Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2021

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 4:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Las Vegas fully reopened, the Show organizers, The Vision Council and RX, are planning a robust Show experience featuring several new neighborhoods, in addition to the return of The Suites, as well as extensive education opportunities and the return of the OptiCon @ Vision Expo program and hub. Students and young professionals can also look forward to The Career Zone and dedicated student programming. Read More

Review of Optometry: Optometry at Work—The How, When and Where of Who Delivers Care

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 3:55 PM Over the next decade, the optometric workforce is projected to experience growth of 1.4 percent each year, a continued shift toward a female OD majority and a more limited additional capacity for the profession to expand than previously suggested, a recent national survey suggests. The investigation, based on 2017 data and published in Optometry and Vision Science, also found a lack of diversity in the profession. Minorities are poorly represented in optometry, which the authors cite as concerning and a barrier to care. Specifically, only 3.8 percent of respondents self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, 0.4 percent as Black/African-American and 0.2 percent as Native American. “This is clearly much lower than the overall population’s makeup and hopefully is a wake-up call to our profession to encourage minority recruitment,” said Brian Chou, OD, of San Diego. Read More

What Happens To All Those Olypmic Venues?

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 10:44 AM Each Olympic cycle, the host nations go to incredible lengths to prepare to welcome athletes from all over the world to their country, and this often includes constructing new buildings and venues for sporting events or, even, the Opening Ceremony. But once the Games are over, what happens to these structures that took so much time, money and manpower to create? Head over to Sports Insider for a look at what a second life looks like for an Olympic venue, from complete abandoment to adaptation. 

Gene Therapy May Preserve Vision in Retinal Disease and Serious Retinal Injury

By Andrew Karp
Friday, July 23, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Mount Sinai researchers have uncovered a potential pathway for treatment that can prevent blindness. Gene therapy in mouse models showed promise in preventing vision loss or blindness from serious retinal injury including optic nerve damage, and from retinal disease including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published in the July 22 online publication of Cell, could transform treatment for those at risk of major vision loss from retinal degenerative diseases, which currently have no cure.

Insta-Pick for 7-24-21

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Friday, July 23, 2021 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of July 18: Expanding Telehealth Services, Monitoring Vaccine Sentiments and a Scholarship Aimed at Diversity

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 8:20 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 expanding telehealth services, monitoring vaccine sentiments and a scholarship aimed at diversity.

OneSight's Tweet for 7-24-21

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Friday, July 23, 2021 8:15 AM

Pacific Eye Doctors' Tweet for 7-24-21

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Friday, July 23, 2021 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 7-24-21

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Friday, July 23, 2021 8:10 AM These punny and fun opti-themed earrings are a great way to brighten up your day. You can pick them up on Etsy here. #WeShareIt

Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2021

By Staff
Friday, July 23, 2021 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Las Vegas fully reopened, the Show organizers, The Vision Council and RX, are planning a robust Show experience featuring several new neighborhoods, in addition to the return of The Suites, as well as extensive education opportunities and the return of the OptiCon @ Vision Expo program and hub.

New Tech For Those With Low Vision

By Staff
Thursday, July 22, 2021 11:43 AM Through its business creation program Ignition, Honda is showing off a new naviagtion system for people with low vision: an insert that attaches to the user's shoes to help them navigate and avoid potential dangers. Head over to Mashable to learn more about this new tech and how it could help change lives.

Following Downturns from July Fourth Holiday, Optical Sales Make a Quick Recovery for Week of July 12-18, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:40 PM NEW YORK—Optical sales quickly recovered last week, July 12-18, following the previous week’s downturns due to the Independence Day holiday. In fact, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations not only regained the -16 index points it lost the previous week (July 5-11) but also added an additional 2 index points last week for a total increase of 18 index points, according to the latest Practice Performance Tracker from Jobson. Last week, all optical sales categories not only regained the losses they experienced the previous week but also surpassed their prior levels. Read More

20/20 Europe: Kering Eyewear Acquires Danish Eyewear Company Lindberg

By Staff
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:37 PM Kering Eyewear has acquired Lindberg, the family-owned, award-winning Danish eyewear company, renowned for its titanium optical frames, design, innovative and patented technology and craftsmanship. The acquisition for 100 percent of the share capital of Lindberg was announced earlier this month. Founded in 1969 in Denmark by optician Poul-Jørn Lindberg and his wife as an optical store and turned into a multinational company by their son Henrik, Lindberg is a high-end manufacturer of design-oriented, lightweight, and customizable optical frames with a specialization in titanium. Read More

Beauty in the Night Sky

By Staff
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:33 PM This August, many of us will have a front row seat to view a special and rare celestial treat: a blue moon (or, the rare case of a second full moon falling within one calendar month), combined with Jupiter and Saturn at opposition, visible in the night sky. This means we should be able to see all three of them at once. Head over to Mental Floss for more on this special celestial cross over.

What to Look Out for This Olympic Season

By Staff
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 1:17 PM If all goes well, the Summer Olympics will begin this week. As always, the Olympics are three weeks of nonstop action, and it can be hard to know what's worth watching, and then to catch all the events you want, especially when there's a time difference to take into account. Head over to NPR for a list of the top 10 things to prioritize this Olympic season, and why certain moments might just be history-making.