Mark Tosh, Senior Editor

Mark covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. Mark is a contributor to dba, a twice monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. Contact Mark at mtosh@jobson.com.

Myopia Management

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:30 AM Myopia is not a new vision condition, but the growing awareness of the eye health risks associated with this common ophthalmic disorder, especially among eye-care professionals, is a somewhat contemporary phenomenon. Indeed, myopia is the most common ophthalmic condition in the world, with an estimated 34 percent of the world’s population, or roughly 2.62 billion people, affected by this condition, according to recent research.

A 20-Year Journey to Perfect the Practice of Myopia Management

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:29 AM HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.—Dr. Nicholas Despotidis, a partner with Eyecare Professionals, has invested considerable time and resources over the past two decades to become one of the leading practitioners of myopia management. During this time, Despotidis has written two books and developed a TED talk on the myopia topic, while also conducting annual workshops on practice management techniques

San Francisco ECP Draws Upon Treehouse Eyes’ Resources

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:28 AM SAN FRANCISCO—The philosophy at Pacific Rims Optometry in San Francisco is straightforward and easy for patients to comprehend. The practice—with two locations in the city—notes that its optometrists will take the time to explain the results of an eye exam, describe the options and listen to each patient’s eyecare needs.

Mentors Pass Along Key Elements of Myopia Management

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:27 AM PARK RIDGE, Ill.—Myopia management is just one part of the special services that Dr. Daniel Press emphasizes at the Park Ridge Vision practice here, but it is a growing area and a significant component of the overall practice. Press noted that he sees the importance of taking an individualized approach to treating each myopic patient.

Orlando Practice Finds Success With a ‘Proactive’ Approach to Myopia

By Mark Tosh
Monday, February 10, 2020 12:26 AM Ocoee, Fla.—Dr. Roxanne Achong-Coan of the Coan Eye Care & Optical Boutique located here has been deeply interested in working with myopic patients and staying abreast of treatment options for most of her career. She is certified in the fitting of Paragon CRT lenses and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (FIAOMC). She’s also one of the first to be involved with the recently launched Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program by CooperVision.

Costa Rica Visit Inspires More Than a ‘Pura Vida’ Perspective

By Mark Tosh
Friday, February 7, 2020 1:45 PM MIDLOTHIAN, Va.—Who knows when, or why, inspiration will strike? Dr. Brian Spittle and his wife, Dr. Norma Spittle, found this out while visiting Costa Rica in June of last year. The Spittles, and about 20 other ECPs, traveled to a CooperVision manufacturing facility in Alajuela, where the lens company produces its clariti 1 day contact lenses. The couple returned home from the short trip with much more information and inspiration than they had signed up for. Indeed, the CooperVision facility manufacturing facility in Alajuela is one of the most environmentally friendly production sites in the industry. Find out how the visit inspired the Spittles to become more earth friendly at their practice in Midlothian.

Time to Pick a Side: Are You a ‘Go Tigers,’ or a 'Geaux Tigahs’ Fan on Monday?

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 10, 2020 11:00 AM NEW YORK—Are you ready for the college football season to end? Well, Monday night is your night. That’s the day of the much-anticipated championship game showdown between this season’s two college football heavyweights. The undefeated Tigers of LSU (14-0) take on the undefeated and defending champion Tigers of Clemson (14-0). It’s going to be a cat fight, no doubt, once the game gets started shortly after 8 p.m. (ET) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Social Purpose

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Mark Tosh
Monday, December 16, 2019 12:30 AM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. Indeed, perhaps more powerful than ever, according to a Kantar Consulting report, “Purpose 2020 – Inspiring Purpose-Led Growth.”

Acuity Eyecare Group Rebrands to Reflect Evolution and Growth

By Mark Tosh
Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM DALLAS—As it completes the year with strong and steady growth, Acuity Eyecare Group has set its sights on continuing its success in 2020, but with an updated name, brand identity and company logo. The firm, which operates leading eyecare groups across the U.S. and has backing by private equity group Riata Capital, early this month announced a new name, AEG Vision, along with other corporate updates. The company, based here, said the rebranding reflects its evolution and its commitment to full-scope medical optometry. The changes were effective December 2, and include a redesign of the company’s website, logo, graphics and communications, according to the announcement. The new website address is: www.AEGVision.com.

Historic First: Seven of 10 Students Who Entered Optometry Schools This Fall Are Female

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:22 PM For what is believed to be the first time, the percentage of women who entered North American schools and colleges of optometry this fall increased to the 70 percent plateau, Women In Optometry reported this month. The publication cited data from the 25 optometry schools surveyed for its report, which also found an overall increase of 28 students in optometry schools this fall compared with a year ago.

Specialized Optometry

By By Marge Axelrad, Andrew Karp, Mark Tosh and Brian Dunleavy
Monday, November 11, 2019 12:30 AM NEW YORK—We are living in an age of specialization. Today we can get virtually anything we want from a business whose only business is delivering a certain type of product or service, whether it’s a vegan restaurant or Victoria’s Secret. Optometry, like many medical professions, is being reshaped by the specialization trend. Modern living has changed the way we use our eyes, and many optometrists, particularly those in private practice, have responded by developing specialties to address specific patient needs. Some specialties, such as pediatrics and low vision, have been long established in optometry, while others, like dry eye management and neuro-optometry are more recent additions. Yet all seem to be benefitting from the advent of new technologies and treatment methods which are bringing exciting changes to vision care.