Washing Your Fruits and Veggies

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:26 PM As we pay more and more attention to keeping ourselves and our surroundings as clean as possible, it feels natural to wonder if store-bought fruits and veggies are safe to eat after sitting out in a supermarket for hours. To make sure that's the case, the most important thing to do is wash your food—without soap or other chemicals. Head over to the CDC for a more complete look. 

VM's News Quiz for the Week of July 5: A Google Acquisition, Flying During a Pandemic, and the Unemployment Line

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:30 PM Did you follow the optical news last week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. Last week's quiz takes a look at a Google acquisition, flying in the age of COVID-19, and industries with high unemployment rates. Click here to take the quiz for the week of July 5. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Telemedicine

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:00 AM Telemedicine had been on eyecare professionals’ radar for years before the unexpected stay-at-home directives and social distancing measures put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, suddenly, ECPs were clamoring for information and implementation of telemedicine so they could continue seeing patients who were no longer permitted access to their practices. The government even relaxed HIPAA rules so patients and practitioners alike could comfortably interact electronically yet remotely without fear of breaking the rules. As practices slowly and safely reopen with social distancing still a concern, practicing telemedicine remains a goal of ECPs albeit to a lesser degree. Still, the need to get paid for a telemedicine visit has always been a primary concern of ECPs before, during and presumably after this pandemic. Read More

FMO and Media 10 Join Forces to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021, Following Cancellation of September Optrafair

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19. 

What Are You Reading? The Optical Community Has a Stack of Recommendations to Consider

By Mark Tosh
Monday, July 13, 2020 1:00 PM NEW YORK—Many of us set out with ambitious summer reading lists, but then reality sets in and we end August with the same stack of books on the nightstand that piled up there on Memorial Day weekend. Well, this summer may turn out to be—unfortunately—the summer when a new reality sets in and that stack of books we want to read isn’t quite high enough. Or only half high enough. Well, it’s still early in July and there’s always hope that things take a turn for the better, finally, in 2020. In the meantime, there are plenty of good books out there to help wile away the time. Here’s a look at what our colleagues are reading this summer, and it’s certainly a list that has a little bit of everything for everyone. Read More

#VMBrightSpots—Jenn Chinn, OD

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 11:49 AM Last week, Jenn Chinn, OD, sat down for a Facebook Live event with VSP to show patients just what the new eye exam looks like today, from how everything gets sanitized to how patients can prepare to come in for a smooth, safe exam, without too much stress or unexpected changes. The talk is still available to watch on Facebook

Review of Myopia Management: What's Normal, What's Not?

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 AM Emmetropisation is a process by which the components of the eye change/develop to achieve the ideal refractive state where vision is optimal for far objects. In human newborns, the refractive state of the eye is that of hyperopia of approximately +2.00D; this hyperopia reduces in magnitude over time until the eye becomes emmetropic. It is said that eye growth is rapid in the initial years, with the eye achieving 90 percent of adult proportions by the age of 3-4 years; after that, the growth decelerates and continues at a slower pace until around 6-8 years. The changes in eye growth involve all the major determinants of refractive power, including corneal curvature, axial length, and the crystalline lens. Read More

Do You Know an Eyecare Hero? Nominate Them Today

By Staff
Friday, July 10, 2020 3:01 PM NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. The #EyecareHeroes initiative enabled participating companies to join with the Jobson Optical Group, including Vision Monday and 20/20, to donate to Project C.U.R.E., a charitable organization that distributes medical supplies, such as PPE, to health care practitioners in the U.S As part of the initiative, Jobson Optical Group, with the support of many industry suppliers, has made a donation to Project C.U.R.E. Together, let's continue to thank ECPs by showcasing their efforts. Nominate an Eyecare Hero by clicking here, which will take you to our Eyecare Heroes landing page. Read More

What Are You Reading? The Optical Community Has a Stack of Recommendations to Consider

By Mark Tosh
Friday, July 10, 2020 8:03 AM NEW YORK—Many of us set out with ambitious summer reading lists, but then reality sets in and we end August with the same stack of books on the nightstand that piled up there on Memorial Day weekend. Well, this summer may turn out to be—unfortunately—the summer when a new reality sets in and that stack of books we want to read isn’t quite high enough. Or only half high enough. Well, it’s still early in July and there’s always hope that things take a turn for the better, finally, in 2020. In the meantime, there are plenty of good books out there to help wile away the time. Here’s a look at what our colleagues are reading this summer, and it’s certainly a list that has a little bit of everything for everyone.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of July 5: A Google Acquisition, Flying During a Pandemic, and the Unemployment Line

By Staff
Friday, July 10, 2020 12:00 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at a Google acquisition, flying in the age of COVID-19, and industries with high unemployment rates. Click here to take the quiz for the week of July 5. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of June 28: Fireworks Safety, Sleep Patterns and National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:38 PM
Did you follow the optical news last week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. Last week's quiz takes a look at the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight, changes in our sleep patterns and celebrating National Sunglasses Day. Click here to take the quiz for the week of June 28. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.  Read More
 

Organizers of Vision Expo West 2020 Announce Cancellation of September 2020 Event

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:16 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced today the decision to cancel Vision Expo West 2020, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 23-26. Over the past several months, Reed Exhibitions’ Vision Expo team and The Vision Council worked together to prepare and plan for the highly anticipated event while closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on members of the optical community, the announcement said.

20/20 Europe: Design Eyewear Group

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:30 AM Design Eyewear Group’s Lars Flyvholm has spoken out about being part of the bigger picture during the COVID-19 crisis and how DEG is helping its stakeholders, while planning for the journey ahead into the future. “Like so many other companies, we've been largely affected by the global lockdown and have had to make the necessary changes throughout the company, globally,” he said in a July 1 announcement. “ At the end of the day, we expect to come out of this an even stronger business partner than before pertaining to our suppliers and our many partners all over the world.” Read More

What If We Run Out of TV?

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:48 PM While staying at home, many of us have turned to TV and movies to stay occupied. But the people who make TV and movies have had to stay at home, too. The amount of things to watch seems endless, but what if it's not? Is Hollywood worried that we're going to run out of new TV? Head over to Vulture for a look at the new "pandemic protocols" for film and TV. 

20/20 Magazine: Beyond Brain Freeze-Visually Induced Trigeminal Dysphoria

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:00 AM Trigeminal dysphoria—wait, what? I admit the first time I heard the words trigeminal dysphoria, I was both intimidated and intrigued. (And yes, I had to practice its pronunciation!) Let me give an example of trigeminal dysphoria that we can all relate too—brain freeze! This sharp headache occurs when there is a sudden change in temperature when we drink or eat something cold like ice cream, which excites the neural feedback loop to the trigeminal nerve and causes the sensation of pain. What does this have to do with eyes? Read More