J&J Vision Provides Support to Help Student ODs Meet Clinical Requirements

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:29 AM When the spread of coronavirus this spring led to stay-at-home directives for much of the U.S. population, little did most people know the impact this would have on optometry students. Yet as part of their clinical curriculum, optometry students are scheduled to see patients in clinics, practices, hospitals, and VA settings to gain first-hand patient experience. But in the midst of the COVID-19 environment, these student-patient interactions were canceled for safety reasons, which left many students wondering how they would meet the clinical hours and direct patient care required for graduation. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Beyond Brain Freeze-Visually Induced Trigeminal Dysphoria

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:00 AM Trigeminal dysphoria—wait, what? I admit the first time I heard the words trigeminal dysphoria, I was both intimidated and intrigued. (And yes, I had to practice its pronunciation!) Let me give an example of trigeminal dysphoria that we can all relate too—brain freeze! This sharp headache occurs when there is a sudden change in temperature when we drink or eat something cold like ice cream, which excites the neural feedback loop to the trigeminal nerve and causes the sensation of pain. What does this have to do with eyes? Read More

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation. Read More

Review of Optometry: Why Dry Eye Hangs in the Balance

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:30 AM The past 10,000 years have given rise to many changes in our nutritional environment, with enormous implications. A less varied diet and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has led to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and many cancers.1 Today’s Western diet includes too many dietary grains and fatty foods and not enough fruits, vegetables and proteins. As a result, the number of omega-6 fatty acids in our diet are significantly higher while the amount of omega-3 fatty acids continues to decrease. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Rule Changes for PPP Loan Forgiveness

By Staff
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:00 PM The Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its forgiveness guidelines for small business owners who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are great financial rewards to obtaining full forgiveness of the PPP loans that sustained your practice during the lockdown.

Say 'Cheese' for Your #SunglassesSelfie—It’s National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:00 PM NEW YORK—Happy National Sunglasses Day! Every year on June 27, the optical community comes together to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, a day meant to promote the importance of UV protective eyewear for overall health. The holiday, promoted by The Vision Council, is a reminder that sunglasses are both a fashion statement and a health necessity—especially this year, as millions of people across the country spend more time outside in parks, beaches, and backyards due to COVID-19Read More

Indie OD’s Clever Face Mask Solution Sparks New Designer Fashion

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:00 PM NORWALK, Conn.—As independents across the country head back to work under new rules and regulations, masks are becoming a familiar, and somewhat comforting, sight. Although it felt a little unusual and perhaps post-apocalyptic to see everyone wearing masks at first, it has now become clear that wearing a face covering is a necessary act of kindness toward others—a way to let the people you interact with know that you care about keeping them safe and healthy. Read More

New Professional Advisory Board Named for ReopenEyecare.com

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 11:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.— ReopenEyecare.com, the recently launched digital platform designed to help eyecare providers navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, has announced the establishment of an official advisory board. Comprised of eyecare providers and vision community leaders, the advisory board will provide expert insight and feedback to the ReopenEyecare.com board of directors with the intention of improving the functionality of the website as a resource for eyecare providers navigating the complex journey from shutdown or essential services only back to “new normal” business conditions. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Two ARVO Papers Provide New Insights for Contact Lens-Based Myopia Management With Children

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:00 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Two scientific papers being presented as part of the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) 2020 virtual conference proceedings provide eye care professionals (ECPs) with new insights to aid contact lens-based myopia management with children. Both can be accessed from the ARVO Media library catalog within ARVOLearn. Abstracts will be published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science next month. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: The Key Changes Fueling My Practice’s Shutdown Recovery

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:00 AM After months of practice closures, your patients need you–and you need them. With patients returning to your office, you can both provide the care they need and maximize the benefit of their visits to your practice.The need to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies while limiting the number of patients in your office at one time means your fees may need to increase. In my practice, I have implemented a 10 percent fee increase for all of my services. This is a slight increase that most patients will not notice, but which could make a significant difference to my practice’s financial strength. Our office lost around $50,000 from the two months we were closed, so the changes are much-needed! Read More 

Review of Ophthalmology: The Pros and Cons of OCTA in Glaucoma

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:30 AM As David Huang, MD, PhD, celebrates the 30th birthday of the technological brainchild he helped create—optical coherence tomography—he’s also pleased with the progress of its 6-year-old sibling, OCT angiography, which is coming of age in retinal care and blazing a trail of baby steps in the glaucoma space. “It’s intriguing,” says Dr. Huang, a professor of ophthalmology at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland. Also a professor of biomedical engineering at the OHSU School of Medicine, Dr. Huang pauses before reflecting further on the potential for helping his colleagues use this emerging erythrocyte-counting scanning modality to diagnose glaucoma and monitor progression. “We still have a fair amount of progress to make on this, but it’s already giving us meaningful new parameters to observe and measure for our glaucoma patients.” Read More

Style.Pages: Bold & Bright

By Staff
Monday, June 29, 2020 11:00 AM June marks the beginning of summer and Pride month—a perfect time to tap into your bold side, be yourself, and stand out from the crowd. Bright, bold frames with exciting patterns and hyperactive shapes are perfect for people who naturally stand out, show their colors, and make their voices heard. Examples of bold frames come from Etnia Barcelona’s David Bowie Tribute collection, Karleigh/S by Safilo’s kate spade new york, Marchon’s Marni, and Whirly Bird by l.a.Eyeworks. Read More

Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays

By Staff
Friday, June 26, 2020 2:30 PM As cities around the world reopen and July ushers in the summer season, it’s important for us to protect our eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Although the sun emits harmful rays 365 days of the year, it is strongest during the spring and summer months. So longer days coupled with more time spent outdoors can make our eyes susceptible to significant problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis, a condition that’s similar to a sunburn, except it affects the corneas of the eye. Read More

20/20 Europe: Barcelona's Pioneering Work to Recycle Ocean Plastic

By Staff
Friday, June 26, 2020 10:00 AM François van den Abeele worked previously for many years making documentaries in places such as Angola. He has lived a lot by the sea and has developed a passion for sustainable efforts and work to implement the circular economy and protect the planet. Today, he has settled in Barcelona with his family. Sustainable eyewear brand Sea2see continues to create optical frames and sunglasses made from 100% recycled marine plastic such as abandoned fishnets. The label was first set up in 2016 by François van den Abeele, an entrepreneur with a deep passion for oceans and nature. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Digitizing Single Vision

By Staff
Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:30 AM While progressive lenses are an eternal topic in our industry, single vision lenses are often overlooked. It’s easy to see why: the product category is literally ancient, and the great majority of single vision lenses sold can be considered a commodity product. However, the latest single vision lenses and other new types of lenses for younger wearers are as advanced in technology as the latest progressive lenses. And the innovations they embody could benefit many younger eyeglass wearers—if only they knew about them. Read More