Screen Time: Digital Eye Strain Abounds, But Awareness Lags

By Staff
Friday, January 18, 2019 3:32 PM As recently as a decade ago, a mention of digital eye strain (DES) would have most people scratching their heads. Today it’s ubiquitous, a condition of modern life. From toddlers to millennials to seniors, from city dwellers to shepherds in remote mountain villages, no one is immune from DES and its effects, which include dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision and assorted aches and pains. The sharp rise in DES is directly correlated to the proliferation of smartphones, computers, e-readers and other digital devices and the increasing amounts of time we spend looking at our screens. Just how much time do we spend on screens? Two recent studies measured respondents’ screen time, and the statistics are sobering. Find out more about DES, featuring targeted research from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report and the Jobson/WebMD consumer survey. Read More.

Driven and Determined

By Staff
Friday, January 18, 2019 3:29 PM When Jenilee Rebarber, OD, moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in April 2017 with her young child and a goal to open her own practice, she knew it would be challenging. But she didn’t let that sway her. She could have stayed home; the native of Puerto Rico graduated from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry in 2009 and stayed to work there for a few years. But she thought her business prospects were stronger elsewhere, so in 2014, she moved to Connecticut and then later to Florida, working in all different practice modes, gaining valuable experience. Dr. Rebarber opened the doors to SightHealth Primary Eyecare in February 2018. See how she achieved her ownership goal in this feature from Women In Optometry. Read More.

Remembering the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 18, 2019 2:34 PM Today marks the start of the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. For many of us, this simply means we have an extra day to work on things around the house, to spend additional quality time with family or even to start those new projects that keep getting pushed off. But there’s also time this weekend to reflect on the accomplishments of the great Dr. King and the way he managed to take a measured and well-thought out approach to achieving his goals.

Rockin’ for New Eyes Plans ’60s Theme for Annual Fundraiser

By Staff
Friday, January 18, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—If you love the music of the ’60s, you’ll have a chance to experience the fun and excitement of it at Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy. Organizers are spreading the word about the March 23 show as they prepare for the ’60s-themed night of live music and dancing. “Our RFNE concert has become a must-see event during Vision Expo East,” Jean Gajano, New Eyes for the Needy’s executive director, told VMAIL.

Filion, New CEO at Rev360, Will Focus on Core Services, Products

By Staff
Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:40 PM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360, a practice software and business services company for ECPs, began the new year with a new chief executive officer. Longtime health care IT executive Scott Filion assumed the title from company founder Scott Jens, OD, FAAO, at the beginning of this month. The challenge for Filion, who had joined Rev360 in September 2018 as president and chief operating officer, is to deftly build upon past successes and to drive further growth by helping the company’s ECP customer base operate more successfully. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity that exists for both the company and the market,” Filion told VMAIL this week. Filion, who previously held senior level positions at EMC Healthcare, Hosting and GetWellNetwork, said one of his primary objectives is to help all of Rev360’s ECP customers become operationally more efficient and to maintain or grow their competitive advantage in the market. Read More.

Welcome to the Golden Age of Photochromics

By Staff
Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:37 PM I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: We’re living in the golden age of photochromics. Even in the early 2010s, when I first began dispensing, attempting to sell a photochromic lens was something akin to a grand interrogation. I would lay out the benefits and advantages of a given lens, explaining why he or she may be interested in one; and then, the questions would come. “Does it get clear right away when I come in?” “Will it work in my car?” “Do they take the place of sunglasses?” And as I laid out the response to every inquiry, I inevitably found myself—through honesty, forthrightness and a good understanding of the product—talking patients out of the lenses. In this feature from 20/20 Magazine, Preston Fassel, traces the development of photochromic lenses and looks at what products are available to today’s patients. Read More.

Apple’s Tim Cook Says the FTC Should Let People Track and Delete Their Data 'On Demand'

By Staff
Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:52 PM Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should implement a new framework that increases transparency around companies that handle user data and lets people track and delete information on them "on demand." Cook, in a Time magazine op-ed published last Wednesday, said the FTC should form what he called a "data-broker clearinghouse," evoking the image of a financial clearinghouse used for the exchange of payments, securities and other transactions in markets. In the article, Cook said he and others are calling on U.S. Congress to pass "comprehensive federal privacy legislation" that lets consumers minimize the data held on them by firms and gives them the ability to know what personal information is being collected and to delete it. Read the full story from CNBC.com.

LOFT NYC Expands to Two Extra Locations for Spring

By Staff
Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—LOFT Eyewear Shows will be expanded to two extra locations in the spring. The annual independent eyewear show will run from March 21 to 24 at the current Hudson Mercantile event space as well as Mercantile 37 and Mercantile 38, the two adjoining spaces approximately 500 feet away. This year will mark the first time that the LOFT NYC event will expand to include separate locations. “Since we started this event back in 2000 with just a couple of independent brands, it has evolved each year into something really special,” Richard Mewha, founder said. “As we grew, the independent eyewear movement also grew and we have been at the forefront of showcasing the most cutting edge eyewear designers from across the globe.”

Anti-Vax Movement Listed by World Health Organization as One of the Top 10 Health Threats for 2019

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:48 PM The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed vaccine hesitancy—the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite their availability—as one of its top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, according to this story from Newsweek. The phenomenon has taken hold in a number of countries around the world in recent times, and notably in the U.S. as well. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while coverage of most recommended vaccines remained relatively stable and high in 2017 for American children aged 19 to 35 months, the percentage who have received no vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE, increasing numbers of people in many U.S. states now hold anti-vaccination views.

Mido Gears Up for 2019 Show, Nominations Open for BESTORE Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:45 PM MILAN—The upcoming Mido trade show opens Feb. 23 to 25, 2019 in Milan. This year’s show just like the past year will feature a range of companies from the biggest players to young start-ups, SMEs and leaders in lenses and machinery as well as the Asian manufacturers’ group stands. Additionally, nominations for the show’s BESTORE awards have now opened on its website. The BESTORE is an international contest for the best optical stores across the globe. BESTORE 2019 will focus on two fundamental aspects: design and innovation. Click here to make a nomination. Winners will be announced and awarded during Mido 2019. Read More.

Tools of the Trade

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:42 PM LabTalk surveyed five suppliers to learn about some of their most popular handheld tools—and how these low-tech devices can lead to high-impact efficiencies for today’s labs. LabTalk takes a look at some relatively low-tech, handheld devices that shouldn’t be overlooked as important members of labs’ finishing equipment “support” team. In this feature, vendors share their latest innovations for final processing touches. Read More.

5 Best Ways to Excel in Retail in the Year Ahead

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:33 PM It’s a new year, and with it comes the opportunity to start fresh with your retail business. Retail sales hit around $5.16 trillion in 2018, and they’re projected to hit $5.32 trillion in 2019. So whether last year’s performance in your store could use a lot of improvement—or you had an exceptional year and want to break some new records—these pointers from Nicole Reyhle for Lightspeed will help you excel in the year ahead. Her tips range from more payment options for your customers to optimizing customer communication. Read the full post here.

100% Optical Boasted Expanded Offerings at 2019 Show

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—100% Optical, the U.K.’s largest optical show, attracted a diverse group visitors and boasted over 200 exhibitors with a comprehensive range of stands in each section, debuting 500 eyewear brands and 100 exclusive product launches while also showcasing its strongest equipment area to date during its three days at London ExCeL from Jan. 12 to 14. The well-known 100% Optical catwalk was emceed by radio presenter, Annaliese Dayes and showcased over 60 frames in a variety of colors, styles and materials.

Vision Expo East Courses to Feature New Sessions on Innovations, Leadership and Patient Care

By Staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East 2019 will introduce new and widely-requested education courses to this year’s Show featuring various business and health care focused programs specifically designed to fit every professional agenda to afford attendees a complete education experience.

VM Global Leadership Summit Program Expands With Experts in AI and Blockchain

By Staff
Monday, January 14, 2019 4:30 PM NEW YORK—The speaker roster is expanding for the upcoming Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior." Experts in new retail and health care technologies have joined the day-long exclusive program, which will be held here on March 20 at The Times Center. In the emerging category of using AI technology to build out knowledge of the customer and help create new and improved experiences, Justine Santa Cruz, SVP of enterprise and retail at Satisfi Labs joins the program. Also taking part in the health care aspect of the VM Summit program is Dr. Roger Smith, Ph.D., chief technology officer for the AdventHealth Nicholson Center in Florida, where he is responsible for establishing the technology strategy and initiating research projects to improve hospital operations. Read More.