Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:00 PM
NEW YORK—Nearly a quarter (23.2 percent) of the 332 respondents who participated in
Jobson Research's 2014 ECP Internet Usage Study
and have a social media presence for their optical practice said that their practices posted content on a social media site a few times a week in 2014, an increase of about two percent when compared with those who said they posted a few times a week in 2013.
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM
In today’s fast-paced optical environment, employees are often expected to be cross trained to perform more than one role in the office.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 2:15 PM
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, January 06, 2015 2:05 PM
As we begin the new year, dba
asked a group of leading regional optical retailers what they have established as their priorities for 2015. Below are the answers to the following question from groups operating in various areas throughout North America.
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.