Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM
BALTIMORE—Everseat, the app that fills last minute cancellations, is only a year old and already serves over 40 specialties, including optometry and ophthalmology.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:48 PM
As digital device usage soars, the resulting digital eyestrain and exposure to damaging blue light has created a new product category for regional optical retailing groups—blue light lenses. As of January 2014, 90 percent of American adults had a cell phone, 58 percent had a smartphone, 32 percent owned an e-reader, and 42 percent owned a tablet computer, according to the Pew Internet Projects mobile technology research.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:15 PM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Independent optical retailers accounted for the highest percentage (44.8 percent) of frame sales throughout the U.S. over the twelve-month period ending September 2014, according to The Vision Council’s latest VisionWatch report, accounting for about half of all frame sales in both the Northeast (48.4 percent) and West (50.6 percent).
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:10 PM
Mid-size regional optical retailers can control costs and quality with in-house labs or centralized labs that serve multiple locations. Or they can reduce the headaches and upfront investments by outsourcing to one or more wholesale optical labs.
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:30 AM
NEW BERLIN, Wis.—With its business built serving organized labor,
already had its eyes on acquiring a practice that catered to the United Auto Workers (UAW) when that practice unexpectedly came up for auction earlier this year.
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:00 AM
One of the most controversial health care laws to pass in recent history, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA), continues to generate disagreement among health care providers and patients.
Monday, November 24, 2014 9:30 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The value of optical retail sales in all categories of vision care products and services (except refractive surgery) were up for the twelve month period ending September 2014, when compared with the twelve month period ending September 2013, according to The Vision Council’s latest VisionWatch report.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:15 AM
21 optometry schools in operation in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (four founded since 2008), and two new optometry schools currently going through the accreditation process in
Virginia, there are plenty of opportunities for optical groups to cultivate relationships with the schools themselves, their students, and their recent graduates.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:10 AM
NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis.—When Cheryl Roers, OD, bought her first practice, it was easy enough to use an in-house server to support her electronic health record software, but as she gradually added locations over the years, it became clear that she needed a more efficient solution. She found her answer in cloud-based computing.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:05 AM
One of the issues that always comes up is should I bonus my staff, or should I just pay a flat salary. There are two different sides to this argument. One side says just pay a healthy wage and they’ll do everything that you ask of them. The other side, which is the side I tend to think about more, is that we all work on bonuses.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Almost all (95 percent) of the 19,934 patients surveyed who had recent experiences with a managed vision care plan consider them to be “somewhat” or “very” important, according to the “2014 Managed Vision Care Patient Experience Study” produced jointly by Jobson Optical Research and focalCenter.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:10 AM
LAS VEGAS— A group of leading ECPs presented a variety of techniques for “Digitizing the Store” at the latest VM LIVE event where they shared technologies that have been implemented into their practices.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:05 AM
“We sell lots of year supplies” is a very common answer when asking owners if their contact lens departments are profitable. While this is a good starting point, what you do after you’ve sold that year supply will ensure that you’re maximizing profit on the back-end.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM
LAS VEGAS—To help make sense of the latest technologies that are changing the patient experience, nearly 200 optical retailers, eyecare professionals and other industry executives attended VM LIVE’s “Digitizing the Store” event here at the start of Vision Expo West last month.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:15 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—About 3.7 million more pairs of lenses were sold in the U.S. during the 12-month period ending June 2014 than were sold during the 12-month period ending June 2008, before the recession set in and slowed sales throughout the entire optical industry, according to the most recent statistics released by VisionWatch, the large scale continuous research study conducted by The Vision Council. That’s an increase of about 5 percent.