Rx for Success

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:31 AM NEW YORK—A number of eyecare retailers, both national chains and independents, along with several major lens, laboratory and frame companies are continuing to bring new ideas to product innovation, diverse lens choices and more streamlined delivery systems to the category of prescription safety eyewear (SRx) to serve the needs of manufacturing and industrial workers and to bring attention to good eye-care and effective vision correction products to themselves and their families

Dynamic Demos

By Jeff Hopkins, Contributing Editor
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Chances are you wouldn’t buy a house without seeing it in person. After all, you’re going to be spending a significant amount of time there. Yet most of us spend almost every waking hour “living” in our eyeglass lenses, but we don’t actually get to experience them until after we’ve purchased them. That’s the eternal problem of selling eyeglass lenses: you can tell patients that digital designs will work better than the standard designs they are wearing today, but how do you make them see the difference?

High Tech Driving Vision: Then and Now

By Ted Giola, Contributing Editor
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Ask someone today about high tech eyewear, and they will probably mention Google Glass. But do they know that 100 years ago, the most high tech eyewear was goggle glasses? Or that the emergence of the auto had as much impact on eyewear as the invention of the computer—and is still changing it today?

Brien Holden Vision Institute Launches Online Global Myopia Centre

By Staff
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:24 AM SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The Brien Holden Vision Institute, has launched the new online myopia resource platform Global Myopia Centre, according to an announcement from the organization. The Institute said the Centre will bring its resources in myopia research, practitioner training, and global advocacy to educate and equip eyecare professionals in managing myopia. The Institute has developed a number of online tools specifically to help practitioners including the Myopia Calculator and Guidelines for Myopia Management, which will be available free from the Centre.

Opternative Secures $9 Million in Series A3 Round of Funding

By Staff
Friday, November 9, 2018 12:24 AM CHICAGO—The eye health care technology company Opternative announced Thursday that is has secured $9 million in an “A3” round of funding, bringing to $18.5 million the total investment the company has raised to date, a spokeswoman told VMAIL. Trust Ventures and Pritzker Group Venture Capital led the funding round, with an additional investment from existing investor Jump Capital, according to the announcement. Opternative said it will use the funding to double its engineering, product, sales and marketing teams. The funding also will be used “to grow awareness and adoption of [the company’s] online vision test with consumers, employers and eyecare providers,” the announcement noted.

iChek Names David Klonoff and Joe Rappon to New Medical Advisory Board

By Staff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:21 AM ATLANTA— iChek, a developer of contact lens technology for glucose and hydration monitoring, announced the formation of its new Medical Advisory Board (MAB) with two key appointments: David Klonoff, MD, FACP, FRCPE, and AIMBE fellow Joe Rappon, OD, MS, FAAO. Both are accomplished and well credentialed industry thought leaders. Dr. Klonoff, founder and editor-and chief of Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, is serving as chairman of the Diabetes Technology meeting being held in Bethesda, Maryland this week. Dr. Rappon recently received the AAO Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics.

OcuMedic Inc.’s Contact Lens Drug Delivery System Granted European Patent

By Staff
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 12:18 AM MULLICA HILL, N.J—OcuMedic, Inc., the first developer of therapeutic lens for the delivery of drugs for the global ophthalmic market, announced their Contact Drug Delivery System, received a patent by the European Patent Offices, according to a release from the company. The patent will cover all intellectual property of the company’s timed-released delivery of drugs directly to the eye through prescription soft-contact lenses. President and CEO of OcuMedic, Inc., Keith D. Ignotz, said, “The European patent extends the company’s intellectual property coverage to the important European market valued at $16.7 billion annually, growing by 5.6 percent CAGR by 2023, according to Allied Market Research.

LetinAR Is Developing Optical Solution for Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

By Staff
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:27 AM SEOUL—LetinAR, a Korean startup developing a new optical solution for augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, recently raised $3.6 million in Series A funding, led by Kakao Ventures, Naver Corporation, DSC Investment, Korea Asset Investment Securities, and Platinum Technology Investment. LetinAR, a member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, has developed an optical system for AR smart glasses, which plays the same role as smartphone displays. The optical system consists of LetinAR's self-developed “pin mirror lens" and a microdisplay made by external partners.

King Children Raises $2 Million in Funding, Launches 3D-Printed Customized Eyewear

By Staff
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—King Children, a new eyewear brand that creates custom frames, announced its company’s launch. To date, King Children has raised $2 million in funding from investors including Great Oaks VC, RBC Venture Partners, Gen Z Capital and Casper co-founder, Neil Parikh. King Children was founded by Sahir Zaveri (CEO) and Dave Lee (CTO), who have combined the latest in 3D printing and augmented reality to bring customized products and a high quality user experience to a broad demographic.

Schunk Group Acquires Majority Stake in OptoTech

By Staff
Monday, November 5, 2018 12:27 AM HEUCHELHEIM and WETTENBERG, Germany—The Schunk Group, a diversified technology company based in Heuchelheim, Germany, has acquired 51 percent of the shares in the optical machinery manufacturer OptoTech. The terms of the deal were not announced. OptoTech is now a division of the Schunk Group.

Lensabl Will Use New Funding to Enhance User Experience

By Staff
Monday, November 5, 2018 12:21 AM LOS ANGELES—Lensabl has raised $3 million in series seed funding to grow its prescription lens replacement business. The round was led by Rogue Venture Partners, which recently led the funding of Sightbox, the contact lens subscription business acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2017. Other investors in the round include Birchmere, Aspect Ventures, Cherry Tree Capital, Amplify.LA, Luma Launch, Watertower Ventures, and Crowdsmart. This brings Lensabl's total funding to $3.7 million, Lensabl CEO Andrew Bilinsky told VMAIL.

How the Eyecare Profession Saw the Light About UV

By Ted Gioia

Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:26 PM A century ago, many believed UV exposure was good for vision. It took decades of research and investment to raise awareness of the real risks. Today, the hazards of ultraviolet light are well known. Surveys show that 90 percent of respondents take some steps to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun, even if it’s just putting on a hat and rubbing sunscreen on their body. There’s still too much risky behavior—just count the number of tanning salons in your hometown if you doubt it—but UV awareness is one of the success stories in preventive health care.

CheckedUp Adds New Features to Help ECPs With Decision Making

By CLICK Staff

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:45 AM NEW YORK—CheckedUp, a specialty point of care and patient education company, is adding several new product features to optimize their health care decision technology. With over 5,000 eyecare professionals in the CheckedUp network, the technology empowers patients during their health care journey by engaging and educating them about their care, preventions, conditions, and treatment options.

Shamir Debuts Microsite for Autograph Intelligence

By CLICK Staff

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:40 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Shamir Insight, Inc., an innovative leader of premium Freeform progressive and single vision lenses, announced the launch of its microsite, www.ShamirAutographIntelligence.com, an online resource for its newest progressive lens design, Autograph Intelligence. Shamir launched the microsite with the goal of providing comprehensive product information and resources about its newest progressive lens design.

MacuLogix Launches AMD Academy

By CLICK Staff

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:35 AM MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—MacuLogix is launching AMD Academy, an online learning community for current AdaptDx users, delivering video-based product training and a user forum to facilitate discussion of best practices and answers to user questions.