October 2014 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Increase From September, Increase From Previous Years

By Staff
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for October 2014 increased to 3.77 from a September 2014 rating of 3.71 and showed an increase from all previous ratings for the month of October over time.

Tips on Integrating Nutraceuticals Into the Business

By Marian Zboraj
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:03 AM Those ECPs who are successful in integrating nutraceuticals into their practice have done so because they did their due diligence in partnering with a nutritional provider.

North Texas Vision Source to Partner With USMD’s Integrated Health System

By Staff
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:27 AM KINGWOOD, Texas— Vision Source announced that its North Texas area members are joining forces with USMD, a physician-led integrated health system, to provide an enhanced level of collaborative care for USMD patients.

The Link Between Nutrients and Vision

By Marian Zboraj
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:05 AM Further propelling interest in the burgeoning nutraceuticals category are studies that have determined that healthy eating augmented with nutritional supplements can not only help prevent age-related eye disease but in some cases may reduce its progression, according to the Ocular Nutrition Society (ONS).

PECAA Secures Financial Backing From RevOptix

By Staff
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:00 PM PORTLAND, Ore.— Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), an alliance of optometrists, has secured financial backing from RevOptix, a newly formed eyecare practice solutions provider.

FYidoctors to Merge With Marchand Giguère Group in Quebec

By Staff
Thursday, November 06, 2014 9:30 AM CALGARY, ALBERTA, Canada— FYidoctors, one of Canada’s largest eyecare providers based here, and Marchand Giguère Group, an optometry business located in Quebec, have agreed to merge.

SECO 2015 Meeting and Registration Dates Announced

By Staff
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:15 AM ATLANTA— SECO International has announced the dates for its 92nd annual meeting to be held here on March 4 to 8, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center and contains the theme, “Where Sight Meets Vision.”

To Prevent the Spread of Ebola, American Optometric Association Directs ECPs to Online Resources

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—As the largest Ebola outbreak in history worsens and more U.S. cases are possible, the American Optometric Association (AOA) advises optometrists and optometric staff to turn to online resources for recent protocols and information.

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.

What Eye Health Supplements Are Available?

By Marian Zboraj
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:04 AM The following are some examples of the high-quality eye nutraceuticals that are available for ECPs to provide for their patients.

Feeding Your Eyes: ODs Write a Healthy Eyes Food Plan

By Marian Zboraj
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:02 AM After learning about the power of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of vision loss and chronic ocular disease, Laurie Capogna, OD, and Barbara Pelletier, OD, were motivated to write their first book, Eyefoods: A Food Plan for Healthy Eyes, to help provide other ECPs with a clear nutrition and lifestyle plan for their patients.

Corporate Optometry Reports Meeting Packs in the Audience and Information

By Staff
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM LAS VEGAS—National and regional optical retailers and other industry executives attended the Alcon-sponsored Corporate Optometry Reports (COR) Meeting, which presented trends impacting today’s optical business in a half-day session on Sept. 17, at the Venetian.

Genetics Role in Nutrition

By Marian Zboraj
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01 AM With a name that comes from the mirror image of the traditional symbol for prescription, xR https://www.xrmd.com defines itself as a “natural prescription” for “restoring what your body is missing.”

A Different Kind of Challenge

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM This past summer, millions of people, including some of us in optical, were obsessed with taking the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But on Oct. 9, the optical industry paused and took up a different kind of challenge in support of World Sight Day led by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

Connecting, Learning, and Buying Marks an Upbeat Show Experience

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM

LAS VEGAS—Whether exhibiting, shopping for products or looking for technologies to upgrade optical practices, the business atmosphere at this year’s Expo was positive, according to comments from attendees and exhibitors.