Art Education and Visual Impairment

By Staff
Monday, September 16, 2019 11:32 AM When someone says "art," what do you think of? For many people, the answer likely includes some form of visual arts—paintings, photographs, sculptures, maybe even dance or writing. But art is all-encompassing, and it can and should be accessible to everyone, including people with visual impairments. Last week, Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, profiled a partnership between High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and Center for the Visually Impaired Georgia, which is bringing art and museum experiences to people with visual impairments. Head over to Americans for the Arts' blog to read more about this special partnership, and the impact it has on visually impaired people. 

Optical Gears Up for Vision Expo West

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Monday, September 16, 2019 10:03 AM Twice a year, Vision Expo takes over our Instagram feeds. During and after the show, attendees and exhibitors alike take to social media to share their experiences—and this year, many attendees are sharing their excitement for the show beforehand. There’s a lot to share in anticipation of Expo—Vision Monday will host VM LIVE: Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight on September 18, and The Modern Lab on September 19, an event in collaboration with LabTalk. So, as we start packing our suitcases and figure out how many pairs of glasses it’s socially acceptable to wear over the course of three days, here's a look at how some in the optical community are gearing up for Expo West. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: The Latest in Retinal Surgical Instruments

By Staff
Monday, September 16, 2019 10:00 AM “Retina is a rapidly changing field,” said Rahul Reddy, MD, in practice in Phoenix, pointing to the diabetes pandemic, which has been steadily increasing surgeon caseloads. “As we look to the future, what we want is instrumentation that will allow us to get good outcomes and be as efficient as possible so we can help as many patients as possible.” Here’s a look at some of the newest offerings available in vitreoretinal surgical instruments and how they’re improving patient outcomes. Read More

You Can Get A Toilet That Will Monitor Your Health

By Staff
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:49 PM From Apple Watches to Fitbits to a good old pedoemeter, there are plenty of ways to monitor your health at home. And now, there's a new way—through your toilet. According to Fast Company, reseachers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are in the process of developing a smart toilet seat, which can be mounted on a regular toilet to monitor your heart health. Head over to Fast Company to learn about the smart toilet from Nicholas Conn a research scientist in microsystems engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology involved in the project.

Come to Jobson's Modern Lab Event at Vision Expo West

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Friday, September 13, 2019 10:03 AM VM’s Andrew Karp and LabTalk’s Brian Dunleavy will co-host The Modern Lab, a special, live event that complements their Modern Lab Report in the September issue of Vision Monday. In this video, Karp and Dunleavy describe their program, which will feature exclusive research findings and a panel of lab experts who will discuss the strategic investments optical lab owners and operators are making in technology and personnel. Join them for this one-time-only event, which will take place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas on September 19, 2019. To register, go to www.visionmonday.com/modernlab.

Indie Father-Daughter Duo Are a San Diego Staple

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Friday, September 13, 2019 10:03 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Independent optometry is part of the Chinn family's DNA. Thirty years ago, Stephen Chinn, OD, opened his very first independent private practice in San Diego, after graduating from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry in 1972. Throughout his career, Dr. Chinn has had up to three private practices at once—but these days he focuses his attention on one in particular. Today, he and his daughter, Jennifer Chinn, OD, who graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in 2015, practice together at Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care, in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. Their independent practice is a member of the Vision Source network. Read More  

ECPs, Educators, Influencers and Brands Get Excited for Vision Expo West

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 13, 2019 10:00 AM Twice a year, Vision Expo takes over our Instagram feeds. During and after the show, attendees and exhibitors alike take to social media to share their experiences—and this year, many attendees are sharing their excitement for the show beforehand. There’s a lot to share in anticipation of Expo—Vision Monday will host VM LIVE: Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight on September 18, and The Modern Lab on September 19, an event in collaboration with LabTalk. So, as we start packing our suitcases and figure out how many pairs of glasses it’s socially acceptable to wear over the course of three days, here's a look at how some in the optical community are gearing up for Expo West.

Review of Optometric Business: The Free Personality Assessment that Helps Us Create a Better Workforce

By Staff
Friday, September 13, 2019 10:00 AM Personality assessments can teach you and your staff about yourselves, and how you can best relate to one another. Here is how one practice uses this tool to help staff work together to deliver topnotch patient care. We use 16 Personalities in our three-OD, 26 support-staff practice. It’s free and highly effective in showing us the kind of work that an employee will be most effective at, and most fulfilled by. We started using this assessment two years ago. It was our office manager’s idea. She had learned about this assessment in a college psychology class, and thought it would be helpful for us to use. The goal for using a personality assessment was to see where the strengths and weaknesses lay for each individual, and to determine the parts of the office they would most likely excel at. Read More  

#WeShareIt for 9-14-19

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Friday, September 13, 2019 8:00 AM Sometimes, a little reminder goes a long way. You can grab this one on Ebay. #WeShareIt

iCare Advisor's Tweet for 9-14-19

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Insta-Pick for 9-14-19

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Vision Expo's Tweet for 9-14-19

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Alzheimer's and Vision

By Staff
Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:26 AM As World Alzheimer's Month, September is dedicated to raising awareness for and challening the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's can be a devastating disease in so many ways—but many people don't think about the ways it affects vision in particular. To change this, Ontario Optometrists has shared an infographic that shows just how Alzheimer's can affect patient's vision—and why.

Independent Brand l.a.Eyeworks Goes International for 40th Anniversary

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:03 AM LOS ANGELES, Calif.—This year, independent eyewear brand l.a.Eyeworks is celebrating its 40th anniversary. A staple of the independent eyewear scene for over a generation now, l.a.Eyeworks has spread far beyond its Californian roots. To celebrate 40 years, the brand is leading an international window display campaign, which kicked off on September 9. The campaign art will appear on the facades of more than 80 optical retailers in seven countries, and features a custom graphic design, printed on transparent vinyl. The graphic depicts two signboards which say “Raise Your Glasses!” and “Uncensored Visions Since 1979,” floating above the l.a.Eyeworks logo, which has been modified to add a decorative “40.” L.A.-based artists Nina Palomba designed the placard artwork, and graphic designer Mike Fink created the logo. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: How to Make Myopia Management Work in a Corporate Practice

By Staff
Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:00 AM
The prevalence of myopia and high myopia is increasing in the U.S. and globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathologic conditions associated with high myopia, including retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. Myopia is now the most common ocular abnormality in the world, yet many patients, parents, and other key stakeholders do not understand the significance of myopia and particularly high myopia to potential ocular health issues later in life. Myopia is often considered benign because it is easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. I recognized these alarming trends almost a decade ago and began taking steps to incorporate myopia management into my two sub-leased primary care practices located inside LensCrafters. Read More