Is It Time for a Booster?

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Friday, May 27, 2022 11:53 AM Is it time for your next COVID booster shot? The CDC has put together a helpful tool for figuring that out. Head over to the CDC website and answer a few simple questions to be sure about your COVID vaccination status.

The World Health Organization Launches WHO Eye Care in Health Systems Guide, at the 75th World Health Assembly

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Friday, May 27, 2022 11:17 AM LONDON—The 75th World Health Assembly launched the WHO Eye Care in Health Systems Guide for Action this week at an event hosted by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The Guide is a new and important set of tools to support countries to include eye health in their national health programs. Launching the tools, Dr Bente Mikkelsen, director, non-communicable diseases, WHO said "We need 'all hands on deck' to take this forward," noting, “it's outrageous that in 2022 we have one billion people with vision impairment, and we have the oldest program in WHO standing since 1970.” Read More

Review of Optometry: Sensory Impairment May Lower Patients Motivation to Maintain Their Health

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Friday, May 27, 2022 11:09 AM In order for people to actively work on staying or becoming healthy, they need to be aware of what a health-promoting lifestyle actually looks like. The term “patient activation” is used as a measurement of people’s knowledge, skills and confidence in managing their own health, which is imperative to the longevity of a population. A recent study identified one group of individuals with poorer levels of patient activation: senior citizens. Additionally, it found that those with one or more sensory impairments also had greater odds of having lower patient activation scores, which could indicate a need for greater patient education in these risk groups. Read More

VM's News Quiz for the Week of May 28: Will We Need a Monkeypox Vaccine, the ‘Great Return’ to Offices and a Milestone for Shamir

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Friday, May 27, 2022 8:20 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at whether we will need a monkeypox vaccine, the ‘great return’ to offices and a milestone for Shamir.

IDOC Returns to Orlando for National Conference: The Connection 2023

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Friday, May 27, 2022 12:27 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC has issued a “save the date” notice for the return of its annual national conference, The Connection, to be held in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 16 through Feb. 19, 2023.

Independents Celebrate Healthy Vision Month With Reminders, Tips and Advice

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 4:46 PM NEW YORK—Each May, the Center for Disease Control’s Vision Health Initiative partners with the National Eye Institute (NEI) for Healthy Vision Month, a month dedicated to encouraging Americans to make vision a health priority and raise awareness around the necessity of regular vision care as a part of routine health care prevention and treatment. As part of Healthy Vision Month, the NEI has shared a variety of resources for patients and ECPs, all available online for free. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 3 Ways I’m Creating a 21st Century Office

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 4:34 PM Patients, like all consumers today, are becoming more sophisticated. They want the same level of service and ease in your office that they experience elsewhere. To meet my patient’s expectations, and deliver a high level of care, I made a few key practice investments. I estimate that these investments will help me generate an additional $100,000, or more, per year annually in the years to come, which, in turn, will allow me to reinvest this profit into further improving the patient experience. Here are the details of these modernizing investments I made in my office. Read More

Help for Those in Texas

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:15 PM In the wake of another mass shooting, many of us are left feeling scared, angry and helpless. There are some small steps we can take to provide some help to those impacted by these tragic events. Head over to Mashable for a list of verified places to donate, volunteer and provide support.

Insta-Pick for 5-28-22

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SUNY Optometry's Tweet for 5-28-22

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Salus University's Tweet for 5-28-22

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WeShareIt 5-28-22

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:10 AM Anatomy of the Human Eye: A Coloring Atlas, created by Lisa Ostrin, OD, PhD, is fun, educational and such a conversation starter. You can purchase it on Amazon here. #WeShareIt. Image via theanatomicaleye on Instagram

PECAA Annual Meeting Shines Bright in Palm Springs

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:33 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—After a three-year hiatus and for the first time since combining with Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA), Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) welcomed more than 900 members, strategic vendor partners and industry thought leaders to reconnect in person for three days of camaraderie, education and idea exchange during its annual meeting, held from May 19-21 in Palm Springs, Calif. The event delivered a multitude of opportunities for PECAA members and their staff to connect with peers, as well as to learn more about new tools and resources now available to grow and sustain successful practices.

Show Organizers Announce Submissions Are Being Accepted for Innovation Stage Speakers and Content for Vision Expo West 2022

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that submissions are being accepted for Innovation Stage speakers, presentations and panels for Vision Expo West, taking place September 14-17, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo & Convention Center.

Silmo Organizers Reconfirm Dates and Will Debut Optical Design Contest for Sept. 23-26, 2022 Paris Show

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:18 AM PARIS—Organizers of Silmo Paris have reconfirmed the Sept. 23-26, 2022 dates for their next in-person show, at Paris Nord Villepinte and report they will debut a new optical design contest this year, and will continue with their monthly broadcasts about the show. The next broadcast airs today on the Silmo Paris social media accounts and on the Silmo Paris social media accounts, which will feature commentator Dominique Cuvillier who will unveil the trends to come.