ECPs Play a Key Partner Role in Workplace Safety

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, February 23, 2024 8:30 AM With March just around the corner, eyecare professionals (ECPs) are focusing their attention on Workplace Eye Awareness Month. Each year, thousands of Americans experience some form of workplace eye injury. These types of injuries can be the result of many things, ranging from chemical spills to sharp objects. Many ECPs are also trying to educate their patients about the risks of spending too many hours in front of the computer, which can cause digital eyestrain. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25,000 Americans are sent to the emergency room each year with a workplace eye injury.

A Newer, Faster Way to Diagnose and Treat Eye Stroke at Mount Sinai’s N.Y. Eye and Ear Infirmary

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, February 16, 2024 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Eye stroke, or central retinal artery occlusion, happens when the main artery that supplies blood to the retina is blocked, typically by a clot, depriving the retina of oxygen. Often categorized by painless, sudden loss of vision in one eye, it is similar to a stroke in the brain and can lead to permanent vision loss if the clot is not dissolved as soon as possible. At New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE), though, ophthalmologists have created a novel protocol to rapidly diagnose eye stroke and expedite care to prevent this potentially irreversible vision loss. Based on a recent study, the protocol describes using high-resolution retinal imaging in the emergency room along with rapid remote consultation to confirm diagnosis and expedite care.

Prevent Blindness Encourages Eye Safety for Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse in April

By Staff
Friday, February 9, 2024 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health and safety organization, is preparing the public to safely experience the total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8, 2024 with the Prevent Blindness Eclipse + Your Eyes program.

Are We on the Way to Restoring Vision?

By Mary Kane
Thursday, February 8, 2024 8:30 AM The Transplantation of Human Eye Allografts (THEA) program is on the cusp of making whole functional eye transplantation to restore vision for the blind and visually impaired a reality in our lifetime. Last month, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) announced that the THEA program intends to transplant whole human eyes to restore vision by reestablishing visual connection to the brain. Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, is the program manager of ARPA-H’s transplantation program. VMAIL Weekend reached out to Dr. Roberts to get his thoughts about how the THEA program will work and what it will mean to the millions who are experiencing severe vision loss.

Ace Vision Group Names Val Kolesnitchenko, MD, as Chief Scientific Officer

By Staff
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 12:15 AM BOSTON—Ace Vision Group, Inc., an emerging medical device company at the forefront of pioneering rejuvenation therapy for the aging eye and presbyopia, announced that it has named Val Kolesnitchenko, MD, as chief scientific officer.

Jobson Optical Research and Review of Myopia Management Release 2024 ECP Myopia Survey Results

By Staff
Monday, February 5, 2024 12:27 AM NEWARK, N.J.—Jobson Optical Research and Review of Myopia Management have released the Myopia Management 2024 Survey results, which gauge the attitudes and behaviors of eyecare professionals in the U.S. regarding myopia management. Jobson Optical Research and Review of Myopia Management polled nearly 500 eyecare professionals throughout the country during the fourth quarter of 2023, and the results are now available in this newly released survey. Respondents to the survey answered questions that included:

February Declared as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness

By Staff
Monday, January 29, 2024 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month. The group is offering a variety of free educational resources to the public and professionals, including fact sheets and social media graphics in English and Spanish, dedicated online resources and informative videos. AMD is a retinal disease that affects part of the back of the eye called the macula.

What’s New in the World of Rx Safety Programs

By Staff
Friday, December 29, 2023 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Each year, millions of Americans suffer severe eye injuries and even blindness associated with workplace accidents. According to 2023 Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 18,510 eye-related injury or illness cases that resulted in at least one day away from work in 2020.

VM Explores How Accessible Tech Is Expanding Options for Low Vision and Blind Patients

By Staff
Thursday, December 14, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK—As millions of aging Baby Boomers lose some, or all, of their sight due to age-related eye disease and we live longer due to advances in health care, the number of people suffering from low vision and blindness continues to increase. According to 2021 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, 20 percent of all people aged 85 and older in the U.S. experience permanent vision loss. As a result, the need for assistive technologies and improved access to them has never been greater.

Optometry Giving Sight Earns Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

By Staff
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 12:18 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has announced that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.

The Vision Council Unveils Focused inSights 2023: Parental Perspectives on Myopia

By Staff
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council released a new research report highlighting parents’ awareness and experiences with childhood myopia. The report, titled Focused inSights 2023: Parental Perspectives on Myopia, suggests that there is a significant gap in parental understanding regarding childhood myopia, and ample opportunity for eyecare providers to better educate families about the causes and risks associated with the condition. The World Health Organization recognizes myopia as a significant public health concern, but survey responses indicate that only 2 in 10 parents have heard about the myopia epidemic.

Optical Industry Brings Awareness to Winter Eye Health Via Social Media

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, December 8, 2023 8:30 AM During the winter months, your eyes can be at increased risk for injury. Despite the sun spending more time hidden behind clouds and shorter days, vision health can still be at risk due to Ultraviolet rays. This is also known as snow blindness and many people who live in northern climates are at risk. There is also an increased risk for developing photokeratitis, a condition resulting from exposure to ultraviolet light or man-made sources such as UV lamps. Today, sports enthusiasts use modern snow goggles featuring the latest sun blocking technology to protect their eyes. ECPs are working with their patients, both in-office and online, to educate and provide the right resources to prevent photokeratitis including helping them better identify the warning signs.

The Vision Council Announces the Publication of the ASC Z80 Spectral Bands Task Force Technical Report

By Staff
Friday, December 8, 2023 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and ASC Z80 announced the publication of the Spectral Bands Task Force Technical Report by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee Z80.

What’s New in the World of Rx Safety Programs

By Staff
Friday, December 8, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Each year, millions of Americans suffer severe eye injuries and even blindness associated with workplace accidents. According to 2023 Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 18,510 eye-related injury or illness cases that resulted in at least one day away from work in 2020, leading to an incidence rate of 1.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. A report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) found that workplace eye injuries cost nearly $300 million in lost productivity, worker compensation and medical treatment.

Neurolens Receives $45 Million in Growth Capital From Trinity Capital

By Staff
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:21 AM PHOENIX—Trinity Capital Inc., a leading provider of diversified financial solutions to growth-stage companies, announced the commitment of $45 million in growth capital to Neurolens, a company commercializing innovative solutions to optimize vision.