VM Summit Panel: How Do New Remote Monitoring Tech and Wearables Extend ECP Relationships and Promote Healthy Outcomes?

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Escalated by the pandemic, consumers and patients are demonstrating their openness to using new technologies to redefine their own sense of wellness and take care of their own health. This is furthering the advent of new remote monitoring systems and wearables which are directly involving the patient in managing care with their doctors. Experts discussed these "Remote Possibilities" during VM's virtual Leadership Summit last week. They talked about how these technology developments can actually strengthen provider relationships with patients and provide healthier outcomes, too.

Shamir Progresses Its Alpine F1 Partnership in Anticipation of the Launch of Its New Glacier Plus Metaform Manufacturing Later This Year

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Reflecting the partnership between Shamir and the Alpine Formula 1 team, a unique optical technology collaboration announced earlier this year, as VMAIL reported, Shamir took further steps late last week to share more information about their collaboration which will be leading up to the launch in early December this year. Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform will enable the production of new revolutionary lens–enhancing AR properties through a unique manufacturing process that will soon be available on 1.74. The Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform is up to 20 percent thinner and lighter than regular minus lenses and up to 18 times stronger than the standard FDA requirements, Shamir noted.

Transitions Optical to Host Online Education Event, Including ABO Courses

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical is hosting an online educational event for industry professionals on Tuesday, November 9. Billed as “A Day of Education" with Transition Optical, the virtual event will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest education from industry experts and the Transitions Optical team on photochromics, light, style trends and the new range of Transitions XTRActive products—Transitions XTRActive Polarized and Transitions XTRActive new generation. The online event will include various sessions between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST. Attendees are not required to attend the full event and can join sessions of interest at their leisure. Courses and events scheduled for the day include:

Blackfin Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Opens Black Shelter Headquarters

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:21 AM TAIBON AGORDINO, Italy—On October 13, Blackfin celebrated its 50th anniversary with the opening of its new Black Shelter headquarters, a building that nearly triples the space in its existing Taibon Agordino location, surrounded by the Belluno Dolomite mountains. The new headquarters is a further expansion of the original building, which was renovated in 2016. Today, it houses about 100 employees between offices and production. Everything is done in-house, which Blackfin says more than doubles the production area to cope with growing market demand.

AAOF Foundation Announces Fellowship and Grant Recipients

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) in collaboration with the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society announced that Kevin Willeford, OD, MS, PhD, FAAO, has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship. Dr. Willeford is an associate professor at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. This fellowship is designed to provide support for early career optometric and vision science faculty research. It will fund Dr. Willeford’s project, “Do non-strabismic individuals use slow fusional vergence to stabilize binocular alignment across gaze positions?”

Randolph Announces Passing of Co-Founder Stanley Zaleski

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:15 AM RANDOLPH, Mass.—Stanley Zaleski, co-founder of Randolph Engineering, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2021 at the age of 82. Stanley immigrated to the U.S. from Poland at the age of 19. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after graduating,  Zaleski was drafted to service for active duty in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1967.

ZooBug London Unveils New Statement Acetate Frames

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:08 AM

Komono Intros Fall/Winter 2021 Optical Collection

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:05 AM

Wall Street Sees a Record Deal Spree as a Reason for Optimism

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:04 AM The private equity firms are extremely flush with cash, financing and funding is very, very attractive and so you’re seeing the amount of activity that’s being driven by private equity firms increasing. I think that will continue for a period of time, but the levels at which it’s running I don’t think are long-term sustainable.

My Vision Show Announces Rewind, Opens Doors to All Exhibitors

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:02 AM My Vision Show has announced the first My Vision Show Rewind, a three-day virtual event November 19 – 21, 2021. My Vision Show Rewind will highlight the independent brands, and a select few content creators, who participated in the show throughout the year.

VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

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Friday, October 22, 2021 2:30 PM NEW YORK—As the Oct. 20 virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients' trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled Rebuilding Trust, Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Parents Increasingly Seek Myopia Management, Says GMAC’s Two-Year Study

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Friday, October 22, 2021 2:26 PM The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) conducted a study between 2019 and 2021 to get a better idea of parents’ awareness and perceptions about myopia. The organization analyzed two main sources of data: an online survey that was sent to parents of children under 18 years old, and Google trends that tracked the ongoing searches related to myopia. Now, GMAC has released the results from this two-year study, and there were several key takeaways. Read More

Predicting This Year's Most Popular Costumes

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:54 PM With Halloween just around the corner, you may be finding yourself in one of two scenarios: stuck for costume ideas, or worried everyone will be wearing the same thing as you this October 31. Thankfully, Google's annual Frightgeist feature, which complies Google searches and data to determine the most popular Halloween costimes each year, is here to help. Head over to Patch to learn more about the feature, or head straight to Frightgeist to try it out for yourself. You can search locally or nationwide. 

Pandemics ‘Change the Shape of Economies,’ According to New KPMG Report

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:23 PM NEW YORK—A comprehensive report issued this month by the accounting and management services firm KPMG takes a closer look at how the current pandemic has impacted the U.S. and global economic landscape. As the firm notes in its report, “Pandemics of the length and scope of the current COVID-19 pandemic can change the economic and geopolitical landscape, literally shape shifting economies in their wake. Data on the shape of economies after pandemics shows higher savings rates, a smaller labor force, lower real interest rates, higher wages, wealth destruction, and lower capital expenditures.”

In addition the report, “Shape Shifting: How the pandemic is changing the contours of the economy,” finds that in many cases the rate of interest was below the rate of growth after past pandemics.

In addition to population growth patterns, wages and working remotely, KPMG looks into retirement trends and finds some interesting trends that likely will play out for employers for several more years. As the report notes, “In addition to a falling population, retirement rose during the pandemic.” The implications and trends, according to KPMG, are:

• Labor force participation among those over the age of 65 was one of the fastest growing cohorts over the past two decades. The pandemic appears to have reversed this.

• For the approximately 1 million workers below the age of 65 who retired during the pandemic, it is very possible they will return to the labor force if the economic recovery is long and/or strong enough. This would be good news for employers and the outlook for economic growth.

• For around 2.5 million people over the age of 68 who retired during the pandemic, their return is unlikely. This poses a structural drag on consumption and in turn inflation in the years ahead.