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June 2022 Lenses

Double Duty for a Contact Lens

We know that contact lenses can deliver drugs directly to the eye surface, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Acuvue Theravision with Ketotifen. And we know that Sensimed’s Triggerfish contact lens monitors changes in intraocular pressure (IOP) for glaucoma. Now researchers have developed a contact lens that does both. The wireless theranostic contact lens (WTCL) not only tracks IOP, but delivers anti-glaucoma drugs on demand, as reported in Nature Communications. (Toshniwal Paharia, Pooja Toshniwal Paharia. "Glaucoma treatment using smart contact lenses that release drugs". News-Medical. 20 June 2022. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220519/Glaucoma-treatment-using-smart-contact-lenses-that-release-drugs.aspx.) Note: Theranostics is a combination of the terms therapeutics and diagnostics.
June 2022 Eyewear

Sneaky Sunlight

Summer is the best time to be outdoors and soak up the glorious sunshine and warmth in the air! I’m eager to listen to the hobbies and activities everyone has planned this summer so I can encourage proper eyewear routines. Life seems to be getting back to somewhat normal since the Covid-19 outbreak, but even though the world slowed down for a bit, the sun never did. Here are some of the basics for sun protection and how conversation is effective for selling sunglasses to promote self-care. I’ll touch on skincare habits for comparison to increase awareness about the need for sun protection.
June 2022 Eyes/Optics

Myopia Control with Innovative Spectacle Lenses

From Review of Myopia Management

Of the suite of currently available myopia management strategies, spectacles present a convenient and minimally intrusive option, especially for children under 12 years of age. Novel spectacle designs comprising D.I.M.S., H.A.L.T., and D.O.T. technology slow myopia. They are a significant value-add to myopia management options, as they can be easily fitted even in young children and require minimal care.
June 2022 Education

OAA Leadership 2022, Dream into Action

Three days of information, camaraderie and glimpses of the future could certainly feel like a dream. But it was real at OAA Leadership 2022. The live meetings had been suspended for two years, and there was genuine joy in greeting people in person after what seemed like a very long time and renewing connections. A special moment for me was meeting our own Ms. Specs! And it was exciting to see and touch the variety of frames and sunglasses at vendors’ displays, since I usually see them only in pictures.
June 2022 Business

The Sunnier Side of the Transaction

As opticians, we take pride in knowing that the needs and wants of the patient are met and executed successfully. Sometimes that can mean multiple pairs of eyewear, or unforeseen services or treatments the patient wasn’t expecting. When I read Linda Conlin’s continuing education article, “Easy Steps to More Eyecare, Eyewear, and Patient Satisfaction,” I was excited to see this subject addressed. With a flexible payment option like Sunbit, the patient doesn’t have to think about what they may need to sacrifice because they don’t have the funds available that day. And the optician can feel more confident discussing solutions to all the visual challenges the patient is facing.
June 2022 Resources

IOT Free-Form Insights Part 26

In the last article, we covered lens materials and coating options, and their effect on lens optical performance. We briefly covered blue light attenuating lenses and coatings with a promise to share more in this June article.

Continuing Education

The DNA of Product Assortment

Price: FREE
Credits: 1.00
Course sponsored by De Rigo Rem
CE - Opticianry Study Center

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