World Glaucoma Week is a global initiative that works to raise awareness on glaucoma. The theme of this year’s Glaucoma Week reflects the hope that with regular testing, people will continue to save their vision with early detection.
IbisVision and other companies like us, are working hard to provide technology that will aid in the detection of vision issues. Often with glaucoma, the earlier the diagnosis, the more vision there is to save and the less likely the person is to become blind.
As 2021 Glaucoma Week comes to an end, remember there are different ways to raise awareness throughout the year to help educate on how to protect our vision and detect changes. You can use your newsletters and social media to spread some awareness online with informative posts. And don’t forget, educating patients, friends and family can be just as important in spreading the word. There are different materials that you could utilise in practice such as posters, leaflets and information packs.
For more information and to access some informative collateral to share, visit www.worldglaucomaweek.org
As it’s Save Your Vision Month in the US, we thought we would highlight some of the ways that optical organisations are teaching us to be kinder to our eyes.
Keep reading to find out what steps we can take to protect our vision.
Brinton Vision say:
Avoid reaching for your phone first thing in the morning. By checking your phone right away, you can make your eyes tired before even step out of bed! Focus on getting up and starting your day to wake up properly before checking your phone or other screens.
McDonald Eye Care say:
If you’re using a computer screen often, make sure your screen position is in the right place. You should sit at least 20-30 inches away from your screen and position the top of your screen at eye level. You should also remember to take a break from your screen too. It’s best to give your eyes a short break after every 2 hours of screen so remember to take that coffee break!
The American Academy of Ophthalmology say:
Wear sunglasses. UV blocking delays the development of cataracts and prevents retinal damage. Sunglasses also protect the delicate skin around your eyes too.
Eat right. Having vitamin deficiency can impair retinal function. Researchers have found people that have diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E, Zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced AMD.
These are just some of the ways we can protect our vision but each are important to consider. This month and every month, it’s important that we raise awareness to patients, friends and family about what steps we can take to protect our sight. Why not share this post with your networks to continue to raise awareness online!
Optometry students are gearing up for Out of the Box Optoversity Challenge, when they will test their knowledge against others in the same year group across the UK at the online event: Sunday 21st March.
This popular annual challenge has already attracted entrants from all year groups with prizes generously donated by Keeler, Heine, Wolf Eyewear, Hoya, Lenstec, Norville, Topcon, Millmead, Alcon, Booth & Bruce, Kirk & Kirk, Jonny Goggles, ABDO, Scope and The Crazy Optom.
The exciting challenge has a strong charity element to it with funds raised each year for Vision Care for Homeless People, through student sponsorship. As teams have already signed up from Anglia, Aston, Bradford, Cardiff, City, Glasgow, Lancashire, Manchester, Plymouth, Ulster and UWE the charity hopes it will be a bumper year for fundraising. Already several optical suppliers are sponsoring the event with funds going directly to the charity – thanks to Altacor, Haag Steit, VISUfarma, Locumkit and IBISVISION.
Organised by Out Of The Box Optics this exciting event raised £5,500 for the charity last year and in 2019 the sum was £3,600.
Harinder Paul, VCHP Trustee, is encouraging everyone to become involved –
“It is an exciting day and we are looking to draw the whole optical community together. Our terrific supporters have put up some great prizes for the best students – equipment and wonderful sunglasses, particularly.”
The day’s challenges are likely to involve an ocular disease picture quiz, multiple choice questions, practical exams and anagrams to unscramble optical terminology. This year’s Zoom event starts at 10-11.30am for year one students; Year 2 from 12-1.30pm and years 3 and 4 from 2-3.30pm.
“Everyone learns a lot at this event – particularly working to a deadline. There is still nearly a month to go so any more teams are welcome and any business wanting to support with sponsorship should get in touch,” added Harinder.
North London optom Karmelo Modina who created the event, in partnership with Gajan Singh, said -
“Optoversity has proved to be a fantastic way to bring together optometry students and to help prepare them for working life in the best way possible.”
Students can enter via the website and businesses that would like to sponsor the day please contact:
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By Janice English
IbisVision and Birmingham Optical have come together to ensure that the UK optical industry has access to new and disruptive technology to help better serve patients in a Covid and post Covid world.
IbisVision’s comprehensive vision platform allows for multiple tests to be carried out on one device. It is also cloud-based so it can be accessed anywhere, at any time, on a desktop computer or laptop. Given the events of the past year and the new way in which most industries are operating, IbisVision has a solution that the optical industry needs. Birmingham Optical has recognised the impact of our technology and with over 60 years of experience, they are in a prime position to offer our product to the optical industry.
Together, we have been working to make sure that we offer our technology to as many optometrists and practices across the UK as possible so that eye-care is still able to be provided to patients, no matter the circumstances. In a Covid and post Covid world, our platform allows optometrists to offer a no-contact solution in the practice and there is the option to have remote pre-screening tests so patients can be tested in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Birmingham Optical are a key supplier to the optical industry in the UK and provide equipment, services and expertise that are invaluable to their customers. We are delighted that they have chosen IbisVision to be one of those products that they know will be valuable to their customers and the wider market.
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IbisVision, which offers breakthrough remote optometrist technology, is accelerating plans to roll out its platform to UK and US optometrists to help them in their battle to care for patients amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The Glasgow, Scotland-based company is hiring new client-facing staff in both the UK and US, its initial main markets, to help optometrists and opticians learn more about the products and services that can allow for remote and non-contact eye-care assessments. The rollout is being funded by an injection of investment from Miami-based Compiler Venture Capital, which also facilitates IbisVision’s entry into the extensive US optical health market. Compiler has many years of experience within the optical sector, having owned, managed and sold For Eyes, a retail optician business with 150 locations across the US.
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have placed extensive limitations on businesses and professionals, with some predicting ongoing restrictions in some form for months or even years ahead. IbisVision’s technology could be lifechanging for those who at present may be unable to visit their eyecare specialist. The platform facilitates optical professionals to remotely examine eyes, or do so in the same location but without close contact, using a variety of tests including 24–2, Amsler Grid, Ishihara Colour and Visual Acuity. This allows for appointments, assessments, prescriptions, all without any need for direct contact between the medical professional and patient.
The technology could be additive to recommendations from the College of Optometrists, which in its Covid-19 guidance is advising for strict policies to ensure the potentially deadly virus is not spread through patient-optometrist contact. One of the key recommendations is to ensure that an initial video or telephone consultation is undertaken to determine the eyecare that may be required, and whether the patient may be suffering from Covid symptoms. IbisVision’s technology allows this stage to encompass a far greater range of activities, and may ultimately negate the need for an in-person consultation. Going forward the technology allows for eyecare specialists to ensure they can treat a wider range of patients, who may at present be challenged in visiting their optometrist due to illness, mobility or location issues.
The platform, which has been trialled by industry-leading opticians, has also demonstrated increased functionality independent of its distance applications. For example, by using a single piece of equipment it dramatically reduces the space needed in a practice, freeing up room for lucrative retail activities.
IbisVision has also received funding in the form of two awards from Innovate UK, a government agency established to identify and accelerate innovative business ideas with the most potential. The combined funding, as well as supporting this rollout, will allow the business to target growth areas such as remote refraction and clinician-led remote examination and disease monitoring.
Commercial Director Melville Berwick commented:
“Whilst we could never have foreseen the circumstances that we all face now, the Covid-19 pandemic has added real urgency to our efforts at IbisVision and validated our remote optometrist technology focus.
“Put simply, our technology could be the factor in saving someone’s eyesight. By allowing optometrists the ability to undertake a comprehensive eye exam without having to meet up with the patient, we are playing our part in ensuring that we find our way through these difficult times.
“I'd encourage all eyecare specialist individuals and businesses to come and talk to us and see how we can help them continue to operate under these most trying conditions.”
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IbisVision is a reliable comprehensive vision platform that combines clinical experience and disruptive technology to allow Optometrists to carry out multiple eye exams on one device, on a single cloud-based platform. Our platform disrupts the traditional one instrument, one exam model and provides a high standard of eye care that can be carried out anywhere at any time. It’s quick, easy to use and portable so whatever the needs, our platform helps to provide effective eye care as well as add resilience to the businesses we’re working with. More information is available at www.ibisvision.co.uk
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Covid 19 has accelerated tele-medicine in many fields, one of these being the optical industry. The pandemic essentially put a stop to eye care for a few months in 2020 before there was clear guidance on how optical outlets could reopen. This shone a light on what needs to progress in order to care for patients with eye conditions, whether they’re known or unknown. This priority is likely to continue long after lockdown restrictions ease.
Although tele-optometry is not a new concept, the drive for this to be introduced in the industry has increased exponentially given the events of the past year.
“Until the recent crisis, telemedicine has tended to be most useful in accessing remote or disparate populations who previously had little access to healthcare.”
However, now tele-optometry is being looked at as a solution for all, and it’s a solution that will allow Optometrists to give continuity of care to their patients even if they have to socially distance or see them remotely.
There’s technology out there that’s working to make this a reality and some products are already in the market too. IbisVision allows for non-contact testing and will offer tele-optometry functions this year allowing the patient to complete exams at home with their optician online. Other health-tech organisations are developing apps that allow tests to be undertaken on a smartphone which can be used to order glasses.
All in all, some businesses are on track to offer technological solutions required by the optical industry and offer them what they need to navigate a Covid 19 and post-Covid 19 world.
Talk to us about our solution and how we can help with our non-contact eye examination solution. Contact us for more details, we’d love to hear from you.
IbisVision is a comprehensive vision platform that combines clinical experience and disruptive technology to allow opticians to carry out multiple eye exams on a single cloud-based platform. After working on our initial product development for the past few years, we are now looking to take IbisVision to the next level. This means we will be advancing our technology for both opticians in the UK and internationally.
We are a small team based out of Glasgow focused on bringing our innovative technology to our target market. We work collaboratively and pride ourselves on having an innovative, entrepreneurial and fun work-place culture. There is no micro-managing; we offer a flexible grown-up environment where the focus is on results with everyone taking ownership for their role.
The Lead Developer Role
This is an excellent opportunity for a Lead Developer to join an early stage, but established business with excellent backing and highly experienced leadership. The successful candidate will be reporting to the COO, making this is an excellent opportunity to gain a wide amount of exposure and gain valuable experience.
This role has excellent prospects for the right candidate as you will be joining the business at a pivotal moment and will have the chance to build a team over the next few years. This is a rare opportunity to accelerate your career in a team with an excellent culture of collaboration and accountability.
You will be leading the development of the IbisVision platform and as such your responsibilities will include:
An excellent coder, you will be keen to develop the skills in those around you and lead by example. Focused and results orientated you will enjoy the satisfaction of solving problems and creating elegant technical solutions in an Agile environment. You will have a passion for coding and the desire to join a company where you will have exposure to a breadth of technologies and opportunities. You will enjoy learning and researching tools and technologies then selecting the best combinations. You will already have helped to make design and architectural decisions and be confident making technical decisions.
Essential technical skills include:
Desirable skills for this role include:
Key competencies for this role include:
The IbisVision office is centrally located next to Buchanan Street, with NCP parking 100m from the building and the 2 main train stations in Glasgow within a 5-10 minute walking distance.
2/2 14 Mitchell Lane,
There is also the opportunity to work from a shared office in Edinburgh too. This office is in a very central location with excellent links to public transport with Haymarket station two minutes’ walk from the office
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Justin Birley, Chief Operating Officer
Melville Berwick, Commercial Director
Laura Hillhouse, Marketing Manager
Even with the lifting of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the optometry profession needs to explore alternative methods of monitoring their patients’ eyesight.
…With ‘Ring of Sight’ we have answers to all of these questions
Here at Ibivision we believe that optometry-led remote screening will reduce patient exposure to Covid-19 and enable the optometrist to adjust to the ‘new normal’ driving positive change for the profession. We are developing our platform to enable this and are looking for optometrists to try our product and join us on this journey!
We understand that you won’t have any experience of using our software so why not talk to us about a trial period?
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Or book a demonstration with one of our team? You can access our new booking calendar by clicking on our Contact Us page and selecting a 30 minute time slot that works for you…
The need to conduct safe and effective eye tests and triage has become more apparent since Covid-19 lockdown. Even with the imminent lifting of lockdown restrictions, the optometry profession now needs to explore alternative methods of monitoring their patients’ health, especially the vulnerable & elderly.
Vision checked remotely will reduce patient exposure to Covid-19 and allow the Optometrist to triage and prioritise cases for face to face consultation and treatment.
Here at Ibisvision we are developing our platform to enable Optometrists & other healthcare providers to consult with patients & perform vision testing and screening over the internet with the patient sitting safely at home.
If you would like to learn more about the work we are doing and about how we can help you, we would love to speak to you.
Please contact us for more details or to get involved.
In a time when we are all aware of the challenges of person to person contact, social distancing & isolation, especially within the already resource stretched healthcare sector - the need for safe and effective alternative methods of providing patient services, care and support is becoming more and more acute.
Here at Ibisvision we are striving to develop products and platforms for the future, to enable healthcare providers to perform remote screening & to make available more services online, and for the benefit of all.
Telemedicine, AI and digital health screening are now beginning to be used & evaluated in numerous therapy areas, including Optometry. Far from replacing the clinician or any service provider, digital technology and cloud-based products and services can provide speedy and accurate data and more importantly they can free up staff to undertake what is really important & urgent for the care of their patients.
Watch this space for more cloud based digital health tech developments from Ibisvision in the future and in the meantime please take every care in the management of your own health, and follow the advice given by your appropriate bodies in the management of your business and care of your patients.
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