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Donna Karan Returns and More of What You Need to Know for September

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Donna Karan Returns

Marchon and G-III Apparel Group have entered into a long-term exclusive global licensing agreement for DKNY and Donna Karan New York eyewear. DKNY sun and optical eyewear will roll out globally in March 2019. Plans are to extend the offering to include Donna Karan New York sun and optical eyewear shortly after. Marchon previously held the licenses for DKNY and Donna Karan New York from 1999 through 2004. marchon.com

Blue Light Is a Killer

Blue light from digital devices and the sun transforms vital molecules in the retina into cell killers, according to a University of Toledo study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. The process leads to age-related macular degeneration and the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina. The study found that blue light exposure causes trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells. utoledo.edu

Optometry Cares Again

Optometry Cares is again accepting applications for scholarships. This round more than $30,000 will be available for the 2018-19 school year. Five are available to student members of the AOA and the AOSA. Each school will select one nominee per scholarship, to be submitted to Optometry Cares no later than October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm (CST). Contact Kelsey Wolf, KWolf@aoa.org or (314) 983-4209. aoafoundation.org

Seco Bon Temps

In 2018, SECO attracted 6,500 attendees. In 2019, the annual conference providing optometric educational opportunities will be held Feb. 20–24 at the New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center. With the move from Atlanta, SECO has taken the opportunity to recraft its offerings with enhanced continuing education totaling more than 50 hours with added Saturday and Sunday sessions allowing attendees to take less time away from their practice. Registration opens Oct 1.  attendseco.com

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Gen Z Loves Their Vision Benefits and More of What You Need to Know for September

Plus ISVA’s ‘dynamic’ skills for sports.

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ISVA Offers Skills for Sports

Evidence is growing that visual abilities can be strengthened and enhanced by appropriate visual training, making an athlete’s eyesight one of the most important pieces of equipment they have. The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) has launched “Dynamic Visual Skills for Sports,” an overview of some of the most relative dynamic visual skills associated with 12 popular sports-related areas. The ISVA website features a “Find a Sports Vision and Performance Professional” locator. sportsvision.pro

Gen Z Wants Vision Benefits

Research reveals that Gen Z employees — who will comprise one-fifth of the workforce by 2021 — are more likely to utilize vision benefits than they were just one year ago. According to the 10th annual Transitions Optical Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey, six in 10 are enrolled in a vision plan, compared to just half in 2018. Additionally, 44 percent say that whether a company offers vision benefits has been an important factor in their decision to accept a job. transitionspro.com

AOA Backs “Doc Access Act”

A bi-partisan bill backed by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) was introduced by Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) in July. The Dental and Optometric Care Access (DOC Access) Act would eliminate plan mandates being forced on patients and their doctors that result in higher prices and less access to care. The AOA encourages ODs and students to urge their U.S. House reps to co-sponsor the bill. Visit AOA’s Online Legislative Action Center. aoa.org

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EHR Systems Have More Enhancements Than Ever Before

Bells and whistles your paper charts definitely cannot do.

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ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS have come a long way. First Insight’s EyeClinic Imaging consolidates patient data, images, and diagnostics into one cloud-based system. Similarly, FoxFire’s Image Management module collects diagnostic images directly into the EHR. Compulink’s Artificial Intelligence runs Advantage EHR which includes built-in chief complaints and ICD-10 coded diagnoses. ABB Optical integrated RevolutionEHR’s SmartFlow ordering technology. EHRs can also improve accounts receivable and help you run a more efficient practice.

Foxfire Systems Group

Foxfire EHR with Image Management

(800) 333-4176, foxfiresg.com

Compulink

Eyecare Advantage EHR

(800) 456- 4522, compulinkadvantage.com

DrChrono

iPad and iPhone EHR

(844) 569-8628, drchrono.com

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ABB Optical Group

Glimpse Mobile tracks business analytics.

(904) 503-9616 glimpselive.com

RevolutionEHR

RevolutionEHR with SmartFlow ordering technology

(877) 738-3471, revolutionehr.com

Weave

Weave Optometry for patient communications

(888) 579-5668, getweave.com

First Insight

MaximEyes EHR with Eye Clinic Imaging

(800) 920-1940, first-insight.com

Smart Ways To Use EHR Enhancements

Dr. Brian O’Donnell, New Era Eye Care, Shavertown, PA

I’m on my fourth EHR system since I changed my practice in 2012 to make it more efficient. Part of that process was to invest in a new EHR. After visiting VEE and interviewing vendors I went with Foxfire. They provided a feature I wanted — to be able to see recalls and identify certain patients for promotions. They also had a tremendous integration platform for image management and data analytics. I liked that they did billing in-house too. They have their own clearing house within the system that is outstanding. Both the practice management side and the medical side of the EHR system got upgrades recently and they went flawlessly. Since I started with Foxfire in 2014, the system has been overhauled many times. Each time they carry out training so we’re well prepared.

Dr. Brandon Chester, Chester Eye Center, Chillicothe, OH

We studied up before we transitioned to First Insight’s MaximEyes EHR in 2011. It puts everything at our disposal and lets us quickly look up patients and run different reports based on diagnoses. We were one of the first to adopt their cloud-based EyeClinic Imaging software when it came out in 2017. You can click a button to launch it from within the EHR system and view all images from a test result. Now we don’t have to scan as much data as we used to. Once we’re done with a test the image is saved to a patient’s file and we can pull it up on screen in the exam room and show our patients comparison pictures. First Insight does a good job staying on top of different Medicare requirements and the MIPS program is built into their EHR system.

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Textured Eyeglass Frames That Give You All the Feels

Engraved line, ripples and bumps on some sense-ational styles.

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Gentle (Little) Monsters (ABOVE)

Inspired by the dreams and ambitions of a new breed of creators, the first Gentle Monster Kids Collection takes you on a journey envisioned by Luca Mastroianni and reenacted by 8-year-old Tokyo Instagram phenomenon Coco (@coco_pinkprincess). For the collection, the brand downsized six of its iconic frames, from the futuristic Ribbon to the fashion-forward Chapssal (and the Peggy, shown). The Gentle Monster Kids Collection comes in special bespoke packaging in bright colored logo design. MSRP: $184-$280, gentlemonster.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA

Get roped in with the Vincenzia. This semi-rimless metal frame features its standout texture across the top.

(800) 645-3733, cvoptical.com

$236.97

Ovvo

Strong, lightweight and yes, textured, the DLC 3833 utilizes Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) nanotechnology, which gives it the characteristics of some of the rarest gemstones found in nature.

(855) 393-6886, ovvooptics.com

$540

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Vera Wang

It’s tortoise time for the V551, an acetate frame with textured corners.

(800) 627-2898, kenmarkeyewear.com

$200

Lightec

Subtlety wins the day for the Omicron 21 30135L. Textured temple tips and metal temple detailing sneak onto the scene of this otherwise smooth frame.

(800) 526-8838, morel-france.com

$247.50

Seraphin

The Gibbs keeps things on the straight and narrow with its long, thin ridges along its titanium temples.

(888) 560-1060, ogieyewear.com

$300

Jimmy Crystal NY

Swarovski crystals sparkle their way down the metal temples of the Capri, bringing texture and flair to this combination frame.

(800) 492-4465, aaopticalco.com

$265

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Via Spiga

Recessed detailing and a raised bar define the temples on the Cirilla, a full-rim metal frame.

(800) 765-3700, zyloware.com

$188

Karen Walker

Part of the new Optical Collection, the Melba is a stainless steel frame with a textured rim and the brand’s signature arrows raised on the temples.

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$220

Betsey Johnson

A floral print meets a ridged texture on the two-toned metal Rain Roses.

(800) 414-7656, imagewear.com

$200

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