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The Eyes, The Ears and More Business Boosters for June

Including the ‘Opticians Helping America See’ branding.

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Hey Stud!

The MEJURI Evil Eye Studs will stand out amongst the rest. Handcrafted in 14k solid gold with a blue sapphire (also available in white sapphire), it’s an investment pair you will never want to take off.

$110

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Real-Time Likes

Boost your social media reach with a Real-Time Like Counter from SMIIRL. Simply place it on your checkout desk and invite customers to like your Facebook page from their phone. They will see the count go up as soon as they click! Available in five-digit and seven-digit models for Facebook — and also as a Follower Counter for Instagram.

$389-$569

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Helping America See

The OPTICIANS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (OAA) is convinced that widespread branding and marketing of the field of opticianry is vital since the average consumer no longer knows the difference between an optician, an optometrist, and an obstetrician! The OAA is selling, through Land’s End, dozens of customizable Opticians Helping America See items.

Prices vary

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The Eyes and The Ears

A recent large study estimates that approximately 69 million Americans aged 40 years or older have experienced some form of vestibular (inner ear balance) dysfunction. To assist individuals experiencing dizziness and balance problems which may be contributing to visual dysfunctions, NORA and VEDA developed The Vestibular-Vision Connection, a downloadable patient-education resource.

Free

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The Myopia Epidemic Explained

The World Health Organization says that myopia among children is approaching epidemic proportions. According to the new book A PARENT’S GUIDE TO RAISING CHILDREN WITH HEALTHY VISION by pediatric optometrists Dr. Noah Tannen and Dr. Nicholas Despotidis, the reasons are genetic and environmental. The book provides “a tool to allow parents to make the best decision for their own children when it comes to vision.”

$19.99

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Get Ready for Back to School With Kids by Safilo

The 2019 Kids by Safilo collection is enriched with new, playful color stories featuring fun and original graphics and translucent fronts which are combined with solid temples and enlivened by bright, colorful patterns. The collection is designed with a medical-scientific approach to better meet the needs of children up to eight years of age. The collection was developed in collaboration with SIOP (Italian Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology) and is in compliance with the design guidelines of WSPOS (World Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus).

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Teleoptometry Tools Redefining the Meaning of ‘Phoning it In’

With about 200 different telehealth models being run today, ECPs have to decide which tools, if any, add value to their services.

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OCULAR TELEHEALTH, WHICH delivers eyecare remotely through medical equipment and telecommunications technology, is a hot-button issue right now. The question of whether it can offer a viable alternative to an in-person comprehensive exam is being intensely debated. What’s driving its progress are rising health care expenses as compared to the lower costs and added convenience it offers to patients.

There are about 200 different telehealth models being run these days in the U.S. and abroad, says Vitor Pamplona, founder of EyeNetra, which enables its customers to build their own telehealth models. And they are all different and generally protective of their own way of doing business. “The beauty of the state of vision care today is that anyone can build their own fully functioning telehealth system, using state-of-the-art tools like EHR-enabled AI-based voice assistants, blockchain storage and crypto vision benefits all the way down to the most basic one-on-one patient coaching approaches,” Pamplona explains. “Software is cheap. Technology is cheap. The field is booming but in a very diverse and decentralized way.”

While some states, such as Indiana and Connecticut, prohibit ocular telehealth, the majority allow it. One of the fastest growing entrants is 20/20NOW, which has completed 78 installations of its Ocular Telehealth Solution and expects to complete 125 by year-end. “Optical retail has always embraced ocular telehealth,” says Chuck Scott, CEO of 20/20NOW. “We are now seeing a trend within private optometry to utilize ocular telehealth within their practice, primarily for practice expansion, revenue improvement and better work/life balance.”

Given an abundance of options, the challenge now facing ECPs is to decide which tools, if any, add value to their services.

Smart Vision Labs

SV One, a handheld, smartphone-based autorefractor.

(212) 796-6124, smartvisionlabs.com

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Digital Optometrics

DigitalOptometrics’ Teleoptometry

Eye Exam (877) 506-0002, digitaloptometrics.com

D-EYE

D-EYE’s Smartphone-based Retinal Imaging System

(401) 473-6323, d-eyecare.com

20/20NOW

Ocular Telehealth Solution

(844) 843-2020, for2020now.com

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RightEye

Tests called Functional Vision EyeQ, Brain Health EyeQ, Reading EyeQ and Sports Vision EyeQ.

(301) 979-7970, righteye.com

EyeNetra

Digital Lensometer

(617) 684-5680, eyenetra.com

Smart Ways To Use Teleoptometry Tools

Joseph Ianni, Swift Eyewear, Massena, NY

The option to find doctors locally was limited so we purchased hardware from DigitalOptometrics to provide eye exams. We book a 30-minute complete eye exam and the system can accommodate walk-ins too. It has proved to be an amazing solution and we’ve carried out hundreds of exams since we went live in January. Our technician carries out pre-tests and then we videoconference in a doctor who looks at the results and can control the phoropter remotely and then sends us a prescription electronically. Our patients love the seamless experience and they’re happy they don’t have to travel to see a doctor.

Brian Chou, OD, Revision Optometry San Diego, CA

These are interesting times as technology impacts the evolution of optometry. Many new forms of teleoptometry are startups and like all startups some will succeed and some will fail and some could even get their technology acquired. The alternative distributors of online glasses and contact lenses are focused on giving prescription renewals online. More ambitious technologies offer digital retinal imaging using AI to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. We used to think autorefractors were a threat and now we see optometrists embracing them in their practices to improve efficiency. 20/20NOW is an enterprising outfit that helps clinics and opticals by giving non-dilated eye exams to patients so they can get a prescription when the doctor is not present. Stanton Optical allows patients in all its offices to videoconference with a remote doctor. So, looking to the future, I do believe there’s an opportunity for ODs to use online screenings to drive patients to use their services.

Ericson Quintanilla, Greenleaf Optical Compton, CA

We use the SV One from Smart Vision Labs to get a prescription for patients who don’t have access to a doctor or the fee to see a doctor. For $40 we give them an eye exam and free readers. Letters from the device are transferred to my laptop, where I add comments and send an email to some doctors in New York. I normally get a prescription back from them within 10 minutes. The patient then buys their glasses and single vision lenses from us. I also work with an online insurance company, Patch, that allows me to use their vision benefits.

 

 

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Marcolin Hits the ‘Street’ with Adidas and More of What You Need to Know for June

Plus myopia ‘Cliff’s Notes’ from CORE and proof that optometry improves health.

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Marcolin Gets Sporty with Adidas

Marcolin Group and Adidas have entered into a licensing agreement for the development, manufacture, marketing and sale of eyewear products under the Adidas Badge of Sport and Originals labels. Under the new agreement, effective until 2024, the first eyewear collections will hit the market beginning in 2020. The Adidas Badge of Sport eyewear styles will provide a comfortable fit, ensuring the ultimate vision and lens protection; while the Originals collection will be inspired by street culture and loyal to the DNA of the adidas Originals brand. marcolin.com

Five Minute Myopla Updates

CORE (Centre for Ocular Research and Education) has published “five minute overviews” of each white paper The International Myopia Institute (IMI) has developed. In conjunction with Dr. Kate Gifford, CORE has also created a downloadable set of practical tips on how to implement the clinical management guidelines in practice. The summaries, reference guide and additional myopia management insights can be accessed by ECPs for free on the Contact Lens Update site. contactlensupdate.com

Optometry’s Health Role

The American Optometric Association is highlighting a new report by Avalon Health Economics, Optometry’s Essential and Expanding Role in Healthcare, which details the benefits across the health care system of ODs practicing at the full extent of their training. Findings include: Expanded optometric scope of practice nationally would result in an annual savings of $4.6 billion; and 62 percent of Americans trust their OD to provide their eye health and vision care, statistically equivalent to the 64 percent who trust an ophthalmologist. avalonecon.com

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Celebrity Eyewear and Sunwear Styles Put on a Talent Show

From AMERICAN IDOL to Zendaya, these frames showcase the creative visions of a range of celebrities.

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Sun Blossom (ABOVE)

Privé Revaux has launched their second capsule collection, M3, with Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom on the teen TV drama. The three-style sunglass collection offers fashion-forward designs in stainless steel and acetate with features like three-barrel and spring hinges, anti-ski screws and polarized lenses. One style is also available as an optical with anti-blue light lenses. Madelaine wears the Mads sun style. MSRP: $39.95, priverevaux.com

Draper James

Capturing the Southern charm of Reese Witherspoon’s clothing line of the same name, the Draper James optical DJ 5002 in tortoise features can’t-miss interior stripes.

(800) 505-5557, altaireyewear.com

$199.80

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Sofia Vergara

The latest in the Sofia Vergara Signature Eyewear Collection features petite frames with smaller eye sizes and temple lengths. The Imelda is an acetate and metal frame with crystal on the temple tip.

(800) 480-4846, fgxeyewear.com

$140

Shaquille O’neal

The Shaquille O’Neal Eyewear QD 157M is a brushed metal frame that’s progressive friendly. Available in Extended Fit sizing, this collection is recommended for larger PDs or facial features.

(800) 765-3700, zyloware.com

$179

June Ambrose

Inspired by her mother and grandmother’s own suns looks, stylist June Ambrose drove the design for the Dora (shown), named after her mother, and Edna, named after her grandmother, with designer Selima Salaun of Selima Optique. Dora is an acetate frame with a series of six metal stars above either eye.

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$375

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Danny Gokey

American Idol finalist Danny Gokey’s style is captured in Danny Gokey Eyewear, which includes the DG 69. This round aviator features colored metal with an exaggerated double bar bridge.

(877) 886-2824, matcheyewear.com

$173

Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear

Part of the second drop of the Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear Special Collection 2019, the YOLA (VO5281) is a petite, acetate retro-chic cat eye with a 1950s NY sensibility.

(800) 422-2020, my.luxottica.com

$139.95

TommyxZendaya

Designed with singer and actress Zendaya, the TommyxZendaya eyewear collection includes the TH Zendaya, a pilot shape made of Optyl with metal embellishments.

(800) 631-1188, mysafilo.com

$150

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Lisa Loeb

New from Lisa Loeb Eyewear is the Clarinet, a rounded rectangular frame in translucent, multicolor tortoise with temples that feature a floating-petal effect.

(866) 604-5700, classique-eyewear

$169.99

Guess x J Balvin

Reggaetón icon J Balvin designed the metal GU8206 for his GUESS x J Balvin Eyewear collection. This flat, rectangular wraparound style features a tie-dye motif and has a single lens.

(800) 345-8482, marcolin.com

$98

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