This Is What Employees Want From Their Boss

By Staff
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:15 PM It's pretty easy to figure out what bosses want from their employees, but a working relationship is a two-way street, so it's also important for bosses to ask what their employees expect from them. Yesterday, to celebrate National Bosses DayLinkedIn released results from a 3,000 employee and hiring manager survey sharing the top five skills employees want in a boss. Head over to Inc. to read the five skills; they might help you up your game at work, or you might just find out you really are the World's Best Boss.

What Does #WhiteCaneAwarenessDay Mean to You?

By Staff
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:40 AM Yesterday was White Cane Awareness Day, a day, according to the National Federation of the Blind, "dedicated to emphasizing the critical role that this tool plays in living the lives we want and informing the public about its true significance." To commemorate the day, people all around the world shared stories about what white canes mean to them. One of those people is Rachel Luehrs, who penned an essay for Foundation Fighting Blindness about her journey to accepting her white cane. Head over to Fighting Blindness to read Rachel's important essay, and to learn more about what white canes mean to some of the people who use them.

The Sky is Just The Beginning

By Staff
Monday, October 14, 2019 1:11 PM Every day we see countless examples of people proving that vision impairment doesn't have to be a limitation. And for a group of visually impaired teenagers in Scotland, not even the sky is the limit. Last week, CBS News featured a short story about a special collaborative program between the U.K.'s Royal Air Force and their National Institute for the Blind which helps visually impaired teens fly a plane above the rolling hills of Dundee, Scotland. Head over to CBS News to learn more about this important program, and why it means so much to the people involved.

Donate $1 Without Spending A Cent

By Staff
Friday, October 11, 2019 3:44 PM World Sight Day might be over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop giving back. Through October 31, ABB Optical will donate $1 to Optometry Giving Sight for every new follower on the ABB Family Facebook and Instagram pages. Head over and give them a follow—you can donate a dollar without spending a cent.

A Look at World Sight Day on the Personal Level

By Staff
Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:40 AM We hear lots and lots of big stories on World Sight Day. We learn about massive, impactful monetary donations, huge campaigns that result in thousands of eye exams, pallets of eyewear donated to those who need it. Among all of those stories, though, there's something special about keeping in touch with smaller scale, more personal stories related to World Sight Day. This year, in honor of WSD,  award-winning Welsh blogger Elin Williams shared a snippet of her life with Retinitis Pigmentosa via Disabled Living. Head over to Disabled Living to read Elin's story, or take a look at her blog

How to Start Working with Influencers

By Staff
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:54 AM Have you ever thought about working with a social media influencer to bolster business? These days, there's absolutely no shortage of influencer marketing, even within the eyewear and eyecare industries. With so many businesses jumping on the idea, influencer marketing must work, right? The answer, generally, is yes—if it's done correctly. And that's the tricky bit. Head over to Inc. to learn a little more about finding the right way to work with influencers in order to boost your business—it might just be a game changer. 

The First-Ever #WorldReportOnVision Is Here

By Staff
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 1:21 PM This week, the World Health Organization released their first-ever World Report on Vision. According to the report, at least 2.2 billion people around the world have vision impairment or blindness, and over 1 billion of those could have been prevented or are still to be addressed. Head over to the WHO to learn more about this groundbreaking, first-ever report, its implications, and what we can do.

Snap A Picture To Help Commemorate World Sight Day

By Staff
Monday, October 7, 2019 12:44 PM Have you entered IAPB's Vision First photo competition yet? To commemorate World Sight Day, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is hosting a photography competition, themed #VisionFirst, as a way to draw attention to eye care issues across the globe. Head over to IAPB's website to learn more about how to enter the competition, and what you could win.

RestoringVision Celebrates 16 Years

By Staff
Friday, October 4, 2019 2:02 PM Last week, RestoringVision celebrated 16 years of working to restore vision for millions of people around the world in need. With World Sight Day coming up this week as well, there's no better time than now to get familiar with, or get refreshed on, charities like RestoringVision and all the work they do to ensure that everyone can see the world at its very best.

Learn A Little More With Sightsavers

By Staff
Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:54 AM We all know how important it is to give back. Some of us do it through our work, some of us volunteer, and some of us donate. But when you donate, do you know where your money goes, and how the organization uses it? Ahead of World Sight Day 2019, Sightsavers is using Twitter to share the stories of the real-life application of their money and resources, showing you the ways in which a donation (or a few volunteer hours) actually changes someone's life. Head over to Sightsavers on Twitter to hear the stories, and to vote on what kind of story you'd like to hear next. 

Tackling Vision Loss With Tech

By Staff
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:32 AM In his mid-twenties, Darryl Adams, who was born with a degenerative eye disease, started to feel the limitations of his vision loss. Although he knew he couldn't do anything to change his vision, Darryl began brainstorming how he could use technology to tackle his environment. Head over to Intel's Twitter account to learn more about the groundbreaking technology Darryl developed, and how it helps people with low vision feel their surroundings. 

Meet the Guide Dog Who Commutes Like A New Yorker

By Staff
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:48 PM Commuting in New York City is something of an art. It can be tricky both for first-timers and seasoned regulars, especially when things change around, or you're not paying close enough attention. So it's no wonder that Chris, a guide dog who commutes into New York City from Long Island every day, is making headlines. Head over to People to learn more about Chris and his human Matt Sherwood, and their impressive daily commute which involves the Long Island Railroad trains, navigating busy Penn Station, and multiple subway switches. 

The Newest 'This Is Us' Character Is Played By a Visually Impaired Actor

By Staff
Monday, September 30, 2019 12:01 PM With season four of This Is Us kicking off, it's pretty much guaranteed that we'll be hearing a lot about the show for the next few months. However, it's one of the show's newest characters who's been making headlines so far: Jack Damon, a blind musician. As it turns out, Blake Stadnik, the actor who plays Jack Damon, is blind in real life as well, and, alongside his acting work, is an advocate for disabled actors. Head over to O Magazine to hear more about Stadnik's experience as a blind actor, both on television and in the theater.

An Early Look at Amazon's Alexa Glasses

By Staff
Friday, September 27, 2019 11:54 AM Last week, Amazon announced Echo Frames, their new smart glasses with built-in Alexa. The glasses will be available with prescription lenses or sun lenses, Amazon said⁠—as long as you get the prescription lenses yourself. The Verge got an early look at the new Echo Frames, which are made of TR-90, carbon fiber, and titanium. Head over to The Verge to learn a little more about Echo Frames, and how Amazon is positioning them differently from Google Glass and other smart glasses.

Helping Patients Understand Cosmetic Eye Procedures

By Staff
Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:54 PM As Halloween approaches, patients might find themselves curious about cosmetic eye procedures such as eyelash extensions, tattooed eye makeup, occular tattoos, eye jewelry and more—and some of these curious patients may come to their OD with questions about how to apporach these procedures. To help ECPs inform their patients on how to safely undergo cosmetic eye procedures, the AOA has put together a guide titled "Counsel patients about cosmetic products and procedures." Head over to the AOA's website to take a look, just in case.