individuals with Alzheimer's. They used a technique called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), which is noninvasive and can reveal blood flow in every layer of the retina. In the control group, they found that the web of tiny blood vessels located at the back of the eye was quite dense. The vessels of those with Alzheimer's disease, however, were less dense. Click here to read the full story from MedicalNewsToday.

LAST CHANCE! Nominate by This Wednesday Night for 2019 Most Influential Women in Optical Nominations

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2019 3:59 PM NEW YORK—There is one final extension for the deadlines for people to submit their nominations to be considered for VM's Most Influential Women in Optical. Nominations will be accepted until May 22 at 11:59 p.m. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 17th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. For this year’s Annual Report, please consider women who are making a difference in these four categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators. Read More.

Review of Optometric Business: Getting Patients to Talk About Their Eye Health Experience

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2019 3:56 PM Eyecare practitioners are trained to make evidence-based decisions about how to treat patients, according to Monica Johnsonbaugh, OD. Yet some of that evidence can be hard to get. A survey done by Bausch + Lomb and Kadence International highlights the degree to which patients withhold some important details about their eye health. Among patients who reported occasional episodes of blurry, changing or fluctuating vision, 62 percent said they didn’t tell their ECP, according to the survey. The numbers are even higher for patients with occasional tired eyes or eye strain — 74 percent of those patients in the survey said nothing to their ECP. One reason patients might be tight-lipped is that they sometimes blame themselves. Patients cite reasons such as spending too much time at a brightly lit computer screen or just having sensitive eyes. Learn more about opening up the lines of communication with patients in this feature from Review of Optometric Business. Read More.

Two-Thirds of Americans Say Health Care Doesn’t Work Well

By Staff
Monday, May 20, 2019 2:52 PM In this post from health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health care is the top issue facing the U.S. today, one in three Americans said, with another one-fourth pointing to the economy. Together, health care and the economy rank the top issues for 62 percent of Americans. Sarasohn-Kahn said, “Health care and the economy are, in fact, intimately tied in every American’s personal household economy I assert in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. This poll from RealClear Politics, conducted in late April/early May 2019, makes my point that the patient is the consumer and, facing deductibles and more financial exposure to footing the medical bill, the payor.” Click here to read more about her take on why many Americans believe the health care system isn’t working well.