Insights for 11-21-19

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:29 AM We’re excited to now be able to offer MinuteClinic video visits in Colorado, Illinois and New Jersey as we continue to build our national practice for our virtual care offering. This new MinuteClinic service demonstrates our commitment to delivering high-quality care when and where our patients need it, at prices they can afford; providing people who live and work in these states with access to an innovative, on-demand health care option right from their cell phone or computer.

Social Media Content and SEO Can Help ODs Leverage Their Specialty Expertise

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:06 AM NEW YORK—EyeCarePro, which works with optometric practices on their web and digital presence, started ODSpecialty because the digital media company was working with clients who more and more weren’t being served by the company's general marketing format. They were less interested in general care patient growth and had specific medical services they wanted to make a larger part of their practices. 

ESE International Debuts New B2B Website

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:03 AM NEW YORK—ESE International has launched its new B2B website, designed by Jobson Interactive. The new ESE International site features an improved and streamlined approach to its customer login area, as well as upgrades including the ability to check the stock of an item, a rapid order feature, the ability to save favorites, and the easy identification of new releases, the company said. 

Immagine 98 Eyewear Commits to Being Green

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:25 AM In their effort to protect the environment, the Italian Government has introduced new rules for optical frame manufacturers in Italy. The laws were passed in April 2019 and every manufacturer in Italy has to comply with them. This is having a major impact on the eyewear industry. 

Aerie Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Avizorex Pharma to Advance Its Dry Eye Program

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:24 AM DURHAM, N.C.—Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AERI) announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Avizorex Pharma (AVX), a Spanish ophthalmic pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the treatment of dry eye disease. “This acquisition bolsters our pipeline with a clinical-stage dry eye product candidate, and we are excited to expand our footprint in ophthalmology. This product has a novel mechanism-of-action for treating dry eye and we believe that, if approved, it could nicely complement the currently approved drugs for this indication. Since the majority of our efforts in 2020 will be focused on supportive non-clinical studies, we do not currently expect to meaningfully increase our R&D expenditures next year,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., PhD, chairman and chief executive officer at Aerie.

ABB Optical Names Marc Tersigni as Country Manager for Business Operations in Canada

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:21 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of products, services and business solutions for the eyecare industry, has named Marc Tersigni as its country manager for its Canadian operations, according to an announcement on Tuesday. In this role, Tersigni will be responsible for leading business operations in Canada as ABB Optical Group will begin distributing contact lenses to Canadian eyecare professionals beginning in the first quarter of 2020. In September, ABB Optical first announced its plans to expand into the Canadian market beginning next year. It will distribute contact lenses starting with servicing FYidoctors, Canada’s largest doctor-owned provider of eyecare and ophthalmic products and services, and the group’s independent alliance clinics, as VMAIL reported

Leica Microsystems Taps Precision Lens for U.S. Midwest Distribution

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:18 AM
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.—Leica Microsystems and Precision Lens have signed an exclusive distribution agreement. Precision Lens, which sells and distributes intraocular lens (IOLs) and supplies for cataract surgery in its markets, will be Leica's exclusive channel partner for ophthalmic surgical microscopes and digital imaging equipment for the OR in select geographies in the U.S. Midwest. Under the agreement, Precision Lens will deploy a dedicated sales team to introduce the Leica ophthalmic portfolio to surgeons in 12 states, namely Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Study Shows Eye Damage Linked to Vitamin B3 Can Be Reversed

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:15 AM
NEW YORK, N.Y.—In a first-of-its-kind clinical report, retina specialists at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) have shown that severe vision loss from a self-prescribed high dose of over-the-counter niacin is linked to injury of a specific cell type in a patient’s eye. The experts report that discontinuing the vitamin led to reversal of the condition and have published their findings in the fall issue of Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is used for lowering hyperlipidemia or cholesterol and comes in prescription and over-the-counter forms; it can produce a rare toxic reaction called niacin-induced cystoid maculopathy, a form of retinal swelling.

Komono Debuts First-Ever Snow Goggle

By Staff
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:03 AM

Insights for 11-20-19

By Staff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 12:26 PM WeWork is a case study of what happens when greedy early investors, management and board of directors close their eyes to the erratic behavior and questionable business practices of a charismatic founder. Thousands of employees will lose their jobs because of this.

New Technologies Empower Seamless Eretail

By Staff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:23 AM A new whitepaper by Juniper Research, “New Technologies Empowering Seamless Eretail,” notes that the retail market has undergone a radical transformation which has been driven by an increasing focus on consumers. Indeed, shoppers are now everywhere: in stores, online or both at the same time by checking the latest deals on their smartphones or tablets. This has put a crucial emphasis on customer convenience; forcing retailers, both in store and online, to offer more seamless and frictionless shopping experiences coupled with omnichannel payments. According to Juniper Research, by the end of 2019, eCommerce will have a significant role to play with 44 percent of the global population purchasing physical goods and 27 percent purchasing digital goods sales.

#GivingSightDay Is Almost Here

By Staff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:03 AM Each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated Giving Tuesday to encourage charitable giving across the nation. This year, as they have in the past, RestoringVision is transforming Giving Tuesday into Giving Sight Day, and aiming to raise $40,000 to change 50,000 lives. RestoringVision is just one of many vision-related organizations who will take part in Giving Tuesday this year—head over to their website to learn more about how you can make a difference. 

Warby Parker Enters Contact Lens Category With New Scout Lens and Other CL Brands

By Staff
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:08 AM NEW YORK—Today, Warby Parker moves into new optical territory as it enters the contact lens arena in the U.S., with the debut of a branded daily wear contact lens called Scout. The new daily lens was developed by the company, executives said, with a Japanese contact lens manufacturer. The lens is described as "made from a super-moist, breathable material that resists drying for lasting hydration. The lenses incorporate Centraform technology for wearing comfort." The lenses will be priced $55 per eye for a 90-day pack, $110 for a 90-day supply of two lenses, or approximately $440 a year. Each Scout lens comes in an innovative, space-saving flat pack that’s easier to transport and store than a traditional contact blister pack, the company noted, adding that it uses almost 80 percent less packaging than traditional contact packs. Dave Gilboa, co-ceo of Warby Parker, told VMAIL, "We have been thinking about contact lenses for several years. Being a direct-to-consumer brand, we get a lot of feedback from our end customers, and roughly 40 percent of them wear contact lenses. We're hopeful that they will love the opportunity to get their contact lenses prescriptions from us, when they see our ODs. In addition, he said, " If you are a customer not near one of the WP stores, or want to go to a doc you've been seeing, that doctor, outside of the WP system, can request one of the six-day trial kits as well." Warby has been piloting contact lenses in some of its offices during the past year, he noted (the company currently operates 112 locations and has 80 optometrists.)