June 27: National Sunglasses Day Is Almost Here

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, June 24, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—We’re just a few days away from National Sunglasses Day 2022, and the excitement is building across the industry. National Sunglasses Day falls on June 27 each year, but preparations for the day have started early for many. Independent eyecare professionals are among those reminding their patients about National Sunglasses Day: how they can get involved, why sunglasses are so important, and any promotions or deals they have running for the holiday. We take a look at how indies are getting ready to celebrate one of our industry’s favorite holidays.

The Grolman Fitting System Was a Progressive Idea

By Andrew Karp
Friday, June 17, 2022 8:30 AM While researching and writing a feature article on presbyopia for the June issue of Vision Monday, I remembered a novel device called the Grolman Fitting System that was once used for fitting patients with progressive lenses. It was, excuse the pun, progressive for its time, though it has since been replaced with modern, digital technologies. Here’s a brief history of the device, drawn from an article I wrote about 25 years ago.

Celebrities, ECPs and Puppies Celebrate National Eyewear Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, June 10, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—On June 6, both the optical industry and the wider world celebrated National Eyewear Day. Founded in 2016 when Zyloware submitted it to the Registrar at National Day Calendar, National Eyewear Day falls on June 6 every year and is dedicated to bringing awareness to comprehensive eye exams and overall eye health. Zyloware heads up the celebrations each year, offering a variety of free resources to help everyone get involved. This weekend we’re taking a look at how people celebrated this special industry holiday—both within and outside the industry itself. From influencers and celebrities to ODs and opticians, National Eyewear Day took center stage earlier this week.

If It’s June, It Must Be Cataract Awareness Month

By Mary Kane
Friday, June 3, 2022 8:30 AM “Having the surgery was life-changing. I can see everything from the time on my alarm clock to a bird’s nest in a tree hundreds of feet away without glasses. It’s the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.” At age 49, Michael Sargent’s vision had become so impaired by cataracts that he couldn’t distinguish shapes or colors without his glasses on, even if objects were right in front of him. His ophthalmologist recommended cataract surgery and the results were life-changing. Throughout June, Prevent Blindness and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are among the many eyecare organizations, practitioners and groups making a major push to educate the public about the detection and treatment of cataracts.

Fruit Flies Give Insight Into Age-Related Changes in Human Vision, Researchers Say

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:30 AM I’m always on the lookout for new research that help us better understand human vision as well as how to preserve and protect it. One study that caught my attention recently concerns a team of researchers at Purdue University who discovered that the circadian clock plays a significant role in protecting eyes from retinal degeneration. The team studied fruit flies, which serve as a good model for the human retina. In a recent interview with Purdue writer Elizabeth K. Gardner, team leader Vikki Weake, associate professor of biochemistry in Purdue's College of Agriculture, discussed how it might be possible to slow or prevent vision loss from retinal degeneration.

Summer Travel Tip: Make an ‘Insightful’ Side Trip to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont for a Look at America’s ‘Vision’ Story

By Mark Tosh
Friday, May 20, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—As many Northeasterners know, there are a thousand reasons to visit New England in the summertime. Let’s make that one thousand and one this year, with the recent opening of the “Eyesight & Insight: Lens on American Art” exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. The unique exhibit, looking at America’s history of creative response to perceptions of vision, opened May 15 and runs until Oct. 16. There’s also an online component to the exhibit, for those who don’t have Vermont in their summer travel itineraries. (Heck, I’d go to Vermont just to visit the Ben and Jerry’s factory experience in Waterbury.)

Ciao, Mido—See You Soon

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, May 13, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—After two years without a show, Mido 2022 kicked off in Milan on April 30 through May 2. The trade show was a celebration in more than one way: a reunion for so many, a marking of Mido’s 50th anniversary and a moment to welcome a new era with new energy. About 22,000 visitors from all around the world packed into the Fiera Milano Rho conference center for the event, coming together to network, collaborate and take stock of new technology and products. 

Our Eyes Are Windows to Our Souls and Well-Being

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 6, 2022 8:30 AM They say our eyes are the windows to our soul but apparently our eyes can also provide a pathway to the state of our mental health. Recent research by international development organization Sightsavers, University of Ilorin, and the Kogi State Ministry of Health in Nigeria has revealed links between vision impairment and poor mental health. The study estimates that blind people aged 50 years and over are nearly four times as likely to have self-reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression than those with no vision impairment. May happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme in the U.S. will amplify the message “Together for Mental Health.” 

How OCT Scanning Technology Could Help Robots and Cars See Better

By Andrew Karp
Friday, April 29, 2022 11:43 AM Most ophthalmologists and optometrists are probably familiar with optical coherence tomography (OCT), the non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section images of a patient’s retina. However, OCT is being applied in new ways that might surprise even the eyecare professionals who use it in their everyday practice. Duke University recently announced that researchers there are now applying lessons learned from decades of perfecting the eye imaging technology to autonomous systems sensor technologies used in robots and vehicles.

Bausch Health Counts on a ‘Tiny But Mighty’ Group to Oversee Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Issues

By Mark Tosh
Friday, April 22, 2022 8:30 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Many companies and individuals did their part this week to “celebrate” Earth Day, which falls on April 22 every year, and noted the accomplishments made in terms of recycling and sustainability over the past year. And there have been many notable achievements across various industries, especially eyecare and eyewear, where companies have been taking steps to address the issue of recycling and waste for years. But while the focus on sustainability may seem like a recent phenomenon to some, the issue of protecting the environment and effectively dealing with industrial waste has been top of mind for a few companies and executives for decades.

This Weekend It’s All About Easter, Inflation and Spring Fever

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, April 15, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Whether you celebrate Easter or not, there always seems to be something lighthearted and sunny in the air this time of year. Spring has fully settled in around most of the country, with flowers beginning to bloom and green grass making a triumphant reappearance. In addition to this Spring-fever optimism, Easter seems to put Americans in a mood to spend money as well. In fact, the National Retail Federation reports that people plan to spend an average $169.79 this year on Easter-related items.

Expo Attendees Were Taking Care of Business… Again

By Mary Kane
Friday, April 8, 2022 2:00 PM As Expo got into full swing on Saturday in NYC, VM’s Andrew Karp, one of Vision Monday’s on-site reporters for our Expo Show Daily wrote, “A feeling of calm and well-being flowed through the Javits Center Saturday morning, as the sun streamed in through glass walls and ceiling of the atrium and Vision Expo attendees filed into the exhibit hall and classrooms. There were few signs of the pandemic and its turbulence that resulted in the show’s cancellation in New York for the last two years, save for the protective masks that some showgoers still wore to protect against COVID. In a sense, it was as if Vision Expo had picked up where it left off. Yet conversations with optical retailers and eyecare professionals attending Expo revealed a strong sense of purpose shaped by their experiences during the pandemic."

Addressing Issues of Diversity and Representation Inside Classroom and Exam Doors

By Women In Optometry Staff
Friday, April 1, 2022 8:30 AM Five ODs and one optometry student participated in a powerful roundtable discussion concerning the current social climate and how it impacts the profession of optometry, inside the classroom, the office and among professional colleagues. Each panelist shared the obstacles they faced as first-generation Americans in school and in the profession and how there can be an increased awareness of reputation. Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH, FAAO, director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the University of California, Berkeley, moderated the discussion. Click here to listen to the full podcast from Women In Optometry.

Eye Imaging Technology Breaks Through Skin by Crossing Beams

By Andrew Karp
Friday, March 25, 2022 8:30 AM Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a method for increasing the depth at which optical coherence tomography (OCT) can image structures beneath skin. The gold standard for imaging and diagnosing diseases within the retina, OCT has yet to find widespread use as an imaging technique for other parts of the body due to its inability to return clear images from more than a millimeter beneath the skin’s surface. Duke researchers found that tilting the light source and detector used in the technique increases OCT’s imaging depth by almost 50 percent, putting skin diagnoses within reach. The “dual-axis” approach opens new possibilities for OCT to be used in applications such as spotting skin cancer, assessing burn damage and healing progress, and guiding surgical procedures.

Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Thomas Swinnen Talks About How the Company Works to Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Programs

By Mark Tosh
Friday, March 18, 2022 8:30 AM VMAIL Weekend had an opportunity to talk with Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Thomas Swinnen earlier this month. Swinnen, who is president, North America, with responsibility for J&J Vision’s U.S. and Canadian businesses, is a strong supporter of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. J&J Vision was one of the first companies to sign the 13% Promise, an initiative created by Black EyeCare Perspective to increase equity and representation in the industry and in optometry schools by increasing the number of Black students to mirror the 13 percent of Black people in the U.S. population. Swinnen spoke to Weekend about DE&I and how J&J Vision is working with its partners to increase diversity and support underprivileged students in the U.S.