#OptometryWeek2019

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Monday, November 18, 2019 3:06 PM This week, the Ontario Association of Optometrists is sharing snapshots from #OptometryWeek2019. Throughout the week, local leaders have been visiting optometrists in their constituencies to learn more about what they do, and why it's so important. Take a look at the Ontario Association of Optometrists' Twitter account to get a larger look at the full week.

A Genetic Test for Childhood Myopia Could Be Within Reach

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Friday, November 15, 2019 10:56 AM Researchers from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol in the United Kingdom have just brought us one step closer to developing a genetic test that could identify children who are at risk of developing myopia. To create the test, researchers "analysed genetic differences in more than 700,000 individuals, allowing them to come up with a score to predict an individual’s genetic risk of myopia," according to Cardiff University. Head over to Cardiff University News to learn more about this test and what it could mean for the future of myopia management. 

Following Up #WorldDiabetesDay With Resources

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:03 AM Yesterday, World Diabetes Day, marked a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the millions of people around the world dealing with diabetes every day. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, so, as part of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness is sharing a series of resources for ECPs and optical retailers to help with early detection of diabetes and more. Head over to Vision Expo's Twitter account to learn more. 

A Little Bit of Kindness Goes A Long Way

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:30 PM Yesterday, World Kindness Day, was an opportunity for everyone to slow down and pass a little kindness along. We all know that being on the giving and receiving end of kindness makes us feel better, but there may be more to it than just that. According to the BBC, being kind might just help us live longer as well. Head over to the BBC to learn more about how kindness can improve our overall wellbeing. 

Double Your Donation to Fight Trachoma

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:17 PM In Turkana, Sightsavers' trachoma trackers are screening and treating communities to stop the spread of blinding trachoma. From now through January 9, 2020, the U.K.'s Department for International Development is matching donations to Sightsavers, up to £2 million. Head over to Sightsavers to learn some more, or to make a donation.

Veterans and Vision

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:29 PM When it comes to eyecare for veterans, the American Foundation for the Blind is storied. Founded in 1921 to advocate for soldiers blinded during World War I, the Foundation has been working for and with veterans for nearly 100 years now. Yesterday, in honor of Veterans' Day, the Foundation shared a look back at their history, their mission, and their accomplishments, including Helen Keller's work with the Foundation. Head over to the Foundation's blog to learn a little more.

For Some Women, Wearing Glasses at Work Poses a Challenge

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Friday, November 8, 2019 2:28 PM Last week, Japanese women took to Twitter to defend their right to wear glasses to work. According to Bloomberg, some employers in Japan are allegedly refusing to allow women to wear glasses, citing dress-codes and customer satisfaction. Head over to Bloomberg to learn more about this situation, and how women in Japan are pushing back.

Night Driving Reminders After Daylight Saving Time

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:11 AM The days are getting shorter, meaning most of us are spending more time in the dark, and may be finding that our nighttime commutes are spent fully in the dark. Driving at night brings a variety of challenges to the table, many of which have to do with trouble seeing properly, and may send patients to their optometrists with complaints. To help, the AOA has compiled a list of resources for ECPs to provide patients who complain of difficulty driving at night, all available online here.

Stress And Your Vision

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:40 PM Yesterday was #NationalStressAwarenessDay. While most of us know that stress can take a toll on our physical health, many people do not associate vision loss with too much stress. However, the two may have some relation—last year, a study in The EPMA Journal indicated a potential link between stress and vision loss. Head over to The EPMA Journal to learn more about this potential link, and take some time today to de-stress for yourself.

November Is Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Awareness Month

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:54 PM Prevent Blindness has declared November Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Awareness Month. To bring attention to the ways in which diabetes can affect the eyes, Prevent Blindness has put together a series of resources for ECPs, patients, and people who want to know more. Take a look at the Prevent Blindness toolkit to learn some more.

Getting Back on Track After Daylight Saving Time

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Monday, November 4, 2019 1:22 PM There's no question about it: Daylight Saving Time is polarizing. Whether you love it or you hate it, though, the changing of the clocks can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule, which, in turn, can wreak havoc on all areas of your life. If you're having a little trouble getting back on track after the time change, head over to the CDC's blog for some advice on how you can reset your sleep schedule and make the most of this Daylight Saving Time.

Does Starving a Fever Really Work?

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 3:59 PM Most of us have probably heard the old adage that you should feed a cold and starve a fever—but how true is it? According to the Cleveland Clinic, not quite. The problem lies in the fact that "a cold is an actual illness and a fever is a symptom." Head over to the Cleveland Clinic to learn a little more about this old adage, what parts of it still stand up, and what the best things to eat for a cold are.

Queen Elizabeth Honors ECPs at Buckingham Palace

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:32 PM This week, Queen Elizabeth honored ECPs at Buckingham Palace as part of a special event celebrating the work done by the Diamond Jubilee Trust. Some of the ECPs she met include ophthalmologist Hazel Shillingford-Ricketts; Sucheta Kulkarni, ophthalmologist; and Hillary Rono, ophthalmologist. Take a look at A Lasting Legacy, the trust's new book, or watch their film, to learn more about the Diamond Jubilee Trust's achivements.

Stay Safe This Halloween

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:27 PM Happy Halloween! Whether you're heading out to Trick or Treat, staying home to hand out candy and watch horror movies, or partying it up tonight, it's important to put your safety first. This year, the CDC's Injury Center has put together a helpful list of Halloween Health and Safety Tips. Head over to the CDC's website to check out the list, and enjoy your spooky evening! 

Researchers Find Macular Degeneration Link in Specific Cells

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 1:11 PM Researchers from Yale University, the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University have identified specific cells linked to macular degeneration. According to a new report published in the Oct. 25 issue Nature Communications and reported on by Yale News, "glial cells (or support cells), and vasculature cells tasked with providing blood to the retina as well as cone cells contribute to degeneration of the macula, in the central part of the retina." Head over to Yale News to learn what this discovery might mean for the future of macular degeneration, and to hear from  Brian Hafler, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual science and of pathology at Yale, one of the researchers behind this work.