Summer Celebrations Prompt Renewed Call for Improved Fireworks Safety

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Thursday, May 30, 2024 8:30 AM With the summer months approaching, there are lots of reasons to celebrate, and one of the most popular ways to do so is with fireworks. Before lighting up the night sky, however, it is important to take the right precautions to avoid injuries, especially injuries to the eyes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2022 Fireworks Annual Report, there were more than 10,000 injuries and 11 deaths that year resulting from firework injuries. Today, VMAIL Weekend takes a look at why fireworks are so dangerous and how ECPs can educate their patients about staying safe this summer season.

Remote Eye Exams

By Evra Taylor / Contributing Editor
Thursday, May 23, 2024 3:00 AM Telehealth for eyecare is advancing at lightning speed through technology-enabled processes that allow the transition from in-person to remote scenarios. Over the past few years, this process has had a transformative effect on both practitioners and patients at both private practices and optical retail chains.

Remote Eye Testing Adds New Dimensions

By Evra Taylor, Contributing Editor
Thursday, May 23, 2024 2:30 AM Originating from basic teleconferencing models, technology-enabled tele-optometry has revolutionized the optical industry creating both a more patient-centric model of care and expanding ECPs’ practices in a quintessential win-win. With remote eye testing, optical companies are focusing their gaze on a novel approach—involving the consumer in their own health care journey, increasing their access to eyecare and reducing wait times, two major pain points in eyecare. In addition to self-administered, online visual acuity testing for prescription renewal, these companies are increasingly providing remote diagnostic services, expanding their reach into previously uncharted territory such as ultra-wide field digital retinal imaging. At the same time, eyecare providers have established effective guardrails to protect patients’ eye health, ensuring patient referrals to a specialist when needed, for example.

A New Contact Lens Material May Transform Corneal Wound Treatment

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, May 3, 2024 8:30 AM A cross-disciplinary team of researchers and doctors at the University of Waterloo (UW) are developing a new contact lens material that could change the way eyecare providers treat corneal wounds. The team, from the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), located within the School of Optometry & Vision Science and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University, believe the new material, acting as a bandage for corneal wounds, could release drugs in a controlled manner to help the eye heal faster.

Cherry Optical Lab Marks 25 Years of Growth and Progress

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, April 14, 2024 2:45 AM This year, Cherry Optical Lab is marking 25 years as a successful, family-owned, independent optical lab. During that time, the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based wholesaler has established an enviable reputation for its excellent quality of work and forward-looking approach to technology.

Deloitte’s Jim Rowan Offers Strategies on Building an AI Team

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Sunday, April 14, 2024 1:54 AM NEW YORK—Heading into the afternoon sessions and before a break for lunch, Jim Rowan, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, shared his insights into how to weave AI into daily business operations. In his presentation titled, “How to Build an AI Team,” he noted that generative AI is transforming the way the optical industry does business, from diagnostics to managing patient interactions and marketing, suggesting that AI is seemingly making it easier to enhance the patient experience.

RSG's Liza Amlani on Finding the Balance Between Tech and the Human Touch

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Sunday, April 14, 2024 1:53 AM NEW YORK—One of the greatest challenges businesses face in today’s age of artificial intelligence is finding the right balance between technology and human interaction. Hitting on this equilibrium was the focus of Liza Amlani’s session with her lunch-time presentation titled, “Keeping the Customer In Focus: Clienteling for Retail Eyewear.” As the principal and founder of the Retail Strategy Group, Amlani has used her experience to help businesses improve profitability and organizational effectiveness by using the latest technology and most provocative retail trends.

April 8 Solar Eclipse Draws Concern About Eye Safety and Counterfeit Glasses

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, April 5, 2024 8:30 AM All eyes will be on the sky on Monday, April 8, as North America experiences the first total solar eclipse since 2017. The event will offer sky gazers a chance to experience a total solar eclipse throughout most of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and will be the last time a solar eclipse will be visible in the contiguous U.S. until 2044. Making sure people view the eclipse safely is the top priority of eyecare specialists and optical industry leaders, who have spent the last few months sharing tips and resources to reduce the chances of eye damage during the event.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe During the April 8 Solar Eclipse

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, March 15, 2024 8:30 AM On April 8, millions of people will have their eyes on the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a rare total solar eclipse that will be visible throughout North America as it passes across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. The April eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. until 2044. Experts estimate that the solar eclipse will cover a lot of ground and has the potential to be viewed by millions of people. For several months, optical safety experts have been sounding the alarm about the upcoming eclipse, warning eyecare providers and their patients to take steps to avoid significant eye damage.

Learning Special Feature

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:05 AM Today’s optical industry landscape may seem like it’s changing daily with the integration of artificial intelligence technology and better products to treat eye conditions. Providing the highest level of care to patients requires that eyecare professionals (ECPs) stay current and continue to learn about the latest innovations and technological advancements. For many ECPs, this means regularly updating continuing education credits and participating in training and courses provided by their optical partners.

Hoya Learning Center Focuses on Customer and Employee Education

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:04 AM In 2022, Hoya introduced the Hoya Learning Center. The platform was designed to be used by clients who had sold lenses within the previous calendar year, making it easy to stay on top of the newest offerings and innovations from the Hoya team.

Zeiss Academy Educates on Products, Platforms and Technologies

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:03 AM Zeiss Academy was introduced by Zeiss in 2023. VMAIL first reported about this exciting new learning platform, as the company was being updated to better serve the needs of participants. Today, it is used by thousands of ECPs across the country to tap into resources that benefit both their practices and patients.

Leonardo Inspired by Modern Cultural Advancement, Educates Next Generation of ECPs

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:02 AM EssilorLuxottica has been on the forefront of ECP education, offering training and education opportunities about all their products. In May 2021, this was expanded with the launch of Leonardo, a global learning ecosystem with the goal of making high-quality education accessible to everyone in the eyecare and eyewear industry in a community setting.

VSP Supports Private Practices With Training and Education Opportunities

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:01 AM When choosing the right learning platform, ECPs want to be sure they are getting resources that will help grow their practice. VSP Premier Edge Training and Education, formerly VSP Premier Academy360, has been a trusted and doctor-vetted training and education source that has helped elevate private practices for nearly 5 years. The platform offers educational resources tailored specifically for VSP network doctors and staff.

ECPs Play a Key Partner Role in Workplace Safety

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, February 23, 2024 8:30 AM With March just around the corner, eyecare professionals (ECPs) are focusing their attention on Workplace Eye Awareness Month. Each year, thousands of Americans experience some form of workplace eye injury. These types of injuries can be the result of many things, ranging from chemical spills to sharp objects. Many ECPs are also trying to educate their patients about the risks of spending too many hours in front of the computer, which can cause digital eyestrain. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25,000 Americans are sent to the emergency room each year with a workplace eye injury.