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O.D. Notebook: Eye Care Experts Want to Share a Meal With You

            Eye care experts are hoping you’ll join them for lunch, dinner or breakfast and fascinating discussions on topics such as myopia and dry eye disease.*
            Specifically, Lunch & Learn talks will be held Thursday Jan. 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. during the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, where you’ll receive a boxed lunch. Registration is required. If you’re already coming to GSLS, refer to your confirmation email to log back in to the system to sign up. If you’re not registered for GSLS, you can sign up for the Lunch & Learn as part of registration.  
            Regarding dinner, April Jasper, O.D., F.A.A.O., also chief optometric editor of Optometric Management, and Mark A. Bullimore, MCOptom, Ph.D., F.A.A.O.,will present two two-hour CE dinners: (1) Jan. 16, 2020 at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, in Springfield, Ill., and (2) Feb. 13, 2020, atRuth's Chris Steak House, New York City, called “MythBusters: Myopia Edition.” For more information, go to: https://www.optometricmanagementeducation.com/mythbusters-myopia
            AdditionallyArt Epstein, O.D., F.A.A.O., will discuss an evidence-based approach to dry eye care with extensive clinical examples, explore the O.D.’s understanding of the ocular surface and go in-depth into his own dry eye practice to explain what works, why it works and what doesn't work during a live CE breakfast at thePhiladelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, on February 15, 2020. For more information, go to:
https://www.optometricmanagementeducation.com/Epstein-dry-eye
All events are overseen by PentaVision Media, publisher of Optometric Management.
 
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, which is an important time to “spread the word about this sight-stealing disease,” according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Optometrists can play a role here by educating patients that regular eye exams are key to preserving vision, especially for people who have a family history of the condition, older people and those who have high blood pressure and diabetes, placing them at increased risk. 

Practice Tip: To create a time-specific growth plan,“determine what specific actions you need to execute on to reach the defined goals.” For more, see https://www.optometricmanagement.com/issues/2020/january-2020/leading-off-ceo-challenge-create-a-time-specific-g

Associations
  • The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its 2020 OWA Award HonoreesMillicent Knight, O.D., senior vice president, customer development group at Essilor of America, will receive the OWA Pleiades award, recognizing her role in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry; Jean Sabre, owner of Uptown Vision, will receive the Pyxis award, honoring her as an OWA member who actively participates in the organization and contributes to its continuing growth; and Sheena Taff, optician and optical writer, will receive the newly created 2020 Visionary Award, which recognizes an OWA member who demonstrates progressive thinking and actively cultivates the professional development of women. The winners will be honored at Vision Expo East during the OWA’s Annual Champagne Breakfast on March 26 in New York City. 
Alliances
  • The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has announced its largest-ever participation in the upcoming Global Specialty Lens Symposium* (GSLS), held this month in Las Vegas. GSLS is offering two pre-meeting workshops featuring CORE physicians, and CORE ventures will be represented in the conference’s scientific posters. * GSLS is overseen by PentaVision Media, publisher of Optometric Management.
Companies
  • In preparation for the March 2020 launch of MiSight 1 day contact lenses, which has received FDA approval for slowing the progression of myopia in children ages 8 to 12, CooperVision announced the details of Brilliant Futures, its comprehensive myopia management program. An initial group of eye care professionals learned about the program and how to prepare to prescribe the MiSight lens at a company-sponsored event in Miami, Fla., between Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. According to CooperVision, the Brilliant Futures program provides inclusive practice, child and parent support to create the optimal environment for compliance, satisfaction, clinical outcomes and long-term loyalty, all through a comprehensive management program that features the MiSight lens. The management program features a transparent, defined protocol for care, free product shipping and returns and an interactive mobile app to keep patients engaged with the practice and their program of care. Specifically, the app includes access to myopia management information, lens handling videos, appointment scheduling and reminders, product ordering and more. For more information, visit coopervision.com/practitioner/myopia-management.
  • Device maker EyeQue won a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Award for its EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit. Specifically, the kit is comprised of Insight Plus (VA measuring, contrast sensitivity, color blindness); Insight Plus Accessory Pack (an adjustable mount to secure the Insight Plus goggles to the tester’s head and a Bluetooth-enabled handheld remote control for an intuitive test-taking experience); VisionCheck (an at-home vision test that measures refractive error); and PDCheck (measures pupillary distance, distance between the centers of the pupils).In making the announcement, EyeQue stated, “the tests do not replace a comprehensive eye exam that evaluates ocular health and binocularity.” The company recommends people visit an eye care professional annually for a comprehensive exam.
  • Samsung Electronics and IrisVision, maker of a smart, wearable vision-assistive device, announced a partnership to roll out IrisVision’s vision correction software platform worldwide. The technology utilizes Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and XR devices and mobile AI platform to help enable people who have impaired vision to see clearly. 
Events New Products
  • MacuLogix introduced the AdaptDxPro, its next generation of dark adaption functional testing. AdaptDx Pro is a self-contained wearable headset, requiring no dark room or external computer, and it features Theia, an artificial intelligence-driven technician that provides guidance for reliability and consistency in testing.
Nonprofits
  • Lighthouse Guild has launched an online eLearning program on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and visual dysfunction. The program is designed for healthcare professionals, and it concentrates on identifying dysfunctions, common associated symptoms, basic assessment approaches, common treatments and the psychological impact of TBI on patients. 
Research Notes
  • Young athletes who sustain a concussion are more likely to recover quickly if they receive clinical care right away, reports a study published online by JAMA Neurology. Specifically, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical College assessed the recovery time of 162 youths between the ages of 12 and 22 who attended a sports medicine clinic, due to a concussion between August 2016 and March 2018. Ninety-eight were evaluated within seven days of concussion, and 64 were evaluated eight to 20 days after. Athletes evaluated eight or more days after injury were 5.8 times more likely to require 30 or more days for recovery.