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New From PEW: The Positives (and Negatives) of Cell Phones' Impact on Our Lives

NEW YORK—Cell phones and smart mobile tablets now play a central role in many aspects of their owners' lives according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. For many cell owners, their phone is an essential utility that they check frequently, keep close at all times, and would have trouble functioning without:

  • 67 percent of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls—even when they don't notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Some 18 percent of cell owners say that they do this "frequently."
  • 44 percent of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn't miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.
  • 29 percent of cell owners describe their cell phone as "something they can't imagine living without."



Contactually: A ‘Personal Assistant’ To Manage All Your Contacts

By Alan Glazier, OD, FAAO

ROCKVILLE, Md.—If you’re like me, you constantly think about the people in your contact list, with the best intentions of contacting them periodically to let them know you’re thinking of them, conduct further business, keep them in the loop as to relevant goings-on etc. But with our busy schedules and huge contact lists, it isn’t always realistic to do so.

Introducing Contactually, which is a personal assistant for your professional (and personal) contacts. Contactually analyzes the relationships in your contact lists and automatically prompts you to reengage with the people you deem important who may have “slipped off your radar.”



Cool Tools

Website accessibility is a major issue for all businesses—and of particular importance for eyecare practices' websites. is the World Wide Web Consortium resource that spells out all of the issues involved, details for making sure your website is indeed accessible for those who have disabilities including vision problems.



Keeping the needs of low vision patients in mind when designing your website is a primary goal of this comprehensive web accessibility solutions site. Since 1999, WebAIM has been one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.




Sites to See

EyeOnTheCure Blog

An insider's view on retinal research news and low-vision coping, the Foundation Fighting Blindness' Eye on the Cure blog educates and updates patients, families and the vision care community on important progress in the field. With vision-robbing diseases like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome affecting more than 10 million Americans, the Foundation strives to be the go-to resource for up-to-date information, behind-the-scenes access and, most importantly, hope for a future in which sight isn’t lost to retinal disease.


The only international organization dedicated exclusively to macular disease, AMD Alliance International has 70 members in 26 countries, comprised of prominent leaders in ophthalmology, vision rehabilitation, research and patient and senior’s advocacy. As well as advocating for patients, the group has also developed an in-depth Advocacy Tutorial to help member organizations launch their own successful campaigns.



Enlightening Infographic Illustrates Rise of Social Media in Health Care

NEW YORK—Patients of all ages are increasingly using social and mobile sites to listen to and engage with others who are talking about health. An interesting infographic from DC Interactive, an online agency connected to Demi and Cooper Advertising, illustrates this trend. The agency posts regularly on its site and its blog about trends that guiding how health care organizations, physician practices and providers approach their digital media presence.


Quick Click

Which of the following social media sites/tools has been most productive for your practice in 2012?

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