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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment

Second Annual American Conference on 
Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment 
 April 12-13, 2013

Expert panelists include:

Linda Baker Nobles, MS, OTR; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alan Lantzy, MD; Vice Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatologist, Western Pennsylvania Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh

Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A; Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Illinois Eye
Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago; Lyons Family Eye Care (Private Practice)

Christine Roman Lantzy, Ph.D.; Director, Pediatric View Program, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital CVI Consultant, The American Printing House for the Blind

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chicago Artists Month: Portage Park



One of the fantastic events coming to our community this fall is Chicago Artist Month. This year, Arts Alive/45 worked with area artists and businesses to present many interesting events. 
Sat., Oct. 20, and Sun., Oct 21, City News, 4018 N. Cicero. Local poets will lead a free tour and discussion of public art. The Oct. 20 walk starts at 5 pm. The Oct. 21 walk starts at 2 pm. Free.





 



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Why Do Glasses Cost So Much?


 60 minutes did a story on Luxottica....and the glasses they make. Luxottica creates eye-wear for all the great fashion houses in the world (Coach, Versace,Prada,etc) ...and, of course, you pay for fashion.

The somewhat disturbing aspect of the story is that Luxottica also owns those companies that not only provide frames, but services as well...including Pearle, Lenscrafters and more.

They also own EyeMed a vision care insurance firm. I went to EyeMed's website and found that they were owned by Luxottica in the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policies and Notice of Privacy Practices/HIPAA section, an area most of us seldom visit.

 The Lenscrafter's website has all the Luxottica fashion frames listed as does the Pearle website. I doubt that these frames are offered in the 2 for 1 selection box

The bottom line is Luxottica has a great, fashionable selection of frames, but should they also control eye care services, insurance and distribution?

 I love frames. I wear them all the time. They are a bit more expensive than most, seldom if ever break, and are light-weight. Silhouette is an Austrian company. For me the extra-cost is worth it. I don't think they own retail outlets and insurance companies however.

 Also remember that when you pay for a pair of glasses, the cost also includes not only the frame but state of the art lenses as well.... (not to mention the personal care given to you by your optician or ophthalmic assistant after an incredibly complete comprehensive eye examination by your family optometrist).

When I was growing up (back when nearsighted dinosaurs still roamed the Earth), you could buy any kind of frame you wanted as long as it was plastic. You could also order this in any color you wanted as long as it was either black or brown (if you were female you could get a couple of other colors as well).

So maybe paying a couple of extra dollars for great looking frames that fit your face comfortably is not so bad. On the other hand, should these companies also own insurance companies and the distribution outlets as well? Think about it. By the way.... the office I work in, Lyons Family Eye Care, has many of the frames noted above, beautiful...very beautiful!

See the video below:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Resurrection Music Series Opera Gala Benefit Concert

 Resurrection Music Series   Opera Gala   Benefit Concert

Featuring favorite arias, duets and choruses from The Barber of Seville, Le nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, La Boheme, Carmen, Tosca and Lucia di Lammermoor

(Video from past performances: Brindisi from La Traviata, Matador La Traviata, Va Pensiero,  and Chanson du Toreador )

In a Performance by:

KIMBERLY JONES, SOPRANO, LEILA BOWIE, SOPRANO
ARUNA SERBANESCU, MEZZO-SOPRANO
JORI JENKINS, MEZZO-SOPRANO
RAYMON CUNHA, TENOR
CORNELIUS JOHNSON, TENOR
PAUL RADULESCU, BARITONE
EVAN BRAVOS, BARITONE
JOHN ECKHARDT, VIOLIN

RESURRECTION CHAMBER CHORUS

Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 pm

For TICKETS and Information   Call (773) 588-6484
Email: lucianolaurentiu@aol.com

LUCIANO LAURENTIU, MUSIC DIRECTOR
FRANCESCO MILIOTO, GUEST CONDUCTOR

ST. BENEDICT CHURCH
2215 W. Irving Park Rd.  Chicago, IL 60618

$15 in advance through OCTOBER 17   $20 at the door ($12 Students and Seniors)

All proceeds will benefit the music ministry at St. Benedict Church