Practice Tip: “Gamers,” or those who actively participate in video games, accounted for 66% of the United States population in 2018. To identify “gamers,” also referred to as “esports athletes,” “Optometrists should consider asking all their teen and 20-something patients whether they are into esports (inquiring even for just a week), as a litmus test. O.D.s may be surprised with what they learn. Alternative ways to ask this question include: whether these patients are on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv ), whether they play “Fortnite” . . . and how many hours these patients typically play video games?” says Amanda Nanasy, O.D., in “Game On: Esports in Practice,” which can be found here: https://www.optometricmanagement.com/issues/2020/march-2020/game-on-esports-in-practice.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating National Nutrition Month throughout March, focusing on the importance of informed choices and forming sound health habits. The theme of 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite, designed to be accessible, positive and kid-friendly. Resources and materials can be found at https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month?_ga=2.224899219.805881200.1583849738-958210954.1583849738.
- The California Optometric Association (COA) announced the five winners of the COA Young Optometrist of the Year award. The award recognizes the young doctors’ contributions to the profession, their communities and published research. This year’s winners are: Dr. Jacqueline Theis, O.D., a neuro-optometrist; Marina Rocchi, O.D.; Munish Sharm, O.D., chief of optometry at Kaiser Permanente San Bernadino County; Gloria Chow, O.D.; and Rachelle Lin, O.D., assistant professor at Southern California College of Optometry, Anaheim.
- The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), International Clinical Skills Pre-Conference and the 29thannual General Conference registration is open. The conference will take place September 10 to September 13, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s theme is Eye, Brain & Body Integration in Neuro Care. For the conference agenda, more information and the registration form, visit: https://noravisionrehab.org/about-nora/annual-conference.
- Carl Zeiss Meditec’s Jim Mazzo, global president of ophthalmic devices, announced his retirement, effective May 1st2020. He will be succeeded by Dr. Euan Thomson, who will manage both the global Ophthalmics and Digital Business Units. In other news: Mr. Mazzo will be honored with the 2020 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award recognizes outstanding professional, cultural or civic commitment to the U.S. Mr. Mazzo is one of a few members of ophthalmology to receive the award.
- Envision and Witchita State University have entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement guiding joint projects aimed at independence and quality of life for blind and visually impaired patients. The agreement covers funding and research grants, new studies and technologies for technique development.
- Kala Pharmaceuticals announced positive topline results from a Phase 3 clinical trial, STRIDE 3. STRIDE 3 evaluated KPI-121 0.25%, commercialized as EYSUVIS (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension), for the treatment of dry eye disease. STRIDE 3 met its primary efficacy endpoints, demonstrated significant improvement of ocular discomfort severity (ODS) and achieved secondary endpoints of conjunctival hyperemia and ODS. Kala expects a six-month review by the FDA.
- The New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Medical Optometry of America (MOA), have entered into a collaboration with the goal of providing graduates and residents exposure to medical optometry. The partnership creates post-graduate training and practice opportunities for NECO graduates at MOA’s site and allows both organizations to explore and expand new CE programs for optometrists nationwide.
- SUNY College of Optometry will take part in a multi-center U.S. clinical trial sponsored by Eyenovia, Inc. The trial will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of MicroPine, an atropine eye solution meant to slow the progression of myopia in children ages 3 to 12. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two MicroPine doses or a placebo; then assessed over four years by research optometrists at SUNY Optometry. For more details visit: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/suon-eno030320.php
- Salus University and National Vision, Inc., partnered on a pilot program, training optometry students to conduct remote eye exams. The program, launched in January 2020, uses real-time secure HD video conferencing. Patients are provided an eye exam, inclusive or subjective and objective refraction, as well as anterior and posterior segment eye health testing. A certified technician from National Vision facilitates the exam in person and gathers necessary information, transmitting it via computer to a doctor at The Eye Institute, part of Salus University.
- Lighthouse Guild is offering a two-hour interactive eLearning program on vision rehabilitation for free throughout March. The program, titled “Incorporating Vision Rehabilitation into Optometric Care,” provides information on low vision and vision rehabilitation to help O.D.s identify patients, incorporate low vision care into their practices and make referrals. To register, go to: LighthouseGuild.org/ce/ (https://www.lighthouseguild.org/healthcare-professionals/elearning/)