Thursday, December 29, 2022 9:30 AM
Researchers from ETH Zurich
have developed an ultrathin, gold-based transparent coating that is able to convert sunlight into heat. It can be applied to glass and other surfaces to prevent them from fogging. Applications for the new coating include eyewear. Yet this remarkable new coating triggered a case of writer’s fog for VM’s
Andrew Karp. How did that happen?
Friday, December 2, 2022 8:30 AM
In discussions of optical industry history, Arthur Lemay’s name doesn’t often come up. Unlike celebrated figures like Bernard Maitenaz, who invented the Varilux lens, or Noel Roscrow, Robert Graham and Rene Grandperret, who played key roles in the development of plastic lenses, or O.W. Coburn, who helped commercialize automated surface generators, Arthur Lemay is relatively unknown. Joe Santinelli has made it his mission to change that. For the past 30 years Joe, the founder of lens finishing equipment maker, Santinelli International, has been waging a one-man campaign to get Arthur Lemay the belated recognition he fervently believes Lemay deserves.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:02 AM
It’s been 31 months since I last set foot in our office in New York City. Driven out by COVID-19, I’ve been working from home, like the rest of our VM team. Fortunately, the threat of COVID-19 has receded in many parts of the U.S. Death rates have fallen, as have infection rates. For many of us, life has begun returning to “normal.”
Friday, October 28, 2022 8:30 AM
Like many magazine editors, I’m also magazine fan. I read some of them online, but I still enjoy reading, and feeling, the print edition of the New Yorker
, Guitar Player
and a few other favorites. Honestly, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. When a new issue arrives, I start thumbing through it as I walk from the mailbox to my house. Last month, I discovered a magazine I hadn’t seen before, despite the fact that it’s been published for ages. It’s the Marine Corps Times
, which bills itself as “the oldest and most trusted source for news and information about U.S. Marines, the military and the DoD.” One of the magazine’s article featured a headline that grabbed my attention: “How the U.S. Military Adopted its Famous ‘Birth Control Glasses.”
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 12:38 AM
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Singer Optical Co. (www.singeroptical.com), a 74-year-old independent laboratory located here, has transitioned to its third generation of Singer family ownership. The company has changed ownership from founder Fred Singer to Fred’s two sons Roger and Martin, to now Martin and his son, Ben Singer.
Friday, September 16, 2022 8:30 AM
When Erik Ritchie took over in early 2021 as CEO of EnChroma
, he told me that he saw a huge opportunity to grow the company’s share of the market for color blindness eyewear, as well grow the market overall. “Just in the U.S. alone there are 13 million people who suffer from color blindness, and that market has traditionally been underserved,” he said in a VMAIL interview
. “One of my goals is to make sure we get the word out and raise awareness of not only the issue, but the solutions to that issue, and that we do that both in the U.S. and globally.”
Friday, August 19, 2022 8:30 AM
What makes Stu Gleich tick? This seems like a reasonable question to ask about a dedicated horologist—someone who studies and often buys, sells and collects wristwatches and other timepieces. So, I decided to find out more about the man and what motivates him in his personal and professional pursuits. Here’s what I learned. Although Gleich makes his living in optical sales, horology is a consuming interest. However, he approaches both with a similar attitude. For Gleich, the search for that special watch, along with the transactions that are part of the experience, is not just about the thrill of the hunt and the pleasure of owning a beautiful object. It’s also about the relationships he forms along the way.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 1:00 PM
Diagnosed prevalent cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the seven major markets—U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., and Japan—combined is expected to increase from 33.66 million cases in 2021 to 40.32 million in 2031, at an annual growth rate (AGR) of 1.98 percent, according to GlobalData
, a leading data and analytics company. AMD is a progressive eye condition that is characterized by the gradual deterioration of the macula, which is the area of the retina responsible for central vision.
Friday, July 22, 2022 8:30 AM
A retinal exam may be able to predict a person’s risk of heart attack, when combined with other information, according to a recent study. Researchers found that the pattern of blood vessels in the retina could help identify those who are likely to experience heart problems, according to The Guardian.
In a recent article posted on WebMD
, writer Carolyn Crist reported that the researchers used data from UK Biobank
, which contains medical and lifestyle records for 500,000 people, to calculate a measure known as fractal dimension. The research team then studied people in the database who had experienced a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, after retinal images had been collected, Crist said.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 1:30 AM
Along with receding hairlines, crow’s feet and sagging skin, presbyopia is one of the least welcome physical changes we experience as we age. The gradual loss of our eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects, a result of the stiffening of the crystalline lens, is an inevitable condition for most of us who are middle aged and older. In fact, you could even add presbyopia to the familiar litany of death and taxes. And it only gets worse with time.
Friday, June 17, 2022 8:30 AM
While researching and writing a feature article on presbyopia for the June issue of Vision Monday,
I remembered a novel device called the Grolman Fitting System that was once used for fitting patients with progressive lenses. It was, excuse the pun, progressive for its time, though it has since been replaced with modern, digital technologies. Here’s a brief history of the device, drawn from an article I wrote about 25 years ago.
Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:30 AM
I’m always on the lookout for new research that help us better understand human vision as well as how to preserve and protect it. One study that caught my attention recently concerns a team of researchers at Purdue University
who discovered that the circadian clock plays a significant role in protecting eyes from retinal degeneration. The team studied fruit flies, which serve as a good model for the human retina. In a recent interview with Purdue writer Elizabeth K. Gardner, team leader Vikki Weake, associate professor of biochemistry in Purdue's College of Agriculture, discussed how it might be possible to slow or prevent vision loss from retinal degeneration.
Friday, April 29, 2022 11:43 AM
Most ophthalmologists and optometrists are probably familiar with optical coherence tomography (OCT), the non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section images of a patient’s retina. However, OCT is being applied in new ways that might surprise even the eyecare professionals who use it in their everyday practice. Duke University recently announced that researchers there are now applying lessons learned from decades of perfecting the eye imaging technology to autonomous systems sensor technologies used in robots and vehicles.