January 2022 Eyes/Optics

Pistachios for Eye Health

Now that the holiday treats are gone, the craving for a snack isn’t. What’s a tasty snack, low in calories and actually good for us? Pistachios! According to a recent article in MedicalNewsToday, pistachios are rich in nutrients, low in calories, full of antioxidants, rich in fiber, high in protein, and can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. That’s a mouthful, and they taste good, too!
January 2022 Education

Registration is Open for Vision Expo East

The iconic duo is back! Vision Expo East 2022, taking place March 31 - April 3, is returning to the energetic city of New York. Get ready to uncover the newest collections, demo cutting-edge technology, learn from industry experts and attend riveting panels and presentations–all under one roof!
January 2022 Resources

New Science and New Treatments for Dry Eye Disease

We all have been impacted by factors that cause our eyes to feel dry, itchy, irritated and sore. When it is chronic, this uncomfortable sensation is better known as dry eye disease (DED), and it currently affects an estimated 45 million Americans. With dry eye disease, basal tears, as opposed to the reflex tears produced when laughing or crying, don’t provide adequate lubrication for the eyes. Dry eyes may occur if the quality or quantity of tears is diminished. It develops depending on age, ocular and systemic health, and way of life.
January 2022 Resources

IOT Free-Form Insights Part 20

Let’s start with a simple truth: Laboratories make better lenses if you can tell them everything you know about the patient’s frame and how it fits on their face. When I say everything, I mean everything. We understand the importance of providing box measurements to the lab, but these frame dimensions don’t tell the lab the shape of the frame eye wire. Let’s say that the frame is an aviator shape, but you don’t let the lab know this, so what could go wrong? The shape of the frame/lens affects both optics and cosmetics. We know the fitting height for progressive lenses should be measured from center pupil to the deepest part of the frame, but do we know why?
December 2021 Resources

IOT Free-Form Insights Part 19

In IOT Free-Form Insight Parts 1 through 18, we learned about IOT’s research, wearer trials and many breakthrough free-form lens technologies. But did you know about the R&D, consulting, technological and marketing services that the IOT team of scientists, technicians and marketers provide to their industry partners, helping them bring innovative and technically excellent products to market? As pre-eminent experts in free-form ophthalmic lens design, design integration, calibration and free-form troubleshooting, they work closely with industry partners from the largest optical brands to the smallest independent laboratories.
November 2021 Eyes/Optics

Bye Bye Bifocals?

The first time we see many patients is when they finally decide that their arms are too short for reading. We then have to discuss the dreaded words bifocals, reading glasses or progressives. Often, the discussion is met with resistance and depression – “I guess I’m getting old.” But what if there were a solution as easy as a once-a-day eye drop that would improve near vison? It’s a good bet patients would jump at it, and now they can. In late October, Vuity from Allergan was FDA approved as the first eye drop to improve near and intermediate vision.
November 2021 Resources

The More You Know

“I NEED HELP! My ABO (or NCLE) is coming up and I’m freaking out! Can anyone offer any secrets on what to expect, or how to pass?” You hear this cry for help on any given day on social media. I am going to clarify a few things about the exams and their purpose. While the following organizations offer a variety of different exams, I will be discussing the basic certifications. Please visit www.ABO-NCLE.org for a comprehensive overview of the basic and advanced certifications. 
November 2021 Business

Opticians Association of America November Newsletter

It's the time of year to reflect on the many things we are thankful for... 
As opticians, we can look to our profession for some of these:
• Job Security- Opticians are in high demand throughout the country 
• Easy Access to Certification- ABO-NCLE has made certification much more accessible. 
• Resilience- Many opticians fared very well during the pandemic, and many have never been busier. 
• Strong Leadership - Nationally and locally, opticians maintain strong leadership, which offers support and protection.