News Blinks — October 21, 2016

 News Blinks — October 21, 2016

Here’s a quick look at some industry news you may have missed this week. 

  • A new app called Uvemaster was reportedly promoted at last week's American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, which reportedly helps clinicians in the diagnosis of uveitis.
  • Doctors at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology at Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland are urging colleagues to beware of the potential for patients to mix up eye drops and e-cigarette liquid due to packaging similarities.
  • Researchers from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reportedly used optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) to produce characteristic patterns of different forms of glaucoma.
  • Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and the Neurosciences Institute at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have reportedly won funding for research using eye exams to help in the early diagnosis and treatment in patients with multiple sclerosis.
  • On September 14, 2016, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) held its second annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day in Washington, D.C. that brought together 22 young vision scientists from across the U.S. to share their research.
  • As a companion to the one-hour documentary "Sight: The Story of Vision" just released last week on World Sight Day, CooperVision is sponsoring an eBook available for iPads/tablets that can be used by ECPs as a resource for patients.
  • October 24th is the last day to cast your vote for Paws N Claws Eyewear's "Hot Dudes in Specs" photo contest. The company reportedly noticed most of their eyewear models were predominantly young women and wanted to change that through the contest.
  • The Swades Foundation in India recently announced the successful completion of almost 5,300 free cataract surgeries in their area through their partnerships with various corporations and institutions.
  • A project was recently launched in the rural county of Xingtang, China with the goal of providing vision screenings to 85,000 people, including 35,000 children.
  • Blindness is reportedly on the rise in Kenya — an estimated 224,000 people are currently blind, with another 750,000 visually impaired, with only a reported 110 trained ophthalmologists to treat a population of over 40 million.
  • The Mississippi State Board of Optometry is now offering online license renewals.
  • Opternative is reportedly suing the state of South Carolina over its law that does not allow consumers to obtain an eye prescription through an online vision exam.
  • Research from the University of Michigan Medical School has found to achieve more diversity in medical school classes, schools need to focus on supporting and training first-year college students who are considering medical school or other health-related graduate programs
  • And if you're not already, you may want to start letting your staff's creativity shine. New research from the University of East Anglia has found more creative employees equals higher levels of customer satisfaction.

Source: Various

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