For Bella Vision, Community and Vision Therapy Are a Perfect Match

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Friday, May 17, 2019 3:05 PM SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Like many independent practices, Bella Vision, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is homegrown. Janet Monaco Wilson, OD, FCOVD, founded the practice in 2014, after years of practicing throughout the state. Opening an independent practice meant moving closer to home for Dr. Wilson, who earned her degree from the Southern College of Optometry, but her vision was more involved than that. “I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of practice modalities—including corporate, multidisciplinary and private practices,” Dr. Wilson told Vision Monday. “When I moved to Spartanburg, I wanted to create an upscale private practice that did not necessarily fall into any of the above criteria. I want our patients to feel welcome, in a clean, friendly environment, and be able to access the latest in eyecare while also having the opportunity for a unique eyewear shopping experience.” Read More.

Women In Optometry: Age-Appropriate Screen Time Limitations for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

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Friday, May 17, 2019 3:02 PM When a child reaches the toddler stage, things can get a little tricky when it comes to limiting screen time access. If you haven’t noticed yet, you’re about to learn that your digital device is one of a toddler’s favorite toys, if not her absolute favorite. As always, it’s important to stay in control as a parent. At this point, you can now start to pick and choose ways to introduce a toddler to the different functions of your digital device, but it’s best not to give her free reign. However, in this wonderful time of toddlerhood, parents still should limit baby’s access to tech-time. I’m sure you’re just waiting to dive right into the thousands of games and apps designed for toddlers, but do your best to exercise caution. Toddlers still need real-time experiences to vastly overshadow tech-time experiences. Find out more about screen time limitations in this feature from Women In Optometry by Dr. Maria Pribis. Read More.

For Retail And Health Care, the Future Is Now

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:11 PM Retailers and big business are seizing a multibillion dollar opportunity to capitalize on the changing face and rising costs of health care. Haven Healthcare, a company whose mission it is to “transform health care to create better outcomes and overall experience, as well as lower costs for you and your family,” has partnered with companies such as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan with the intention of changing the face of employer-provided health care. In addition, Walgreens and CVS (who acquired health insurance company Aetna) are launching what is referred to as “personalized health care services.” Click here to read the story from RetailMinded.

TV Viewers Tend to Multi-Task: Browsing Online While Watching Shows

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Friday, May 17, 2019 11:28 AM One screen is no longer enough for many adults. This group is most comfortable when multi-tasking with two screens simultaneously. According to a recent report by the research firm CivicScience, 48 percent of U.S. adults say that they are engaging with a second screen (smartphone, tablet or laptop) at the same time they are watching a favorite television show or movie on a standard TV. This compares with 38 percent of adults who say that their devices “are put away” while they watch TV, according to the CivicScience report. The “other” 13 percent either don’t watch TV, don’t own a smartphone, tablet or laptop, or they watch video only on mobile devices, the report found. “While attention appears to be relatively high, when the responses are simplified into those who are engaged with the TV show on the primary screen versus those who are distracted, it becomes clear that almost half of adult respondents (48 percent) are distracted by their second screen,” CivicScience reported. “The percentage of those distracted by unrelated content on apps has increased steadily since 2015.” As a result of this trend, eMarketer has forecast that 180.8 million U.S. adults will be two-screen viewers in 2019—meaning that 70.1 percent of the adult population will use a computer or mobile device to browse online while watching either digital video or traditional TV.

Insights for 5-21-19

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Friday, May 17, 2019 10:52 AM Ultimately tariffs can mean lower wages, fewer employees, deferred investments and higher prices for consumers. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable, since they don’t have the resources and flexibility to quickly switch suppliers.

Insights for 5-20-19

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Friday, May 17, 2019 10:37 AM For decades IT used to be a service department, it was like the cleaners or receptionist – an overhead, something peripheral – but now it’s core. It is a profit center to maximize investment in, not a cost center to offshore.

Disruptive Coastal Contacts Founder Re-Enters Eyecare Industry

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:25 AM It appears that Coastal Contacts founder, Roger Hardy, is at it again. After a five-year hiatus, which happens to coincide with the typical duration of a non-compete clause in a business purchase agreement, Roger Hardy, the founder of British Columbia based Coastal Contacts is getting back into the online vision correction device sector.

UPDATED: Monarch Alternative Capital Completes Shopko Optical Deal and Names Jim Eisen as Operating Partner

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Monarch Alternative Capital LP said Thursday that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of Shopko Optical. The company expects to relocate almost 80 of its current locations housed inside Shopko stores to freestanding locations, the announcement noted.

EssilorLuxottica Shareholders Reject Appointment of Two New Independent Directors

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) shareholders rejected resolutions to appoint two new independent directors at the company’s Annual General Meeting, held yesterday in Paris. The appointment of the two proposed independent directors, Wendy Evrard Lane and Jesper Brandgaard, was backed by investors who sought to stabilize the company following a dispute between executive chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio and executive vice-chairman Hubert Sagnieres over the newly merged company’s governance. All other resolutions were passed by the shareholders, according to a statement from EssilorLuxottica.

Alcon Says ‘Healthy Momentum’ in Surgical Business Highlighted First-Quarter Performance

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:18 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), which was spun off as an independent company by Novartis earlier this year, said Thursday that its first-quarter sales increased 4 percent at constant exchange, but were “flat to last year” at $1.8 billion on a “reported” basis. This marked the first time Alcon has reported results as a public company since its acquisition by Novartis in late 2010. Alcon also reported an operating loss of $48 million in the quarter, which compares with last year’s operating income of $73 million.

Second Sight Announces Strategy Shift to Stem Losses

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Friday, May 17, 2019 12:15 AM LOS ANGELES—Faced with flat sales and continuing net losses, Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) announced plans to suspend new production of its Argus II artificial retina systems and accelerate development of the Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System, a promising new technology that may restore some sight to the blind. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, Second Sight yesterday reported net sales on a GAAP basis of $1.1 million compared to $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit for the quarter was $0.4 million compared to $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.

E-Book Details On-Site SEO for Eye Doctors

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:49 PM NEW YORK—When close to 30 percent of patients and consumers are researching eyecare conditions, providers and eyewear questions online, even before they decide what to do or where to go (estimates from a recent VisionWatch report from The Vision Council), it's clear that learning how to maximize the position and visibility of your practice's website on the major search engines is extremely important today. A free e-book from EyeCarePro sets out to provide a primer on the subject. On-site search engine optimization (SEO) for eyecare, helps ECPs better understand the principles and tactics that can help a site make it to the first page of Google Search. Read More.