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Lighthouse Guild’s Free E-Learning Program … and More Services for January

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Lighthouse eLearning for Residents 

Lighthouse Guild is offering ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents free access to an eLearning program titled, “Introduction to Vision Rehabilitation.”

The program is designed to provide ophthalmologists with an introduction to vision rehabilitation and basic strategies to help their patients. It is self-paced, divided into 10 modules, and can be completed in approximately two hours.

The 10 modules review terminology and the impact of vision loss, and highlight the importance of vision rehabilitation services. The program also discusses optical principles and selection and use of low vision devices. aao.org

Red, White and Blue

Coastal.com’s the LOOK published a year-long study which tracked the most popular glasses in the U.S. state by state. Their findings include that blue is a new classic color; Alaska buys purple frames at nearly three times the national average; and Massachusetts, Maryland and California are the top three for their love of Aviators. You can see how each state rates in terms of frame shape and color in the full report published on their site. coastal.com

ABB Cares Winners Announced

ABB Optical Group announced seven non-profit organizations, nominated by ECPs nationwide, that will receive grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for outstanding programming and community impact through the Fourth Annual ABB Cares Program. The 2017 ABB Cares grant recipients are: Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation in Las Vegas ($5,000); Junior Charity League of Concord in Concord, NC ($2,500); Special Olympics Florida in Clermont, FL ($2,500); Mercy Health Center in Athens, GA ($1,000); Plano Child Development in Chicago ($1,000); Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company in Strathmere, NJ ($1,000); and Valley Center for the Blind in Fresno, CA ($1,000). abboptical.com

Patients Happy With Plans

J.D. Power’s 2017 Vision Plan Satisfaction Report has found that overall satisfaction among vision plan members increased to 757 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2017, the highest in the four years they’ve conducted the study. The increase is attributed to better coverage, costs, and communication. UHC/Optum ranked highest in satisfaction with vision plan insurers at 780. Highmark/Davis Vision/HMInsurance and Eyemed tied for second at 765.  The report includes responses from 1,300+ vision plan members.  jdpower.com

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Minorities Still Matter

The National Optometric Association and Transitions Optical have released “Why Minority Eye Health Still Matters.” The paper discusses caring for African American and Hispanic patients. Geared toward ECPs and optometry students and faculty, it explores ECPs’ role in reducing vision impairment related to diabetes, hypertension, and glaucoma. transitionspro.com/multicultural


This article originally appeared in the January 2018 edition of INVISION.   

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It’s Time to Think About Winterizing Those Eyes

Products that tackle the vision issues associated with cold weather sports and how to sell them.

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WHEN IT COMES TO a winter sport like hockey, patients can buy specialist sports gear for protection. But, for other winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, motocross and mountain biking, patients may prefer to wear a goggle or prescription sunglass in a wrap frame for maximum coverage. These days, lens technologies are so effective they can offer color enhancement on the slopes and highlight moguls in any conditions.

Bollé

Cobalt with polarized TNS lens.

(800) 423-3537, bolle.com

Wiley X

WX Wave Climate Control series with gloss demi/polarized emearald green mirror lens with an amber base.

(800) 776-7842, wileyx.com

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Pyramex

Venture Gear tactical line of ballistic-rated eyewear, the Brevard frame with Forest Gray lens.

(800) 736-8673, pyramexsafety.com

Scott Sports

SCOTT LCG Compact Goggle with light sensitive blue chrome lens.

(800) 292-5874, scott-sports.com

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Tinted Helmet Visor

(205) 934-4011, uab.edu

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SPY Optic

SPY Legacy with a gold Spectra lens.

(800) 779-3937, spyoptic.com

SportRx

Prescription snow goggle insert that accommodates corrective lenses.

(888) 831-5817, sportrx.com

Smith Optics

4D MAG Goggle with ChromaPop Sun Red Mirror lens.

(888) 206-2995, smithoptics.com

Smart Ways To Sell Eyewear for Winter Sports

Rob Tavakoli, Sportrx, San Diego, CA

For us, eyewear for winter sports is a growing category. We design and manufacture our own prescription insert that fits into any ski goggle. We sell this complete insert mounted to an Rx lens direct to the consumer or through the 3Os channel. Smith sells an interesting concept with its optical ODS adapter system that fits inside a goggle and most brands manufacture goggles that fit over glasses. I think the Anon M4 Cylindrical goggle is the best. Fogging is constantly an issue for people in the winter, so we recommend putting a good anti-fog coating on an Rx insert. Color enhancing lenses, like ChromaPop from Smith and Prizm from Oakley, work like magic on the snow by offering clarity and contrast to skiers.

Chris Merciez, Envision, Boulder, CO

Our doctors are avid skiers, so they generally talk to the patient about skiing when they’re in the room with them. This is helpful and offers a seamless transition for us to get them what they need. Many of our patients see all types of sports eyewear when they’re on the slopes so they’re already aware of what they want when they come in. We stock all types of brands – Smith goggles, Zeal goggles, Maui Jim and Oakley. Zeal, Bollé and Smith have designed an insert that goes behind the ski goggle and Smith offers a turbo fan option to prevent fogging. If the patient doesn’t want a goggle, then they may like the idea of a prescription sunglass that works for both skiing and regular wear.

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Tyra Smizes for Nine West and More of What You Need to Know for October

And the CDC and Prevent Blindness both release informative reports and resources or practitioners.

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Tyra Smizes for Nine West

Authentic Brands Group, owner of Nine West, has named Tyra Banks the global ambassador for the brand. She will act as the voice and face of Nine West’s global campaigns, including its eyewear collection with Marchon, and will participate in key brand activations starting in 2020. Nine West will unveil its fall campaign, entitled “Groundbreakers,” on Oct. 1. The brand will additionally roll out supporting initiatives throughout the season, honoring and showcasing the power of women. marchon.com

Bilingual Tools

Prevent Blindness’ new no-cost toolkit — “Diabetes and the Eyes” — provides materials in English and Spanish to educate the public on the effects of diabetes on vision and eye health. According to its study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more than 8 million Americans have diabetes-related retinopathy. Those numbers are projected to see a 63 percent increase to 13.2 million by 2050. The toolkit includes: an Educator Course created for healthcare professionals and educators, factsheets, infographics, and assistance resources. preventblindness.org/diabetes-resources

CDC Finds Bad CL Habits

The Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found only a third of CL-wearing adults recalled hearing any wear and care recommendations from their ECP, despite providers reporting they shared all nine contact lens recommendations at initial visits, check-ups and complication-related visits. In AOA’s survey of practicing eyecare providers, doctors reported sharing all nine recommendations regularly, but most frequently when patients present with a CL-related complication. To help bridge the communication gap, AOA developed a resource for ODs and their CL teams emphasizing the ‘teach-back’ method. aoa.org

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A New Crop of Products Full of Precision and Style

Frames that could never be considered a mistake and equipment that ensures you never make any.

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Maxx, Meet Ella

A unisex style from the all-new ELLA & MAXX line, the 701151-45 finds its identity in its double bridge and side coining. This model is made with German surgical stainless steel and designed in house.

brilleneyes.com

$249

Emerald City

Ideal for customers who need a larger flexible fit, MAUI JIM’s Cove Park brings the crisp with its SuperThin Glass lenses and brings the style with its rectangular shape and bold lens color options.

mauijim.com

$399

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Feeling Puzzled?

The Puzzles eyewear family, designed by Matali Crasset for THEO, includes Tetris (16). The acetate style pops with color as it celebrates achievement and yes, comfort.

theo.be

$434

New Kid with the Blockers

Offering precise alignment of lenses at the correct prism angle, the Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker from COBURN TECHNOLOGIES cuts out the possibility of blank selection errors as it measures the front curve of the lens and warns the operator if the blank is incorrect.

coburntechnologies.com

Price upon request

Clipping Out

Among the latest additions to the NANO VISTA Solar Clip collection, the lightweight Pixel features a polarized, blue block lens as well as a 2-in-1 strap system, the patented 52 hinge, easy-to-adjust temples, and total siliflex construction.

alternativeeyes.com

$195

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Ideal Combo

An acetate rim inside a rounded metal frame defines the PARADIGM model 19-11. This style is also available as a sunglass.

kenmarkeyewear.com

$145

Eyeos on the Prize

Step outside and enjoy a read in the sun with the newly released polarized FT-28 bifocal sun readers collection, the Duke (shown), from EYEOS.

eyeosreaders.com

$135

Get Some Mei Time

Can’t imagine a world without any remakes? The new FlawLessFit system from MEI can! Putting the new MEI FL Gauge to work with dynamic shape optimization, this system analyzes and corrects lens-frame matching, and is compatible with all MEI edgers.

meisystem.com

Price upon request

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