August 18, 2018|


Reimagining the White Cane

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as a tech journalist is reporting about designers who reimagine a familiar object and imbue it with new capabilities. I recently came across such a story involving four engineering students at Texas A&M University who set out to update the white cane. This simple but effective tool has been used since the 1920s by blind and visually impaired people to navigate surroundings and visually notify others of visual impairments. The researchers developed a white cane attachment that can provide object detection and turn-by-turn navigation assistance via haptic feedback. Learn how they took a familiar assistive device and transformed it using today’s high-tech driven tactics.
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New financial options for independent ODs, Telehealth & Eyecare panel at Expo, Blue Sky grows portfolio, AI and eye diseases, and ABB Optical names new CEO all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Looking at the Practice Ownership Model: Financial Options for Independent ODs

‘Telehealth & Eyecare’ to Be Explored at Vision Expo West

Blue Sky Vision Adds EyeCare Associates to its Growing Practice Portfolio

AI Matches Experts at Detecting Eye Diseases, Researchers Say

ABB Optical Appoints Thomas E. Burke III as Chief Executive Officer

Looking at the Practice Ownership Model

Having the wherewithal to successfully compete as an ECP and a business person can be a daunting challenge, particularly for independents. Today’s lightning-fast changing competitive climate, along with a host of other financial issues and operational concerns, are spurring new levels of investment now within the optometry and ECP communities from private-equity-backed groups, who are moving to put together regional groups along with single offices in some markets. Find out how they are reshaping the delivery of vision care to millions of patients in this latest Vision Monday Cover Story.
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Adding a little greenery to your work space? Today’s #WeShareIt is the perfect home for all of your new office plants.

Optical Industry Observes August as National Eye Exam Month

As children gear up to go back to school this month, the optical industry is promoting the importance of going for an annual eye exam by observing August as National Eye Exam Month. As VMail previously reported, National Vision Holding Inc. is among a number of companies in the optical industry that are joining the recognition of August as National Eye Exam Month, Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and Children’s Vision and Learning Month. Reade Fahs, chief executive officer of National Vision Holdings Inc. said that as kids and teens get ready to head back to school, “ensuring their vision is in top shape can help them not only see the blackboard more clearly, but we know that it can also have a positive impact on self-esteem, behavior and social interactions.”
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