How The Market Is Looking As The Year Winds Down

By Staff
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:21 PM It seems like we've been hearing a lot about the stock market, trade wars, and taxes. And, sometimes, it feels like every story presents a different outlook. Now that the year is winding down, what does the market actually look like? Take a look at this chart and round-up from CNBC to learn a little more about how the market is looking at year-end, and what that means.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:26 AM Yesterday, many vision and eye health charities and organizations took to social media to take part in International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day dedicated to promoting "the rights and well-beings of persons with disabilities," according to the United Nations. One of the many organizations involved was the Vision Foundation, formerly Greater London Fund for the Blind, a U.K. based foundation for blind and partially sighted people. This year, Vision Foundation shared a blog post detailing what it's like to be a blind person living and working in London, one of the busiest cities in the world. Take a look at the blog post here, or check out the #IDPD hashtag to see more posts about International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Teaching Kids Braille From A Young Age

By Staff
Monday, December 2, 2019 10:13 AM According to The New York Times, we are currently undergoing a "Braille literary crisis in America," despite the fact that, as The New York Times reports, visually impaired people who can read and write Braille "have better employment and educational outcomes." Teaching kids to read and write Braille can start from a young age—take a look at The New York Times' report to learn a little more about Braille, how to teach it, and why it's so important to learn.

Boosting Your Productivity This Holiday Season

By Staff
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:15 PM The stretch between Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holidays can feel both like it zooms right by and never ends, all at the same time. With so many responsibilities, sub-par weather, and plenty of distractions, it can feel like your productivity falls this time of year. Recently, Inc. put together a list of ways to keep your productivity up—so that you can relax, with a little bit less stress, this holiday season. 

Staying Healthy This Thanksgiving

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Monday, November 25, 2019 5:33 PM Getting ready for the big day? Most of us have handled our fair share of Thanksgivings, but there's never any harm in a quick refresher when it comes to food safety protocol. Ahead of Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sharing some quick but vital reminders about how to properly handle and prepare your big feast, ensuring that everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Take a look at the list here.

Vision Charities Make List of Top 10 Most Cost Effective Health Nonprofits

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Monday, November 25, 2019 12:28 PM A new rating system, ImpactMatters aims to rank the world's most cost-effective nonprofits. The ranking, based on how much good a nonprofit achieves per dollar of cost, is broken into a variety of categories, including health, veterans, clean water, poverty, hunger, education, climate change and homelessness. Five vision charities took top 10 spots in the Health category, with Sightsavers clocking in as the number one health charity, Sankara Nethralaya Om Trust at number six, Benevolent Missions International at number seven, Vision Outreach International at number nine and World Cataract Foundation at number ten. Take a look at the list here, and learn more about how these nonprofits are making a world of difference.

Could We Use Smartphones to Stop Health Crises?

By Staff
Friday, November 22, 2019 12:31 PM Our smartphones can do a lot of things, from helping us find the quickest way to a new place or paying for our coffee without a single click. But can smartphones stop epidemics before they happen? Last Week, Fast Company covered some new research from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology published in Nature, which suggests that we could use the GPS abilities in our phones to avoid epidemics and the spread of disease. Head over to Fast Company to learn more about this research, and its pros and cons.

Vision Screenings Take Over the UN Lobby

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:05 PM Yesterday, the UN Secretariat lobby in New York City was transformed into the UN Friends of Vision Eye Health Exhibition, which included free vision screenings. Headed up by the The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the event helped to educate UN members on the importance of access to vision screenings for everyone, everywhere.

Orion In Action

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:23 AM In 2011, Jason Esterhuizen was involved in a car accident that left him completely blind. He was 23, and studying to become a pilot. Last year, Esterhuizen became one of six blind patients to receive Second Sight's Orion, which he says allowed him to see his birthday candles for the first time in seven years. Head over to OneZero to read Esterhuizen's full story, and learn more about how Orion is changing his life.

#GivingSightDay Is Almost Here

By Staff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:03 AM Each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated Giving Tuesday to encourage charitable giving across the nation. This year, as they have in the past, RestoringVision is transforming Giving Tuesday into Giving Sight Day, and aiming to raise $40,000 to change 50,000 lives. RestoringVision is just one of many vision-related organizations who will take part in Giving Tuesday this year—head over to their website to learn more about how you can make a difference. 

#OptometryWeek2019

By Staff
Monday, November 18, 2019 3:06 PM This week, the Ontario Association of Optometrists is sharing snapshots from #OptometryWeek2019. Throughout the week, local leaders have been visiting optometrists in their constituencies to learn more about what they do, and why it's so important. Take a look at the Ontario Association of Optometrists' Twitter account to get a larger look at the full week.

A Genetic Test for Childhood Myopia Could Be Within Reach

By Staff
Friday, November 15, 2019 10:56 AM Researchers from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol in the United Kingdom have just brought us one step closer to developing a genetic test that could identify children who are at risk of developing myopia. To create the test, researchers "analysed genetic differences in more than 700,000 individuals, allowing them to come up with a score to predict an individual’s genetic risk of myopia," according to Cardiff University. Head over to Cardiff University News to learn more about this test and what it could mean for the future of myopia management. 

Following Up #WorldDiabetesDay With Resources

By Staff
Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:03 AM Yesterday, World Diabetes Day, marked a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the millions of people around the world dealing with diabetes every day. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, so, as part of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness is sharing a series of resources for ECPs and optical retailers to help with early detection of diabetes and more. Head over to Vision Expo's Twitter account to learn more. 

A Little Bit of Kindness Goes A Long Way

By Staff
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:30 PM Yesterday, World Kindness Day, was an opportunity for everyone to slow down and pass a little kindness along. We all know that being on the giving and receiving end of kindness makes us feel better, but there may be more to it than just that. According to the BBC, being kind might just help us live longer as well. Head over to the BBC to learn more about how kindness can improve our overall wellbeing. 

Double Your Donation to Fight Trachoma

By Staff
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:17 PM In Turkana, Sightsavers' trachoma trackers are screening and treating communities to stop the spread of blinding trachoma. From now through January 9, 2020, the U.K.'s Department for International Development is matching donations to Sightsavers, up to £2 million. Head over to Sightsavers to learn some more, or to make a donation.