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

By Staff
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.

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.

Healthy Eyes Working for You Is a New Education Resource About Vision Benefits From Transitions

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:36 PM NEW YORK—Healthy Eyes Working for You is a new education program from Transitions which aims to increase awareness of the value of vision benefits through education. Transitions Optical said the new website that aims to increase awareness of the importance of regular eye exams and premium eyewear option is available through a comprehensive vision benefit. With sections of information geared to professionals and brokers and also to employees and consumers, the site allows visitors to enter one of two portals—one for HR professionals and brokers, and the other for employees—to access a toolkit of customized resources. It provides a wide range of information, educational resources and quantitative tools to reinforce the value of offering—or enrolling in—a premium vision plan. Read More.

How I Contribute to Practice Culture as an Associate OD

By Staff
Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:33 PM Practice culture is dependent on more than the practice owner and leader; all doctors and staff who work at the practice make an important contribution. The culture that is collaboratively created then impacts patient care and service, and, ultimately profitability. Here’s how I learned about helping to foster an effective culture at my shared OD-MD practice, and how as an associate, I continue to make an impact. It’s important for everyone, including associates, to work toward a culture that will help the practice succeed, as a more successful practice is good for the entire practice, not just the owners. Find out more about practice culture in this feature by Suzanne LaKamp, OD, in Review of Optometric Business. Read More.

Independents Look to Optique Hub for Signage Inspiration

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:43 PM Optique Hub is dedicated to helping customers find the perfect independent eyewear practice, but they serve more than just curious customers. Over on Instagram, @optiquehub has been curating a collection of unique, eye-catching signs outside independent optical shops, something they call their “Optical Signage Series.” A sign outside a shop isn’t the most important thing an independent business does, but it is a central piece of every shop’s first impression. Before online reviews and social media campaigns, storefronts and signage were everything for small businesses, and, although times have changed, they still carry weight today. In the Instagram world, signage can serve as free advertisement, if it’s good enough to inspire passersby to stop and snap a picture, and it can still be enough to pull a customer off the street. Read More.

Women In Optometry: Built With a Foundation for Flexibility

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:40 PM Jennifer Burke, OD, recalls being a bit nervous about asking for financing for a business loan with a six-figure student loan debt and a mortgage already on her plate. But when she approached Wells Fargo in May 2014, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Those early conversations were encouraging, and with the bank’s blessing, “I started getting serious about finding a location and building my detailed business plan,” Dr. Burke said. Dr. Burke had been working in two practices, one of which where she had been a patient. These valuable experiences in both smaller and large practice settings provided great experiences and a continuation of her education through conversations with colleagues. As time passed, she began to realize what her next step had to be to achieve the control and flexibility she sought in her career/life balance. “I wanted to start cold in order to reach my financial and professional goals.” Read More.

Sydney Madrigal Is Representing Her Fellow Latinxs

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:49 PM Sydney Madrigal is a third-year student pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health as well as her doctorate in optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Though she spent most of her life in South Florida, Madrigal is of Cuban decent and has created Latina Optometrist, a light-hearted and inspirational page that gives a voice to one of the minority groups in the optical industry. “Upon starting school in Birmingham, I knew I would be a minority in my class, but over time I realized I was also a minority in the field,” Madrigal explained. “My parents didn’t know much about applying to optometry school, I was pretty much on my own; this is what made me really start to think about the potential impact I could make.” Read More.

Review of Optometry: Delegate and Refocus

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:46 PM One of my goals is to do whatever I can to elevate the profession of optometry. If I’m asked to be involved in something that doesn’t do this, I decline. And the reason is simple: we have a profession of kind, compassionate and striving individuals who do what is best for our patients. However, I worry that our only enemy is ourselves or, more specifically, fear, complacency and apathy. Helen Keller once said, “We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.” Optometry is a great profession; we serve the public in medical, optical and contact lens needs and we are a trusted provider. But sometimes this success breeds complacency, or worse yet, apathy due to fear or disregard of the future. Find out how chief clinical editor Paul M. Karpecki, OD, wants to advance the profession in this column from Review of Optometry. Read More.

April Showers Bring an Important Reminder About UV Protection

By Staff
Monday, April 15, 2019 3:13 PM NEW YORK—I recently returned from a week-long vacation to Ireland. When our flight landed in Dublin, I stood up and gathered my things, ready to disembark. I put on my jacket, wrapped up my scarf, and slid my sunglasses onto my face—only for the friendly Irishman seated behind me to laugh and say, “Ah, you won’t be needing those here! It’s always overcast.” While my momentary airplane friend might’ve had a point about the Irish weather, he was wrong about one thing—as many of us know, our eyes benefit from UV protection all the time, not just on hot, sunny, summer days. My moment on the plane makes for a fun story, but is also a sobering reminder that not everyone outside the optical world knows just how important UV protection is. Read More.

20/20 Magazine: Make Lens Geography Work for You

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Monday, April 15, 2019 3:10 PM American astrophysicist and author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson once tweeted, “If shrunk to a few inches across, Earth would feel as smooth as a billiard-hall cue ball.” Actually, the surface of an ophthalmic lens has something we have spread across the entire surface of our planet. That something is the system of latitude and longitude, a concept which works well over both curved and flat surfaces. We are consistent in using longitudes (e.g., interpupillary distance), but latitude (e.g., needed for MRP location) is a coordinate too often overlooked. Learn more about lens geography in this Rxpertise feature by Palmer Cook, OD, from 20/20 Magazine. Read More.

47 Years Later, Gleek + Howard Is Still the Attraction

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Friday, April 12, 2019 5:15 PM In 1969, William (Bill) Berk was one of about 400,000 people at Woodstock. Like the rest of the crowd at the legendary music festival, Bill was witness to a historic event—one that would change his life forever. For Bill, that historic moment came when his friend, Albert Gleek the 3rd, who was with him at Woodstock, mentioned the fact that his father was thinking of selling his optical store, Gleek + Howard, in Montclair, New Jersey. Bill was interested—and in 1972, Bill, a Vietnam veteran who began working in the optical industry as soon as he returned home from service, purchased the store from Albert Gleek and John Howard. He kept the original name, but has made the independent business entirely his own since then. Read More.

20/20 Europe: Interview of the Month With Maui Jim

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Friday, April 12, 2019 5:12 PM The future is looking bright for Maui Jim. The 20/20 Europe team traveled to Germany to visit the company’s state-of-the-art prescription lab in Braunschweig, which began production in June 2018. Since the opening, the lab has increased its workforce, achieved its target to meet all European Rx orders, and attracted new business from opticians in Europe and further afield. Maui Jim’s decision to extend their distribution facility in Germany with a state-of-the-art prescription lab is confirmed as a major success by Hans-Jurgen Penzek, vice president Europe, Maui Jim Sunglasses. According to Penzek, the lab is servicing all the European markets as well as Dubai, South Africa, Hong Kong and China. Read More.

Independents Look to Optique Hub for Signage Inspiration

By Staff
Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:18 PM Optique Hub is dedicated to helping customers find the perfect independent eyewear practice, but they serve more than just curious customers. Over on Instagram, @optiquehub has been curating a collection of unique, eye-catching signs outside independent optical shops, something they call their “Optical Signage Series.” A sign outside a shop isn’t the most important thing an independent business does, but it is a central piece of every shop’s first impression. Before online reviews and social media campaigns, storefronts and signage were everything for small businesses, and, although times have changed, they still carry weight today. In the Instagram world, signage can serve as free advertisement, especially if it’s good enough to inspire passersby to stop and snap a picture. Read More.