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NY Schoolchildren to Get Free Eyeglasses

The expanded program begins next school year.

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Kindergarten and first-grade students in New York City who need prescription glasses will get them for free as part of a newly expanded program, Chalkbeat reports.

It’s anticipated that about 33,000 pairs of eyeglasses will be distributed through the program, which is being offered in conjunction with Warby Parker.

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The program is expected to cost $6 million.

The expanded program begins next school year. The program has already been operating at 224 “community schools” throughout New York City, with 26,000 pairs of eyeglasses given out last year.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Being able to read the board and materials provided in the classroom can make all the difference for students as they learn to read and write.

“Too often students have vision impairments that go untreated and undiagnosed.”

Read more at the Chalkbeat

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Meditation Might Help Treat a Common Eye Disease, Study Suggests

It could serve as an adjunct to medications.

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Meditation may be helpful in treating glaucoma, a new study suggests.

The research found that a short course of mindfulness-based stress reduction by meditation reduced intraocular pressure, normalized stress biomarkers and positively modified gene expression in patients with primary-open angle glaucoma, the American Optometric Association reports.

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The research was published in the Journal of Glaucoma. It suggests a possible role for meditation as an adjunctive clinical therapy.

The findings “provide tantalizing insight about a therapeutic option that may accompany tried-and-true pharmaceuticals, as well as hint at the role stress may play in glaucoma,” according to AOA.

Researchers “hope this latest study can validate another option for helping prevent irreversible optic nerve head damage.”

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For the study, researchers enrolled 90 primary-open angle glaucoma patients and directed a study group to 21 days of daily, hour-long mindfulness meditation under the supervision of a certified meditation teacher.

The researchers said future studies should address how long the changes last and whether mindfulness meditation helps visual field function over time.

Read more at the AOA

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Lens and Frame Maker Names CEO

He began the role on Feb. 1.

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MUNICH – The Rodenstock Group, a manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and frames, has named Anders Hedegaard as its CEO.

The appointment was effective Feb. 1. He follows Oliver Kastalio, who has led the company since 2010 and will take on a new professional challenge.

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Hedegaard joins from the GN Store Nord A/S in Denmark, where he was CEO of GN Hearing, a producer of hearing aid technologies. Hedegaard has a broad background in the global life science and healthcare sector.

“I’m delighted to join Rodenstock as CEO,” Hedegaard said. “The company has a long tradition and strong reputation. It manufactures and distributes world-class products, utilizing most innovative technologies and has a huge growth potential.”

Kastalio stated: “I have successfully managed Rodenstock’s turnaround over the past years and set the course for further growth in the eye health sector through the introduction of leading technologies like DNEye. Now is the time to hand over management with a clear conscience.”

Founded in 1877 with its headquarters in Munich, Rodenstock employs around 4,900 people worldwide and is represented with sales offices and distribution partners in more than 85 countries. It maintains production plants at 15 locations in 13 countries.

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Burglar Steals $8K in Eyewear

He broke through a window to enter the business.

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Someone smashed through the window at an eyecare business in Boynton Beach, FL, and made off with $8,000 worth of designer frames.

A man was caught on surveillance camera committing the crime at Palm Beach Eyes, WSVN-TV reports.

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Police believe the culprit is in his early 60s.

He used a blunt instrument to shatter the window, police say. It took him several tries to break through.

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He targeted Tom Ford brand frames.

Police believe the culprit cased the store for four days before burglarizing it. He remains at large.

Read more at the WSVN-TV

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