May 12, 2018|


Dark Dining Turns the Tables on Eating Without Sight

NEW YORK—The concept of dining in the dark has become a tool for restaurants to give their guests an experience that keeps them coming back for more, but in fact, it started as a way to show sighted people what it’s like to eat while blind. Dark dining was popularized by Reverend Jorge Spielmann in Zurich, Switzerland. The idea for his first restaurant—which opened in September of 1999—began in his home, where he would sometimes “blindfold his dinner guests to immerse them in the world of the blind,” he told The Telegraph in 2000.
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PECAA holds annual meeting, COA takes issue with online tests, Takeda and Shire seal the deal, Transitions study on online tests and registration opens for Optometry’s Meeting all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

PECAA Holds 10th Annual Membership Meeting in Tucson

California Optometric Association Takes Issue With Online Eye Tests in the State

Takeda and Shire Agree to $62 Billion Acquisition Deal

Transitions Study Finds Understanding of Online Eye Tests Is Lacking

Registration for Optometry’s Meeting 2018 Is Now Open

National Sunglasses Day 2018 Is Fast Approaching

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—National Sunglasses Day—a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV) protective sunwear and eyewear—is right around the corner, taking place on June 27. The annual celebration serves as a reminder that sunglasses are a major health necessity and spreads the word that sunglasses and other UV-protective eyewear are key to protecting long-term eye health. The Vision Council is encouraging everyone to start planning now and is providing access to its online portal, which can be found here.
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We’re saying cheers to the weekend with today’s #WeShareIt. This wine glass featuring a trio of frames from our #TuesdayTreat is the perfect way to help you unwind after a long work week. After all, we like to think of our glass as being half full.

Memphis OD Shares Her Passion for Eyewear With ‘Beaut Optician’ Fashion Blog

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Beaut Optician is a lifestyle and fashion blog created in August 2017 by Erika McChesney, an optician at Eye Society located here. While her husband was in optometry school at Southern College of Optometry, McChesney, decided it was time to create a platform where she could share her obsession of fabulous eyewear with others. Though Beaut Optician has only been around for less than a year, the blog has gotten a lot of traction.
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