The Birth of EssilorLuxottica, a Nearsightedness Discovery, and Smart Glasses

There are smart glasses.

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Ryan Corte, here to bring you the news (video below)!

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Think you and your significant other are a power couple? Meet EssilorLuxottica!

Last month the news broke that Essilor (the largest manufacturer of lenses that go into your glasses) and Luxottica (the owners of the ever popular Ray-Ban® brand, LensCrafters®, and EyeMed insurance) announced they’re saying “I do” and merging the two companies together into EssilorLuxottica.


While this French and Italian marriage has the approval of their respective leadership, time will tell if the deal passes antitrust laws. Of course, this is nothing a little dinner conversation over some homemade spaghetti and a french baguette can’t resolve! 😉

Have you ever wondered exactly why you’re nearsighted?

A new discovery out of Northwestern University found a cell in the back of the eye, when it dysfunctions, may cause nearsightedness. Interestingly enough, this finding may be associated with the amount of time your child spends indoors and away from natural light.

Related: “Send Your Kids Back To School With Transitions® Adaptive Lenses®”

These findings are part of the growing evidence that spending time outdoors as a child is beneficial for visual development. Which is leading to many of today’s youth asking themselves the question: “Do they make an app for that?”

Laundry room pods can cause serious eye injuries in toddlers.

Does your toddler always play in your laundry room?

If so, make sure to keep those fancy detergent pods out of reach. A recent study found the number of chemical eye burns linked to these pods among young children increased more than 30 times from 2012 to 2015. Yikes! That’s almost the number of strokes I have on my golf handicap.

Smart glasses are coming!

Intrigued by all of James Bond’s fancy gadgets?

These new smart glasses may be of interest to you. Engineers out of the University of Utah created a liquid-based bifocal lens designed to automatically focus on exactly what you’re looking at. The developers of these futuristic lenses hope to have their product available to the masses in 3 years or less. Talk about focusing on the future! 

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.