Bitcoin and the Environment

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Friday, May 14, 2021 2:08 PM You've probably heard people mention that cryptocurrency has a big, and problematic, environmental impact. But what does that actually mean, and how can something that only exists virutally be so detrimental to the planet? Head over to this Twitter thread from Thomson Reuters Foundation News for an explanation. 

Insta-Pick for 5-15-21

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Friday, May 14, 2021 8:25 AM

Willis Eye Wear's Tweet for 5-15-21

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Friday, May 14, 2021 8:15 AM

LagunaEyes Optometry's Tweet for 5-15-21

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Friday, May 14, 2021 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 5-15-21

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Friday, May 14, 2021 8:10 AM This monogram-able catchall tray is perfectly constructed to hold frames when you don’t have the case on hand—or just as a cute, subtle opti-themed storage solution. You can pick it up from Mark & Graham here.

Show Organizers Announce Education Program Planned for Vision Expo East 2021

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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced the education program curated by the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Show’s educational program, together with OptiCon@Vision Expo, will open Wednesday, June 2 and exhibits will open Thursday, June 3. To register for Vision Expo East, click here. Presented under the banner of VisionEd, Vision Expo’s newly branded, sought-after education program is dedicated to seminars, workshops and interactive presentations.

SECO 2021 Wraps First Hybrid Meeting and House of Delegates Elects New Officers

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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:27 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, host of the leading continuing education meeting for optometrists and allied health care ophthalmic professionals, held its annual Congress here from April 28 to May 2. The event was the first major optometry meeting of 2021, and also the first hybrid event for SECO. In an announcement, SECO said its organizers rose to the challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and evolved the historic meeting’s offerings to include an in-person component in Atlanta, as well as a virtual attendance option.

FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:23 PM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses. This new lens is the first and only FDA approved orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lens for the management of myopia, according to the announcement. The lens, expected to launch by the end of 2021, will be available in sphere and toric designs to correct various combinations of corneal shapes and refractive errors. he FDA approval of Abiliti Overnight stems from the collaboration between J&J Vision and Menicon to bring forward therapeutic contact lenses for the treatment of myopia under the Acuvue Abiliti Brand, which J&J Vision said is a “new brand for future products and services to help parents and eyecare professionals address the progression of myopia in children.” Read More

Review of Optometry: Vaccines and Vulnerable Eyes—What to Look For

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:20 PM As we watch the ramp-up of COVID-19 vaccination, we can marvel at the ingenuity that brought these vital agents to market in under a year. But it also starkly underlines the importance of vaccines as a whole to society. Unfortunately, a decline in routine vaccination was among the unwelcome consequences of the pandemic lockdowns that began in March 2020, which significantly altered health care as we know it. Patient visits for routine and emergency care began to decrease. This has resulted in a reduced rate of vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) across the nation. Read More

Will FOMO Encourage People to Get Vaccinated?

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:23 PM As more and more freedoms open up to fully vaccinated Americans, the question remains whether or not the vaccine hesitant will roll up their sleeves due to FOMO (or, the fear of missing out) in relation to things like parties, concerts, weddings and more. Head over to WebMD for a look at what the outcome of these vaccinated-only events might be.

Vision Expo East 2021 Announces Event Schedule for The Seen

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:26 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, have announced the schedule of events set to take place at The Seen, a new main stage destination, during Vision Expo East 2021. Designed to serve as a collaborative learning environment, The Seen will host a series of panels and presentations, including the EYE2EYE Series, an educational series of panels and discussions designed to provide exclusive insights on topics to inform, empower and challenge attendees, ranging from business and marketing strategies to tactics for creating an inclusive work environment. Read More 

Review of Optometric Business: 5 Staff Training Tips from a Practice With an Average Employee Retention Rate of 10+ Years

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:23 PM You have just hired your next team member; one you selected based on personality, verbal and written communication skills, initiative and maybe prior experience. Your approach and protocols for training are now critical to the smooth integration of this new hire into your practice, both clinically and socially. Here are the key concepts that have helped my practice achieve successful training and long-term retention of valued administrative and technical staff. Read More

Vision Expo East 2021 Announces Event Schedule for The Seen

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, have announced the schedule of events set to take place at The Seen, a new main stage destination, during Vision Expo East 2021. Designed to serve as a collaborative learning environment, The Seen will host a series of panels and presentations, including the EYE2EYE Series, an educational series of panels and discussions designed to provide exclusive insights on topics to inform, empower and challenge attendees, ranging from business and marketing strategies to tactics for creating an inclusive work environment.

Shamir and Alpine F1 Team Form New Partnership

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:34 PM SAN DIEGO—Shamir and Alpine Formula 1 have formed a new partnership which will see Shamir become the Alpine F1 Team's optical performance partner. The collaboration, initiated by Fuse France, the sport marketing agency of Omnicom Media Group, aims at improving the visual quality and safety of every Race Team member and, ultimately, their collective performance. "The partnership is a natural expression of Shamir and Alpine's shared values of leading technologies, innovation, high performance, fast reaction, precision, safety and great teamwork," an announcement said, noting that the Shamir-Alpine F1 Team partnership will create the first ever vision performance lab in Formula 1. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Myopia Management Filled a Critical Need in Our Community

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:31 PM As an eyecare professional, I’m always trying to find ways to better serve my community, my patients, and any potential patient who comes into our practice. About a year ago, myopia management started gaining traction in our area in Ontario, with more and more patients coming in and asking questions about myopia. What started out as casually fitting children with CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lenses turned into a full clinic’s worth of services and therapies designed specifically for treating the growing number of myopic children in our area. Read More