So What Are The 'Twisties'?

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:12 PM After withdrawing from the 2020 Olympic women's gymnastics all-around final, Simone Biles explained that she made to the decision after experincing "the twisties" on her first vault. Although us non-gymnasts might think the name sounds cute and harmless, Biles explained that the twisties are actually a terrifying, and incredibly dangerous, experience, in which a gymnast gets "lost" in the air, cannot tell how they are going to land, and can seriously injure themselves. Head over to BuzzFeed News to read Biles' full explanation of the terrifying experience. 

Hoya Group Reports Significant Increases in Sales and Profits in First Quarter

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Friday, July 30, 2021 9:15 AM TOKYO—Boosted by strong sales in both North America and Europe, Hoya Group (7741:JP) on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its current fiscal year totaled 158,000 million yen, an increase of 44.5 percent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. The quarterly profit before tax totaled 51,018 million yen, and quarterly profit amounted to 41,299 million yen, up 59.7 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The quarterly profit margin before tax was 32.3 percent, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.1 points. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: What a Parental Control App Is Teaching Us About Eye Health Care Service Utilization

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Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 AM It has become incontrovertible that parents worldwide have all but lost control of their children’s use of digital smart devices. Research shows that parents’ attempts to reduce their children’s screen time are largely unsuccessful because of their inability to constantly police their children’s behavior and the addictive nature of these devices. One global study reported that many children spend seven or more hours on devices per day, amounting to almost half of their waking lives being wasted on screens. The myriad health problems resulting from compulsive and uninterrupted device use among children —including addiction, learning and social deficits, mental illness, obesity, diabetes, and myopia —require effective and scalable interventions urgently. Read More

Insta-Pick for 7-31-21

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Friday, July 30, 2021 8:25 AM

WeShareIt 7-31-21

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Friday, July 30, 2021 8:10 AM This gorgeous illustration shows some of the most famous eyewear of all time—and makes the perfect addition to any optical boutique. You can pick it up on Etsy here. #WeShareIt

EssilorLuxottica Posts Solid Results for First Half 2021, Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by 2025

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Friday, July 30, 2021 7:16 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced today a plan to achieve carbon neutrality within the next four years. The ambitious plan was revealed by EssilorLuxottica’s management against a backdrop of the company’s solid financial performance for the first half of 2021, which indicates a rebound from the impact of COVID-19 the prior year and a return to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. Revenue for the Group during the first half of 2021, ending June 30, totaled €8,768 million, a +5.7 percent increase at constant exchange rates over the first half of 2019. Operating profit rose to €1,271 million, compared with a loss of €378 million a year ago and up 35.1 percent versus 2019.

Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) Acquires Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA)

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:43 PM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) announced today that it has acquired Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), expanding its commitment to the independent eyecare channel and increasing the size of the community it serves to 12,000 independent eyecare professionals (IECPs) across all 50 states. The acquisition was completed on July 27. Financial terms were not disclosed. PECAA was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 2006 by three independent optometrists. Over the past 15 years, the company has grown from a small, Northwest based organization to one of the nation’s premier doctor alliance groups serving nearly 2,000 independent ECP members. Read More

Review of Optometry: Keep Glaucoma Care Close to Home

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:40 PM Referrals are a critical aspect of optometric practice, even among ODs who practice to the full extent of their license. Therefore, they must be prepared to collaborate with specialists while maintaining their position as the primary eye care provider. This involves offering detailed recommendations to any specialist to whom they are entrusting their patient’s care. “The role of the OD as the manager of their patients’ vision and medical eye wellness is a critical component of optometry that has been taken on by our profession very appropriately over the last decade or so,” noted James Thimons, OD, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. Read More

Horses on Planes

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:05 AM If you've caught any of the equestrian events at the Olympics, you probably wondered, at least in passing, how all those horses get to the games. As you'd expect, traveling with a horse is anything but easy, but it is doable. Head over to Forbes for an inside look at the logistics behind getting those big, talented animals halfway around the world.

Olympians Outside the Olympics

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:16 PM For some Olympians, training and competing in their sport is a full time job—for others, it's something akin to a side hustle. Many Olympians around the world have full time jobs outside their sport, including priests, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners and more. Head over to BuzzFeed to learn more about Olympic athletes and their day jobs. 

Optical Sales Increased for the Week of July 19-25, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:03 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales increased slightly last week, July 19-25, with most product/service categories on the upswing, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased by 1 index point, bringing it to within 1 index point of the level it reached at this point last year and 3 index points above where it was in 2019. All optical sales categories, except contact lenses, experienced slight upticks last week. Exams/refractions had the largest increase of 3 index points, while contact lenses at the other end of the sales spectrum decreased by 1 index point. Rounding out the increases were lens pairs, which were up 2 index points and frame units, up 1 index point. Read More

20/20 Europe: Luxottica Frames Spotted at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:00 AM Luxottica has issued a raft of new images of celebrities wearing their brands, including the iconic collection Ray-Ban, at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. Among the famous faces wearing the sunglasses were icons of the cinema: Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson, Pedro Almodovar, Benicio del Toro and Sophie Marceau. Sean Penn and Owen Wilson wore the iconic Ray-Ban Aviator 3025, and Izabel Goulart—the Brazilian fashion model—was seen wearing Ray-Ban State Street, a larger sized frame for women offering a hot retro look. This style will be featured in the new You Are On campaign. Read More

Transitions Optical Announces 2020 Innovation Awards Finalists

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:09 PM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The winners will be announced later this year and honored during Transitions Academy 2022, January 16-19. “2020 was a unique year, and it’s now more important than ever to focus on the highlights and celebrate our Innovation Award finalists and their achievements,” said Jose Alves, general manager, Americas, Transitions Optical. Read More

Women In Optometry: Look on the Bright Side

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:00 PM When you arrive at Wentz + Woodrich Eyecare in Lubbock, Texas, you can’t miss the floor-to-ceiling moss green wall decked with illuminated script reading: See the Bright Side. It’s the most positive of outlooks after all that Karly Woodrich, OD, and Garrett Wentz, OD, have been through since they opened in March 2020, only to be shut down five days later for emergent care only. “There are things that happen—and there’s been a lot since we opened—but it’s important to try to see the bright side,” Dr. Woodrich said. “It won’t always be this way. We try to live personally by that motto and at our practice, as well.” Read More

Finally Equal Footing

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:14 AM This year's Olympic games mark the first time that Paralympians will earn the same amount of money as Olympians. According to HuffPost, "athletes will now receive $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Paralympics, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze." This is on par with what Olympians are paid, and "boosts compensation for some Paralympians by as much as 400 percent." Head over to HuffPost to learn more about this important change.