Frame Works

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:10 AM NEW YORK—All eyeglasses are not created equal. Despite what some evening news programs or clever, upstart internet outfits might have the consumer believe. The production steps, materials, details and costs that go into the construction, distribution and marketing of frames, all factor into the price the customer sees and they are as varied and changeable as there are eyewear brands on the market.

Nutrition and the Eye

By Marian Zboraj
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:06 AM It’s estimated that more than 43 million Americans will develop age-related eye diseases by 2020, according to The American Academy of Ophthalmology. To help address this trend, the eyecare industry is setting its sights on preventive measures—one of which in particular is nutrition’s role and the use of nutraceuticals in preserving vision, which is quickly gaining in popularity.

A Day in the Life... Optical Across America

By Staff
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01 AM At Vision Monday, we see how vast and manifold the optical industry is every single day, but outside of a trade show, like this month’s Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, the rest of the industry is rarely afforded the same privilege.

Largest Labs Adapt to Market Challenges

By Staff
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01 AM

Apps of My Eye

By John Sailer and Andrew Karp
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM Remember when polarized lenses were demonstrated by holding up two lenses and rotating them? Or when patients learned about glaucoma treatments by reading a brochure? How about when medical records arrived by mail in a manila envelope?

Unlocking the Secrets of the $Million Practice

By Staff
Monday, July 28, 2014 12:01 AM NEW YORK—A million dollars. Sure, it’s not as much money as it used to be, but it is still an impressive figure, particularly for an independent optical business to generate in a year.

Jockeying For Position

By John Sailer
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:01 AM NEW YORK—The 50 largest eyewear/eyecare retailers and optometric practices in the U.S. surpassed $10 billion in combined optical sales in 2013, according to Vision Monday’s exclusive listing of the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, released today and available in the May 19 print edition.

Group Dynamics

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:08 AM Navigating an uncharted sea of changes— health care reform, managed vision care, online retailing, corporate competition—all impacting the existing challenges of running an independent optical business, ECPs are looking to align themselves in groups that can provide them with a competitive edge. 

Add to Cart?

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM From the earliest phases of the internet, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have felt the world shift as the digital revolution in e-commerce has reshaped everything from the distribution of books and music to birthday wishes and entertainment.

A.C.O. Where Do I Fit In?

By John Sailer
Monday, March 03, 2014 12:09 AM It may be a new name, but it’s not a new idea. However, it has the potential to dramatically change eyecare’s role within the culture of health care.

Storied Lines

By Deirdre Carroll
Sunday, February 09, 2014 11:59 PM The climate of today’s competitive eyewear market reflects the increasing importance of consumers relating to a brand’s story and image to forge a connection and prompt them to make a purchase.

HIGH TECH = HIGH TOUCH

By John Sailer


Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM

THE BIG IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

By Marge Axelrad, Mary Kane, Andrew Karp, Deirdre Carroll, John Sailer, Catherine Wolinski
Monday, December 30, 2013 12:35 AM 2013 was yet another year that moved the optical industry forward in significant directions. Forces as diverse as online retailing, managed care, consolidation, rebranding, technology, demands on the independent, a growing number of alliances, the growth of social media, the continued rise of social-purpose marketing and a changing health care benefits landscape pushed and buffeted the business.

What’s in the Cards?

By John Sailer
Monday, November 18, 2013 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Dramatic changes were already impacting managed vision care plans and providers even for the few years before the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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