Ultimate Partners: A Special 20/20 and Vision Monday Section Celebrates Readers' Nominations of Outstanding 2024 Business Support Partners

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Now in its fourth year, Jobson’s 2024 Ultimate Partners program gives readers the opportunity to highlight their great business support partners and showcase their support. This spring, via the Ultimate Partners program, Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine asked their readers from all eyecare professions to share their choices for great business support partners in another challenging business year. Specifically, they were asked to recall when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2023 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to help solve a problem.

How the Optical Industry Views Artificial Intelligence

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Friday, June 28, 2024 12:15 AM NEWARK, N.J.—Despite a somewhat cautionary approach, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) appears to be gaining traction both among eyecare professionals and optical companies. In the June issue of Vision Monday, we take a look at the impact AI is making in the everyday professional lives of ECPs and among optical retailers. A growing number of optical businesses, including frame and lens manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, are employing AI for a variety of tasks.

Alcon’s Unity VCS and Unity CS Receive FDA 510(k) Clearance

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 12:18 AM GENEVA—Alcon, a global eyecare company with a portfolio of surgical and vision care products, has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Unity Vitreoretinal Cataract System and Unity Cataract System, the first products to be introduced from Alcon’s Unity portfolio.

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals Receives Priority Review of Biologics License Application From the FDA for Treatment of Retinal Disease

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Friday, June 21, 2024 12:18 AM CUMBERLAND, R.I.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that the Biologic License Application conducted by Neurotech Pharmaceuticals Inc., for NT-501, an investigational encapsulated cell therapy for the treatment of MacTel, is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review, according to an announcement from Neurotech.

Optical Gains Traction in Adopting Artificial Intelligence

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 2:00 AM As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to penetrate nearly every industry and aspect of our everyday lives, ECPs and optical retailers are taking a hard look at the technology, and appear to be in various stages of implementing it into their business models and strategies. It also appears that AI is ready to permeate the optical industry as well, with the promise of more efficient processes that can benefit both providers and patients/consumers.

Cutting Edge AI Technology Helps The Eye Place Diagnose Eye Conditions

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 1:59 AM As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to penetrate nearly every industry and aspect of our everyday lives, ECPs and optical retailers are taking a hard look at the technology, and appear to be in various stages of implementing it into their business models and strategies. It also appears that AI is ready to permeate the optical industry as well, with the promise of more efficient processes that can benefit both providers and patients/consumers.

North Carolina Practice Believes in the Power of AI

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 1:58 AM Haley Perry, OD, is a big believer in the power of artificial intelligence (AI). The owner of Elite Eye Care, a Vision Source practice located in Arden, N.C., said the office “has leveraged AI to streamline our operations and improve efficiency across various roles.” From the front desk to the marketing department to transcribing patient notes, AI is playing a pivotal role throughout the entire practice. Dr. Perry said, “Our front desk staff uses ChatGPT to assist non-English speaking patients and clarify complex insurance benefits. Our opticians and managers optimize stock levels and manage inventory more effectively by analyzing sales data and patient demographics with AI tools. For financial benefits, our billing staff uses AI to handle claim denials and guide the refiling process, reducing overhead costs.

AI Brings a Discerning ‘Eye’ to Prescription Labs

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 1:57 AM Applications of artificial intelligence (AI) continue to evolve, and have recently extended to prescription labs, where AI is changing the way ophthalmic lenses are processed. Here are examples of how the technology is being used for lens surfacing and inspection.

Zenni Optical Expands Vision Care Offerings With Launch of Contact Lenses

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024 12:15 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni Optical, an online eyewear retailer, has announced it will begin offering contact lenses from several manufacturers, including CooperVision and Bausch + Lomb.

Visibly Launches Platform for a Simplified, Contact Lens Prescription Verification

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Friday, June 7, 2024 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Visibly, a health care technology company for the eyecare industry, has launched a new platform feature called Visibly Verification, designed to simplify the contact lens prescription verification process and automating the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act compliance process.

Barti Software and Akrinos Announce Strategic Partnership to Elevate Independent Eyecare Practices

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Friday, June 7, 2024 12:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Barti Software, a developer of electronic health records and practice management software for optometrists, and Akrinos, a partner in launching, purchasing and growing independent eyecare practices, have announced a strategic partnership which combines Barti’s EHR platform with Akrinos’ comprehensive suite of business solutions.

Doctors Optical Labs Finalizes Acquisition of See Better Optical Labs and Expands Team

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Friday, May 31, 2024 12:21 AM HENDERSON, Nev.—Doctors Optical Labs, an optical laboratory owned and directed by independent eyecare doctors, has announced that their acquisition of See Better Optical Labs, a full-service digital lab, has been finalized.

Ophthalmologist From John A. Moran Eye Center Combats Migraines With Light-Filtering Eyeglasses

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 12:18 AM SALT LAKE CITY—People who experience migraines have a new option for managing light sensitivity thanks to lens technology developed by a physician-scientist at the University of Utah John A. Moran Eye Center.

Google Introduces Series of Gemini Updates, Including Project Astra for AI Eyewear

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 12:21 AM MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—At its recent I/O 2024 developer conference, Google introduced a series of updates across its Gemini family of models, including the new 1.5 Flash, its lightweight model for speed and efficiency, and Project Astra, the company’s latest “vision for the future of AI assistants.” Building on Gemini, a family of AI models that can understand and generate text, as well as other information such as images, audio, videos, and code, Google developed prototype agents that it said can process information faster by continuously encoding video frames, combining the video and speech input into a timeline of events, and caching this information for efficient recall.

Prevent Blindness Launches ‘It Started With an Eye Exam’ Campaign to Encourage, Educate and Empower the Public to Make Eye Health Part of Their Overall Health Care

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Monday, May 20, 2024 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety organization, is launching a new campaign titled, “It Started With an Eye Exam” to encourage consumers to share their stories of how eyecare had a positive impact on their health and well-being.