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Optical Display Firm ‘Moving Forward’ After HQ Is Damaged by Wildfire

‘Down but not out,’ CEO says.

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PARADISE, CA — Though it lost over 75 percent of its facility in one of California’s worst natural disasters, Fashion Optical Displays has announced that it is moving forward and working with a certified manufacturer to fulfill current and new orders.

“We may be down, as the saying goes, but we’re not out,” Matthew Kiraly, president of Fashion Optical, said in a press release. “Though the worst of the fire has passed, there is still much to be done — not only at our company but for the entire area.”

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The company, which designs, manufactures and installs custom dispensary environments, sustained substantial losses in the November 2018 Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in California’s history, according to the release. The blaze devastated the company’s home town of Paradise and was responsible for the loss of over 86 lives and 18,000 homes and other buildings.

Kiraly said Fashion Optical has opened a temporary office in nearby Chico, CA.

“Though the company isn’t looking to expand operations at the present time, it is fulfilling orders with the expectation of moving forward,” according to the release.

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“All of our employees are safe, which is the most important thing,” Kiraly said.

“Though we’ve all lost so much, the spirit and resilience of our employees and neighbors allows us to look to the future with some degree of hope.”

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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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