Is It Safe to Rub Your Eyes?

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Monday, December 10, 2018 4:16 PM We all rub our eyes from time to time. Ideally, rubbing your eyes should be avoided, but the reasons you may feel the need to rub your eyes may stem from several health conditions, such as an eye infection (Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which is typically a result of a bacteria or virus), or allergies. One study found that rubbing your eyes in response to an allergen causes you to feel the need to rub them more. This article from Healthline provides information about some common allergies, as well as tips to help you stop rubbing your eyes.

Pearl Harbor Day

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Friday, December 7, 2018 3:22 PM Here’s what Newsweek had to say about the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date “which will live in infamy.” December 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. local time, 353 Imperial Japanese aircrafts bombed eight U.S. Navy ships docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Some 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 more were wounded and 960 were declared missing. As an event, it ignited U.S. involvement in the ongoing Second World War. Every year since, Americans from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii have honored those that died and remember the day that will “live in infamy," to quote then-President Franklin Roosevelt. "Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” Roosevelt said in an address to Congress the day after the attack. Click here to view photos from the attack and hear from Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez about the day’s events.

Navigating Managed Vision Care Plans

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:17 PM Unless you operate a specialty practice, or practice in an area where there are few competing eyecare providers (ECPs), adopting best practices for attracting new and, more importantly, loyal patients is essential to the success of your practice. Picking managed vision care (MVC) plans to participate in is part of that best practice, particularly if your practice is new. Here are a few steps you can take when it comes to selecting managed vision care plans to participate in: identify employers in your area; determine employer plans/subscribers; investigate competing providers; and scrutinize plans’ features. Click here to read the full story.

5 Retail Merchandising Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:59 PM Merchandising is—and will continue to be—one of the biggest drivers of sales and customer engagement in retail. How your store is merchandised influences everything from brand perception to customer experience, which is why it’s important to keep your merchandising initiatives fresh and relevant. Part of doing that requires paying close attention to trends in the merchandising world. You need to know how consumer taste is evolving and how other retailers are responding so you can refine and implement a winning strategy. To help you do that, #compliantia has put together a roundup of the top merchandising trends to watch out for in the coming year.

Cracking the Code to Treat Blindness

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1:29 PM Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg is currently working on a prosthetic device that could potentially help restore vision and help patients with retinal degenerative diseases. She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant for her work in optogenetics. Eitan Armon is a Columbia University sophomore who was recently diagnosed with Rod-Cone dystrophy, a condition that causes vision loss that can worsen over time. He got in touch with Dr. Nirenberg after learning about her work. Click here to find out more about Dr. Nirenberg’s research.

International Day of People with Disabilities

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Monday, December 3, 2018 2:44 PM Dec. 3 is International Day of People with Disabilities (@IDPwD). According to Essilor See Change, did you know that uncorrected poor vision is the largest unaddressed #disability in the world? The good news is, all solutions exist and that's why Essilor is working with their partners to eradicate poor vision by the year 2050. Essilor See Change is launching with @Devex and partners a new series #DevEnabled to explore how to create a disability-inclusive world. Click here to read more about the partnership.

How To Handle Common Eye Injuries

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Friday, November 30, 2018 2:30 PM Deep puncture wounds, surface scratches and other common eye injuries could require immediate treatment to prevent permanent vision loss. This article from All About Vision is a great resource for those who might be experiencing any eye trauma, including the steps to take in case of injury to the eye. According to the article, “For any eye injury, call your eye doctor immediately for advice. Most eye doctors have emergency contact numbers for nights and weekends.”

Meditation Appears Effective for Lowering IOP in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:01 PM When patients ask what else they can do for their glaucoma besides taking their drops and coming to their appointments, glaucoma practitioners are often at a loss. This study suggests the possibility that complementary medical strategies like mindfulness meditation may play a role in helping patients cope with their disease and may actually improve outcomes. The trial included 90 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma who were randomized into 2 groups. The treatment group took part in daily hour-long meditation sessions under the guidance of a meditation instructor for 21 days. The second group served as controls. Both groups continued taking topical IOP-lowering medication. Patients who participated in meditation had marked reduction in IOP, reduced stress-related serum biomarkers and reported significantly improved quality of life. The effects were not observed in the control group. Click here to read the full results of the study.

13 Hidden Pockets of Daily Free Time You Didn’t Know You Had

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:47 PM You probably feel like you are SO BUSY, but time management expert Laura Vanderkam has small pockets of time where you can squeeze in time for what matters most to you…No room in your day for exercise, networking, volunteering, reading, meditating, or any of the other priorities that keep getting bumped from your to-do list? Vanderkam demonstrates how easy it can be to liberate minutes, if not hours, from tight schedules. Yes, even yours. Click here to read the full story from Fast Company. This story is part of Fast Company’s feature, “Secrets of 13 of the most productive people.” See the complete 2018 list here.

SECO 2019 Puts Spotlight on Vision Industry Trends

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 11:52 AM ATLANTA—SECO 2019, the world’s leading annual conference providing the optometric profession outstanding educational opportunities since 1924, will lead the conversation on the latest vision industry trends as ECPs gather for SECO 2019 from Feb. 20 to 24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. From the latest technological innovations in eye and health care to up-and-coming eyewear products, SECO 2019 is where the optometric community of professionals will gather to learn more about what is trending within the profession and train for advances coming next year. This infographic highlights the top trends making their way through the industry and showcases some of what will be featured at SECO 2019. Early bird pricing ends on Nov. 30.

Small Business Saturday on Track to Reach $3 Billion in Online Sales for the First Time

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Monday, November 26, 2018 12:49 PM Small Business Saturday was on track to set a new record of $3 billion in online sales as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 26, according to Adobe Analytics.The day, which American Express Co. AXP, +3.22% launched in 2010, saw online spend increase 24.3 percent year-over-year during the early hours, reaching $400 million. Small businesses weren’t left out of the Black Friday shopping spree either. Shopify Inc. SHOP, +3.73% says its small-to-medium sized businesses and direct-to-customer merchants, which totals more than 600,000, tallied $573 million in sales. The company’s merchants were ringing up more than $870,000 in sales per minute during the Black Friday peak. Overall, online sales on Black Friday totaled $6.22 billion, up 23.6 percent from last year, according to Adobe. And this was the first Black Friday ever to see $2 billion in sales from smartphones. Read More.

RestoringVision Urges Optical Industry to Turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018 2:08 PM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Restoring Vision, the optical non-profit organization dedicated to providing new reading glasses to those in need, is urging the optical industry to turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay. According to Restoring Vision, November 27’s #GivingTuesday, is the global day of giving which harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy. With turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay, RestoringVision hopes to raise $30,000 to transform 40,000 lives through the gift of sight. Every dollar donated will be converted into glasses for people living in impoverished communities around the world. The first $10,000 raised will be matched by National Vision, Inc. Through collaboration, they aim to reach their goal and transform the lives of thousands of people who according to RestoringVision would otherwise not have access to vision correction. Click here for more information.

Food Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:14 PM Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common problems that lead to poultry-associated foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S., according to this post from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator in a container, or in a leak-proof plastic bag in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes. When thawing a turkey in the microwave, follow the microwave oven manufacturer’s instructions. Never thaw your turkey by leaving it out on the counter. A thawing turkey must defrost at a safe temperature. When the turkey is left out at room temperature for more than two hours, its temperature becomes unsafe. Bacteria can grow rapidly in the “danger zone” between 40°F and 140°F. Follow these four food safety tips to help you safely prepare your holiday turkey meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

Standing in the Gap for Vision on the World’s Roads

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Monday, November 19, 2018 12:04 PM The topic of road safety is getting lots of attention. Just this week, a number of stories appeared — all highlighting ways to reduce road incidents. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, web-based awareness and educational platform E-Society launched an online road safety course. The goal? To bring about positive change in human behavior on the road. And in Namibia, the National Road Safety Council is aiming to integrate road safety into the school curriculum by 2020. We applaud these efforts to care for the well-being of local citizens to solve a very real problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.3 million people die each year on the world’s roads, and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. It is the goal of the Vision Impact Institute to add vision as a key priority to many of the discussions that are already happening on road safety. Click here to read the full story from the Vision Impact Institute.

U.S. Retail Sales Rebound, But Consumer Spending Slowing

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Friday, November 16, 2018 2:36 PM WASHINGTON—U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in October as purchases of motor vehicles and building materials surged, but data for the prior two months was revised lower and the underlying trend suggested that consumer spending was probably slowing down, according to a recent Reuters story. Still, the report on Thursday from the Commerce Department showed broad gains in sales ahead of the holiday shopping season, which bodes well for consumer spending and the overall economy as the fourth quarter gets under way. “This morning’s release confirms our expectations of a strong holiday season,” said Tim Quinlan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina. “But, as the calendar flips to 2019, we expect a further moderation in spending, as the boost from tax cuts will start to fade for consumers.” Click here to read the full story from Reuters.