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By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM

Small Business Saturday

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Small Business Saturday feels right at home in an issue dedicated to Social Purpose. Although not every small business is dedicated to a social purpose cause, there’s something about shopping small that feels good and important. Supporting local businesses means supporting local communities, bringing positive effects to real people.

Kimberly Chan, OD, Is All About Creating a Work-Life Balance

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:39 PM Kimberly Chan, OD, fell in love with her profession when she got her first pair of contact lenses as a young girl. With contact lenses, Chan, who has had bad eyesight since she was six-years-old, felt as though a new world had opened up to her; suddenly, she didn’t feel restricted by her thick glasses and was able to explore her potential in sports and other hobbies with a new boost of confidence. Years later, she got her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the New England College of Optometry and currently practices in her home city of Toronto. Read More.

Identifying Patients in Your Office Who Need Vision Rehabilitation and Therapy

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:36 PM If you see children and young adults in your practice, a significant percentage of them will have issues with accommodative, binocular and oculomotor function. Optometry has been moving more and more toward a medical model, increasing our scope of practice, though perhaps at the risk of overlooking other clinical conditions. As we move forward, it is good to keep in mind that the AOA’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Care of the Patient with Accommodative and Vergence Dysfunction is included in the National Guideline Clearinghouse through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more about vision rehab and therapy in this feature from Women In Optometry by Tamara Petrosyan, OD. Read More.

The Blind Woman Developing Tech for the Good of Others

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 5:55 PM An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she's worked to create technology - now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) - to transform life for the visually impaired. "When I started out there was no assistive technology," Japanese-born Dr Asakawa said. "I couldn't read any information by myself. I couldn't go anywhere by myself." Those "painful experiences" set her on a path of learning that began with a computer science course for blind people, and a job at IBM soon followed. She started her pioneering work on accessibility at the firm, while also earning her doctorate. Dr. Asakawa is behind early digital Braille innovations and created the world's first practical web-to-speech browser. Those browsers are commonplace these days, but 20 years ago, she gave blind internet users in Japan access to more information than they'd ever had before. Click here to read her story from BBC News.

Anyone Can Take a Holiday Picture, But Who Can Shoot a Photo?

By Mark Tosh
Friday, December 14, 2018 2:58 PM It’s that time of the year again when everyone thinks they should be a photographer. So many situations arise that just need to be captured with a digital memory. Smartphones have done nothing if not exacerbate the common misperception that anyone can take a picture.

Simple Solutions With a Life Changing Impact

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Friday, December 14, 2018 1:22 PM Over the last 10 years, 10.5 million people have seen their lives improved thanks to the donation of a simple solution by Essilor’s partners FGX and Restoring Vision: a pair of reading glasses. These glasses not only help individuals to live more independently but also work more productively. Watch the video from Essilor See Change to learn how these organizations are tackling the problem of uncorrected poor vision and learn from Oscar, a farmer in Guatemala, how improving vision, improves lives.

Anyone Can Take a Holiday Picture, But Who Can Shoot a Photo?

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 1:01 PM It’s that time of the year again when everyone thinks they should be a photographer. So many situations arise that just need to be captured with a digital memory. Smartphones have done nothing if not exacerbate the common misperception that anyone can take a picture. Well, in a way, it’s true that anyone can take a picture. But not everyone can shoot a photograph. (I believe I can say this without pretension because I am supposed to be a writer not a photographer.) We digress. The point here is that a photograph is something special. It represents more than just a thousand words, as the old saying goes. As the great street-scene photographer Elliott Erwitt once said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Read More.

How Drug Abuse Affects the Eye

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 12:58 PM It’s no secret that Americans are in the midst of a substance abuse crisis. According to the NIH, more than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015 alone. That same year, approximately two million Americans suffered from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, 591,000 from heroin use alone. The cost can be devastating, but substance abuse is a modifiable lifestyle factor. As primary care physicians, optometrists can play a role in recognizing damage or dysfunction to either ocular structures or the components of the visual pathway these drugs cause and counseling patients in these circumstances. This article from Review of Optometry analyzes commonly used legal and illicit substances, and how each are associated with the formation, or exaggeration, of disease or damage. Read More.

Check.Out: WOOW Eyewear

By Staff
Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:44 PM WOOW Eyewear was created as a collection under Face à Face, and has now grown into a strong individual brand for the young and bold, sold in more than 40 countries across the world. Between traditional style and casual fashion, the WOOW style speaks to all with a sense of humor. The little message inserted in the end tip of the frame will make you smile first thing in the morning. Read why Annie Bacon, owner of Eye Department; Eyecare & Eyewear in Portland, Ore., sells this collection. Read More.

New Multiple Colorway VTO Feature on My Frame Gallery

By Staff
Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:41 PM My Frame Gallery's Virtual Try-On (VTO) feature from Frames Data already allows your patients to use a picture of themselves (or a pre-loaded model) to preview how a frame will look when worn. Now you can show many of them in more than one color. Effective immediately, My Frame Gallery has multiple colorways available in the FittingBox VTO player. "Dots" indicate that there are multiple colorway images available for viewing. Once your customer uploads their photo using the VTO player, they can click through those "dots" to see each color available. If that colorway has a VTO image available, the color in the VTO player will change too. Read more about My Frame Gallery in this blog post from Frames Data. Read More.

This Is the Book That Inspired Microsoft's Turnaround, CEO Says

By Staff
Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:56 PM It's been almost five years since Satya Nadella became the third chief executive of Microsoft. When he took over, the company was in the midst of an identity crisis. Many felt Microsoft had become lethargic, content to ride a rapidly dissipating wave of success while competitors charged forward with new, innovative ideas. But in those five years, Nadella has conducted a stunning turnaround. With increased efforts on attracting young talent and changing the "old guard" culture, along with a focus on artificial intelligence and cloud computing tools, Nadella has done more than return the company to relevance. He's made Microsoft cool again. But how did he do it? Nadella credits famed Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and her book Mindset as the inspiration for his company's culture change. Click here to read the full article from Inc.

Westward Leaning Collabs With Jewelry Label, Alexis Bittar, on Capsule Collection

By Staff
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:44 PM SAN FRANCISCO—Sunglass brand, Westward Leaning, and Brooklyn-based jewelry design label, Alexis Bittar have come together to create an innovative sunglass capsule collection for fall 2018. The collaboration, inspired by volcanic textures and molten metals includes Westward Leaning’s classic silhouette, the Pioneer, and best-selling Double Bridge design. The capsule also includes new styles like the oversized Big TV and cat eye Lynx sunglass shapes. Alexis Bittar’s touches can been seen throughout the capsule collection in the brand’s signature rose gold encrusted snake and removable gold tassels that add a whimsical touch to the collection. Read More.

Interview of the Month: SALT.Optics

By Staff
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:41 PM As 2018 draws to a close, SALT. Optics is planning ahead with a new campaign and fresh collection launches. 20/20 Europe recently sat down with David Rose to explain his focus as the New Year approaches. When asked about the most important traits of the new line launching at 100% in London next month, Rose said, “Nostalgia plays an important role for SALT. C1/19. Distinctive silhouettes, for both men and women, bold acetate shapes, key details and customized Japanese titanium hardware.” Read More.

For Retailers and Brands, Sustainability Needs Good Tech

By Staff
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:30 PM It’s clear that for any brand or retailer to remain relevant, sustainability needs to become a core component of its strategy. With a definition that can truly capture everything from materials, to manufacturing, to shipping and beyond, how a brand defines its sustainable message can vary vastly across the wide industry spectrum. But one element provided a common denominator across many facets of sustainability: technology is truly the driver in how brands are making sustainability happen. In many ways, sustainability can be easier said than done. Click here to read the full story from Forbes.