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.

Special Registration Price for 2024 VM Leadership Summit Is Available Through Feb. 21

By Staff
Friday, February 16, 2024 12:27 AM NEW YORK—A special registration price is now available for the live, in-person 2024 Vision Monday Leadership Summit, taking place on Wednesday, March 13, just ahead of Vision Expo East here. The special registration price of $695 will be valid through Feb. 21. Registration for the 17th annual VM Summit and details about the event are posted at www.visionmonday.com/summit. The Summit program will open with a networking breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and the program and lunch will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration includes the full program, networking breakfast and lunch.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor L'Amy America's Stephen Rappoport and PSK Supermarket's Noah Katz at 2024 Night for Sight Gala on May 9

By Staff
Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:24 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—To raise awareness and fund research leading to treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), a driving force in the global development of treatments and cures for blinding diseases, will present its prestigious Visionary Award to Stephen Rappoport, CEO of L'Amy America and Noah Katz, president and CEO of PSK Supermarkets, at its annual gala, Night for Sight. Taking place on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. ET at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, Night for Sight will celebrate beacons of the fashion, food and finance industries as well as the blindness community.

There's Still Time to Register for VM's Leadership Summit in NYC on March 13

By Staff
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:21 AM NEW YORK—As artificial intelligence and its pervasive impact on modern life continues to make headlines, the 2024 Vision Monday Leadership Summit will bring AI’s influence on optical business and vision care into focus. The 17th annual VM Summit will take place in New York on March 13, just ahead of Vision Expo. In line with this year’s Summit theme, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future," influential thought leaders, business experts and vision care professionals will explore the critical decisions that leaders need to wrestle with to develop a clear-eyed view of the risks and rewards of AI implementation.

Top Business and Health Care Experts to Bring Artificial Intelligence Into Optical's Focus at VM Summit in NYC

By Staff
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As artificial intelligence and its pervasive impact on modern life continues to make headlines, the 2024 Vision Monday Leadership Summit will bring AI’s influence on optical business and vision care into focus. The 17th annual VM Summit will take place in New York on March 13, just ahead of Vision Expo. In line with this year’s Summit theme, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future," influential thought leaders, business experts and vision care professionals will explore the critical decisions that leaders need to wrestle with to develop a clear-eyed view of the risks and rewards of AI implementation.

Eye Health America Acquires Loris Eye Associates Expanding Further in Southeastern U.S.

By Staff
Friday, February 9, 2024 12:15 AM GREENVILLE, S.C.—Eye Health America, a leading integrated eyecare platform, announced a partnership with Loris Eye Associates, marking their 24th partnership in the Southeast and strengthening their patient care network throughout the PeeDee and Coastal South Carolina regions.

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.

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:

Top Business and Health Care Experts to Bring Artificial Intelligence Into Optical's Focus at VM Summit in NYC

By Staff
Monday, February 5, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As artificial intelligence and its pervasive impact on modern life continues to make headlines, the 2024 Vision Monday Leadership Summit will bring AI’s influence on optical business and vision care into focus. The 17th annual VM Summit will take place in New York on March 13, just ahead of Vision Expo. In line with this year’s Summit theme, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future," influential thought leaders, business experts and vision care professionals will explore the critical decisions that leaders need to wrestle with to develop a clear-eyed view of the risks and rewards of AI implementation.

Vision Expo East 2024 to Unveil Eyewear and Eyecare Trends, Fashion Forward Showcases and Cutting-Edge Education at Conclusive and Celebratory NYC Show

By Staff
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East 2024, co-hosted by The Vision Council and RX, is on track to be a landmark event for the eyecare and eyewear industry worldwide, with over 450 eyewear and eyecare companies gearing up to display their latest products and technologies across an expansive 150,000 square feet of exhibit space for one final show in New York City before heading to the sunshine state, according to an announcement from show organizers. Taking place from March 14 to 17 at the Javits Center, Vision Expo East 2024 holds particular significance as it will pay homage to its rich history in New York City before making its anticipated relocation to Orlando, Florida in 2025.

Top Ophthalmic Researchers to Discuss Clinical and Diagnostic Applications of AI at VM Leadership Summit

By Staff
Monday, December 18, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As artificial intelligence rapidly reshapes healthcare, several leading eyecare experts will share their ideas and experiences with the clinical applications and diagnostic advantages of AI at the Vision Monday Leadership Summit. The VM Summit, which will take place in New York City on March 13, 2024, is titled, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future.” The program will strive to develop a clear-eyed view of the risks and rewards of AI implementation.

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.

Jobson Research’s 2023 ECP Income Study Is Available Now

By Staff
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2023 Eye Care Professional Income study is now available. This annual study provides ECPs with information regarding income all across the industry. It includes average income information for optometrists, opticians/dispensers, and optical office managers in the U.S.

Registration Now Open for Vision Expo East 2024

By Staff
Friday, November 17, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX have announced that registration for Vision Expo East 2024, the premier event for the eyewear and eyecare industry, is officially open. Scheduled to take place from March 14 to 17 at the Javits Center, Vision Expo East 2024 will mark nearly four decades of showcasing cutting-edge products, fostering education, and bringing together ophthalmic professionals in New York City. This event will not only celebrate the rich history of Vision Expo East in the city that never sleeps, but usher in an exciting new chapter for the industry.

Prevent Blindness Declares Fourth Annual Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness Week as Nov. 13-19, 2023

By Staff
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has declared Nov. 13-19, 2023, as its fourth annual “Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness (TED) Week.” TED, also known as Graves’ Eye Disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system causes inflammation and swelling and stimulates the production of muscle tissue and fat behind the eye. Prevent Blindness provides free educational content to patients, care partners and health care professionals, including fact sheets and social media graphics, available in English and Spanish, and a dedicated webpage.