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What happened in optometry this week: April 29 - May 3


Catch up on what happened in optometry during the week of April 29-May 3.

Catch up with what Optometry Times shared this week:

Study finds SER, AL progression slowed by daily low-level red light therapy

By Lynda Charters

Investigators from the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology, and the Beijing Tongren Eye Center, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China, reported that daily use of 650-nm low-level red light for 1 year slowed the progression of spherical equivalent error (SER) and axial length (AL) without safety concerns.1

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Optical inventory: Out with the old, in with the new

By Kennard L. Herring, OD

It is always a good time to evaluate one of your major revenue generators: your optical. The profession of optometry is unique because the services we provide have a retail sector. The optical can produce a large percentage of net revenue; it is a component that is important to the success of private practice.

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Duke mourns late biomedical engineering chair and OCT researcher Joseph Izatt

By Jordana Joy, Associate Editor

Joseph Izatt, PhD, a major contributor to the development of the optical coherence tomography (OCT) passed away April 7. He was also the Michael J Fitzpatrick professor of engineering and chair of Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), according to a news release.

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Bausch + Lomb eye care recycling programs reach milestones

By Amy Butler and Jordana Joy, Associate Editor

In an effort to lessen the 6 to 10 metric tons of contact lens packaging waste that ends up in wastewater every year, Bausch + Lomb's ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care Recycling programs are working to recycle and repurpose packaging waste through practitioner's offices and individual patient participation. Amy Butler, global vice president head of environmental health safety and sustainability and environmental social governance at Bausch + Lomb, discusses recent milestones the programs have reached in an interview with Optometry Times.

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ASCO tackles rising optometric needs by nurturing student interest

By Jordana Joy, Associate Editor

The demand for practicing eye care providers has been on a steady rise, according to Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) President Mark Colip, OD. “There's not a week that goes by that I don't get a call from either an [Illinois College of Optometry] alum or recruiter or somebody saying, ‘Hey, Mark, looking for a new graduate, is there anybody you can recommend for me?’”

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