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- Information on how to get certified for research imaging
- May 23, 2013
Adeline Stone, Diagnostic Services Supervisor for SEC, wrote the following article posted on the OPS (Ophthalmic Photographers' Society) website regarding how to become certified for research imaging.Read ›
- American Diabetes Association TourdeCure
- May 20, 2013
Approximately two dozen employees and family members from the Spokane Eye Clinic rode or volunteered at the TourdeCure event on 5/19/13 and raised over $3,600! There were close to 190 riders in total who raised over $58,000 for the American Diabetes Association. Remember that keeping diabetes under control is of great importance to eye heath.Read ›
- Clinic Closure Dates
- April 16, 2013
The Spokane Eye Clinic will be closed the following summer dates:
Monday, May 27
Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5
Monday, September 2Read ›
- Best Doctors in Spokane 2013
- March 20, 2013
Spokane Coeur'd Alene Living Magazine has published the 2013 list of Best Doctors. Spokane Eye Clinic ophthalmologists Jane Durcan, Nicholas Ranson, and Barbara Smit are on the list. Click HERE to read the article from the magazine.Read ›
- Site of the Month
- February 21, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Spokane Eye Clinic was named the January "Site of the Month" by PEDIG (Pediatric Eye Disesase Investigator Group). Congratuations to Dr. Jeffrey Colburn, Clinical Research Coordinator, Eileen Dittman, and the rest of the staff of Spokane Eye Clinic for outstanding performance. For more information about PEDIG, go to our Helpful Links section to reach their website.Read ›
- "Has Beens" and "Gonna Bees"
- December 17, 2012
The Spokane Eye Clinic has been involved with a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization called "Has Beens" and "Gonna Bees" for a number of years. Their goal is to give families and individuals in need a Christmas they will never forget. This year individual Spokane Eye Clinic physicians and employees sponsored 50 people in the community and donated gifts for them to open at Christmas. We are very proud of our staff that are able to help spread holiday cheer throught his wonderful organization each year.Read ›
- Dr. Nicholas Ranson to be inducted into ASOPRS
- December 14, 2012
Spokane Eye Clinic is proud to announce that Dr. Nicholas Ranson has successfully completed a written and oral examination for ASOPRS and will be inducted into the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at their spring meeting in June, 2013. There are less than 600 surgeons world-wide with that have earned the ASOPRS board certification. Members have education, training and experience in highly specialized fields of eye, plastic, facial, and reconstructive surgery. Congratulations on a job well done, Dr. Ranson.Read ›
- Annual United Way Campaign
- December 10, 2012
The employees of the Spokane Eye Clinic donated over $2,100 toward the annual United Way campaign held in November. Great job everyone!Read ›
- Glaucoma Today
- November 19, 2012
Dr. Barbara Smit is now the Section Editor of the Peer Review column in Glaucoma Today magazine. As Section Editor, she writes an introduction to the column. She also recruits the authors for that section and edits it.Read ›
- FDA Issues Import Alert for Substandard, Foreign-Made Eyeglass and Sunglass Lenses
- November 19, 2012
In response to AOA’s ongoing agency outreach and efforts to improve patient safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an updated alert authorizing significant enforcement action against several foreign makers of substandard and hazardous eyeglass and sunglass lenses.
On Oct. 23, the FDA issued an official update to Import Alert 86-07 providing renewed authority for federal officials to detain without physical examination substandard eyeglass and sunglass lenses manufactured in and shipped from foreign countries, primarily lenses produced in China.
Under current law, eyeglasses and sunglasses imported into the United States must comply with strict impact resistance requirements. A certificate must accompany all imported eyeglasses and sunglasses showing that the lens manufacturer has conducted the required impact resistance tests.
The FDA alert asserts that certificates from manufacturers may not be valid and that some foreign lenses may not meet federal standards. The FDA notes that tests conducted by one U.S. distributor showed a 40 to 70 percent rate of breakage, which differed significantly from the manufacturer’s certificate.
After noticing a number of certificate irregularities, inspectors recently collected a sample of children’s sunglasses from a foreign manufacturer. The company’s certificate indicated that no lenses broke during testing. However, independent testing of the sample found that nearly every lens broke completely.
More recently, inspectors collected a sample of adult prescription lenses and found that 37 percent broke completely. Overall, lenses, readers, and sunglasses must meet acceptable quality level (AQL) of 6.5 when tested via the drop ball test. Manufacturers must attest to meeting these U.S. standards through a certificate.
Firms named in the FDA alert include Pilot Optics Corp., Ltd.; Sunfree Enterprise Co., Ltd.; Glory International Trading, Inc.; Guangzhou Universal Optical Products Co., Ltd.; Yh Optics Int., Ltd.; Danyang San-Sino Optical Co., Ltd.; Wenzhou Ouhua Foreign Trade Corp.; and a handful of others.
Until further notice, all shipments from companies named in Import Alert 86-07 will be detained automatically by the FDA. Even though the alert mentions specific companies, the FDA assures that “surveillance of impact-resistant lenses in eyeglasses and sunglasses from all countries is warranted.”
For its part, the AOA will continue working with FDA and other federal officials to better ensure patient safety. For the complete list of firms targeted, read the full FDA alert.
To learn more about this important issue or to report a problem or concern, contact the AOA Washington office via email or phone: 800-365-2219.Read ›